Chicken macaroni casserole

I’m always on the hunt for easy meals that will make good leftovers. Casseroles definitely fit the bill. I realized I hadn’t really ever made a casserole, so I thought it high time to try my hand at it.

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Chicken with spinach-ricotta gnudi

David came across this recipe in the recipe book I gave him last Christmas and was eager to give it a try. I was particularly interested in the gnudi (pronounced [nudi]), which I discovered are a subset of gnocchi from Florence, made with predominantly ricotta and spinach. The recipe looked to be quite an endeavour, so we…

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Pok Pok’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

During David’s last visit to Portland, he discovered the wonder that is Pok Pok, an amazingly tasty Thai restaurant he learned about from watching Anthony Bourdain. In particular, he raved about the fish sauce wings–that they were deliciously spicy with decadently chewy skin. His brother had a copy of Pok Pok’s recipe book, so we…

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Pad Thai & Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk

Our friends’ desire to learn how to make Thai green curry led to an impromptu Thai night, where D and I decided to get a bit ambitious and make two new Thai dishes we’d never made (in addition to the curry). Pad Thai was a particularly daunting prospect, as most of us have had our…

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Roast chicken with leeks

As my mother can attest, I am a fan of baked chicken. So after accruing 29 years worth of baked chickens, one starts to wonder at that kind of variety you might be able to get in how ones goes about baking a chicken. I ran across this recipe, which sounded particularly interesting for its…

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Sauté of chicken with 40 garlic cloves

It is well-established that David is a fan of garlic. He will often gleefully double or even triple the amount of garlic called for in a recipe. However, when I came across this recipe, which has long been ear-marked for us to try, he found that his garlic lust had met its match.

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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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