Chicken Cutlets With White Wine & Shallots

Chicken Cutlets With White Wine & Shallots

I love chicken especially when its been pounded paper thin, breaded then cooked to perfect tenderness. Chicken breasts tend to be a little dry. My hubby and I prefer the thigh, but when I serve it like a cutlet, it’s always a welcomed dish. I have also found over the years it is an economical and versatile way to use the breast because it serves many more people this way and you can change the seasoning in the breading and the sauce combinations. Today it was made with a simple reduction of white wine and shallots… Continue reading

Filet Mignon Tips With Mushrooms, Onions & Thyme

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What I love about filet mignon beef tips and mushrooms is that the meat is as tender as the mushrooms . When I was a vegetarian, I would substitute mushrooms for meat, so this dish is the best of both worlds. When I want filet I buy the whole tenderloin, then I trim it up and cut all my steaks. Using the whole loin leaves me with pieces that are perfect for tips. It is a very simple dish and here is how I make mine… Continue reading

Pork Tenderloin Au Poivre with Black Grape, Tarragon and Red Wine Compote

Au poivre is a French term that simply means with Pepper. Traditionally filet mignon is used and the meat is smothered in cracked black pepper prior to cooking. Tonight I used Pork filet instead. I created this dish last November when I was left with black grapes after a French Party I chaired for our French Victorian Christmas theme. Soirèe Française Èlègante left me with Grapes galore. The au poivre just enhanced the flavor of the rich grapes and the elegance of the french inspired dish. When I made this before, I used a Bordeaux. This time I used a Cabernet Sauvignon that my step daughter made, I thought it was rather good when it peaked. Continue reading

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms in a Barbecue Wine Sauce

I love making appetizers for dinner instead of a whole meal sometimes. In this case rather than make several small appetizer plates, I made one large appetizer that became a meal. My fabulous husband said it was out of this world and I have to agree with him. You can make this for a crowd with smaller mushrooms, or for an entree with larger mushrooms.    Continue reading

Classic Shrimp Scampi made with Shrimp Stock

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For those of you who love to eat shrimp scampi, but can never seem to replicate that perfect restaurant taste, this is the recipe for you. Years ago when I was making this with a chef friend of mine, I had forgotten an important ingredient… the clam juice from his ‘restaurant’ ingredients list. I didn’t know what to do, but not to worry, as we cleaned the shrimp shells off the shrimp, a light bulb went on and we quickly replicated what I had missed. To both our surprise, a star was born! The shrimp shells became the perfect substitute and the perfect broth… and what a difference it’s made to my Scampi. Some of the best dishes are born out of the excellent mistakes we make…What a flavor punch! It added depth and lightness to the dish at the same time!    Continue reading

Heidi’s French Onion Soup

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I can never get enough French Onion Soup! I was about 10 the first time I tried it… but from my first bite, I was sold. We ate out a lot when I was growing up and for years I ordered it every time I saw it on the menu. Even now, I am still tempted when I see it. I assure you that I have had enough onion soup to make me quite the connoisseur. By the time I was in 11th grade I decided to make it at home. I have spent years in my kitchen tweaking my love affair with this soup.This is my favorite French Onion Soup! Simple but Perfect!  Continue reading