Caeser Salad (Revised)

Betty's Favorite Caesar Salad

This is our favorite Caesar Salad dressing. Perhaps not entirely authentic, but it works for us!

1 egg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon anchovy paste, or 3-4 anchovy fillets
1 clove garlic, grated
4 or 5 drops fresh lemon juice
4 or 5 drops Worcestershire Sauce
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano plus a few shards grated
Freshly ground black pepper
Garlic Croutons


Place all ingredients except olive oil and cheese in a mini-processor and blend for a few seconds. Add the olive oil and blend to combine.
Toss with chopped Romaine Lettuce. Add grated cheese and toss. Add croutons and freshly ground black pepper and toss. Top with shards of Parmigiano. Enjoy!


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Betty's Chicken Parmigiana

A long-time favorite in Italian restaurants, Chicken Parmigiana is a snap to make at home - especially if you have my Home Made Marinara Sauce on hand.
You can bread and fry the cutlets and freeze them or you can complete the entire dish and freeze that ready to pull out for a delicious dinner any time.  Add my Caesar Salad and Coffee Liqueur Coupe and you are ready for a dinner party!

Ingredients:

6 (or more) thin chicken cutlets*
1½ cups Italian flavored breadcrumbs mixed with
½ cup finely grated Parmigiana cheese
1 cup flour
2 eggs well beaten
Oil for frying
1½ cups Home Made Marinara Sauce**
¼ cup finely grated Parmigiana cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Set up a breading station with the flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumb mixture.
Dip cutlets first in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the cutlets for two or three minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Prepare a baking dish with a light coating of Marinara Sauce then layer the cutlets into the dish. Cover with remaining sauce, sprinkle with Parmigiana and top with mozzarella.  (The dish may be frozen at this point.)
Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes or until cheese is nicely melted.

*See my video on Chicken Tenders to see how to make your own thin cutlets.
**See my video on Marinara Sauce.


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Peach Crumble -Quick & Easy


This is the perfect homemade dessert for those who think they cannot bake and for those who can too!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and have ready a baking dish large enough to hold fruit.

2 lbs. peaches, peeled,
pitted and sliced (or fruit of your choice)

For the topping:

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 oz. cold unsalted butter, diced

Combine flour, sugar, salt and almonds and process until nuts are roughly chopped.  Add cold butter cubes and process just until mixture starts to "clump".

Spread fruit evenly in baking dish and sprinkle topping over it.

Bake until topping is brown and fruit is bubbling.  Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

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Betty's Summer Salad

Betty's Summer Salad: This has become one of our favorite salads.  It really tastes of summer! 

Fresh corn/avocado salad

Kernels from 2 or 3 ears of corn
1 large avocado
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
8 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely diced red onion

Vinaigrette dressing

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup oil

Place all ingredients in a small jar, cover and shake vigorously to blend.

You can make larger quantities and keep in refrigerator.

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