Chef Julia

Julia is really into cooking these days. Her favorite show on TV (of the 5 channels we get) is Lidia’s Italy.

She will watch cooking shows for hours if we let her.

We have one meal that she makes for us. I got it out of my favorite recipe source, Everyday Food Magazine

Here she is making Chicken Parmesan. They don’t have this recipe online and so I will post it at the end.






2 large eggs
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 1/2 lbs. chicken tenders
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
4 oz. part skim mozzarella shredded (1 Cup)
8 oz. penne rigate (ridged) or other short pasta
1 package (10 oz.) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 Tbls. olive oil

Bring salted water to a boil. Heat broiler, with a rack set 4 inches from heat. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup parmesan and breadcrumbs. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dip tenders in egg, then in parmesan mixture; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden brown. 2 to 4 minutes a side.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Then top with chicken, remaining 3/4 cup sauce, and finally mozzarella. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package directions, adding broccoli for final 30 seconds. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and broccoli, and return to pot. Add oil and remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Toss, gradually adding some reserved pasta water until pasta is lightly coated. Serve chicken with penne and broccoli.

12 responses to “Chef Julia

  1. She looks so proud of herself in that second to last shot – and she should be! I expect she’s better in the kitchen than me.She and Margot have the same freckles on their noses.Beth

  2. OMG. Julia, you are so grown up. I’m impressed.

  3. Too cute! I could watch Food Network all day too! She told us about her love of that show this weekend…she even knew what day it came on! They have all the Food Network series on DVD…if you and Luke could stand them on a regular basis!

  4. Wow, that looks really good! Just the thing to come across ten minutes before I leave the office for the grocery store. My family will be delighted.

  5. Looks very yummy! WTG Julia. I am impressed.

  6. I am in awe. I don’t even let Gwynneth pour her own milk yet. Sheesh! I guess I really need to let up on the potential (likely!!!) mess factor and start encouraging her more in the kitchen. I bet when I show her these photos of Julia she will want to do the same thing, so thanks for including the recipe! : ) lisa

  7. I can’t wait until she comes to Illinois to cook for us!

  8. OMG SO cute! Good for you for teaching her how to cook and letting her explore her interests! My mom never taught me a thing, and boy am I still making up for it! 😉 You can send her over to cook at my house whenever you want! – Myndi

  9. I loved the photos of her using her cooking skills. She looks so comfortable in the kitchen! I am reading Ruth Reichl’s memoir, “Tender at the Bone,” and your post makes me think of it, and happy to see a young lady with a natural love for cooking. It’s a beautiful thing. The recipe sounds delicious.

  10. I was just thinking that I hope she cooks for us the weekend I am home to see you guys.

  11. Oh how yummy! I can’t believe how big she’s grown. It’s so much fun to have them help in the kitchen. I am definitely going to try this recipe soon!!!

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