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 IS National Kale Day and celebrate with this kale post.
This casserole is hearty and comforting, just want you want on a cold, windy day that we’ve been having a lot of here in Portland lately. jwa thought it needed a bit more spice, but I thought it worked nicely just as is – creamy, a little bacony-y, and of course, kale-y. People who think it needs some extra spicy heat can always add their own hot sauce.
This would also be extremely easy to make vegetarian — just omit the chicken and bacon. But then, you probably could have figured that out on . . . → Read More: National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon
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!) posted a link to making your own pistachio oil from Food and Wine magazine. Intrigued, I did exactly that.
The pistachio oil is so amazing! Like, just-use-a-spoon-to-eat-it amazing! I can’t wait to drizzle this over all manner of things in the coming weeks (it will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator). For this meal, I followed the bonne idée to the side of the recipe and served the avocado halves with lemon grilled chicken, and also some roasted asparagus.
The pistachio oil recipe is below, as are my photos. And here’s a link to everyone’s Pistachio Avocados.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Anne Le Blanc’s Pistachio Avocado (and a Toasted Pistachio Oil Recipe)
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 the time. See, not that weird at all.
Also, I seriously love chicken thighs. Even the skinless, boneless ones aren’t bad but the bone-in thighs are just the best, so you can probably imagine how much I enjoyed this meal. This harissa, while I’m not sure how authentic it is, pairs excellently with the chicken. The caraway adds a very unexpected flavor and the roasted bell peppers are all smokey and rich — a flavorful partner for the spicy, cinnamon-y, crispy skin.
On the side we had some cumin roasted carrots (carrots, sliced and tossed with cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil, roasted . . . → Read More: Cinnamon-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Harissa Sauce
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 1890′s) when we go out and there’s always a delicious terrine or a pâté or what-not on the plate. Or maybe I was just feeling extra adventurous, but I did it. And I would do it again, too.
I loved the pickled onions (I also had some store-bought pickled peppers on the side) and we had it with a simple salad, some red wine and a long skinny baguette from Little T’s. A very delightful and very French meal. As always, the recipe is in the cookbook, Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.
I made a third of a recipe (1 egg, 1 egg . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken Liver Gâteau with Pickled Onions
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 posts and my photos below.
Sauteing the chicken, lightly dusted with flour first.
Apples, onions and mushrooms added to the pan. A couple of cloves of garlic too.
After adding the brandy, reducing a bit.
Now the 1/3 (instead of 2/3′s) cup of cream.
Plated and ready for eating. Leftovers made great lunches the next day.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken, Apples and Cream a la Normande