Coq au Vin; the Chocolate Connection

I have been making Coq au Vin for years.  It's always been a delicious family favorite but never quite achieved the same wonderful glossy, rich sauce of the bistro.  This was brought home once more the last time we were in Paris.  At  Chez René we had the best Coq au Vin ever created by … Continue reading…

Coq au Vin Blanc; why I love boot-sucking mud

Coq ua Vin Blanc Someone, who shall remain nameless, suggested that mon mari had a, hmm, shall we say, a long learning curve…. It may have been a comment regarding him, inadvertently, closing the bathroom door with himself on the inside….  And no handle on the door. For the second time. Does it make me … Continue reading…

Roast Capon with Port Sauce; Cooking Christmas Dinner

We ate well in Spain, but then, we always do. Our friend may live in a remote village in the mountains, with access much more geared to goats than cars, but there is never a shortage of good food. That could be the reason, of course.  One must be prepared to be snowed in… For … Continue reading…

Chicken and Avocado Salad; The Joys of Moving

Chicken and Avocado Salad I’m making lists. Lists of stuff we’ll need before, during and immediately following our move.  We’ll be homeless for a bit and lists, I have learned, are important. When we left the US, I did not have a list. I packed our airline tickets. Anyone who has ever done a major … Continue reading…

Chicken with Rice; the Weekly Menu Planner

 This is from last weeks menu – but I didn't get  it posted earlier and I wanted you to see the pretty, yellow chicken I got from our farmer neighbor for letting his cows graze in our pasture.  This  slow braising was perfect for it – and it's a traditional French  recipe! Chicken with Rice   … Continue reading…