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Poutine with Homemade Gravy

I saw this recipe for Poutine gravy and thought I had to give it a try. As usual I have put my sticky hands all over it, not to mention that I found the quantities required to be more than a little vague for certain key items. I tried to intensify the meatiness of it by concentrating the stocks, and …

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Roast Chicken in a Clay Pot (Romertopf)

I’ve had a Romertopf (clay pot) for roasting meats for quite a long time, but I don’t feel like I get as much use out of it as I would like. I guess one of my new year’s resolutions will be to try to use some of my appliances more often than I do, and this can go down as …

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Warm Chicken & Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

I seem to be on a kick for warm salads of roasted vegetables. This is a salad, I guess, and not a casserole, but it definitely inhabits the borderland between the two. Mr. Ferdzy was a bit perplexed by it but proceeded to eat truly startling quantities of it, so it’s a happy habitation, I would say. Wild rice is …

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Crispy Garlic Breadcrumb Chicken – No Fry, Not Dry, Must Try

Trying to convert a fried recipe into a baked one is usually a disappointing exercise in futility, but this crispy garlic breadcrumb chicken turned out to be a very enjoyable exception.  While not exactly the same as a pan-fried, breaded cutlet, if you want to eat tender, flavorful chicken with lots of crispy, crunchy bits, then this significantly less-messy method …

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Brocc-a-Leekie Soup

There is no resemblance between this and the famous Scottish Cock-a-Leekie soup; in particular there are no prunes. I just found the name amusing and these days I need all the amusement I can get, however feeble. Leeks and bacon are a classic combination and broccoli works well with them too. Leeks are so sweet and agreeable they get along …

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Beans & Sausage with Peppers & Onions

This is not chili! No, really; it isn’t. Yes, it is full of beans and meat and peppers but it is still not chili.  However, like chili, it is excellent piled on buttered toast. You can use whatever kind of sausage you like for this, although I suggest something with garlic and without sweetness, so not honey-garlic, for instance. But …

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Chicken Apple Sausage Patties – Doesn’t Feel Like Chicken

Imagine a sausage patty made from chicken that’s just as tender, juicy, and flavorful as one made from pork. What? A not-dry, not-rubbery feeling chicken-based sausage? Sounds impossible, and it is, unless you sneak in a little bit of pancetta, and follow a few simple techniques. Instead of buying ground chicken at the market, which is always too finely ground, …

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Basque Chicken Terrine

Yes, it’s basically a chicken meatloaf!  It did not work out quite as I hoped, but the problem was mainly one of texture; I don’t believe I chopped my chicken enough. So, be sure to chop the chicken fairly finely. It was certainly very flavourful and we enjoyed it very much. We have arrived at a pivot in the seasons. …

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Pollo alla Romana

An easy, classic, Italian dish for early fall. How is it different from Pollo alla Cacciatora, you may ask? The answer to which is, not very. Pollo alla Cacciatora, at least as I make it, has a more blended set of vegetables; Pollo alla Romana brings the peppers strongly to the fore. Roasting and peeling the peppers adds a fair …

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