Thursday, May 7, 2009

...Ceases to tingle...

I LOOOVE this simple recipe and thought you may too
so I added it to Rhoda's recipe party...
click on the icon to find more deliciousness! maybe this just looks like a glass of wine.

Really it is one of the most simple dishes

you can put together.

I got it from a little paperback book about Italian cooking

back when I was in Highschool.

In the 1970's. Eegads. 70's?!

Late seventies...Late late seventies. Yep.

My Mom...while a great cook...never did Italian.


But not Italian.

In High School, bought a little paperback recipe book to learn to cook Italian.

Written by an Italian grandma. No doubt.

This recipe grabbed me from the minute I read it...

mainly because the author said:

'Till the vapor ceases to tingle the nose'

She is talking about that point when you add some wine to a dish

and it bubbles...and by God...the vapor DOES tingle the nose!

... that is when you add the lemon.

How simple and perfect is that I ask?

The only problem is...I have never

in all the years and years and years of

making this dish been able to

make it without saying

'Till the vapor ceases to tingle your nose'

just at that point. And aloud. In a bad Italian accent.

It is my Chicken Piccatta mantra.

And 13 year old has learned it.


It doesn't work with pasta

or boiling water...

...only that perfect point when you have permission to add the lemon to the chicken.

'Till the vapor ceases to tingle the nose.'

If you make it. You'll be saying it. I promise.

Chicken Piccatta

wish I knew the book/author...but only have my HS writing where I scribbled it word for word in a recipe book

1 and 1/2 lbs of chicken breast

1/2 c. of flour

6TBSP unsalted butter

1 tsp salt

1/2 c. of dry white wine

1/2 lemon, juiced

Pound chicken. Press in flour. Melt butter, add chicken and cook until browned.

Turn and salt. When chicken is finished pour in wine and let bubble until wait for it the vapor ceases to tingle the nose.

Add 1/2 lemon. Stir with wooden spoon. Add salt and more lemon if needed.


Don't forget to use the wooden spoon.

Apparently important too.



Pam Kersting said...

Yummy! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

Your recipe post had me laughing out loud and believe me, I needed to giggle. It's been a trying week. It's halarious that you say that everytime that you make that dish with an Italian accent. I have a goofy English accent that I use when I want to make my nieces laugh. Thanks for making me smile:)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

I am saying it already! Thanks for the recipe. I love Italian and never cook the "real" recipes. Can't wait to try it...the words are rolling off my tongue now.


~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Yum. :)

Scarlet said...

At first I just noticed the white wine...and thought it looked fantastic! (Still do!)

Then I took a closer look at the chicken Piccatta, which looks fantastic, and it's easy to make. I love your 70s paperback Italian cookbook!

Thanks for sharing!!

Deborah said...

I am SO making this dish this weekend! Sounds yummy. And my nose can't wait to tingle. Own your age...never apologize. I graduated high school in 1971. I was an original hippie. AND I actually remember the 60's. **blows kisses** Deborah

A Beach House Dreamer said...

You have to use a wooden spoon. Interesting. It sounds and looks delicious. Can you make it for me?!

bj said...

ummm...sounds heavely...thanks for the recipe...

From the Old InkWell said...

I am trying that, for sure!

Great post. Love the way your write!

Sarah said...

MMmmmmmm this looks yummy! I love simple recipes and this is right up my alley. And I will be sure to drive my husband crazy with my bad Italian accent while cooking it!

Joyce said...

Ohhhhh... Linda this sounds so good! Will give it a try.
Happy Mother's Day my friend! xoxo

for the love of a house said...

Dang that looks good! You had me at "wine"!! Maybe that will be my first meal!!
I was in hs in the LATE seventies too! ;)

Julie said...

I'm going to have to try it. You make it sound wonderful. :)

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I was hanging on your every.........nope picture. The words were even better!
I just told my John I would cook this for him. Must have vapors!!

Ms. Tee said...

