Chicken Fried Steak


I am a bad blogger. I have been awful about blogging lately. Nothing seems to encourage me to do it. But, I like doing it, so I will keep trying.

This meal was made for Inheritance Recipes. The idea of Inheritance Recipes hosted by Pebble Soup and Coffee and Vanilla Blog is to make and share recipes that have been inherited through either family, friends, or ancestry.


This past weekend I was at my boyfriend’s house. He was getting home late from work, so I decided to surprise him with a dinner that makes me happy: chicken fried steak.

There are two meals that my mom makes when I come home, either chicken parmesan or chicken fried steak. These are the two recipes that remind me of home and that my mom knows I loved more than anything as a child. Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes is so filling, so fatty, and so delicious. The boyfriend was super happy with the meal and I was reminded of more innocent and easier days.

I served the chicken fried steak with the obligatory mashed potatoes and some delicious green beans with pistachios.

Chicken Fried Steak


– 3/4 cup milk
– 1 egg
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp ground black pepper
– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1 lb cube steak (4 steaks)
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

– 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
– 4 cups milk
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)


  1. For the steak, take two shallow bowls. In one, combine the milk and the egg. In the other, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and remaining spices.
  2. Season the cube steaks with salt and pepper. Working one piece of meat at a time, first coat in the flour mixture. Then dip the meat in the egg mixture. Then coat in the flour mixture again. Set aside on a clean plate and repeat with the remaining steaks.
  3. In a cast iron skillet, heat the vegetable oil and butter. Once hot, add the steaks. Cook 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Set the steaks aside on a plate covered with a paper towel.
  4. For the gravy, heat the leftover grease in the skillet. Sprinkle the flour over the grease and cook to create a golden-brown paste.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Cook until the gravy is thick, 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper and whisk together. Add as much pepper as you like! I like it peppery.
  • serves 4

Farro Soup


Okay, okay, okay! I really am going to try to start blogging again. And to prove that, I’m sharing a recipe that isn’t even made for a food blog monthly roundup (though I am going to be linking it places.)

I don’t really know why I’m making soup in the summer in the desert, but it worked out that it was cooler tonight than it has been.

I don’t have much to say – except that this recipe was good. I served it with these rosemary breadsticks.

Farro Soup
(original source)

3/4 cup farro, uncooked
3 pieces pepper bacon
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp rosemary, minced
8 cup chicken broth
1 cup grape tomatoes, diced


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the uncooked farro. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Chop the bacon into pieces. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-heat. Cook the bacon until the bacon is cooked all the way through.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, and rosemary and saute with the bacon for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth and the tomatoes into the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil.
  5. Once the soup is boiling, add the farro. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.


I’m also going to post this here, based on the comment of the original source of the recipe I was inspired by:

“Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.”

Federal Courts have also ruled that even certain recipes in cookbooks are not protected by copyright:

“The DISCOVER DANNON recipes’ directions for preparing the assorted dishes fall squarely within the class of subject matter specifically  [481] excluded from copyright protection by 17 U.S.C. § 102(b). Webster’s defines a recipe as:

a set of instructions for making something . . . a formula for cooking or preparing something to be eaten or drunk: a list of ingredients and a statement of the procedure to be followed in making an item of food or drink . . . a method of procedure for doing or attaining something.

WEBSTER’S THIRD NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY 1895 (Merriam-Webster 1986). The recipes at issue here describe a procedure by which the reader may produce many dishes featuring Dannon yogurt. As such, they are excluded from copyright protection as either a “procedure, process, [or] system.” 17 U.S.C. § 102(b).

Meredith fashioned processes for producing appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Although the inventions of “Swiss ‘n’ Cheddar Cheeseballs” and “Mediterranean Meatball Salad” were at some time original, here can be no monopoly in the copyright sense in the ideas for producing certain foodstuffs. Nor can there be copyright in the method one might use in preparing and combining the necessary ingredients. Protection for ideas or processes is the purview of patent. The order and manner in which Meredith presents the recipes are part and parcel of the copyright in the compilation, but that is as far as it goes.”

(Publ’ns Int’L, Ltd. v. Meredith Corp. (1996) 88 F.3d 473)


never copy and paste recipes verbatim that I find online or in cookbooks. I never steal the creative commentary that would be copyright protected.

