Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

This is borrowed from Oprah’s website with a few minor alterations on Patti Labelle’s recipe. There was no parsley available, which seems like a useless addition anyway so cilantro was substituted. Read below to create a healthy alternative to Southern Fried Chicken made..in the oven!

Servings: Makes 4 servings


Oven-Fried Chicken

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 halved chicken breasts , bone in, skin removed
  • 1 cup panko (or other seasoned bread crumbs)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 large cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt


In a large bowl, combine chicken broth with 3 cups ice. Add chicken; chill 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a resealable bag, combine bread crumbs, flour, salt, cayenne, oregano, garlic, parsley, and pepper; shake.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking sheet with vegetable or olive oil spray; set aside.

Place yogurt in a medium bowl. Remove chicken from broth. One piece at a time, dip chicken into yogurt, then place in bread crumb mixture and shake. Place breaded chicken on baking sheet. Spray tops of chicken with vegetable spray. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information:

402 calories

A Comme-ci Comme-ça Pie Recipe Fixed!

We have never heard of this ‘Pie Day’, which happened on January 23rd. However, National Pi Day, which recognizes the mathematical π is celebrated on March 14 inspired from the first three digits of pi: 3.14.  Thus, we don’t really know if there is a connection between the two but since pies are delicious, we decided to provide a recipe for sweet apple pie.

If you noticed, she put the pie crust in first and dumped 3/4 cup of sugar in. One of the problems of putting pie crust in and then putting apple slices on top is that there is the chance that the bottom crust will not be cooked.

Solution? Cook the pie crust separately for about 5 minutes until the top of the crust looks slightly cooked.
(NOTE: You can also buy pre-made pie shells. They already come in a container you can slip right into the oven)

We would also recommend using lesser sugar or no sugar at all (if you’re adventurous like us). Also, there are a lesser amount of calories if you substitute BROWN sugar for the white. You might be able to even use raw sugar.

The rest of the ingredients she used we liked. If you are using lesser sugar, use a smaller amount of salt.

If you like cinnamon and nutmeg, go crazy. However, anything in too much excess is a bad thing.

On that happy note, enjoy!

How To Make Butter Chicken

Let us tell you a story about a secret, the secret of making Butter Chicken, Poulet au Beurre in all its deliciousness. For your information, Butter Chicken is just a name. It doesn’t mean adding on butter like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, only 2 tablespoons are needed ;)

Preparation Time: 1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 4

What you’ll need:

Chicken 800 grams
Lemon juice
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Butter ..2 tablespoons
Yogurt 1 cup
Garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon but can be substituted with Garlic Cloves
Ginger paste 2 tablespoons. Can be substituted with actual Ginger
Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Mustard oil 2 tablespoons (We used some Garlic Mustard creation he hee)
Dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato puree 400 grams
Cream 1 cup (we didn’t have it so we used evaporated milk)
Green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon (minimal amounts. Cloves 2 or 3!!)

Les Instructions:
Make incisions with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces of the chicken. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken for and set aside for half an hour (or at least a long as it takes you to prepare the curry (russ).

In a separate bowl, add yogurt, red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and “mustard oil”. Now add this onto the marinated chicken pieces and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours ideally (or if you’re in a rush, start cooking the chicken on something that looks like the pan above or in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10 or 12 minutes) Add the butter and allow it to melt.

Add the green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.

Add the tomato puree (or cut up tomatoes if you don’t have the puree), red chili powder again, garam masala powder, salt and the cream (or evaporated milk).

If you think your mixture is too thick, add water. If it is too watery, let curry simmer on low.

On a final note, make sure your chicken is cooked and add a little paprika for colour.

Bon appétit

Eat The Great Wall of Chocolate China

The World Chocolate Wonderland exhibition and trade show will have a special treat this month as a chocolate replica of the Great Wall of China has been made. The crafty and clever Chinese confectioners behind this creation of 10 meter (33 ft) long chocolate-y goodness thought it was a good idea as a ploy to seduce their Chinese brethren to eat more chocolate.

