Sil’s Baked (and creative) Chicken

I’ve been following recipes, to a tee, for well over 4 decades. I’ve never waivered from a recipe, or tried to substitute one ingredient for another. If I didn’t have an ingredient, I’d go out to the store to get it. If the recipe called for tomato puree and I only had diced tomatoes, out … Continue reading

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala was one of the first fancy veal dishes that I added to my repertoire of “company worthy meals” as a young, home cook. It scared me at first, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the Marsala wine that seemed exotic to me at the time. Now, I consider this a very … Continue reading

Chicken Francaise

This is such a classic dish that I have made many, many times for small dinner parties, family meals, as well as for large gatherings of up to 30 people.  My feeling is that once you start dipping and frying, you might as well keep going for as long as you have the stamina.  You … Continue reading

Avgolemono Soup (Greek Lemon Chicken Soup)

  While discos and big hair were all the rage in the eighties, some of us were home, raising children and counting pennies.  Being “house poor” was sometimes trying, but thanks to good friends, we made the best of our Saturday nights.  While we did not dance under a disco ball, there was always great … Continue reading

Chicken Cacciatore – The Real Deal??

Since I posted the recipe for “Grandma’s Chicken Cacciatore” a month or so ago, I have been haunted by the fact that my Grandmother’s (Little Nonni) recipe is really not the traditional way this dish was made. My other Grandmother (Big Nonni) made it in a much different manner. Actually, my memory of her making … Continue reading

Grandma’s Chicken Cacciatore

There are many different renditions of chicken cacciatore, all using a variety of different ingredients.  I have tried many of these varied recipes, but I always come back to this very simple and delicious version that my grandmother (little Nonni) used to make.  I have tried very hard, for many years, to achieve the exact … Continue reading

Mom’s Chicken Soup

When you had a cold growing up in our house, you could bet that mom’s chicken soup was in your future.  Only when someone was sick would this soup appear on the stove, and now, all these years later, we are finding out that there really are medicinal benefits in chicken soup for curing the … Continue reading