Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Italian Chicken, Italo Disco, Italian Horror

Italo disco was a short lived genre of music coming from Italy during the late 70s to the 1990s. It's mostly known for it's use of drum machines, synthesizers, vocoders and Italian singers singing in English. May not be your cuppa tea but it never hurts to put something new in your ear holes. That last sentence is not approved by your local ear, nose and throat doctor, use some common sense and don't literally put things inside your ear holes.
Here's your easy, tasty recipe that isn't really Italian but the salad dressing says zesty Italian so we'll go with it. Actually, did you know Italian dressing isn't even Italian? Shocking, but no, it's actually American based on a Sicilian recipe. Zesty Sicilian doesn't sound like such a bad name.  You can use any vinaigrette of your choice in this recipe but the Italian is a pretty well-liked by most.
What you'll need: Chicken, Italian dressing, potatoes and Parmesan cheese.
Set the oven to 400 degrees F
Place the chicken in a baking dish. I use chicken breast tenderloins but you can use whole chicken breasts if you like.
Pour 1/4 cup Italian dressing over the chicken.
Wash and cut your potatoes in wedges. I used the smaller golden potatoes. If you use larger potatoes cut them in smaller pieces so they will cook all the way through.  Place the wedges on top of the chicken.
Grate 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top. You could buy the pre-grated cheese but absolutely do NOT buy the crap in a can, that's not even cheese. There was an investigation back in 2012 and the factory that produces the majority of that canned cheese uses filler like wood pulp. So when you see a can of 100% grated Parmesan cheese believe that it's 100% grated, but not 100% cheese.
You can add salt and pepper to your liking.
Bake for one hour then enjoy. If you want to make this recipe stretch you can add tomatoes, bell pepper and zucchini.
Here's your Italian horror. If you've never seen the movie Suspiria you need to do that now. It's one of Dario Argento's masterpieces of horror. Alexandra Heller-Nicholas brings new light to the movie.  Even if you've never seen the movie it's a good insight into the behind the scenes of the movies. She even has a section dedicated to the crew that worked on the moive. It's hard to imagine the backlash a director of horror movies would get but evidently it happened. Why Argento got raked over the coals from the feminists is a bit strange considering this film has close to zero men in it. I don't usually go for this type of book that discusses someone else's work, don't get me started on art history books, but this is well written. Heller-Nicholas doesn't force-feed her opinion of the movie, it's very well researched and well presented. You can check out the book on Amazon and be sure the check out the movie too.

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