The Great Chocolate wall is made up of a mixture of mostly solid dark chocolate bricks with white chocolate ”cement”

They even made a mini-army of 560 chocolate replicas of the famous Terracotta Warriors standing at attention on a layer of chocolate flakes.

How precious!

And it wasn’t without hard work either as Chocolatier Wang Qilu attests. ”It was a feat of engineering in itself, with a carefully constructed crumbling section at one end to resemble the real thing.” It also meant he had to make sure chocolate materials did not melt.

That sounds so good. We should all go to China right now!

Top 10 Recipes From The LA Times

Some recipes listed didn’t appeal to us so instead of 10, we listed the ones that seemed the most intriguing! All calorie and nutritional value listed

Recipe: Rice noodles with Chinese chives, shrimp and pork (banh pho xao he)

Total time: 35 minutes, plus soaking time for the noodles

Each of 3 servings: 604 calories; 27 grams protein; 77 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 22 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 148 mg. cholesterol; 1,753 mg. sodium.

Recipe: Orange-flavored shortcakes with strawberries and cream

Total Time: 40 minutes

Each serving: 599 calories; 8 grams protein; 57 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 39 grams fat; 24 grams saturated fat; 193 mg. cholesterol; 567 mg. sodium.

Recipe: White-chocolate bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus baking time (about 1 1/2 hours on high, 3 hours on low)

Holy heart attack Each of 10 servings: 1,023 calories; 13 grams protein; 101 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 64 grams fat; 30 grams saturated fat; 242 mg. cholesterol; 423 mg. sodium.

Recipe: Bell pepper and corn slaw

Total time: 35 minutes plus chilling time
Each of 8 servings: 117 calories; 2 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 302 mg. sodium.

Recipe: Potato gratin with caramelized onions and prosciutto

Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus 4 hours for the caramelized onions.

Each of 10 servings: 317 calories; 11 grams protein; 34 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 16 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 42 mg. cholesterol; 986 mg. sodium.

Happy Cooking! Click on the recipe titles to taste a piece of (assumed) scrumptiousness!

Do You Look Like Little Debbie?

If you do or know someone who looks like an 8-year-old brown-haired Shirley Temple, this could be your lucky day. Little Debbie is celebrating her 50th anniversary this year and felt it was time to replace the cherished image with a similar looking sweetheart!

And there’s a prize! A $5,000 scholarship, various and sundry gift cards and 50 cases of Little Debbie say-goodbye-to-your-arteries-and-diet-plan snacks! Yay!

Drink Your Path To Beauty

A slew of new drinkable products are popping up everywhere for the sake of beauty. According to Mintel, a market research firm “global food and drink product launches with a ‘beauty enhancing’ claim increased by a staggering 306 percent from 2005 to 2008,” in Europe and the United States while the Kline Group, another firm believe that the industry to grow from the $1.7 billion in 2007 to $2.2 billion by 2013.

The idea is so popular that in the restaurant Imperial Herbal in Singapore, restaurant-goers with dermatology problems speak with an herbalist, who creates ‘treatments’ that are to be added to their meals. In Japan, collagen, a protein found in connective tissues is added to yogurt drinks, dried fruits and other foods with the idea that consuming it will improve one’s skin. Nescafé has followed suit, hopping onto the collagen train while GliSODin Skin Nutrients is one of the new products in the US with cantaloupe extract high in superoxide dismutase (an antioxidant enzyme).

Dermatologist Francesca Fusco seems to agree that edible beauty products are good but added that “you can also get all of the benefits of this through a healthy diet and a good multivitamin.”

Collagen in food though has ‘‘nothing unique […] that makes it specifically useful for connective tissues’’, a cosmetic chemist at Pharmasol Corporation James Hammer said.

Healthy diet and good multivitamin or Beauty product for dinner?

Buy True Blood But Where?