I post the original source of the recipes I follow as a nod and a thank you to the blog where I found the recipe. I can either continue to post as I do, or I can stop posting the links to where I found the recipe. But no offense, there’s nothing particularly creative about Italian Farro Soup, especially when the blogger I linked admits to having taken the recipe from an unsourced magazine.

I’m sorry I find this very annoying. And while I generally do not rant in my blog, I will not remove the recipe list but I will remove the blog link if ever so necessary.

City Chicken


As a little girl, my mom often made city chicken. Despite it’s name, there is no chicken in city chicken. As a little girl, that always bothered me. I really loved chicken and I couldn’t understand why a pork dish would call itself chicken except to fool me. The good thing is, I really liked city chicken too (even when I learned it wasn’t chicken.)

City chicken is actually a dish that my grandma made for her family when my mom was little. I imagine the dish came about because pork was more accessible in some areas than chicken. My mom and grandma both grew up in Cincinnati and since Cincinnati definitely has a lot of pork, this dish more than makes sense.

I recently stumbled upon a monthly roundup called Inheritance Recipes, hosted by both Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla. The idea is that each month you make a recipe that ties to your roots. Of course, this is the perfect dish for that!

I served it next to sauteed spinach. My mom used to make a lot of creamed spinach (you know, the frozen kind.) I hated spinach – but really, I think I just hated frozen creamed spinach. So I ‘fancied’ this up just a tiny bit.

City Chicken

1 1/2 lbs cubed pork tenderloin
1 egg, beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
4 skewers, cut down to half the size
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Stick four pieces of pork (approximately) on each skewer.
  3. Put the egg in a flat dish. Place the bread crumbs in another. Season the bread crumbs with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll the skewers in the egg. Then roll each skewer in the bread crumbs.
  5. Set on the baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

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Ham and Arugula Shortcrust Rolls


I’m always coming across new food challenges to participate in. It helps me be keep my recipes varied, because I get new ideas of things to make! In my internet sleuthing, I found The Pastry Challenge. The idea of the Pastry Challenge is to make a pastry item that meets the monthly theme. This month’s theme was anything, which really is a nice way to start this since I haven’t been doing much baking lately.

I decided to use the first time back into pastry baking to be a dinner item – this is a shortcrust wrapped up with ham, arugula, mustard, and parmesan cheese. It was a great choice. I added just a bit too much water to the dough, but all-in-all, delicious!

Ham and Arugula Shortcrust Rolls

1 cup flour
1/8 tsp red chili powder
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/ 8 tsp ground black pepper
4 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp parmesan cheese
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp ice water
2 tbsp honey mustard
5 slices honey ham
1/3 cup arugula


  1. Sift the flour, chili powder, salt, and pepper together. Put into a food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add the butter and pulse into a course meal is formed.
  3. Add the 1 1/2 tsp cheese and pulse several times.
  4. Add the egg and pulse several times.
  5. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time and pulse until the dough comes together.
  6. Shape into a ball and wrap in seran wrap. Refrigerate for half hour.
  7. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Smear with mustard. Top with ham, arugula, and 1 tbsp parmesan.
  8. Roll into a wrap, starting on the long side.
  9. Put in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 375. Cut the dough into slices. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

* makes about 9 rolls


Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread


Alphabakes letter of the month is J! I love the Alphabakes challenge hosted monthly by either Ros or Caroline. It always gets me brainstorming of ingredients or recipes I can make in a way that I usually don’t. J wasn’t the hardest letter to use. I got stuck on jalapenos – and with that, I made cornbread with jalapenos in it!

What a delicious bread. The combination of the sweet cornbread, the bacon, and the peppers was perfect. I served it alongside some fried chicken (which I might be sharing in the next post.)

I am now incredibly full. And have a lot of cornbread leftover.

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Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread

8 slices bacon, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup corn meal
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
11/4 cups skim milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup + 3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 jalapeno, deveined and seeded, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a pie tin with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pieces of bacon. Once they are crispy place them aside on a plate covered in paper towels.
  3. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients. Stir together until all the dry ingredients are mixed into the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour into your baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked all the way through.

Belgian Carbonnade


I’m getting this dish submitted at the last minute for Formula 1 Foods hosted by Caroline Makes. This food challenge is following the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but in food. I don’t watch racing, but I do eat food, so I can participate.

