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Rice KrispiesI love cereal. Sometimes, I eat it for lunch or for a snack. Isn't that terrible? Well, I guess it could be worse…

Anyway, this chef has come up with a way to combine Rice Krispies with chicken in order to make it crunchy. It certainly sounds interesting and I have heard people using Corn Flakes before so this could work. He also gives a list of things no kitchen should be without. Read this story from the Today show website:

Who says cereal should be limited to milk? Or reserved for mornings? Chef Michael Schulson, of the Style Network show “Pantry Raid,” shares delicious chicken and dessert recipes made from Rice Krispies and lists the 10 things everyone should have in their pantry:

TEN PANTRY MUST-HAVES

Rice Krispies or any kids cereal
Great to have in the pantry because you can do so many different things with this simple ingredient and kids love it. You can make; cereal, use it as the coating on chicken fingers, put it into salads to add texture and don't forget rice krispy treats for dessert.

Eggs
Eggs can be used in so many ways; you can make the obvious things like scrambled eggs (with so many things inside), Fried rice with leftover takeout rice (with tons of eggs), Crepes are so much fun and fast and easy (fill them with fruit, chicken or even chocolate). My favorite thing to do is to make steak and eggs with a sunny side egg atop a piece of meat.

Milk
Milk is a must, no questions about it; how can you have coffee of cereal in the morning to start your day. You also need it when you are making a breading, (flour, egg and bread crumbs). Some of the other things that you can make with milk are; hot chocolate, rice pudding, ice cream (blend fruit with the milk and freeze it) how easy is that, soups (sauté vegetables and add the milk and simmer and then blend, you have a cream soup in no time).

Fresh Vegetables
So great to have because you don't need to do much with fresh vegetables because they are so good as is. I love to add vegetables to everything like; sauté them with garlic as a side, blend them with milk, eggs and flour and bake them (soufflé in minutes), cut them up and add them to canned soup and you have something that taste great now (people will think you slaved away for hours) and my favorite thing to do with vegetables, especially in the summer, is to grill them.

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
This is a great item that never goes bad, you can serve it as is and that's fine but you can also; strain the noodles and vegetables out and use it a stock or even make another kind of soup out of the broth. You can also use the soup to cook vegetables fish or meats in if you want a healthy poached piece of food.

Some kind of oil — extra virgin olive oil preferable
This is an item that I use the most in my house, you always use it to; sauté food in, make a dressing (add 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar for a dressing), make a marinade ( fresh herbs, garlic and oil) great for grilling, frying things and one of my favorite things to do with a good oil is to serve it on the table with some fresh bread.

Fresh Fruits
Fruits are great to have because they are healthy and kids love them, you can also have some fun with them, blend them up and make a cold fruit soup on a hot day, skewer them and serve them with a bowl of melted chocolate and you have a great fondue. You can even serve cut up fruits in salads to add some great crunch and some sweetness. One of my favorite things to do with fruits is to chop them up with some chilies, onions and some fresh herbs and serve it as a salsa atop a piece of meat or fish.

Dried Herbs and Spices
I will always pick fresh over dried but these will not go bad (at least not for a long time). I love to add spices to things and let my guests try and figure out what the surprise flavor that I put in was. I also utilize the spices to make the region of food that I want to eat, if I want Italian, I pull out the parsley, oregano, chili flakes and the basil and start cooking. If I want Latin food I pull out the coriander, garlic, cilantro, chili powder and the cumin.

Cheese
Cheese is something that you can eat alone either cold, by itself, cut up in a salad, in a taco, as an appetizer with some crackers. You can also serve it hot/ melted, atop bread, on a pizza, as a fondue, in a soup, or my favorite thing to make is baked cheese (put a large piece inside a frozen bread dough and bake it) the cheese will melt inside and the dough will get crispy, wow this is great.

Kosher Salt
This is the single most important thing to have in the house, how in the world is anything you make going to taste good if you don't season it. I have found that so many people spend tons of time cooking and say to me it seems to be missing something (they forgot to season there food with salt). Salt is also great when you are trying to preserve something, like when you are pickling something (add salt and water)

Rice Krispy Chicken Fingers
Chef Michael Schulson

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

• 6 ea Chicken tenders
• 2 cups Italian dressing
• 3 cups Rice Krispies Ground up into small pieces
• 2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine

DIRECTIONS

1. Marinate the chicken tenders in the Italian dressing for 4-24 hours.

2. Remove the tenders from the marinade and coat them in the ground up rice krispies.

3. Set on a baking tray and top each piece of chicken with a small piece of butter.

4. Bake the chicken (covered with foil) for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

5. Take the foil of and bake for another 10 minutes to make the coating crispy.

Rice Krispy Treats
Chef Michael Schulson

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

• 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine or butter
• 1 package regular marshmallows (10 oz)
• 3 cups Rice Krispies

DIRECTIONS

1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add rice krispies and Stir until well coated.

3. Set aside to cool and cut into large cubes

Note: you can substitute anyone of your favorite cereals

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