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National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

Chicken Kale Pasta with Apple & Bacon

Kale, like brussels sprouts, fish sauce, and swiss chard, is an ingredient that I discovered that I liked later rather than sooner. I don’t even think I started with the now ubiquitous kale chips — I think it was maybe braised kale at a restaurant, and only about three years ago.

Did you know October 2nd is (possibly) National Kale Day? I think that it’s not quite an official thing yet, so let’s all try to make it happen! Until then, I’m just going to pretend that Wednesday . . . → Read More: National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

FFwD: Anne Le Blanc's Pistachio Avocado (and a Toasted Pistachio Oil Recipe)

French Friday's with Dorie: Anne Le Blanc's Pistachio Avocado

This is a French Fridays on a Saturday — mainly because I didn’t even manage to make this until Friday night for dinner. This is probably one of the simplest recipes so far for FFwD. Basically, you slice an avocado in half, peel and remove the pit, drizzle with some lemon juice and salt, then add some pistachio oil. The hardest task will be finding pistachio oil. I’m sure I could have found some in Portland, but one of the FFwD members (one wet foot – thanks!) . . . → Read More: FFwD: Anne Le Blanc's Pistachio Avocado (and a Toasted Pistachio Oil Recipe)

Cinnamon-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa Sauce

Cinnamon-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa Sauce

Does cinnamon and chicken sound weird? Well, maybe just a little at first (although, probably not as weird as tuna meatballs with cinnamon), but, honestly this chicken dish is so amazing. The chili flakes keep the cinnamon-sugar marinade from becoming too sweet and it all just really seems to work with the juicy, roasted chicken thighs. Plus, when you think about it, just because cinnamon seems to be typically used (at least in the U.S.) in sweeter recipes, the spice itself isn’t sweet at all. It’s paired with lamb all . . . → Read More: Cinnamon-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa Sauce

FFwD: Chicken Liver Gâteau with Pickled Onions

FFwD: Chicken Liver Gâteau with Pickled Onions

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is all “knock knock.” And I’m all, “who’s there?” And it’s all, “Chicken liver.” “Chicken liver who?” I ask. And it’s all, “No, really. Chicken liver. Go buy some chicken liver and let’s do this.”

So, I bought chicken liver. I blended it up in my food processor with some egg yolk, half and half, garlic and herbs, etc…and I baked it. And it was pretty damn good.

Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten so used to ordering charcuterie (the dream of the . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken Liver Gâteau with Pickled Onions

FFwD: Chicken, Apples and Cream a la Normande

Chicken, Apples and Cream a la Normande

I have actually made something like this week’s French Fridays with Dorie Chicken, Apples and Cream a la Normande before, so I knew I would probably like it. And I did. I used regular brandy, as I didn’t have any Calvados. I also halved the amount of cream. Just because it’s the holidays and who needs more cream than necessary, right? Even with only 1/3 cup, it was very rich and delicious.

Oh and I also think I added garlic. Everything must have garlic. Here’s a link to everyone’s . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken, Apples and Cream a la Normande