One thing I like to do is to take a traditional recipe and put a California spin on it. Daughters Miriam and Eilene love Japanese curry. I decided to take the curry out of the stew and marinate my chicken wings with it.
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Jan’s Fresno friends come to San Jose every year for the Quilt Festival and we feed and put them up every year. Pat likes chicken and Barb does not eat tomato, so a coq au vin came to mind as a dish that they would both would like. In my mind, red wine never seemed to go with chicken, I prefer a coq au vin with a nice white wine.
I am doing a Japanese dinner for our Sunday meal. While there may be a main dish of meat and rice or noodles, Japanese meals usually include many small side dishes with a variety of textures, colors and tastes. The aesthetic— moritsuke—is that it is food for the soul as well as the stomach. I am making chicken teriyaki and this is one of the side dishes I decided should go with it.
I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock—the major difference between all of these pockets is the type of bread used to wrap the savory filling. A bierock is not now, nor has it ever been haute cuisine, it is essentially a workingman’s lunch. When you are working, traveling, or having some kind of festival event, you do not always have time to sit down for meal. Having a meal in a neat, sealed bread package that you can slip into a pocket or pouch is a solution that many cultures have discovered.
I had decided on a French(-ish) cuisine roast chicken for Sunday’s family dinner. Daughter Miriam is still off onions and garlic, so I needed to create a tasty recipe that did not include them. However, some habits are hard to break and I added garlic to my marinade without thinking. To make something for Miriam, I bought another chicken breast and marinated it in the same marinade sans garlic.
Daughter Miriam is coming over to work on an article with her mother. She is on a soft food diet for her TMJ and is suffering from an illness that prevents her from eating anything in the leek family. Her sister, Eilene, just had a dental implant, so she is on a soft food diet as well.
Sunday dinners have become a bit of a challenge, since daughter Miriam has been sick with something that prevents her from eating anything in the leek family—garlic, onions, etc. Adapting recipes to be flavorful without these well loved ingredients tests my mettle—laddle?—as a cook. I decided on barbecuing a chicken with a slightly French fine herbs sans chives vibe—sage seemed an appropriate substitute.
Wife Jan has been asking lately for her ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings. I am always trying to improve even my best recipes—a change of spice here, a new technique there. Sometimes I will walk into the kitchen and simply follow my instincts on a recipe that I have made several times before. Occasionally it works out rather well.