Jen’s Mother and Child Reunion

My favorite brunch place in Ft. Worth is Bird Cafe. *Amazing* food and it has a bit of a New Orleans feel. If you’re ever in town, it’s a must-do! They have a dish called “The Mother and Child Reunion”. <I know!> Sick joke but amazing dish. Fried chicken and a poached egg over chili cheese grits with a spoonful of bacon gravy. This is my healthy spin on that.

Jen’s Mother and Child Reunion

Serves 4

Heat a nice big skillet over medium high and add:
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Let that warm and add:
2 poblano peppers – sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 sweet bell peppers – sliced
Let it cook, stirring frequently, until they soften and you get a little color. Plate.

I know. It looks like a Mardi Gras plate. I told you it puts my subconscious in New Orleans… 😀

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (about 2, both split in half to make thinner cutlets)
Adobo
Fresh black pepper

Season the chicken and add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to the skillet, and cook the chicken to an internal temp of 165 degrees F. Around 145, add:
1 slice pepper jack or Monterey jack to each to give it time to melt.

Plate over sliced tomato and top with a fried egg.


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My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why, the long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

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Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. Full tang just means that the blade runs the full length of the knife. The blade and handle aren’t two separate components, so there’s no breaking point. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black

I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.

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20 magnetic spice tins

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12″ x 24″ magnetic base