MJ’s Chicken

Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you the famed MJ’s Chicken.
(I may be hyping this up a little too much.)
But this chicken is good, really good.
It’s my mom’s specialty.
So without any further ado, MJ’s Chicken:  


boneless & skinless chicken (about 1.5 lbs)
1 egg
Italian bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese
Olive Oil

what TO DO

in a small bowl …
whisk an egg, adding a spoonful (ishh) of water

in a larger bowl …
add Italian bread crumbs (if you have regular bread crumbs just add your own Italian seasoning)
add parmesan cheese, mixing with the bread crumbs

in a baking pan …
coat the bottom with olive oil 

cut the chicken into tender shapes (if they aren’t already that shape)
dunk the chicken into the egg then dunk into the bread crumbs
place the breaded chicken into the baking pan
once all the chicken is in the pan, flip each piece over so both sides have been coated in the oil

preheat oven to 350
place the chicken in the oven
flip each piece after 20-30 mins (ishh)
bake for a TOTAL of 40 mins (ishh) or until the chicken is golden and crispy

make extra, this chicken is fantastic as leftovers, especially as a sandwich
this chicken is great in a salad (smile)
and great with ….

Baked Sweet Potato Fries !

Fun fact: Sweet Potato vs. Yam.

I have this theory.  Hear me out.
Answers are more satisfying when I don’t google my questions.  
I’m serious.

I have a question, such as, what’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?  It is more fun to ask people my puzzling question.  If know one knows the answer, I ask more people; I’m searching for the answer.  Really searching, not virtually searching.  And I eventually find someone who knows the answer to my question.  And my quest is complete and that answer is more rewarding.

So what’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?
No one knew.
I caved.
I googled it.

A monocot (a plant having one embryonic seed leaf)
Native to Africa, over 600 varieties
More starchier & drier than sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes:
A dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves)
Classified as ‘firm’ or ‘soft’

The mix-up
‘soft’ sweet potatoes are often labeled as yam in the US

‘firm’ sweet potatoes were first produced in the US
when ‘soft’ sweet potatoes were produced, people began calling them yams to distinguish 
Apparently, the US Department of Agriculture requires the label ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the label ‘sweet potato’  
So anyway, I have sweet potatoes (I’m fairly certain).  And I’m going to bake some sweet potato fries.


Sweet Potatoes 
Olive Oil
Chili Powder
Garlic powder
Black pepper 

what TO DO

preheat your oven to 400F (450F if you like your fries super crispy)

peel the skin off the sweet potato 
cut the sweet potato into fries
shoestring, wedges, rectangular chunks … it can be tricky.
Helpful Hint: cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise in half and work from there 

toss the fries in a bowl
                  add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil per sweet potato 
                  mix, making sure the fries are fully coated
add the spices
                  vary based upon how many fries you have and how much spice you prefer
                  Helpful Hint: 1 cinnamon = 1 chili powder = ½ paprika = ½ garlic powder = 2 black pepper
mix well
place aluminum foil on a baking sheet and dump the fries on top
bake, turning every 10-15 mins for about 30-40 mins or until the fries are baked as crispy as you like


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