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How Much Time Do You Spend In The Kitchen?

How Much Time Do You Spend In The Kitchen?

2012-03-23_1Different strokes for different folks, right? That's how the saying goes. Well same is true for daily routines - including how much time the average person spends doing daily activities.

On a recent flight, we perused Spirit Mag (Southwest Airline's amazing mag) and ran across a pretty interesting stat in their [The Numbers] section.


Can you guess what that number reflects? According to the article and a recent study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 30 is the average number of minutes the average American spends in the kitchen each day. The study indicates that out of 29 countries polled, the good ole USA spends the least amount of time in the kitchen.

We're busy. Standing over a stove may not be the best way to spend your "free" time - it's not always a family bonding time, right?

To help make those 30 minutes count, here's one of our favorite recipes from our Recipe Corner - it takes LESS THAN 30 minutes, it's easy to make and it's delicious! What are some of your favorite quick and easy meals to make?

Crunchy Baked Chicken Breasts



Cook: 25 minutes


Serves 4

4 medium-size skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1½ pounds)
1¼ cups panko bread crumbs*
2 tablespoons seasoning (Emeril's Original Essence)
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with non-stick foil. Place one chicken breast in heavy plastic freezer bag. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or a heavy pot, pound chicken to an even thickness; repeat with remaining breasts.

In pie plate, mix breadcrumbs and Essence until well blended. Pour milk into shallow bowl. Dip chicken into milk then coat with crumbs; place on baking sheet. Sprinkle any remaining crumb mixture over breasts; dot with butter. Bake 20-25 minutes until fork-tender.

* Panko breadcrumbs can be found in the Oriental food section of most large grocery stores. Plain dried breadcrumbs may be substituted.

Recipe courtesy Emeril's Essence Recipes

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