How funny! I love little stories like that. They're make the recipe that much better. :) I've got to try this out soon!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

A lively, funny, wise, delicious post...this is what cooking is all about. You've captured it beautifully.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your writing..., since I'm a vegetarian (who loves seafood) I can't really say yummi, well I say, yummi writing then.

Renée Finberg said...

thank you !

yummo !!

ps. it smells great

Suzann said...

Ah - YUM???
I want me some of that!!
I want the vapors to tickle MY nose.
I'll play my MobHits CD.
Come on a my house and cook for me??? LOL

Mary said...

Do you ship ?

When Grandma baked bread she would take it out of the oven and listen to it and say "It's still singing", I think that meant it wasn't quite done ...not sure, should have asked. Love these grandmas.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looking forward to trying it! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great Mother's Day ~ Susan

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, you're killin' me here! I'm so hungry now! Looks delish.

Linda Lou said...

I love making Chicken Piccata it is easy and the italian woman who wrote the recipe is proud of you! And you gotta have the wooden spoon to chase your kids around the kitchen with...

Fröken L said...

It looks yummy! But i´m not surprised. I love italian food, I love italian music, I love Italian culture, I love italian football, okej it´s obvious that I love Italy. I must have been italian in my earlier life. Thanks for the recipy. I´m gonna try it.


DesignTies said...

Mmmmm, Italian food is the best!! Well, one of the best, anyway :-)

Your chicken recipe sounds yummy.... I'm sure the tingling vapours make it taste extra-good!! :-)

I'm curious about what kind of Canadian food your mom made.... I've never really thought of any food being specifically Canadian. Except for maybe beavertails :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Fifi Flowers said...

I used to LOVE to cook... Fifi needs to get her cooking groove back!
Bon week-end... Happy Mother's Day!

Natalia said...

One of my faves!

Mmmmmm...need smell-o-vision!

Happy Mother's Day :)

Kristi said...

I love to cook Italian, it's one of my favs. This sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it and experience everything you've posted about. Mmmm, can't wait!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, does this look good. I haven't been cooking at all (other than grilled cheese sammies!) since we started the remodel, and I am craving good, home-cooked food. My mouth is really and truly watering right now!

Maria Killam said...

Looks so yummy. I would so loved a chilled glass of white wine right now. . .

Puna said...

I'm not Italian either...but I can certainly eat it that's for sure!

Bridget said...

I've never made Chicken Piccatta but I will now. Thanks!

Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...

Hi Linda!
Oh does that glass of wine look good! (and the food looks great too!) Just had a trying day - so a glass of wine sounds great! y'know how it is when people show their true colors? Can't a girl get a break? Just venting! Your blog is such a relaxing place to be!

Thanks! I neede that right now! You take care!

Zuniga Interiors

Farmgirl Paints said...

Beautiful blog! I'm lovin' all the vibrant colors and pics. Found you on Restyled Home comments. So glad I did.

imjacobsmom said...

This sounds devine and I can just hear the accent! ~ Robyn

Linda in AZ * said...

* I make this often, & I KNOW I will forever think of (& maybe SING!) THIS "tip", WHENEVER I prepare it!! So, you are forever going to be "in my kitchen" on what we call "schnitzel nite", but with a little Italian Opera in the background!)~~~

Thanks for the great tip~~~ I never KNEW that!!!

Linda in AZ *


This is exactly what I love. Thank you. LPx

Denise Vakili Fine Art said...

Food photography can be so tricky...can you offer any tips? Is that natural light or did you use a secret light trick? These photos are awesome. Will definitely try this one.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I looooove Chicken Piccatta. I add capers as well, because they go so well with the lemon.

But it's so easy and delicious.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

How did I miss this, Linda!! I'm taking it this time. I'll remember the mantra.:-)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oooo, Linda, that looks fabulous! I will def. have to try it, always looking for yet, one more thing to do with chicken. I loved your description. Love me some Italian too!

Allison Shops said...

Sounds wonderful. Beautiful photos too.


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