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 23 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
Fish and chips are a tradition in Britain and a sense of national pride. You can find it in every pub and each declares theirs is the best! Fried fish and bread was mentioned in Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” in 1830. Chips, the English name for French fries, arrived in the 1700’s, an import from France and Belgium. Today there are around 11,000 “Chippies” (fish and chip shops) in England and Ireland. During the fortnight of Wimbledon about 30,000 servings of fish and chips are sold with Malt vinegar as the topping of choice.
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Posted on 17 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
When the weather heats up I start looking for ways to prepare dinner without heating up the kitchen. My mind wanders to picnics and barbecues with images of friends laughing, sounds of kids playing, and sultry, balmy nights. Salads are always a good choice when the heat takes away your appetite and all you can think about is jumping in a cold pool of water to cool off.
Fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market, prepared ingredients I can buy from the store, pastas and other items that can be served cold are at the top of my list. When you think of pasta salad do you think of sweetened macaroni and mayonnaise? Corkscrew pasta with vegetables? Penne with Italian antipasti? Noodles with Asian vegetables? Pasta is endlessly adaptable – I can toss in any vegetables I have in the refrigerator, change up the sauce and have a whole new meal!
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Posted on 16 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
When I was in college, I used to make dinners for my classmates. It was a treat for them and a taste of home cooking was a welcome relief from dorm food. I grew up cooking for a family of six and I missed making those big dinners. Having friends over gave me an excuse to make some of my favorites.
Most of the time when I was growing up, if I ordered enchiladas in Mexican restaurants, they were filled with seasoned ground beef. Not exactly true Mexican, but they were good and filling. One Christmas, a friend gave me The California Heritage Cookbook and as I read through the recipes, I realized that I had a lot to learn about ‘real’ Mexican cooking.
My guests who came to dinner the night I first served these enchiladas were astonished at the flavors, and so was I. This sauce is so far superior to anything store-bought that it is well worth the extra effort. I like to serve the enchiladas with the Chile Rice Casserole, also from the California Heritage Cookbook for a nice change of pace from traditional Mexican Rice. Add a tossed green salad for a balanced meal. And don’t forget the margaritas for sparkling dinner conversation!
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Posted on 11 June 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
You can never have too many chicken recipes – or at least that’s what I think. And I guess there are a lot of people who would agree. There are more chicken recipes on the web than anything else. It is the perfect meal for a family, inexpensive, easy to digest, and full of protein. Finding creative ways to cook it can be a lifetime hobby for many.
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Posted on 25 May 2010 by Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook
I love soups. They are full of flavor and nutrients, easy to digest, and filling. Today is a cold and rainy day and I want something to warm me up. A vegetarian dinner will help off-set yesterday’s chocolate indulgence. When you hear the word vegetarian you may think of a plate of boring vegetables, but this soup is about as far from boring as you can get!
Have you ever tried chipotle chiles? They are smoked jalapenos, typically found dried or in adobo sauce. Adobo sauce is a combination of vinegar, herbs and spices, and is often used in Mexican cooking. If you are using dried chiles, you will need to reconstitute them in boiling water for about 15 minutes, remove the stem and seeds, and chop coarsely. If you just wanted the smoky flavor without the heat, you could use some smoked paprika instead.
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