Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

big salad

Dinner: September 24, 2010

peppers, celeriac

little sweeties

beauty

shoulder season

roots, stalks, and leaves

hot stuff

fennel

autumnal

Mike's

mine

brined

say "cheese"

order up

duck liver parfait

a full belly

Sunday brunch at home

Mike's

mine

soaking in brine

nameless experimental cocktail

peek-a-boo

Dinner: September 26, 2010

(As always, click the photos to view them with more detail in my Flickr stream.)

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8 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. Looks great! And who knew that the sauce I’ve been making for years, was originally served it with grilled swordfish in Italy) has a name: ladolemono! Thanks!

  2. Please tell me at least the basics of that delicious-looking braised chicken dish! I need to make it ASAP. (Preferably for lunch right now!)

  3. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    Katie – I browned cut up chicken parts in a bit of olive oil, then added a cup or so of sliced leek and about the same amount of sliced fennel, seasoned with salt and let them start to soften. Added a pinch of saffron and toasted it before adding 1/4 cup of Pernod, stirred everything through, then added about 4 cups of chopped fresh plum tomatoes (you could certainly use canned). Added a whole bunch of fresh thyme, then put the chicken back in, added my parchment “lid”, and let it cook until the chicken was done and the sauce nicely reduced. I stirred in about 1/4 cup of creme fraiche and some pitted olives at the end. Easy! (It occurs to me this is very similar to my favorite mussel prep – ha! Oh, and we had bread with this, but I sometimes will cut up small new potatoes and add them to the mix – they cook right in the braising liquid).

  4. Jennifer says:

    You’d think I’d know by now not to visit your blog when I’m hungry! 🙂 As always, beautiful, deliciously tempting photography!

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