While I was on a lovely walk in the woods of Easton yesterday afternoon, I randomly decided I’d make chicken cacciatore for supper. I’m not sure what sparked my desire to cook this rustic Italian dish whose contents I only vaguely knew of. I was confident I’d have the needed ingredients and after a brief phone call with my mother and a glance at some recipes realized this was indeed the case. Well, almost… I had to run to the nearby package store for some white wine.
Chicken cacciatore, which means “hunter’s chicken” in Italian, is a wonderful dinner for a cool, early spring night. It’s hearty yet not too heavy and very easy to make. The dish’s stewed tomatoes deliver a nice pump of the cancer-fighting anti-oxidant lycopene, too.
The cacciatore recipe below is for omnivores. I’m sure, however, that you could omit the chicken and have a beautiful meal. I also prepared braised carrots and basmati rice.
Something I’ve really enjoyed over the past week has been cruising around New York City and Long Island with Fannie Cohen to capture some inspiring interviews for the next 2 episodes of our new podcast, Doing It. If you’ve missed the first 2 shows, please listen and subscribe for free on iTunes by clicking here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/doing-it/id605177565
Our 3rd episode, which will hit the cyber airwaves in the next day or two, explores the essence of creativity. Where does it come from? Is it teachable? Are we all born with the same potential to be creative? The 4th show will feature 3 motivational DIY entrepreneurs: Bob and Joe McClure of scrumptious McClure’s Pickles, Kelly Dooley Kalley of the chic BodyRock Sport fashion fitness, and Rachel Winard, the mastermind of Soapwalla Kitchen. Please stay tuned!
After a full day of interviews and travel, I returned home on Friday craving a wholesome meal. My husband happened to have defrosted some all-natural bratwurst we recently purchased fro Whole Foods. As some one who prefers to maintain a waste-not-want-not attitude, I wanted to use them up and decided to throw together a bit of Eastern European-inspired fare:
Bratwurst served with warm red cabbage and apple slaw and organic basmati rice.
My man and I are back from Vegas with bands on our fingers! We cruised into JFK late Saturday night after a few beautiful and amusing days in that most interesting place. In brief, I couldn’t have imagined a better wedding day. I promise to share more in the near future about tiny, 11 guest event… and photos.
One thing I was craving after a day of travel and too many kettle chips was a healthy share of vegetables and a bit of protein. Here’s what we settled upon: roasted purple potatoes with rosemary, sweet dumpling squash, sautéed rainbow chard, and organic BBQ chicken wings. We got our bounty of organic groceries at Ditmas Park’s Flatbush Food Coop after a run around the neighborhood.
By the way, if you’re having a small dinner party, this is an easy menu. The wings are also awesome for a Super Bowl fête.
Please forgive the poor and incomplete photography! I cooked this meal a day or two before deciding to create this blog.
My good old pasta maker.
One thing I’m really looking forward to in 2013 is the weeklong yoga retreat I’ll be hosting with Summer Shirey in Umbria, Italy in October. To start gearing up, I decided to make homemade pasta last Saturday for Summer, her husband, and my man. I was relieved to learn that making pasta is like riding a bike… the last time I made it was as a girl with my mother back in the early 1990’s.
Using the same, old hand crank machine, I set out to make papadelle.