Restaurant Meals Provide Inspiration for Home Cooking


One of the side benefits of eating out is getting ideas for meals I can cook at home. A couple of months ago, I had a superb dish of chicken Milanese at Bistro 33 in Davis, and I’ve been on a chicken Milanese kick ever since. I dip thinly sliced chicken breasts in flour, beaten egg and Progresso brand Italian-flavored panko crumbs, fry them in olive oil until crisp and golden, sprinkle with some kosher salt and a little lemon juice, and top with a lightly dressed arugula salad (just olive oil, salt and pepper). It’s simple and really delicious.

I had two fabulous meals over the weekend that have me itching to get into the kitchen. On Saturday night, I had an arugula salad with nectarines at A16 in San Francisco. The next night, I ate at Central Market in Petaluma, where I tried a watermelon salad with feta and lavender-infused honey. I particularly loved the heavy sprinkling of salt on the sweet watermelon. I can’t wait to make both those salads.