At a Glance: August

What is new and notable for the month of August.

Recipe: Parsley Parmesan Chicken

Grocery List:

4 Boneless Chicken Breast Cutlets

Marinade or Vinaigrette

Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley

One Clove Garlic (optional)

2 Cups Parmesan or Romano cheese

1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs



All purpose flour

Butter and Olive Oil  


Pound boneless skinless chicken breasts thinly. Marinate cutlets in a vinaigrette dressing for at least an hour or up to 24 hours.Beat 2 eggs in a shallow bowl or dish. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour in another shallow bowl or dish. Add to food processor, the minced garlic clove, parsley, 2 cups cheese and 2 teaspoons pepper. Add Panko breadcrumbs at the end just to incorporate. Move mixture to its own shallow bowl or dish.

Heat up olive oil and a pat of butter in frying pan. 
Dip marinated cutlets in flour first, then dip into the beaten eggs, then in parsley parmesan mixture and into hot skillet pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. 
This recipe is forgiving. The amounts are not dire. If you are making a lot of chicken you will want plenty of the parsley parmesan mix. Put aside some of the mixture in a separate container and replenish the dipping dish as needed so that if there is any left over is not contaminated by the raw chicken and you can store it in your refrigerator for about a week. 

J. Crew sweater. This sequined polo sweater is perfect for end of summer evenings and anytime you want to elevate your outfit without going too dressy.
I am watching Jewish Matchmaking on Netflix. This show illuminates that when someone identifies as Jewish, it isn’t one homogenous version of a culture or a religion.
Marni Leather Short Blazer. This teal color is everywhere for Fall. It’s a bit refreshing to see a blazer less oversized.
I think there are people who need this Snickers Seasoning.

At A Glance, July

What I find new and notable for the month.

Birkenstock. I know these shearling lined Birks look odd in the middle of the summer, but I need new slippers and these would be a great indoor shoe to support my feet and be a bit cozy as well.
Empire of Pain, The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. This isn’t a new book and there have been a number of articles about the Sackler family and the opioid crisis. This is my first deep dive. I am fascinated the nefarious and philanthropic behavior of a dynasty that started out with a familiar immigrant story.
Baked Zucchini Sticks. Pre-heat oven to 375°. I don’t use set measurements of the ingredients because I find it always comes out well not matter how much of each ingredient I use. Combine in a food processor a bunch of washed parsley, a cup of grated parmesan cheese, a clove of garlic, black pepper, and panko bread crumbs. Grind until parsley is chopped into the rest of the ingredients. Slice zucchini into spears. Using a shallow dish, dip spears into scrambled egg wash, then coat using parsley/parmesan mixture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Serve with mayonnaise mixed with sriracha or any aioli sauce.
The Sound of Metal, This affecting film is about a heavy metal drummer who must face his life after suffering hearing loss. It’s a lovely film and the acting is excellent.
Veronica Beard. This red jacket could serve me now and well into the colder weather months. I could use a pop of red to use with my neutrals.
Theatre Camp opens this month. I haven’t yet seen it but I can’t wait. The trailer had me howling. I went to a theater camp called Stagedoor Manor in 1979. It was the craziest 8 weeks of my 15 year old life. I barely slept, memorized lines of entire plays in mere hours and almost had a nervous breakdown. To be honest, I think I did have a breakdown. I was around some of the most creative, talented people-some of whom went on to win major entertainment acclaim. I, on the other hand, spent 3 more years committed to acting-classes, showcases, performances at nursing homes, only to give it up when I went to college. I thought I was too insecure for acting. That thought makes me laugh now.
Veronica Beard. I am considering this dress for my son’s upcoming August, brunch time wedding in Miami.
Denim Crossbody. Since I think denim goes with everything, this bag would be wonderful to wear every day. I think trading out the strap to something less casual would make it even more versatile.