French Cooking

Ce N’est Pas un Coq au Vin

The classic French coq au vin is prepared with an old rooster, that is tough but full of flavor when cooked properly. This is not coq au vin. An old rooster is essentially impossible to come by in an American market, and if you happen to live on a farm, […]

Chicken Braised with Apples, Bacon, and Cider

Every once in a while someone asks me what my favorite chicken thigh dish is. I should probably say “well, that’s hard” but it’s not. This is it. This is my favorite chicken thigh dish. Sure, it’s something you could make with skin on breasts, or even an airline breast […]

Chicken á la Creme

It’s suddenly gotten cold again across much of the U.S. We’re all stuck inside, and falling into a rut. Also everyone’s suddenly taken up making sourdough bread. So … this seems like a great time to post a dish that’s both a perfect cold weather warmer, feels sort of decadent, […]

Chicken Pastis

Given the state of my social media feeds and food sites the last few weeks, I should have written about sourdough bread baking instead of chicken. Folks would be flocking here. Get it? Flocking, you know, like chickens. I’ll be here all week folks. And the week after that, and […]

Chicken Thigh Piperade

Chicken Piperade originates in the Pays Basque, the predominantly Basque region of Southwestern France, whose culture straddles the border between France and Spain. The flavors and preparations are at once French, Spanish, and of course, Basque. This simple combination of dried hot pepper, red onions, fresh sweet peppers, and tomatoes […]

Wine Braised Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This dish is an evolution of the classic Duck with 40 cloves of garlic in which slow roasting converts the piquant garlic into a luxurious sweet sauce. However, instead of roasting, this is an open braise – and can even be a easy weeknight meal. Here, you simply brown the […]

Chicken Thigh “Cassoulet”

This post comes with apologies. Apologies to my french friends, to purists, and to anyone who’s looking for a “real” Cassoulet. This isn’t that. It’s not french. It’s not authentic. It’s not “real” Cassoulet. On the other hand, this is something you can make at home here in the states, […]

Poulet Moutarde (French style mustard chicken)

I’m unapologetic about my love for French food.  Some of it’s simply nostalgia.  I love the time I’ve spent in France, and the kind close friends who live there.  But there’s something else. French cooking – and I mean rustic homestyle french cooking, not the finicky perfection of modern Haute […]