Roasted Chicken with grapes, shallots and garlic

Roasted Chicken with grapes, shallots and garlic

This is such an easy recipe, I can’t believe I never thought of it before.  There I was, faced with a whole large chicken wondering what to do with it.  I knew I had thyme and rosemary in the refrigerator and figured I could always make a decent roasted chicken with that.  Add a little white wine with some stock at the end for a simple pan sauce and I’d have dinner done.  But that just wasn’t inspiring me.  And that’s when it happened. “Dad, I’m hungry.  What can I eat?  Can I have some Goldfish?” my son asked.  “Why don’t you eat … Continue reading

Beef Stroganoff My Way

Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff has been a staple in most households since the 1950’s.  While the original Russian dish from the 1860’s consisted merely of cubed beef that had been floured and seared with a sauce of beef stock, prepared mustard and sometimes sourcream, it somehow morphed into ground beef, onions, canned mushrooms (even cream of mushroom soup), stock and sour cream.  The original recipe didn’t exactly tantalize my taste buds and the later incarnations certainly don’t.  The recipe just didn’t inspire me, so as an adult I never prepared it. That was until my wife and I were out with some friends at a restaurant a … Continue reading