Posted on 14 July 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
A bowl of coq au vin!
Did you know that today is Bastille Day in France? Similar to our Fourth of July, it is a celebration of the storming of the Bastille fortress/prison in 1789, a symbolic event of the French Revolution. These days the President of France presides at a parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. It may have started as a battle, but it is one heck of a party today!
James and I are going to celebrate (we look for any excuse, you know) by having a French food-filled day. While watching the Tour de France cycling race (James waits all year for the Tour!), we’re having an omelet for breakfast, lunch will be a grilled ham and cheese sandwich (known in French as a Croque Monsieur!), Coq au Vin for dinner, and we’ll top it all off with a nectarine and cherry galette for dessert! Ooh, la, la, baby! It will be a lip-smacking kind of day!
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Posted on 5 July 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
Cupcakes seem like the perfect dessert. Small and easily transported, they work for children’s birthday parties or wedding receptions and they have built-in portion control! Cupcake shops are popping up everywhere, and I am thrilled. I love stopping in and instead of being limited to just one flavor, I can pick several. If I’m having friends over for dinner, I can offer them an assortment of desserts. I like variety and cupcakes are perfect for that! Continue reading
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Posted on 2 July 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
Most people I know are scared of making pie. But when you think of the 4th of July desserts, what is more all-American than Apple Pie! Well, I’ve got the answer you’ve been waiting for … Apple Crisp! You shouldn’t have to worry about dessert when you’ve got a bunch of people coming over. A crisp is a fruit dessert with a sweet crumbled topping, similar to a streusel. It’s an apple pie without a crust!
One of the tricks to a perfect apple pie (or any apple dessert for that matter) is a blend of apples. Some turn mushy when you bake them and others hold their shape. A mixture of the two gives you the best filling with great flavor and texture. Unlike a pie, this dessert holds up well and can be baked ahead. Equally good at room temperature as it is hot, this is good to take to parties or on picnics.
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Posted on 30 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
Fourth of July Salads
When I was growing up I never liked potato salad. I don’t know why because I loved potatoes made every other way. Being Irish, they are one of my favorite food groups, LOL! So it wasn’t until I was in college and visiting a friend’s house that I discovered how much I had been missing. My friend’s mother made us potato salad and I fell in love! It was so simple and easy to make, and SO much better than any store-bought versions I had tried. I asked her to make it for me every time I visited, and it became a joke that she had to stock up on potatoes the moment she heard I was coming.
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Posted on 29 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
For me, when I am throwing a barbecue party, what I cook on the grill is the easy part. I always focus on what I will serve with the main course. Will it complement the grilled flavor? Does it add texture to the plate? Will the plate have lots of color? What kind of starch does everyone like? Am I serving a different menu than the last time they came to dinner? And, if it is a holiday, do I have enough “traditional” foods to satisfy people’s memories. I put a lot of thought into my party menus and try to get a good balance of flavors, textures, nutrients and “favorites.”
My mother used to say that if a plate of food was “pretty” and had lots of color, then it was healthy. She was so far ahead of her time! Today we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for good health and are nature’s rainbow. Just like a leprechaun’s pot of gold, eating fresh produce will give you a happy life!
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