Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Chicken pot pie? In this weather? I know I complain about how hot it is, cry for no cook dishes that won’t heat up the house, and then keep giving you baking recipes. And here, after cauliflower mac and cheese, lemon poppy seed muffins, and fig and brie-stuffed chicken I’m giving you the fourth recipe in a row that requires turning on an oven. I do apologize. But if you’re thinking of the heavy, cream-filled chicken pot pies of your childhood (or Paula Dean’s restaurants), this is not it. Comfort food, yes, but a lighter, more sophisticated rendition. Continue reading “Individual Chicken Pot Pies”

Fig and Brie Stuffed Chicken

Figs are starting to show up at the market. Green Kadota figs that look unripe but whose skin yields when poked. Bright pink insides. These are not the Black Mission (dark purple), Calimyrna (yellowish) or Brown Turkey (brown and pink) varieties that I am accustomed to. (For more info on figs I find this site to be helpful.) But I’m not one to be picky about my figs. I love them all equally. And I can’t begin to say how excited I am that it’s the beginning of fig season, knowing that it will last, at least in Israel, well into October. Continue reading “Fig and Brie Stuffed Chicken”

Curry Puffs: A Take Out Mainstay, At Home

At home in New York, I was accustomed to ordering Thai food on any given night when I was too tired to cook, rainy evenings, lazy Saturday afternoons, you name it. Curry Puffs and Pad See Ew have developed into serious comfort food for my husband and I. Now, living in Israel, Thai food is hard to come by. In Be’er Sheva there isn’t a single Thai restaurant, and I’ve been known to lug home Thai take-out from a reputable restaurant in Tel Aviv (which is an hour and a half away). Continue reading “Curry Puffs: A Take Out Mainstay, At Home”

Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup

This recipe began because it was brought to my attention  that I have no lentil recipes on the blog. It’s true. It’s something I’ve noticed before, and was looking to mend the situation. I love lentils in everything from Indian daal to lentil soup, but all I could think of were the richest, most decadent lentils I’ve had. At Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills Chef Rory Herrmann braises du Puy lentils with sausage and a rich Bordelaise sauce and tops it with a decadent dollop of foie gras mousse and a soft-boiled egg. I can recall other times when lentils were slowly simmered with pancetta until flavorful and robust. Continue reading “Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup”

A Lemony, Briny, Chicken Dish for your Repertoire

Chicken piccata is one of those dishes that has a permanent place in my repertoire and ends up in frequent rotation. As a light, citrusy dish it’s a summertime favorite, but it really is good year round. Chicken breasts are dredged in flour and browned, then a quick veil of a sauce is made using the pan drippings, butter, lemon juice, parsley, and capers. This time I also added wine, with much success. Continue reading “A Lemony, Briny, Chicken Dish for your Repertoire”

Chicken Tagine, Minus the Tagine

A tagine is both the name of a type of slow cooked North African dish and the pot it is supposed to be cooked in. Large and conical in shape, I have long wanted a tagine but have yet to justify such a single-purpose space hog. I’ve promised myself that when I finally get to Morocco I’ll get one. Fortunately, you can obtain the flavors of a tagine dish without the specialty cookware (not exactly, but close). In fact, I don’t even have a lid for the large pan I used, but tin foil proved to be a worthy substitute. Continue reading “Chicken Tagine, Minus the Tagine”

Curry and Spice and Everything Nice

I have been making a lot of soup lately. Way more than usual. It’s just so good, so easy, and it’s usually even better the next day. I often make soup on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons, before Hebrew class from 5-8pm. That way I have something warm and tasty to come home to. I’ve made chicken, mushroom, cauliflower, tortilla, you name it. This time I wanted something a little different. Continue reading “Curry and Spice and Everything Nice”

A Burrito Worth its Weight in Guacamole

I’ve already waxed poetic about Mexican food, so I won’t bore you with another soliloquy. I will remind you that there are no Chipotles or Benny’s Burritos in Israel, only sad shawarma wrapped in laffas passing as burritos. It had been well over a month since our last Mexican venture and it was time for some rice, beans, chicken, and cheese rolled up in a tortilla. Continue reading “A Burrito Worth its Weight in Guacamole”