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CHICKEN PAN FRIED IN AVOCADO OIL TOPPED WITH PESTO AND SERVED OVER A SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES

BEST AVOCADO OIL EVER? CHOSEN FOODS AVOCADO OIL !
COAT
CHICKEN IN EGG, THEN A COMBO OF BREAD CRUMBS (I USED ALEIA’S GF)
AND PARMESAN CHEESE. PAN FRY UNTIL GOLDEN.  LAY ON A RACK UNTIL READY TO
SERVE.



PESTO: In a food
processor, chop 
2 cups basil and 6 garlic cloves. 
 Stream in 3/4c. olive
oil. 
Add 1c. parmesan cheese and 2 ounces pine nuts. 
ADD 1 TSP SALT
AND SOME FRESH PEPPER!



MAKE A SALAD WITH YOUR FAVORITE GREENS, STRAWBERRIES, CASHEWS, PARMESAN CHEESE AND WE USED ANNIE’S HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING! TOP WITH YOUR CHICKEN CUTLETS AND A DOLLOP OF PESTO!

It’s 5:00 Somewhere Friday: Holiday Spiced Cocktail Cherries

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you probably know that we have a thing for cocktail cherries in this house. My husband is a Manhattan drinker, and you can’t have a Manhattan without a cherry. He likes the expensive all natural ones, so I try and make my own as often as I can. We’ve long run through this summer’s LIMONCELLO CHERRIES. They were wonderful, but I’m more in a warm spicy mood now.  These Holiday Spiced Cherries make great gifts, too, so if you see fresh cherries, grab them.  Aside from their regular summer season, they show up at random times in my store, but you can often find them during the holidays.  These are from Ecuador.

If you’re used to the neon red dye # 40 version, a good gourmet cherry can be a revelation.  The whiskey and spices slowly seep into the flesh of the fruit and not only flavor it but preserve it.  Even if you don’t drink these can be used to garnish ice cream and other desserts, too.  Depending on your level of self control, you could easily plow through the whole jar in a sitting, just popping these beauties into your mouth one after another.

I left my spices whole, but you can also crush them a bit to extract even more spice flavor.  It depends on your preference.  If you’re giving these as a gift, I think the whole spices look prettier.  The longer the cherries soak, the more flavor they will absorb.  And don’t let the whiskey go to waste after you’ve used up the cherries, by the way, it will make great cocktails on its own.

Holiday Spiced Cocktail Cherries

What You Will Need

  • 1 lb cherries, pitted
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in two
  • 1/4 tsp allspice berries
  • 1/4 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp multicolor peppercorns
  • 1/2 of a whole nutmeg
  • 2 – 3 whole star anise
  • whiskey
  • kirschwasser (optional)

Instructions

  1. To pit your cherries, turn them sideways, that way you will retain the stem. A CHERRY PITTER works perfectly, and is well worth having around.
  2. Layer the cherries along with the whole spices in a glass jar, or jars. If you are giving the cherries as a gift, you may want to position the spices along the outside so they can be seen. Fill 3/4 of the way with whiskey, and top off with the kirschwasser, if using. Make sure all the cherries are submerged.
  3. Cover the jars tightly and refrigerate.

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Here’s to making the holiday rush a little more pleasant!

WORLD’S MOST AMAZING MEATBALL PARM!!!!!!!

 

This dinner was AMAZING!!!! To make it gluten free, I used Scharr brand bread crumbs but you can certainly use regular bread crumbs if you’re not gluten free.  Use your favorite sauce-homemade or jarred.  I used Market Pantry brand from Target and was shocked by how delish it was!!!!


Hugs & Cookies Meatball Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds meatloaf mix (beef, pork, veal combo)
  • 4 cloves garlic-roughly chopped, not minced
  • a handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Scharr brand)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (not grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • Sauce of your choice (approx two 24-oz jars)
  • Mozzarella cheese to top it off with!

Mix all of the above ingredients and form your meatballs-not too lage.  I made 32 meatballs.  Pan fry to brown them.  Don’t worry about cooking them through-they will finish cooking in the oven.  Preheat oven to 375.


Pour some sauce in the bottom of your dish(es).  I used the 2 decorative ceramic dishes pictured above or you could use one 9×13.  Lay meatballs on top of the sauce.  Cover with more sauce and dress the top up with lots of mozzarella!  It should be covered with cheese!!!  Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins.  Remove foil and bake an additional 20 mins or until meatballs are cooked through (depending on size you make them.)

Serve this sauce and meatballs right over some spaghetti pie muffins!!!

TIP: This would freeze really well! Make an extra batch and freeze for a busy work night!!!