This round was in Belgium, so we had at it and made food from that part of the world. Googling told me about carbonnade, essentially beef stew. Clearly, this did not photograph incredibly well, but it did taste good. Per what I read online, I served it with bread and applesauce. I think it would have been great with some roasted potatoes.

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Belgian Carbonnade

1 lb beef chuck, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups flour
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 slices bacon, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 onions, sliced
1 cup dark beer
1/2 cup beef stock
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs tarragon
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the beef in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Toss with the flour.
  2. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a dutch oven. Brown the beef in the butter, cooking about 8 minutes. Remove the beef from the dutch oven and set aside.
  3. Add the bacon and cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Once the fat is rendered off the bacon, add the garlic and onion. Caramelize the onions. This takes about a half hour. Stir every 5 minutes or so.
  5. Add half of the beer and reduce. Scrape the bottom of the dutch oven.
  6. Add the remaining beer, browned beef, beef broth, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, thyme, parsley, tarragon, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then cover. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Fish out the herbs. Serve with applesauce and bread.
    * serves 4

Cuban Sandwiches

I’m the worst blogger ever. Life has kept me busy. Work has kept me busy. I would say I promise to be better, but that might just end being another lie. I don’t mean to be a liar . . . But it probably wouldn’t be the truth.

But I did participate in this month Food ‘n Flix! Are you proud of me?


This month’s movie, Chef, was hosted by Culinary Adventures by Camilla. I had been intending to watch this movie for some time, but it took Food ‘n Flix to kick me in gear.

Chef is a movie for any foodie. A chef, Carl Casper, loses his job and tries to put his stuff back together – to find his drive. And what does he do? He opens a food truck, featuring Cuban Sandwiches!

There was a ton of choices in this movie. My list includes andouille sausage sandwiches, french onion soup, noodles of some sort, try to make something relating to Twitter, breakfast . . . There were a ton of choices.

But I decided to go the sandwich route, the Cuban sandwich route, in honor of the food truck.

The sandwich was delicious. I have so much pork now though, I’ll be eating pork for a week.

And this wasn’t the greatest picture . . . but I tried. I at least tried.


Cuban Sandwiches

roast pork
several slices of deli ham
sliced pickles
sandwich rolls


1. Heat butter in a cast iron skillet.

2. Prepare the sandwiches. Spread mayonnaise and mustard on the bun. Layer with the ham, pork, and mustard on the roll.

3. Place in the skillet in the melted butter. Toast until golden brown on both sides of the bread.

Roast Pork

1 head garlic, minced
2 tbsp salt
6 cups orange juice
3 cups lemon juice
3 cups lime juice
2 onions, diced
1 tbsp oregano
3 cups olive oil
7 lbs pork shoulder


1. Combine all the ingredients except the pork. Place the pork in the marinade and let marinate overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 325. Cook for 3 1/2 hours (or 30 minutes per pound of pork.)


Wiener Schnitzel


I’ve been the worst about updating lately. But if anything can draw me back in, it’s Food ‘n Flix. It helps that I was hosting this month, it gave me incentive to think about it early. It may still have taken me ALL month to make the dish, but at least I finally did it.

I expect to participate in next month’s movie too – you all better hold me to it.

This month’s movie, that yours truly hosted, was Lady and the Tramp! I haven’t seen this movie in forever, so I had forgotten how much actual food references there are besides the spaghetti and meatballs. We all know that scene. And frankly, I was expecting that I was going to make spaghetti and meatballs. But then I watched the movie . . . and I didn’t. Because Tramp mentioned wiener schnitzel and my heart couldn’t say no.

Tramp tells Lady about all the food he gets from around the neighborhood. The Schultzes feed him wiener schnitzel on Mondays, The O’Briens give him corned beef on Tuesdays. Doggy sure eats well!

Now to add some sadness to my post.


I would have made dog treats.

As I was watching this movie that kept jumping into my head: I SHOULD MAKE MOZART DOG TREATS!
Mozart, my 11 year old beagle died in January after a several month battle with bladder cancer. He was my first ‘real’ pet, if you exclude the finches, the goldfish, and the hamsters we had. He was the first pet not in a cage that could cuddle with me in bed. He was such a good dog and a good friend and it’s weird in a world where there is no Mozart the beagle.


Had Mozart not died, I would have made him dog treats and tried to find a way to tie them into the spaghetti and meatballs of the movie.

Alas, there is no dog to make treats for anymore. And my cats don’t really eat treats (though it would have been fun to pick up on the Siamese cats from the movie!)

