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I love it when fall strikes and days get colder.

The reason why I love this time of year so much might have something to do with the fact that I suddenly have all the good reasons to indulge myself with sweet mulled wine or hot chocolate.

The best hot beverages ever!

Oh, how I love them!

They are true soul soothers!

 

The following recipe is just delicious.

The taste vastly depends on the kind of chocolate you use. So get the one you really like.

Also, there are different types of chocolate when it comes to its fat content. So remember – the higher the fat content, the more creamy and rich your hot chocolate will be.

So let’s experiment!
 
 

These are the ingredients you will need.

Just this few.
 
 

1. To prepare your own soothing drink, first break the chocolate into smaller chunks.

 

2. Place the chocolate chunks into a heatproof bowl.
 
 

3. Add the sugar.
 
 

4. Add the milk.
 
 

5. And place the bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

 

6. Stir until the chocolate melts. Then keep stirring until the mixture gets hot, almost boiling.
 
 

7. Pour the chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.
 
 

And in case someone comes and steals your chocolate shamelessly be really thankful that this recipe yields two mugs.

Enjoy, dear friends!

(This lovely recipe was adapted from Joyofbaking.com.)
 

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If you are looking for a nice comfort meal that will satisfy you and your loved ones then you need to look no longer.

Because this is the right thing for you.

I just know it.

It’s Chicken Parmesan.

A flavorful combination of chicken, tomato sauce and cheese.

The best thing ever!
 
 

Here are the ingredients.
 
 

1. We are going to start by preparing the tomato sauce.

First, grate one half of the onion and place it into a medium saucepan.

It sounds like a strange thing to do – to grate an onion – but doing so will create smaller onion pieces and release more of the onion’s juices.

But then, you know how it works – rules are made to be broken. So if you don’t feel like grating it, then just give it a good chop.
 
 

2. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the onions and place the saucepan over medium-high heat.
 
 

3. Heat the mixture up and let the onions saute for about 2-3 minutes.
 
 

4. Peel the cloves of garlic, press them and add them into the saucepan.

If you don’t have a press then just mince the garlic finely.
 

5. Cook until fragrant – for about one minute.
 
 

6. Then add the tomatoes.
 
 

7. Add the oregano, salt and sugar.
 

8. Bring to a simmer. Then reduce the heat to maintain the simmer.
 

9. Cook uncovered for about 10-12 minutes.
 
 

Meanwhile, we can prepare the chicken.

 

10. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
 

11. Rinse the chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry – this is the thing I just always do, probably because my Mom said so.
 

12. Working one at a time, place a chicken cutlet between two layers of plastic wrap (or wax paper).

With a meat pounder, pound the chicken pieces to flatten them to an even thickness – between 1/4 – 1/2 inch (0.6 – 1 cm).

If you don’t have a meat pounder, you can use a rubber mallet, an empty wine bottle or a heavy rolling pin.

Working in kitchen can be a lot of fun sometimes.
 
 

13. Salt the chicken pieces generously.
 
 

14. Now we need two bowls.

In one bowl whisk together the eggs.
 
 

15. And in the second bowl mix together one half of the Parmesan cheese (grated) and  the breadcrumbs.
 
 

16. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
 

17. Dredge the chicken pieces (one piece at a time) first in the egg mixture…
 
 

18. …and then in the breadcrumbs.

I like to use tongs or two forks to do this.

Or both if I feel especially mischievous.
 
 

19. Then lay the pieces in the hot pan.
 
 

20. Turn the heat to medium, then gently fry the cutlets until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
 
 

21. Spread about 3/4 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9×13 inch (23×33 cm) casserole pan or baking dish.
 

22. Once the cutlets are nicely browned on both sides, arrange them on top of the tomato sauce.
 
 

23. Spoon the rest of the tomato sauce over each of the cutlets.
 

24. Slice the basil leaves roughly and sprinkle them over the sauce.

Me love basil!

Me have my own plant!

Me is happy to have my own plant!
 
 

25. Grate (or slice) the mozzarella (or Edam cheese) thinly…
 
 

26. …and place the slices on top.
 

27. Sprinkle the whole dish with the rest (1/2 cup – 50 grams) of the Parmesan cheese.
 
 

28. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
 
 

Oh my!
 
 

Serve this scrumptious meal with spaghetti and the remaining sauce.

Or… mm… in a large roll.

And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
 

(This recipe was adapted from SimplyRecipes.com.)
 

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