Relax. Labor Day is a holiday in honor of all working people. It gives all of us — whether we work in the home or out of the home — an excuse for a day off. After the heat spell we have been experiencing, I’m ready for a nice quiet weekend at home. Labor Day marks the last weekend of summer before the hustle and bustle of another school year begins. I hope all of you had a wonderful summer!
■ Crispy Oven Chicken
● 1 cup Panko crumbs
● 2 teaspoons dried parsley
● 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
● 1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
● 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
● 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
● 4 chicken breasts
● 1 beaten egg white
Combine the Panko crumbs and seasonings. Dip chicken breasts in beaten egg white and dredge in crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
■ Marinated Tomatoes
● 6 large ripe tomatoes
● 1 clove garlic, finely minced
● 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 Tbsp. fresh
● 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
● 1/4 cup minced parsley
● 1 teaspoon salt
● 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
● 1/4 cup red or white vinegar
● 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Peel tomatoes and cut into medium thick slices; place on shallow dish. In separate bowl, combine the green onions, thyme, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over tomatoes. Combine oil and vinegar in shaker; blend well. Pour over tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Spoon marinade over tomatoes from time to time.
■ Cottage Fries
● 2-3 large potatoes
● 1 T. butter or margarine
● 1 small clove garlic, crushed
● 1 T. Parmesan cheese, shredded
● 1/4 teaspoon paprika
● Salt and pepper, to taste
Pour 1/4 cup water into jelly-roll pan. Cut unpeeled potatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices; arrange in single layer in pan. In small saucepan over low heat or in microwave, stir butter or margarine and garlic to melt. Brush over potatoes. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once and brush with butter or margarine mixture again. Put paprika, salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese in small bowl. Sprinkle over potatoes and broil 2-3 minutes.
■ GARY’S TIP: Keeping nuts in the freezer will prevent them from turning rancid.
■ FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The only thing children wear out faster than shoes are parents and teachers.