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I was following a Parmesan chicken recipe, which called for putting the Parmesan mixture on "top" of the boneless breast, and then baking the chicken. The first few times I made it, I covered both sides with the mixture. Tonight, Shu said it means only the side facing upwards. I thought "top" meant both sides because aren't they both the top of the breast? Now, if the bone was still in, I'd get it.

Anyway, Shu was clearly right. It was much better tonight than in the past. I suppose everyone here agrees with Shu?
 
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I'm not sure I can keep abreast of this fowl tale, but I think Shu is correct.
 
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I love the boneless chicken ranch! Big Grin

Oh, yes. Shu was right, for sure. Perhaps it is my literalism?
 
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Purely in a spirit of idle curiosity what would you have done if the recipe said "oil the bottom of the chicken breast"?
 
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Big Grin Big Grin I miss Far Side!
 
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I thought "top" meant both sides because aren't they both the top of the breast? Now, if the bone was still in, I'd get it.
Kalleh, I like the way your mind works. Don't change! (But maybe start using youtube for recipes...)
 
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I miss Far Side!
Despite the plethora of imitations, his were the best! Gary Larson and Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson quit while they were at the top of their game, which makes sense in a way - but I miss them both!
 
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(But maybe start using youtube for recipes...)


I think you are right. Wink I definitely feel like Amelia Bedelia some days.
 
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Kidding aside, that instruction was weird. What is the top of a boneless breast: is it like the sound of one hand clapping? Most recipes don’t jibe w/the way my mind works either. I almost always end up studying them for a while, re-writing them “my way” into my recipes folder, then amending after first trial.
 
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Well if we are getting serious ... it would never occur to me that top meant anything other than the part facing upwards in the oven.
 
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Speaking of boneless chickens, I hope this is true! https://nerdist.com/article/ga...nHOlbn2gSSEJ1SfzdOQQ
 
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that instruction was weird.

Thank you! And, Bob, when you are getting the chicken ready for the oven, which side is the top? I agree, Bethree, that it is a weird instruction.

That is great, Geoff!
 
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Whichever side you put face up. I am completely failing to see the problem here.
 
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Again - it is likely my literalism problem. I am sure you are right.
 
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So - it happened again tonight, and I realized, there really is a legitimate "top" to a chicken breast!
 
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Ah, the ambiguities of trying to agree on directions with a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional object. There's top as in "toward the head" and top as "toward the front." Medicine avoids this by distinguishing up/height as "superior (caudal)" from up/front as "anterior (ventral)".
 
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Ah, you are right. I'd say they were referring to the anterior (ventral) side.
 
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