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Zigeunerschnitzel

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Another favorite type of schnitzel commonly served in Germany is Zigeunerschnitzel.

Zigeunerschnitzel, also referred to as “gypsy schnitzel” or  “paprikaschnitzel” is a pork schnitzel with a creamy sauce that contains tomato, bell peppers, and onion.

You won’t find this listed in German restaurants because there has been much controversty over the use of the term “gypsy.”  Insteaad look for the word “Balkanschnitzel.”

 

The Breading

  • 1C breadcrumbs
  • ½C flour
  • 2 eggs

First heat 2Tbsp oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Remember that you alaeys want your oil to be hot whenever you start adding the meat.

Combine 2 tablespoons flour, salt and white pepper in shallow bowl. Coat pork, one piece at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

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The Meat

  • 2# veal cutlets or boneless pork loin chops
First wash the cutlets under cold water and dry them well with paper towel. Now lightly dredge the meat in flour and shake off any excess. Add your pork to the heated oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.

Pound meat slices between plastic wrap using a meat mallet.

Cook pork in batches 2 to 3 minutes per side, until both sides are golden brown and barely pink in center.

Cover to keep warm.

To serve, place two schnitzels on each plate, top with pepper sauce and mushrooms. Serve immediately.

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Gravy

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 12 medium crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large or 2 small bell peppers
  • ¼C dry red wine
  • ½C peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1Tbsp paprika
  • 1C beef broth or dry white wine
  • 2Tbsp cornstarch

In a second skillet, saute onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms for about ten minutes, until all of the vegetables are soft and translucent.

Add garlic cloves, salt.tomato. Cook five minutes.

Remove vegetables from skillet. Set aside.

Now add flour, paprika, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook one minute.

Whisk in beef broth or wine. Cook for about five minutes.

 


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Feathering the Nest

Towels

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Now that you’ve finished your shower, the first thing you will probably grab for will be a towel…

But don’t just settle for any old towel.

 

 

Instead take the t;ime to find the best towels, or the best towels for you personally…and be willing, if able, to actually spent money on towels instead of grabbing the cheapest ones that you can find.

 

Towel shopping should not simply be a matter of how good the towel may feel on the display shelf or how much it might cost.

In fact there are several factors to take into consideration when shopping for high-quality towels—absorbency, durability, softness, cost, size, and launderability…(not sure if that’s a real word or not).

 

 

 

Absorbency…Towels made of .100% cotton, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton, are typically the most absorbent. Such towels, those made with Pima or Egyptian cotton, are usually the softest also.

 

 

 

 

Structure…(Loops and Twists)…Every towel has loops. These loops help the towel feel soft and absorb water. You should not be able to see the base of the towel beneath these loops.

The “twists” of the towel refers to how much the loop’s yarn is twisted. Towels with either a low or zero twist are more absorbent than towels with a denser twist.

 

 

Touch…Touch can be deceiving. Don’t rely on how soft the towel feels at first glance, or in this case, first touch. Most manufacturers add a softened “finish” so that the towels feel nice and velvety in the store. But that finish washes off after the first few runs through the laundry…leaving you with a much rougher towel than you had thought you had bought.

 

 

 

 

Weight…/Thicker, heavier towels are most likely to be absorbent than thinner, lighter towels., and truly high-quality towels will feel heavier than they look.

Towel weight is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). Generally, the higher the weight, the denser the towel and the more absorbent and plush it will be. 300-400 GSM is considered lightweight, 400-600 GSM is medium weight, and 600-900 GSM is the heaviest.  Thicker towels with high GSM, or grams per square meter, feel more luxurious.

 1.  1888 Mills Made Here Bath Towel

  • Availability…Walmart
  • Colors Available…blue, brown, cream, grey, red, and tan
  • Fabric…100% USA grown cotton with pima rich loops
  • Price…$2

2.  Abyss Super Line Bath Towel

  • Availability….Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s
  • Colors Available…30 available
  • Fabric…Egyptian cotton
  • Price…$74
  • Size…28″x54″

3. AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant 3-Piece Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$13
  • Set includes…2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths
  • Size…54″ x 30″…(26″x16″ for hand towel, 12″x12″ for washcloth)

4.  Fina Ultra Absorbent Waffle Weave Microfiber Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…white, linen, sage, and coffee
  • Fabric…Microfiber
  • Price…$15
  • Size..29″x55″

5.  Pinzon Heavyweight Luxury 820-Gram Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…blue, gray, sage, green, ivory, and white
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$21
  • Size…30″x56″
  • Weight…nearly 2 pounds each

6.  Superior 900 GSM Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon, overstock.com, Walmart
  • Colors Available…18 colors available
  • Fabric..long-staple combed cotton
  • Price…$62 for set of six (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths)
  • Sizes…30″x55″…(20″x30″ hand towel, 13″x13″ washcloth)

7.  Utopia Luxury Bath Sheet Towel

  • Availability….Amazon, Sears, and BB&B
  • Colors Available…black, white, navy, champagne, plum, gray, brown, and sage
  • Fabric…100% ring spun cotton
  • Price…$16
  • Size…35″x70″

 

 

How should I use my new towels? Drying off after your shower can be as important as the shower itself. Pat yourself dry. Rubbing your skin too vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. This will also leave some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer.

 

 

How do I take care of my brand new towels?

Take time to actually read the tag on your new, luxurious towels tag before you simplty stick in your washing machine. Machine wash on the hottest temperature-setting recommended, with similar colors.

Never use bleach, dryer sheets, or liquid fabric softener on your towels. This will  eventually weaken the fibers make the towels less absorbent.