The first image of the crimson drink is from Hottopic. Its’ tagline says “Enliven yourself with this uniquely carbonated, slightly tart, lightly sweet blood orange drink. The bottle is an exact replica of the bottle design as seen on the show.” You can buy this 4-pack for $24.99

Whereas if you were to buy it from the HBO website, it costs a low $16 dollars. Its’ description is as follows,

Sink your fangs into a bottle of Tru Blood, a delicious blood orange carbonated drink inspired by Bill’s favorite synthetic blood nourishment beverage. Tart and slightly sweet, Tru Blood pours like a regular soda but appears stormy and mysterious when poured into a glass. Bottoms up – and vampires, remember to drink responsibly!

The Tru Blood beverage features:

  • Stunning bottle design is exact replica of bottles featured on show: stained in rich red with raised English lettering and matching Japanese Kanji!
  • 14 ounce per bottle

Even is these are both in dineros Americanos, we vote HBO to quell our vampire obsession and the show even though there is an additional surcharge of 8 dollars.

Who else thinks that Hottopic bought the bottles and jacked up the price?

Get A Jolly Buzz Sans Alcohol?

A substitute to alcohol is in the works being led in research by Professor David Nutt and a team at Imperial College London. Nutt held the position as Britain’s top drugs expert but was recently dismissed as a government adviser for his opinions pertaining to cannabis and ecstasy.

Since his departure from the government, his efforts have been concentrated on this project. He says that he “envisions a world in which people could drink without getting drunk. No matter how many glasses they had, they would remain in that pleasant state of mild inebriation and at the end of an evening out, revellers could pop a sober-up pill that would let them drive home.”

A sober-up pill? Novel. This would mean that drinkers in their mild inebriation could invariably drive to wherever they want by simply ingesting a pill, which would instantaneously “sober them up”.

The synthetic alcohol in its’ tastelessness and colourlessness will be able to take on the characteristics of the drink it is in. It will provide the feeling of “well-being and relaxation” by use of Valium-related chemicals, which directly effect the nerves in the brain. It differs from alcohol in that even though it is effecting the brain’s nerves, it does “not affect the other parts that control mood swings and lead to addiction. It is also much easier to flush out of the body.”

Nutt and his team are currently researching which match of benzodiazepines, of which diazepam, the chief ingredient of Valium, would be able to be manipulated to meld well with society’s needs.

The professor feels that the substitute will provide society a way in which to improve their health and safety though he and his team must endure the expenses of clinical trials first before getting the drug approved.
He supports the benzos saying “I’ve been in experiments where I’ve taken benzos, one minute I was sedated and nearly asleep, five minutes later I was giving a lecture.”

That actually sounds quite unsafe! Or was that part of the experiment? We don’t know if we would give a lecture after taking drugs, which is what the benzos are but we are more concerned with the professor’s credibility as we are on board for science but not on board for irresponsible drug-use.

Something we recall is that “benzodiazepines are typically safe in short-term use but can inhibit aggression and behavioural disinhibition.” Also, they are usually used to treat ”anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and as a premedication for medical or dental procedures.”

Professor Nutt attests to “most benzos being controlled under the Medicines Act [implying that] the law gives a privileged position to alcohol, which has been around for 3,000 years”. ”Why not use advances in pharmacology to find something safer and better?”, he states.

Alcoholism and its’ relation to fatal fires, drownings, suicides and domestic abuse among other problems is a major issue affecting not only the well-being of individuals but the economy with the number of lost working days accounted.

We don’t know. We realize that alcohol and alcoholism are indeed problems but also that drugs are drugs. How can they not be addictive? Perhaps certain people will want to be in a prolonged, deeper state of inebriation. What’s to say that their ‘drug’ won’t just be another thorn thrust in society’s side? Of course, this acts as just an alternative to alcohol. It doesn’t imply that problems one would typically have while buzzed would disappear. Brawls and naughty behaviour, we assume, would still be rampant.

However, we must ask

Is this the foreseen exchange of one poison for another or Is this a veritable solution to a real problem?

Update: We spoke with a psychiatrist who concurred with our findings confirming that extended use of Benzos would be very detrimental to health and would have the same effect as alcohol does.

These are just precious!

Not Martha has just created these sweet little gingerbread houses but not without a lot of thought! She had to make them the perfect size in order to fit onto small and big cups!

If you are looking for other gingerbread recipes to try on your own, click here!

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