Chicken in almond sauce

This particular recipe book was one of the first recipe books David and I bought together, and we’ve had many delicious successes from it, including chicken and fennel au gratin. Chicken in almond sauce was a recipe we’d first made several years ago (before we left Vancouver) and was one of our staple dishes for…

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Roast duck with apple and sausage stuffing

It was to be a relatively quiet Thanksgiving, with just the two of us plus David’s brother. As such, a turkey seemed like overkill, so we decided to consider the smaller birds (e.g. cornish game hen, duck, capon), finally settling on duck. It’s been quite awhile since we’d had duck, and this seemed like the…

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Coq au vin

There are few dishes that are as iconically French as coq au vin, and we were kind of appalled that we both had not yet tried it (even in a restaurant). The preparation is somewhat involved, as the chicken marinates for at least a day but potentially up to 3 days, but we were game…

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Cinnamon-crunch chicken

In my search for new and interesting recipes, this one caught my eye, if only because of its unusual pairing of cinnamon spice sugar cookies with chicken. It makes use of speculoos, a buttery cinnamon and spice cookies that is a specialty of northern France, Belgium and Holland, traditionally baked in December around Christmas time….

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Chicken breasts with spicy peanut sauce

I grew up with steamed white rice with most meals, so after I moved out, I’m sure I went a little crazy in ardently avoiding white rice to indulge in the other starch options available (e.g. risotto, potatoes, etc.). When I came across this recipe, however, it was naturally suited for being served with white…

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Roast chicken for les paresseux

A deal on whole chickens ($3 each) led me to search for new methods for roasting a chicken. It also allowed me to try out a new recipe book (new from Christmas) that we hadn’t yet delved into, Around my French Table. Les paresseux is French for “lazy people”, so this particular variation of roast chicken…

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Chicken and apples braised in hard cider

Due to our hectic schedules, we’ve been subsisting for an interminable length of time on boxed mac and cheese and take-out. A momentary reprieve allowed us to put together a lovely, home-cooked meal. David had gotten a bottle of hard cider from the corner store, and I was eager to try out my as-yet-untouched Spanish…

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Thanksgiving with family

Thanksgiving is David’s favourite holiday of the year, with plentiful food and hot drinks to be had. With David’s parents and grandmother in town for the holiday, we planned for a feast of a meal. However, we decided to forego the traditional turkey, given our relatively small number, and opted for Cornish game hen.

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Cornish game hens with garlic and rosemary

After a long angst-ridden week of testing and writing, nothing makes all one’s cares go away and clears the mind better than a delicious, home-cooked meal. A good deal on a pair of Cornish game hens created the perfect opportunity for a bit of relaxation. And a relatively simple recipe made for a relaxing time…

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Chicken pot pie

David has long-desired for me to make him chicken pot pie. It’s a classic dish that seemed fairly involved whenever I watched my mother make it–there was pie dough to be made, all the different pieces to be put together. But now that I’m less terrified of and slightly more proficient at making pie dough,…

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