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It’s always a pleasure getting the opportunity to hang out with Fran Drescher. Today we both took in Renee Taylor’s “My Life On A Diet” at the Theatre at St. Clements on West 46th. You have until September 2, to check it out. A wonderful time for any true “Nanny” fan.

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If you need 90 minutes of laughter, check out Renee Taylor in “My Life On A Diet” at The Theatre at St. Clements on West 46th. The show runs through September 2.

 

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Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 cups butter softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 (12 oz.) package semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

1.Mix flour and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate and vanilla chips.

2. Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. (Or make them larger as in photo, about 2 tbs.)

3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes. Remove to wire racks and let cool completely.

 

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Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh arugula (rinsed and drained)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 avocados cut into pieces

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing Ingredients:

1 tbsp. chopped garlic (3 medium garlic cloves)
2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Add all vegetables to one bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix dressing ingredients. (You may want to make the dressing an hour before serving)

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Ingredients:

2 dozen chicken wings

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

salt and pepper (just a pinch)

olive oil

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

2 tsp. hot sauce

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat wings in flour mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. In a skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. When heated, add wings. Cook wings for 12-15 minutes. Turn wings over to cook evenly.

3. While wings are cooking, in a separate pan, add butter and hot sauce. Keep on a low heat and stir until butter is melted.

4. When wings are done, place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Put wings in a bowl and pour butter sauce over them. Stir to coat them.

Serve hot.

A wonderful evening on Broadway with a backstage invite from Marilu Henner. Check her out in “Gettin’ The Band Back Together” at the Belasco Theatre.

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Ingredients:
1 whole chicken (cut up into pieces)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1 tbsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Directions:
1. Mix all spices in an a large Ziploc bag.
2. Add chicken pieces to Ziploc bag. Shake well.
3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (Overnight is even better.)
Cooking Options:
1.) Barbecue on a grill. Turning frequently. About 20 minute cooking time. (Make sure chicken is well cooked.)    Or
2.) Preheat oven to 35o degrees and bake for 45 minutes.
*Note: Certain chicken pieces will cook faster than others. Make sure all chicken is cooked well.

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz. can) chick peas (drained)

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

1 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. tahini

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 qt. cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

3 basil leaves (chopped)

sea salt

*extra olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, put chick peas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Mix until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, add cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and basil. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Mix well.
  3. On a plate put some hummus. Put tomato and feta mixture on top. (see photo)

 

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Ingredients:

8 chicken cutlets

1/2 lb French fries (potatoes)

fresh mozzarella (8 slices)

tomato sauce

sea salt and black pepper

2 egg whites beaten

2 cups bread crumbs

olive oil

Directions:

1. Dip chicken cutlets in egg whites. Then coat cutlets with bread crumbs.

2. In a large skillet, put 1/4 cup of olive oil. Fry cutlets on each side for about 3 minutes each. Turn so they don’t burn. Remove and put to the side.

3. For the French fries, you can buy frozen and bake them. If not, get 4 large potatoes and slice into shape of fries. Sprinkle with sea salt and coat with olive oil. Put on a baking pan and bake in a 400 degree oven, and bake for about 25 minutes. (until crisp and tender) *Note: It’s faster to bake the frozen ones.

4. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with tomato sauce. Put cutlets in pan. Put some sauce on each cutlet. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.

5. Layer five or six fries on each cutlet and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese. (see photo)

6. In a preheated 400 degree oven, put cutlets in oven for about 5-7 minutes to heat through. You also want the mozzarella well melted.

National Sugar Cookie Day

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Ingredients:

Ingredients
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tbsp. buttermilk

colored sugar, for decorating

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

1. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

3.  Blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.

4. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet.

5. With a brush moisten the top of each cookie with buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie.

6. Sprinkle with pink sugar on top.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.  Let cool a few minutes before removing from pans.