Saturday, October 2, 2010

Missing Home...

In the next week and a half I have a lot of major things going on. My birthday, the 8th anniversary of my best friends death and the 3rd anniversary of the car accident that pretty much ruined my life. Don't get me wrong, I don't want sympathy and my accident could have been MUCH worse, but it still makes me want to be home. Around my friends and family... and Agatinas! It's Super good food and the ENTIRE MENU (from what I know) can be made gluten free! They even have a dessert there that is one of the best things I've ever eaten!

So I sat on the couch and started the "what do you
want for dinner?" discussion with my boyfriend (think Jungle Book vultures). Then I decided I wanted Chicken French! I guess this is a Rochester thing. WOO GO R-O-C!!! It's an Italian dish, don't let the name fool you. No one really knows why it's called Chicken French but I have a theory! Because it requires a good amount of butter! Julia Child taught me French food is buttery food.

So I went to the liquor store, got some wine and came home and starting cooking! I think next time I'll use a little less lemon juice.

"Chicken French"
with Brown Rice and Green Beans

What you need:
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (pounded thin)
1/3 cup Flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
3-4 cloves of Garlic (minced)
2 Tbsp Chicken Broth/Stock
1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Dry Sherry Wine
1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese (grated Bel Gioso is what I always get)
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 Eggs
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil (to coat the pan)

Start off by whisking the Egg, Sugar and Parmesan Cheese together. Heat Salt and Pepper the breasts and press both sides into the Flour, then Egg, then Flour again. Put them in the large pan with heated Olive Oil on medium and cook for about 5 minutes, flip and do the same thing until fully cooked. Set aside.

In the same pan melt 1/4 Butter and add the garlic. Next add the Wine, Chicken Stock and Lemon Juice. Make sure you scrape up all the crunchy bits from cooking the chicken! Let it simmer for a few minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the Chicken back to the sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Top it with sauce.

A lot of people serve Chicken French over pasta or with rice covered in the sauce. I usually do pasta but rice is cheaper ;) and my boyfriend is sick of pasta. He's crazy, I could live off of it! Well, onto dessert!

Friday, October 1, 2010




This doesn't look like anything special, but if you can't eat gluten it is! It's a turkey sandwich that is on a bagel! Ok, big deal. A bagel. Let me rephrase this, AN UDI'S BAGEL! IT'S DELICIOUS!!! ANDDD IT HAS GOOD TEXTURE! Now, I didn't just discover Udi's. I read about Udi's products on somebody's gluten free blog in a different area of the country and sent a mass email out to the Rochester Celiac Support Group asking if anyone had tried it or if anyone know where in the greater Rochester, NY area I could get some. I think 2 people said they had tried the bread while on vacation and loved it. It started a HUGE movement. People started demanding stores carry Udi's. A lot of smaller stores did!

Today I went to Wegmans (I haven't shopped in a while because I hurt my knee and couldn't drive my car, stupid clutch. Oh, and I'm broke no shocker, haha) and I bought Udi's Bagels, White Bread (I prefer this over the whole grain), Pizza Crusts and Lemon Streusel Muffins. I've had all of this before except for the Muffins, which I plan to try as soon as this sandwich digests.

I really can't explain how much Udi's has changed my life. I actually cried when I tried the bread the first time. I forgot I like sandwiches. But now that I can get it with the rest of my groceries I can eat delicious sandwiches whenever the craving strikes because I don't have to pay for shipping :-D So today for lunch I had a Plain Udi's Bagel, Honey Roasted Turkey, Muenster Cheese, Lettuce, Pickles and a little Mayo. It was delicious! If you haven't tried Udi's yet, you should! Here's a link to $1.00 off anything Udi's coupon :)

Happy Eating!