Yesterday, we went to Philadelphia to see our oldest son, Robert. We hoped it would be a beautiful day so we could walk around the city, but the weather just did not cooperate. It doesn’t really matter that much to us though, as we were happy to just be down there with him. Our youngest niece Stephanie was looking at colleges, hard to imagine that she’s college bound, and one college was in Philadelphia. We made arrangements to meet up with her family and share the beauty of this city with them. We had a lovely day at my son’s home and a delicious lunch.
Stephanie is my youngest niece and the youngest grandchild in our family. This week, she received an award from her high school – Heart of a Champion – for her work in her high school marching band. When she sent me a photograph of her award, I told her that receiving an award like that says a lot about her character. There are so many people in this world who find it impossible to be kind to others. In my opinion, being recognized for having a strong heart is worth more than anything else. How we treat others says a lot about who we are and who we want to be. Obviously, my niece has received a good foundation from her parents and is ready to now leave the nest. I look forward to hearing about her final college selection and we wish her well these next four years. My three children will tell you going away to college was the best growth experience of their lives and one they treasured.
Today, I need to get myself ready to return to work following my mid-winter break. I planned to work this week, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. I ended up being home all week and once that happens, I settle in to a nesting routine. The weather wasn’t great so it was easy to just relax at home. We had some delicious meals and binged on some great shows. I read a few books and now that it’s over, it’s time to get back to my normal routine. Cooking a few meals today to prepare for the week helped me get myself ready.
A few weeks back, when we had a snowstorm, I posted photographs of our storm meal – Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy and Spaetzle.
I shared the recipe with those who asked and today decided it was time to make it again. It’s super simple and delicious. As it poured outside, I was happy to have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Cooking in pajamas is quite fun!
- Unsalted butter
- ½ onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 8 oz. Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced (Can use white mushrooms too)
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ½ cup of white wine
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon of mustard
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pour a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and turn on Alexa for dancing in the kitchen.
- Heat butter over medium-high heat in a medium skillet
- Saute onions for about 4 minutes
- Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
- Add the mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes.
- Add the wine, stirring to deglaze the pot and combine with the flour
- Add the stock, and stir until it thickens.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat
- Stir in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook for about 10 minutes on low heat, thickening if necessary.
- Cover and set aside, keeping warm
- Olive oil
- 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup panko
- 1 tsp hungarian sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon of caraway seeds
- Heat the oil in a large skillet
- Thin slice chicken if not already thin. Place between two pieces of Saran wrap and pound the cutlet with your rolling pin.
- Place the flour in one bowl, eggs in another and panko in a third with paprika and caraway seeds.
- Place each cutlet in the flour, then dip into the egg, then dredge in the panko mix.
- Fry each cutlet about 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
- Serve with gravy poured over top and spaetzle.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix together to form dough.
- Place dough in spaetzle maker over pot of boiling water
- Cook until spaetzle rises to top (2 minutes)
- Remove from water and serve immediately
This recipe made enough to serve 4 people. I served it with spinach. The food reheats beautifully for lunch and a quick dinner during the week. If you try it, please let me know how you like it.
If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please send me a note below. I’d love to hear the story of your family recipe and try it out. We can feature your recipe on an upcoming blog, along with your story and memories. We love trying out new recipes and hearing the stories attached.