SALON CONFIDENTIAL: Take My Wife Please

Posted: May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Once again, I am preparing a meal while I write this blog today. Being that it is Mother’s Day, I am preparing to make my very special “Joseph’s World famous Chicken Francaise”. Hang around till the end of this story I’ll share the recipe with you.

My story begins with the cancellation of Mrs. Rosenberg. It was a normal day, and of course, first thing in the morning, one of my hairdressers called in sick. All of my other stylists were booked for the day, so we were unable to fit her scheduled clients in with any other chair. Unfortunately, this meant I had to make the phone calls to her clients to reschedule. Everything went smoothly UNTIL I got to Mrs. Rosenberg. Picking up on the other end, just so happened to be MR. Rosenberg. Explaining to him the situation, we asked that he please get the message to his wife that we needed to cancel her appointment. This is where you can’t make this shit up begins…

He pleaded, almost begging…
Take my wife PLEASE….She is NOT a very pretty woman!” He continued to explain just why his wife really needed the appointment and couldn’t be cancelled or she would look REALLY BAD!

At his request, I agreed that I would squeeze her into my schedule and it would be my pleasure to do her hair. Before he hung up the phone, his final request was what sent me over the top. Here is what he said: “If your going to color my wife’s hair, make sure the carpet matches the drapes“. How do you even respond to that? Even though I laughed harder than I could control, I REALLY felt bad for this woman. Needless to say, all of us in the salon couldn’t wait for her to arrive to see what she really looked like. We could only imagine. Turns out she really wasn’t a bad looking woman after all. I mean she was no supermodel, but her husband was a real ass.

One of the many things that hairdressers grow to learn over the years is that confidentiality is the glue that holds the relationship between the stylist and their client together. This particular day was a challenge and ultimately allowed growth to another level of my profession.

Joseph’s World Famous Chicken Francaise:

2 lbs of chicken cutlets (trim off fat)
4 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons Romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 can chicken broth
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/4 lemon juice
1-1/2 cups of flour

Mix flour with salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
Mix eggs, cheese, garlic powder and parsley in a bowl.
Preheat skillet with cooking oil.
Coat chicken cutlets with flour mixture 1st, then dip into egg mixture and put directly into hot skillet.
Cook chicken cutlets until golden brown.
Put chicken onto paper towels to absorb excess oil.
In another skillet, melt butter and add chicken broth, minced garlic, lemon juice and wine.
Add chicken, coating each piece with lemon mixture.
Cover and simmer slowly for about 45 minutes or until chicken is tender.

I recommend this dish be served over a bed of fresh wilted spinach and enjoy your favorite bottle of white wine.

Bon Appétit!

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