Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Cookbook Project: Recipe 6

Now here was a fun recipe! Who doesn't love a good schnitzel? This book was a joy to look through despite some funky sounding dishes (deviled pig's feet and veal kidney on toast anyone?). I adore the whimsical illustrations throughout the book as well as the traditional cooking techniques.

Luchow's was a German restaurant in NYC, located on East 14st Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. It was opened in 1882 by August Luchow, a native of Hanover, Germany, and closed in 1982. I feel honored to own a little piece of their history...100 years in business is nothing to sneeze at!

Book: Luchow's German Cookbook (1954)
Author: L. J. Mitchell
Recipe: Breaded Pork Cutlet (Schnitzel)
Page: 119

Came from: My grandmother's cookbook collection.

Why this recipe: Reminiscent of our trip to Germany in October of 2008.

Main ingredients: Pork (actually called for veal, as in Wiener Schnitzel), flour for dredging, batter of egg, milk, parm cheese, flour, nutmeg, parsley and lemon...and of course butter.

Process: Pound pork until thin, dredge in flour then dip in batter. Cook in olive oil (called for butter) until golden brown, a few minutes on each side. Set aside in warm dish and add 2 T. butter and juice of 3/4 of a lemon to the pan, whisk together then spoon over cutlets.

Outcome: Well, the Mr. went back for seconds. I really enjoyed it, it was wonderfully fresh and not heavy as one might expect. Loved the thin pork and the lemony sauce. The nutmeg in the batter really gave it that authentic German taste.

Make again? Oh sure...especially when we are feeling nostalgic for Germany.

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Psst: Since I don't list the complete recipe, feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you'd like me to email it to you.

Friday, April 10, 2009

South Coast Botanic Garden.

These photos were taken recently at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California. If you are in Southern Cal, it is worth a visit. I grew up not far from the Garden, but never truly appreciated it until I no longer lived nearby. (Isn't that always the case!)

Situated in one of the most favored growing areas in the world, the 87-acre Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants and about 100 rare trees and shrubs. Over 200 species of birds can be sighted throughout the various smaller gardens such as the Mediterranean Garden, Rose Garden, Cactus Garden and Japanese Garden.

It's a great place to take the kidlets and make sure you wear good walking shoes. Traversing the grounds and small hills in flip flops wasn't the best idea;)

p.s. The wisteria photograph is for sale in our PhotoG Squared Etsy shop here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Back in PA.

Just back from a ten day trip out West. It was a wonderful getaway, but I'm so glad to be home. Trying to get back into the work groove today, but it is mighty difficult. So, I'll leave you with a few shots from the vaca. Cheers!