Isn’t it great that some of our most colorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the dreariest days of winter? Now is the time for citrus—oranges, lemons, limes. My mother and I planted a lime tree several years ago and it has finally decided to produce limes. Mom has so many she can’t give them away. Our orange trees are adorned and heavy with ripe fruit.
And cabbages! Festive purple and green cabbages, my favorite winter vegetable because they’re inexpensive, last for weeks (if not months) in the fridge, and they’re so versatile—in a soup, blanched, braised, with pork, stuffed, or in salads like this one.
When we were kids, my mother used to make this Parmesan chicken dish that was so good we would fight for drippings, every last crumb. She would start with a whole chicken, remove the skin and bones (and use them for making chicken stock), and then cut the meat into small pieces. (She made “nuggets” before anyone called them that!)
Then she she would dip the pieces into melted butter, dredge them in breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and bake them.