March 26

Crown City Cooking | Uncle Matt’s Chicken Parm

Uncle Matt will put your mom’s chicken parm to shame.
As far back as I can remember, my Uncle Matt has always been a king among chefs. He practices simple, easy to do recipes that leave you craving more. Now, for the first time ever, we want to share one of his crown jewels with you: a simple chicken Parmesan recipe that will satisfy the entire family!
Ingredients:

-Four to Six Chicken Cutlets

-Breadcrumbs (I prefer San Giorgio brand)

-Fresh Sliced Mozzarella Cheese

-Three Eggs

-Tomato Sauce (dealer’s choice)

-Salt and Pepper

-Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
  1. Brine your chicken a minimum of one hour.
  2. Remove chicken from brine using paper towels to dry them off.
  3. Butterfly the chicken and use a meat mallet to pound the chicken until it’s good and flat.
  4. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk until the yolks are thoroughly beaten. Add a pinch to two pinches of the grated Parmesan to the egg mix, whisk one final time. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  5. Prep your cast iron pan (or any regular pan), this way you can go from dredging directly to cooking.
  6. One by one take your chicken cutlets and dredge them: dipping first in the yolk (allow the excess egg wash to drip back into the bowl before proceeding) and then the breadcrumbs and then place directly in the hot pan. If you flattened your chicken, the cooking process should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
  7. There are two schools of thought when it comes to sauce: you could either cook the sauce in the pan with the chicken or cook it in a separate pot all together. If you choose the former, make sure the chicken has been flipped at least once on both sides. You want the chicken to be near done before adding the sauce to the pan since the sauce won’t need much time to heat up.
  8. Add slices of mozzarella cheese last, allowing a few second for it to melt on top of the chicken before removing it from the pan.

Enjoy!

-CCC

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March 19

Crown City Cooking | Atwaters Review

Fresh ingredients and a charming atmosphere make Atwaters a can’t miss food destination.

Spent the weekend at a family wedding. Anyone from a big family knows this means good food and a lot of liquor, so it goes without saying I spent my entire Sunday in recovery mode. Once I was functionally able to face the outside again, a friend suggested lunch at Atwaters. For me this means the same lunch every single time I go there, a Turkey Dill Havarti sandwich minus the sliced apples.

For those that don’t know, Atwaters has been a Baltimore staple since 1999, serving incredible edibles from baked goods to fresh sandwiches made with premium ingredients. Currently, there are six locations across the greater Maryland area. For me, it’s the Canton location or bust.

All together it has locally farmed turkey, dill Havarti cheese, basil mayonnaise, horseradish coleslaw and lettuce on Irish brown bread. While Atwaters offers a myriad of food with brunch on the weekends, I’ve stuck with this sandwich for so long because it’s the freshest turkey sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Every ingredient’s flavor is present in every bite, meaning you will finish this sandwich sooner than expected.

Another great meal at one of my favorite local eateries. Get your own if you have the chance or are suffering from a night of drinking, smoking and dancing to the classic hits of the 90s. If lunch isn’t really your thing, they offer breakfast from 8 am to 10 am (something I have yet to experience) or dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm.

-CCC

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March 13

Crown City Cooking | Foodgitive Review

 

French Fries on a completely different level.

Of all the trends that have come out in the last decade, food trucks will forever be my favorite. Despite blow back from brick & mortar restaurant owners, Baltimore has been a thriving community for these savvy entrepreneurs. Most of my food truck dining happens at Gatherings or whenever I’m randomly roaming around the city, so when a never before seen food truck sets up shop on the same block as my day job, I gravitate towards it without hesitation. 

 

Enter Foodgitive, a local food truck that specializes in something so indulgent, you won’t think twice about breaking that diet you’ve been working on since New Years. Cheesesteak fries sound like a simple concept, but what sets Foodgitive apart from the competition is that they deliver on both quality and quantity. For $10 you get a massive amount of fries, steak meat and all the fixings (if you so choose). Chopped Angus beef can’t be beat in this humble foodie’s opinion. It’s as if someone resurrected the sacred overstuffed sub from Captain Harvey’s and replaced the roll with a heap of crispy fresh fries. I ended up taking half of my meal home for dinner (which I immediately inhaled as soon as I changed into a loose fitting pair of pj’s).

 

My only regret was not getting fried onions, a mistake I plan to rectify the next time these food magicians come careening into town. Check them out on Facebook to find out where they will be throughout the week.

 

-CCC

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