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  • September 28, 2012

Finally we were able to pick a handful of figs from our little trees/saplings. They aren’t perfect, but they taste luscious with a few slices of prosciutto. It’s an elegant way to end the week. Have a lovely couple of days off, dear friends.

  • September 27, 2012

A mushroom risotto, chock full of local chanterelles and parmigiano-reggiano, for lunch today. Buon appetito!

  • September 26, 2012

It looked cloudy and cold through the window when we had a minute to glance outside. So we made kabocha squash and scallion pancakes dressed with butter and maple syrup, and rashers of crisp local hickory-smoked bacon for lunch today. Believe it or not, these hotcakes are light as feathers, but full of rich fall flavors. When we took an after-lunch-walk (instead of a nap), turns out it is a positively balmy 75 degrees!

  • September 25, 2012

Well, as is always the case, you can look at things two ways…we had a hankering for a lovely block of KeriGold Irish butter that was in our fridge or, we bought the last twelve ears of corn of the season at our local farm stand and we’re rolling them on a block of KeriGold. Along with glasses of cold beer it seems like a great lunch and now we are smiling big corny smiles. We’re running out for toothpicks.

  • September 24, 2012

The garden is still pumping it out. This morning we picked long swollen string beans and fat soft tomatoes. We cooked the vegetables separately in heavy pots until the tomatoes melted into their flavorful juices and the spoon tender beans burst opened to reveal their lavender jewels. We ladled everything into soup plates then added a drizzle of good olive oil, some minced shallots, and a sprinkle of Maldon salt—a damn fine lunch.

  • September 21, 2012

Day five of “One Bird Feeds Two Women for Five Days”. So we threw the old bird into a pot with lots of sliced fresh ginger, some celery hearts, kaffir lime leaves, an onion, a few black peppercorns, and about 6 cups of water.  It gently bubbled away on the back of the stove for a couple of hours. The resulting broth was the chicken’s swan song and what a beautiful aria it was. We strained it and added shiitake mushroom caps, silky tofu, fresh greens, rice noodles, cilantro, and a good squeeze of lime—are you thinking Stone Soup? Have a lovely weekend, dear friends.

  • September 20, 2012

Day four of “One Bird Feeds Two Women for Five Days”. We’re down to one chicken breast to split between us. Pas de problem. We sliced the breast into four paillards, dusted them in flour, then pan-fried them in butter and olive oil. We served them with a lemony caper pan-sauce and a warm chanterelle, lemon, and parsley salad. One breast could’ve served four, but we were feeling somewhat gluttonous today. Pardon our piggishness.

 

  • September 19, 2012

Day three of “One Bird Feeds Two Women for Five Days”. The woods have been too dry to gather chanterelles, but yesterday we were blessed with a good soaking rain. This morning dawned clear and beautiful, so we headed into the woods and managed to find a handful of golden chanterelles. We tossed them into the pot with our two chicken thighs, along with some peeled summer tomatoes, and thyme snipped from the balcony. When the chicken was fork-tender, we napped the braised thighs with heavy cream—chicken cacciatore (for those mushrooms we “caught”).

 

  • September 18, 2012

Day two of “One Bird Feeds Two Women for Five Days”. On this warm stormy afternoon, we are having an indoor picnic of fried pimenton-spiced chicken legs and wings with pickled onions and bread & butter pickles—crisp and crunchy meets sweet and sour.

  • September 17, 2012

For Monday, we poached one of the breasts, then slathered it with mayonnaise, and served it with sliced late-summer tomatoes and toasted olive bread that we rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. We snipped chives and parsley from the window box to garnish this lovely afternoon lunch.

  • September 17, 2012

 

This is a great big beautiful chicken that we are going to cook all week. One bird feeds two people for five days. Let the games begin.

 

  • September 14, 2012

Look what we hauled in from the canal this morning! Just kidding. It’s a lovely plat de fruits de mer for our Friday lunch. We’ve thrown caution to the wind and opened a bottle of dead-cold Sancerre to sip as we slurp. Have a wild weekend dear friends.

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