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Okay, so it’s not technically fall just yet – but we’re getting closer to it, and no doubt many of us are running around town, busily balancing kids, work, you-name-it. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with the entire family for a nice meal? With that in mind, I thought I’d suggest this wonderful chicken parmesan entrée. Make it, and watch every member of your busy family gravitate to the table. Never fails. 

And for dessert? These avalanche bars are always a huge hit. White chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows? Yes. Please. 

Have a great month, and bon appétit!  

Chicken Parmesan 

  • 4 chicken cutlets 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs 
  • 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon water, whisked together 
  • 10 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Dried basil for garnish 
  • Salt/pepper 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour (both sides), shake off excess. Then dredge in egg mixture (both sides), shake off excess. Finally, dredge in breadcrumbs (both sides) and press into chicken. 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken on both sides (3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through). Move to paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil. 

Place cooked noodles in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with marinara, reserving 1 cup to top the chicken. Arrange chicken breasts on top of noodles, followed by remaining sauce across the chicken. Evenly sprinkle cheese on top of chicken. 

Baked uncovered for around 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

Sprinkle with basil before serving. 

Avalanche Bars    

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag white chocolate chips 
  • 2 heaping tbsp. creamy peanut butter 
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal 
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows 

 

Place white chocolate chips and peanut butter in glass bowl and heat for 45 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. If chips are not completely melted, heat in 10-second increments until they are totally melted/smooth. 

 

Gently stir in crispy rice cereal until totally combined. Let sit for 10 minutes to cool. 

 

Add mini chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir to combine. 

 

Gently press mixture into a greased 7x11 baking dish.  

 

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until hard, and cut into bars.

By Mary Martin Nordness

For centuries, consumers have known that what they eat and how much can play a role in their health, but only until recently have studies shown that food also may play a role in keeping our brains healthy. While most Americans consider brain health the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle - right after heart health - they often have no idea they can help to fight off cognitive decline with better nutrition. And with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, and Americans living longer, it’s more important than ever to know the steps to protect your brain health.

If you’re planning on enjoying some backyard summer parties, I’ve got the potato salad for you. This bacon ranch potato salad is a huge crowd pleaser, and it’s quick and easy to make. Summer is *far* from over so enjoy all the gatherings in coming weeks.

Happy summer and as always, bon appétit!

The foods that we associate the most with the South are all at their peak in July. 

Shucking peas on the porch with grandmother, tomato sandwiches on white bread in the yard and having watermelon seed spitting contests are memories we all have here in Alabama. 

So what do you do with the haul from the farmer’s market when you get it home? 

Who doesn’t love a great cake? If you’re looking for a unique, absolutely amazing dessert to serve, this cannoli cake is simply divine. What’s even better? It’s surprisingly easy to make. Enjoy, and as always, bon appétit!

Those of you who are savvy shoppers have no doubt noticed: Strawberries can be had in almost every store (and at the Farmer's Markets) for low, LOW prices, and often in bulk. With such a bounty, what is one to do? Create a sweet desert that will thrill the taste buds of everyone in your family, of course! This is my recipe for strawberry vanilla Bundt cake, and it's usually a big hit. Enjoy using those great berries and as always, bon appétit!

It’s a summer holiday weekend and in Alabama, that means barbecue.  And by barbecue, we mean pulled pork.   We spice it up with ribs and maybe some chicken, but pulled pork is where it’s at.  

The great thing about pulled pork is that it is inexpensive, reheats beautifully, feeds a crowd and pretty much everyone loves it.  Oh, and it’s gluten free if you use a gluten free barbecue sauce (which many are) and paleo in its natural state.  So Brooke can eat it with her salad and stay on her diet.

Are you a snacker? If so, you know: It’s not easy to find a healthy, low-fat and low-carb treat to enjoy. This month, I’ve got a solution! These Low Carb Cheez-It® crackers are an excellent option as a go-to when you need something flavorful that won’t destroy your healthy eating plan. And this is easy - so no need to put off making because you can make these quickly. Summer is almost here...it's time to dial back all our unhealthy eating habits. It can be done without sacrificing tastiness. So, whether you need a snack as you catch up on the week's DVR shows or something to bring to the ballpark (these are great for sharing), give these crackers a try.

Tuscaloosa, you astound me: Thanks for all the compliments about this tomato basil soup – I’m honored. If there’s one thing we know about here, it’s great food, and this soup recipe is excellent, if I do say so myself. It’s fast and easy, too, which helps tremendously when we’re on the go as we so often are here.

Enjoy the rest of this busy month and, as always, bon appétit!

Hooray, it’s finally spring! Now, let’s celebrate with this nifty, tasty orange dream smoothie – the perfect pastel treat to fit into this season, shall we? This smoothie is healthy and delicious (and let’s face it, these terms are not always synonymous).

Bon appétit!

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