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Chicken Milanese w/Radish Salad + Le Creuset Giveaway

Dinner


Watermelon Radish Chicken Milanese // www.acozykitchen.com

I spent the long holiday doing all sorts of exciting things like making sweet corn custard and binge-watching Cesar Milan, which has made me realize that perhaps I’m not what he calls “pack leader.” It’s a devastating realization, actually. I’m guessing it feels similarly when your kid tells you to “shut up, mom” in front of other people. I’m not sure what to do with my beast of a child but this week I’ve vowed to be “calm and assertive”—not my best attributes.

In other news, there’s this perfect summer lunch or dinner. And a giveaway! First, let’s talk about the recipe.

Chicken Milanese might be one of my favorite quick meals EVER! The chicken is pounded to be super thin and then dipped in light, panko bread crumbs. The chicken is pan-fried in a pretty small amount of oil, resulting in delicious, crispness. The salad that usually accompanies chicken milanese is pretty normal; usually some sort of lettuce. Instead of going the ol’ normal route, which I’ll admit is also delicious, I wanted to do something a little bit different.

Chicken Milanese with Radish Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

Watermelon radishes are maybe the most beautiful radish in existence. If the season’s change, or if you can’t find watermelon radishes, feel free to swap them out with another type of radish. Watermelon radishes are mild in flavor–just a little bit spicy, so they’re perfect to eat all on their own. I mixed in a bit of flat-leaf parsley and fresh tarragon for added flavor (I love tarragon and chicken together!). The whole salad is tossed in a easy combo of lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Super simple.

It’s no secret that I adore Le Creuset products so it was no surprise that I loved this 3 quart sauté pan. The pan is light yet sturdy and conducts and spreads heat evenly resulting in chicken that’s perfectly cooked.

Chicken Milanese with Radish Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

Today we’re giving away this 3 quart sauté pan to one winner. All you have to do:

1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite flavor of Ice Cream (I need inspiration for the upcoming Ice Cream Week that I keep promising)!

One winner will be chosen on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Steph who said:

“My local ice cream shop made a flavor they called Mango Unchained. It was amazing- sweet from the mangos and spicy from cayenne pepper.”

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Shrimp Tostadas

Dinner

Shrimp Tostada // www.acozykitchen.com

We’re not really in the dog days of summer. When I think of that term I picture early August, humidity that humbles you and days that involve inner tubes, a river, a cooler full of beer and a janky waterproof radio. Those are some dreamy summer days; instead I’ll be super busy making pie after pie recipe and wishing I had central air conditioning. I’m not complaining, in fact, I’m super excited about my summer.

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Summer Squash QuesaTaco (Quesadilla + Taco) w/Pineapple Salsa

Dinner

Summer Squash QuesaTaco (Quesadilla + Taco) // www.acozykitchen.com

Sometimes I’m so hungry I feel like I might die. I know I’m being super melodramatic because people can go days and sometimes weeks without food but something happens where my blood sugar levels dictate my mood…and brain. I become angry, desperate…and then super creative.

I begin pairing ingredients that are strange and on the verge of not-so-pleasant. But a few weeks ago, I came across a freakin’ gem. I peered in my fridge, saw some tortillas, cheese and some leftover shredded chicken. That is when the first child from a quesadilla mother and taco father was born. QuesaTaco!

I’m an inventor…or so I thought. I googled it and realized some stoner kid on Reddit had already done it. SO, I didn’t exactly invent it but I still feel pretty proud of this recipe.

Summer Squash QuesaTaco (Quesadilla + Taco) // www.acozykitchen.com

This recipe starts with a super quick cooking situation with diced summer squash, ancho chile powder and ground cumin. That’s the filling.

Then I made a bunch of quesadillas.

The quesadillas were then topped with all sorts of stuff…like a taco!

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Spicy Watermelon Granita

Desserts

Spicy Watermelon Granita // www.acozykitchen.com

I have lots of random thoughts going on in my brain right now.

Number one: If I could write my blog posts using emojis I would. I probably would’ve inserted a fire emoji and a smiley face (with the sunglasses on, of course!) next to the title of this post. I wonder when/if Apple is ever gonna put emojis on a keyboard. That’ll be the end. I’ll be the most annoying person in the world.

Number two: I just realized that Lindsay Lohan’s dress (from her interview with the big O) is actually the same shade of yellow/orange as the soup from yesterday. Very matchy-matchy!

Number three: I know I’ve had a productive day when my feet hurt and my shorts and shirt are stained and all I want to do is sit in bed and eat whatever is in the freezer/fridge. Currently: a small bowl of this Spicy Watermelon Granita. It’s the perfect dessert that doesn’t really taste like a big dessert. This ain’t no cake. It’s refreshing and light and the spice is a nice kick.

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