Category Archives: Chicken

Chicken Soup for the Spring

Music: Hope to Stay – The Mix

James and I have a collection of chicken soup recipes and are always searching for more.  When I found Thomas Keller’s in Ad Hoc, I very much wanted to try it.  He uses a pate a choux recipe for the dumplings which looked so delicious.  He says it is “simple” but I disagree wholeheartedly.  It was very complicated and time consuming but, in the end, delicious. Be prepared to spend some time on it…I trimmed some of the edges and made it less of a commitment. Here’s how:

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San Francisco – Day 4

A little overcast today but to be expected.

First stop:

The Pork Store Cafe

1451 Haight St
(between Ashbury St & Masonic Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 864-6981

There really is no place on earth like The Haight, even at 9 AM on a Friday.  I’m never surprised by what and who I find lurking around there. What I am always surprised by is how much I love The Pork Store.  For a place where your elbows stick to the tables, it sure has a lot of history and some serious breakfast eats.  James had the Huevos Rancheros and I had the Piggy Special with 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and bacon. And don’t forget the biscuits.

Second Stop:

Naan N’ Chutney

525 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117-3445

(415) 255-1625

This place is a prime example of why you should not judge a book by its cover.  I used to live on Fillmore and Page and there are MANY Indian restaurants in this neighborhood, including one of the best rated in the city (Indian Oven).  I’ve tried them all and found that Naan n’ Chutney was, by far, my favorite.   Not to mention the least expensive! We ordered the lunch portion of Chicken Tikka Masala and Daal with Naan.

Third Stop:

Café du Soliel

200 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 934-8637

I owe this place a lot. I spent most of my time here as I wrote my MA thesis…so it was only fair, for the memory’s sake to at least stop in for a cup of coffee. I mention it because they actually have tremendous open-faced sandwiches.  You can settle in and, for just the charge of an overpriced super-caffeinated cup of coffee, spend the whole afternoon.  It also has some outdoor seating and always seems to be sunny in this little corner…unlike the rest of this particularly chilly neighborhood. Gotta love micro-climates! Also, that’s a picture of our Mustang in front of my old apartment…in case you were wondering.

Forth Stop:

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5049

Chez Panisse is Alice Waters’ masterpiece. This was the night of Alice (after the meal we went to see “Alice in Wonderland”).  This is a wonderland of experiences (see what I did there?)…it never disappoints, even for the simplest of dishes.  This was a particularly special night as we were celebrating my friend Ashley’s birthday.  Her boyfriend Alex has an exceptional knowledge of wine (it is also his job) and I was surprised to discover you can bring your own bottles (for a corkage fee). Without fear of hyperbole, this was the best meal yet.  The service was exceptional.  The food was unfussy but standout, highlighting pairings and preparations. The key idea being slow food here.  We shared a bunch of appetizers and then our own dinners.

We started with a bottle of Bollinger RD Champagne from 1985.  The color was extraordinary, although you can’t tell from the pictures; a golden honey color that I’ve not seen on a champagne before. After the first course he opened a bottle of 1980 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac (Bordeaux).  I’m not sure we’ve ever drank anything that old or ever will again.  It was quite an experience and I had to share because we felt so fancy.  Not to mention some probably the best wine I’ve ever tasted.

First Course:

  • Hog Island Sweetwater oysters
  • Pizzetta with leeks, Lucques olives and fontina

  • Bellweather Farm sheep’s milk ricotta and prosciutto with grilled chicories


  • Sunchoke Pudding souffle with celery root, wild mushrooms and creme fraiche

Main Course:

  • Soul Food Farm chicken al mattone (under a brick) with butternut squash gratin, kale, cardoons and capers

  • Grilled Elliot Ranch lamb leg, loin and chop with fried shoestring potatoes, turnips and black olives


  • Bittersweet Chocolate pave with caramel creme

  • Kaki Farm blood orange sherbet and blood orange ice cream


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How to Roast a Chicken

This is our fool proof roasted chicken recipe with crispy skin.  It originally came out of Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food (I think?).  This is our go-to-meal for guests that’s so easy and can be paired with pretty much any potato side and good red wine.

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Sunday Dinner – Coq au Vin, Moules Mariniere and Potato Puree

Music: Granada – Isaac Albeniz (played live by Jamie!)

We didn’t watch the Golden Globes but we did eat good French food.  Jamie and Kathryn, our newlywed friends, came over for dinner.  It was a rainy night here in Brooklyn but they don’t live far and braved the weather to enjoy (hopefully) our meal. (I sense a theme, the last two Sunday dinners were a slushy mess too).

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A Chicken Parmesan of sorts and a quick marinara sauce…

Music: Jeff Buckley – Corpus Christi Carol (we’ve been watching The Tudors)

This year for my REAL birthday (I’ve been celebrating since September) my family and I went to Peasant for dinner.  We were all so impressed with the simple marinara sauce they served – I was even surprised my mother ordered it with all the amazing things on the menu.  But man, were we glad she did. Since then I’ve been attempting to recreate their simple marinara and I’ve come pretty close. And so in honor of my Mother’s Birthday today I made her this!

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Chicken Pot Pie

Music: Piggies – The Beatles

Last year around this time Cia, Melissa and I went to The Jakewalk in Carroll Gardens for dinner and drinks.  Known for its extensive collection of “spirits and brown stuff”, we wanted to check it out.  What we didn’t expect was a fabulous, cozy dinner of duck rillettes, fondue and chicken pot pie.  Recently, James and I went back for our friend Heather’s birthday party and sadly, the chicken pot pie was not on the menu.  I had such a hankering for it I decided to recreate it at home. I am pretty certain The Jakewalk didn’t use milk in theirs, which was what made it really unique.


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