In the end, I made wiener schnitzel. There used to be a wonderful wiener schnitzel restaurant in San Francisco that I loved to go to (called Schnitzel Haus.) At one point the ownership changed and wasn’t quite as good – I’m not sure if the place even still exists now. I love wiener schnitzel. I could eat it all day every day for the rest of my life. If I had to pick a last meal, it would be wiener schnitzel.

And Mozart would eat anything off my plate, so he definitely had his share of wiener schnitzel!

Wiener Schnitzel

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
juice from one lemon
1 tbsp heavy cream
1 cup bread crumbs
4 pork cutlets
1 cup vegetable oil for frying
salt and pepper, to taste


1. In one shallow pan, fill it with the flour. In another shallow pan, mix together lemon juice, eggs, and heavy cream. In a final shallow pan, fill with the bread crumbs.

2. Season the pork with salt and pepper on both sides. Using tongs, dredge the pork in the flour. Then dunk the pork in the egg mixture. Let the mixture drip off. Finally, cover with the bread crumbs. Place on a sheet covered in parchment paper for 15 minutes to let dry out.

3. In a cast iron skillet heat up your oil. To see if your oil is hot enough, drip some water in it. If it sizzles, you’re ready to go! Place your pork in the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Once it’s cooked on both sides, remove to a plate covered in paper towels to let the grease soak off.

* serves 4


Spaghetti and Bacon Meatballs


This month’s Food ‘n Flix movie of the month is a double feature: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and it’s sequel hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla. When I first saw this movie, a few years back, I loved it. My boyfriend and I even adopted the way they kiss.


Anyway, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was originally a child’s book. I never experienced the children’s book though, so the movie has been my sole experience with the story.

The movie is about Flint Lockwood, an aspiring scientist. His newest creation is a machine that can transform water into food. But, it backfires and it begins raining food, meatballs included. Both the first movie and its sequel, both feature a ton of food (and even food monsters!)



I could have been more creative and made something else from the movie, but alas, I chose the meatballs for the movie’s namesake. My boyfriend has the palette of a little boy and loves spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs I made have hunks of cheese in them, pieces of bacon, and were just all around delicious.

Anyway, you still have time to participate in this month’s movie! Check it out here.

Spaghetti and Bacon Meatballs

4 pieces bacon
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tsp ground black pepper
3 oz mozzarella, cut into chunks
1 tbsp chicken broth
14 oz marinara sauce
4 oz spaghetti noodles


1. Preheat oven to 400. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the bacon on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, until crisp. Set aside and let cool. Cut into pieces.

2. In a large bowl combine the bacon, ground beef, onion powder, paprika, bread crumbs, pepper, mozzarella, and chicken broth together with your hands. Shape the meat into balls (like ping pong balls.) Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until the meatballs are cooked all the way through (about 10 minutes.)

3. Cook the noodles per the box directions and heat up the marinara.

4. When the meatballs are done, put them in the marinara sauce. Serve on top of spaghetti noodles.

* serves 2

FoodnFlix* Besides Food ‘n Flix, this recipe is being shared with Weekend Cooking




Stir-Fried Beef with Mint

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This month for Cooking with Herbs, I opted to make a stir-fry. For February we were challenged to make something either romantic (for Valentine’s Day) or Chinese for Chinese New Year. I decided to make a stir-fry to celebrate the Lunar New Year. I grew up in San Francisco and went to a predominantly Chinese school. I loved Chinese New Year, for the red envelopes filled with money. I really could use one of those now . . . Filled with lots of money!

Anyway, this stir-fry features beef, mint, garlic, and onion. I love stir-fry for their simplicity and quickness. A meal ready in under 20 minutes is always nice.

Stir-Fried Beef with Mint

1 lb skirt steak, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp crushed red chili peppers
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped


1. Put the red chili, garlic, and onion together in a cup. Mush together to make something resembling a paste.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok. Once hot, add the onion mixture. Cook the mixture until it turns golden brown.

3. Add the beef. Cook the beef until it’s no longer pink.

4. Add the fish sauce, sugar, water, and mint. Cook for several minutes, stirring consistently, until the liquid becomes thick.

5. Serve over rice.

* serves 4
* besides Cooking with Herbs, this recipe is being shared with #FoodieFriday Foodie Friday, & Tasty Tuesdays