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My Favorite Recipe

20 Mar

I decided to take a break from painting and share with you my all time favorite recipe. I found it via Pinterest, (shocking I know!). The recipe is a twist on chicken parmesan an old classic. Instead of frying the chicken making it really fatty Chef John the creator turns the dish into a casserole. Now I am not about to rehash how to make this phenomenal dish, you can find an awesome video tutorial which he created on his foodwishes website. It’s worth watching if only for his humor alone! What I am going to add are the homemade croutons I made for this recipe, it makes a huge difference. I know what you are thinking…chicken parm, croutons what is she talking about…watch the video trust me it makes sense. Either way if you use them for this recipe or even just in a salad it’s worth taking the extra 15 minutes to make your own. I will never buy store made croutons every again.

We had left over foccia bread from a local farm/bakery I hate having bread go to waste but after two days it was starting to get hard. Day old bread is best for crouton making.

Here is what you will need:

  • Bread cubed into small pieces (I used four pieces of bread)
  • Olive oil 2 tbs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Minced garlic 1 tbs
  • Any additional spices you want to add.

crutons

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for the bread in a big mixing bowl. Then add the bread and toss until all the pieces are lightly coated. Lay out onto a baking sheet in a single layer.

crutons 3

Bake for about 10 – 12 min or until they get golden brown. I used these for my chicken parm casserole which the top layer is croutons so I let these only cook for 10 min since they were headed right back to the oven. Here is the final chicken parm casserole with homemade croutons, so good!

crutons 2

Let me know if any of you try this!

LaurenSig

Monday Mantel Inspiration

26 Nov

I am back and in a big way! I could rattle off a list of excuses as to why I have not posted but I will spare you. I have really missed Le Chic Elefant! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday. I have taken down all the Thanksgiving decorations and swung right into the Christmas ones. I now realize I need some serious mantel inspiration. I had the cutest Thanksgiving mantel (which I never got to post about!) but my Christmas one is lacking. So I hopped over to my two favorite inspiration sites, Better Homes and Garden and Pinterest for some Monday-Mantel Inspiration.

Better Homes and Garden Inspiration

Pinterest

If I could do it all over again

2 Oct

When I got married it was before the days of Pinterest, shocking a life without Pinterest who could imagine. I have to admit I get a little wedding envy everytime I take a look at the wedding pins. Don’t get me wrong I loved my wedding, the day could not have been more perfect. Here are a few pictures from my day. I think every bride post wedding wants to do it all over again with new ideas. So if I could do it again this is what I would do!

Photo Booth: You can never have to many photos, and your guests will love taking goofy pictures.

Love the sign, it has great meaning behind it!

I love the one shoulder dress!

Pretty writing

 

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