Sunday, April 13, 2008

Weekly menu: Keeping pace with a teenage metabolism

Weekly Menu
Sunday: (Make extra to use later in the week)
Double dipped fried chicken
Green beans
Mashed potatoes
Double Dipped Fried Chicken (Paula Dean)

12 Chicken breasts
1/3 cup salt
1 2.5 pound bag of flour
3 t seasoned salt
2 t ground black pepper
6 large eggs
Peanut oil (we use canola)
Additional seasoned salt
Rinse chicken well. Place chicken in a large bowl and add enough water to cover. Add salt. Soak at least 30 minutes.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, seasoned salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, beat eggs
Drain chicken. Dip each piece in beaten eggs and then in flour mixture. Place chicken on floured baking sheet.
Fill a dutch oven half full of vegetable oil. Heat oil to 325-350 degrees.

Dredge each piece of chicken in eggs and then flour mixture again. Shake off excess flour and carefully place into oil. Fry chicken, in batches, until golden brown turning once or twice to brown evenly. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and chopped parsley.
Monday: Leftover chicken
We made enough to feed an army!
Tuesday: Pasta with tomatoes, artichokes and feta
Garlic Bread

Wednesday: Caesar Chicken Salad
Make a large Caesar Salad and top with slices of the left over double dipped fried chicken
Thursday: Zucchini Frittata
Orzo with Parmesan Cheese and Parsley
Sliced tomatoes with Balsamic vinegar, oregano and olive oil

Friday: Salami and cheese panini

Reflections from the Backcounter

Keeping teen age boys fed is such a challenge. Last night we picked up our 16 year old boy and his friends from a party and brought them home for a sleep over. We did not arrive home until after eleven because we took a detour to see the darling Bergamasco puppies I have written about before. (This is a hint...I need more pictures!) As I reflect on it, the care and feeding of these puppies is not unlike the care and feeding of teenage boys. If not fed frequently and consistently, they begin to whine, yelp and tug on their mother. Too bad I can't just get up and leave the whelping box ! In any event, these guys were starving and here I was in my kitchen at nearly midnight with the need to to whip up some sustenance for these monster teenage metabolisms. After a quick sweep of my pantry and fridge I realized that choices were limited but in the end came up with a calorie dense midnight snack. I made Chicken quesadillas with refried beans on the side. They loved it and ate their way through about a 1/2 pound of shredded cheese! My stock pantry items saved me. I love Costco...shredded cheese, tortillas and a case of refried beans always seem to find their way into my cart and last night it paid off. I am tired this morning and realize we will need to be at it again. We are aiming for pancakes (Forget pancake mix.. one box goes nowhere...I am buying flour in bulk! ) and a pile of brown sugar bacon. Off to the stove...



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