Hello! I am sure your heart is as heavy as mine for Ukraine. Can you believe what tough/brave/independent/beautiful people the Ukrainians are? Well, I have a few cheerful things for you today along with Annie and Cindy like a lost wallet story, our son’s delicious Milanese recipe, a beachy retreat and more.
1. Lost Wallet In A Big City Story
My daughter, Alexandra is keeping me company while Howard is away on business. Last weekend, we were out shopping in Union Square, San Francisco. On our walk home, halfway up the steep Russian Hill, we discovered a wallet in the street.
We opened it up to look for a phone number while walking back down the hill to drop it off at the police station. Notice I said “down the hill” meaning we would have to go back up it again. This is when I said to Alexandra “it’s the Good Samaritan thing to do.”
Inside the wallet was a bit of cash, his I.D. (he’s my son, Tommy’s age), a Dave and Busters card, apparently his parents’ Costco card, etc. I was starting to feel like I knew this young man. No telephone number though.
While I was in the Police Station delivering the wallet, Alexandra was outside Googling the guy. And she actually found his phone number online! So…
Then we had to go back up the hill. But we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. And Howard had a nice dinner waiting.
Incidentally, those comfortable leather sneakers that I am wearing above and below are on sale…25% Off! They have “supercushy, ultra-supportive MWL Cloudlift insoles.”
2. Must-do Cable Car Ride
It costs $8 but you have to do it!
3. Thomas’ Pork Milanese
So nice to see our son, Thomas taking after his dad in the cooking department. He kindly wrote out his recipe for us.
- pork cutlets pounded 1/2 in thick – 1 per person (can also use veal or chicken breast)
- 3 beaten eggs, bread crumbs, with paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder added
- Salad handful of arugula – 1 per person
- Drizzle of olive oil, fresh lemon juice
- Tomato Mix: cherry tomatoes cut in half, a couple chopped cloves of garlicOlive oilSalt and pepper
- Fresh grated parmesan to serve
Beat pork cutlets to about 1/2in thickness. Lay out plates or bowls (wide enough to hold cutlets) of flour, eggs, and bread crumbs. Drench each cutlet in each, and set aside on a plate or platter. Wrap in saran wrap, put in the fridge for 30 mins to an hour to let everything bind together.
Chop tomatoes and garlic, add to a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in fridge until ready to serve.
Take out cutlets, heat olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a pan on medium-high. Add in cutlets (1 or 2 at a time) and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. If doing multiple batches, keep the already cooked cutlets warm in a 200 degree oven. I also like to try to extract some of the burnt bits and add more butter or oil between batches. If you like citrus, you can squeeze some more lemon on the cutlets once they are done cooking and resting.
After cooking cutlets, dress the arugula with olive oil and lemon juice. Place salad on the plate, then the cutlet on top, then the tomato mix. Grate parmesan over the top of everything, add lemon slice and serve.
4. “Empty Nesters Find Beachy Sanctuary From The City”
That title is in the “Cottage Style” Spring issue and I thought “are they talking about Howard and me”? If you get my newsletter, you know that we closed on a second home in Florida.
This article by Ashley Abramson with designer Jill Howard speaks to me in that I would like relaxed light interiors with some color and definitely texture for the new house too…
5. EASY Silverware Polishing Tip
We are having a Ladies Spring Brunch here today (full post about that soon) and in preparation I gave the silverware a polish. I am asked about this technique somewhat often so I thought it would be good to mention it again. Easy Silver Polish
Anyway, next time you find a lost wallet…try doing what we did! 🙂
And finally, Madewell is having a sale with 25% off (if you are signed up as an Insider)..including my favorite lug sole booties that I can walk all over the city in! They have padded insoles like my leather sneakers above.
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