Sunday, October 10, 2010

Crispy Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

October 9, 2009
Happy Anniversary to us! Last night we celebrated our one year anniversary. We went to dinner at an Italian place then came home and ate cake and toasted with Champagne. We didn't save our cake from the wedding. Everyone says that it tastes gross, plus how would we have gotten it here from Texas? Instead I picked out a cute cake from Whole Foods: Strawberry Shortcake, yum! This has been the best year of my life. I am so happy and love my husband more each day. He has brought so much joy to my life, we are very blessed!
A toast with our champagne flutes and some yummy cake!
On another note, I had a fun experience yesterday when my Junior League group visited Mr. Bones' Pumpkin Patch. Apparently it is the place that celebrities go with their children to get their pumpkins. Paparazzi were standing outside waiting for celebrities to come. I didn't see any while we were there, but I picked up a cute pumpkin. After the pumpkin patch we were very hot (it was 90 degrees) so we walked to a cute French cafe down the street and I saw 2 celebrities, Ben Savage (Boy Meets World), and Jessica Lowndes (plays Adriana on 90210). They weren't together, but they were both eating there. And another celebrity siting earlier this week, when I went to the Grove to buy Jeffrey his anniversary gift (2 film books, which he loves), I saw Mario Lopez. He is shooting Extra there everyday. It is so funny because he is around Jeffrey's height and build, you always imagine them taller.... but he is very cute! I got this picture with my camera phone (sorry for the bad quality).
Mario Lopez!


My cute pumpkin!
Sorry for all the the journaling before, but it has been a while since I blogged. Last week Jeffrey surprised me twice with unexpected visitors! Wednesday I got home from a walk and he asked if we had anything to make for lunch because he told his friend Martim to come over. I was like ummmmm WHAT?! So I rushed in the kitchen (in my underwear from being wet from my walk..it had been raining) and started whipping up some Baked Shrimp Scampi. Then I was going so fast that when I went to shake some red pepper flakes into the topping the whole top came off and a full bottle of red pepper flakes spilled into the bowl! I had to hand pick as much as I could out, needless to say it was really spicy shrimp!

On Thursday, I returned from work and running errands around 4:30 and he says "Kip is coming over for dinner, do you have something planned?" Normally it would have been fine since I usually have dinner planned each night, but since the heat wave I have been lazy (hence less blogging), and haven't planned a menu in a while. I have also gained a reputation of being a good cook so I couldn't make a bad meal! It all turned out well because I made up a new dish that is really yummy!! This dish stemmed from my Grown up Hamburger Helper dish that I am obsessed with. Also, since I was making it up as I went along, I may be missing a few pictures...

Crispy Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce
3 chicken breasts (I didn't take a picture of it this time, but I used my meat "hammer" again to thin the breasts out to about 1/2 inch)
1/2 cup buttermilk (I didn't have any so I mixed 1/2 cup milk with 1 Tb of white vinegar and let it sit for 2 mins)
1 egg
1/4 cup white wine
3 Tb heavy cream
2 tsp honey
1 Tb Dijion Mustard
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup flour (I used self rising because my regular flour was too far to reach)
salt and pepper
3 Tb Vegetable oil or Grape seed oil

 Mix egg and buttermilk together and pour into a bag with chicken for batter.
 Stir panko, flour and some salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
 In a small sauce pan, combine dijion, dry mustard, wine, honey and some salt and pepper. Let simmer for about 5 mins.
 Pour in cream and reduce heat to a low simmer.
 Make a slurry with 1/2 tsp corn starch and 1 Tb water. Then pour into saucepan and cook on low for 2 mins. Remove sauce from heat and add sliced basil.

 Heat 3 Tb oil in frying pan. I heard grapeseed oil is better to use for frying because it heat to higher temps and has less fat.
 Dip battered chicken in breading on both sides (make sure it gets completely covered)
 Fry for 2-3 mins per side, until it is golden brown.

 Transfer chicken into an oiled baking dish and pour sauce over each breast. Bake on 375 for 20 mins or until done on the inside.

 I also made artichokes with my favorite lemon dill dressing and risotto for dinner! It turned out to be a very fun evening, and now I have a new favorite chicken dish! PS This blog has been a life saver for me when it comes to entertaining quickly. I think I use it more than anyone else.

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