Let’s start the day with a SIMPLE bowl of porridge–what’s old is new again. A sweet, creamy little jewel rediscovered and sure to create a lovely start to the day, Carolina Gold Rice Porridge. Continue reading Carolina Gold Rice Porridge
Big Night cooking…it’s all about the sauce. Chicken alla Cacciatora, yes, an old school classic, a simple, family-style way with a chicken. Bijouxs la dolce vita!
One of my favorite food movies is “Big Night” and I can’t help but think of it whenever I cook a family favorite, Chicken alla Cacciatora (chicken in honor of the hunter’s wife). Leave it to the Italians to create the most fabulously simple food and this recipe is no exception. What you will need is a chicken, an onion, garlic, a can of tomatoes and oh, yes of course a bit of white wine. Result? A tender stew with fall-off-the-bone chicken, plus a healthy serving of sauce to embellish rice or pasta. Simple right?
Cooking from the heart and memory is a joy. You might have grown up with a version of the dish too. This is a flexible recipe, that is, I adjust the oil needed based on the size of onion, adjust garlic to taste, etc. The technique works with other meats as well to create a substantial sauce for Sunday night. With only a 45-minute stovetop stew, a budget chicken becomes a memorable, family-style meal, sending off an aroma throughout the house that just begs the pot to be opened and tasted.
I serve Chicken alla Cacciatora family style on a large platter, extra sauce on the side, and a bowl of fluffy white rice with fresh parsley. Of course, this dish is even better reheated the next day, if you can wait.
Wishing you a big night from the Bijouxs.
Cooking with economy & grace, plus dinner in 15 minutes – Italian Rice and Peas, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on this swift little jewel. Continue reading Italian Rice & Peas
During hot summer months salads make refreshing main courses. Grilled Zucchini, Rice & Herb Salad is main course material, with a with a nod (brown rice) and a wink (pimento stuffed olives) to the 70’s ‘health food’ heydey, a little jewel of a salad so good I did not leave it in the past. Continue reading Grilled Zucchini, Brown Rice & Herb Salad
Define comfort: A classic farm-style dinner, just a few simple ingredients, the heart of everyday home cooking past – Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Gravy, a humble little gem. Continue reading Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Gravy