Chicken Pot Parmentier

Chicken Pot Parmentier

Okay okay okay. I swear, just one more recipe from My Paris Kitchen and I’ll move on to something else. But this cookbook just has soooo many dishes that I want to make, and the ones I’ve made so far have been a huge hit with my husband, so I keep coming back for more.

I couldn’t decide what to cook for dinner tonight. I was thinking spaghetti but then decided I wanted to do something new and a little more challenging. So I thumbed through the aforementioned cookbook and found Chicken Pot Parmentier (Hachis Parmentier au Poulet), which is basically chicken pot pie but with a layer of potatoes on the top instead of dough. It would make a great fall/winter meal, and it would even be a good dish to bring to Thanksgiving. Chicken-pot-anything is kind of heavy for the 90-degree weather we’ve already been having down here in Texas, but my husband still managed to gobble up half the baking dish in less than ten minutes. Continue reading

Poulet à la Moutarde (Chicken with Mustard)

Poulet à la Moutarde

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently got my hands on a copy of David Lebovitz’s cookbook My Paris Kitchen. I’ve been anxious to try my hand at some of the recipes contained therein (all the recipes, actually), so I set aside some time last night for my first attempt at Poulet à la Moutarde (Chicken with Mustard). It turned out great, and I especially like that it’s one of those meals that looks and tastes quite fancy but is, in actuality, terribly easy to prepare. Continue reading

The Satisfying Symmetry of Wes Anderson’s Movies

I love everything about Wes Anderson’s movies: his delightfully dysfunctional characters, the clever wordplay in his scripts, his yellow-tinged aesthetic, and his meticulous attention to every last detail. I’ve always thought there was something incredibly satisfying about the orderly manner in which every scene seems to have been crafted, but I could never articulate why until I came across this video from British Film Institute contributor and filmmaker Koganada.

Enjoy, fellow Andersonphiles.

 

Spiked Iced Passion Tea

Spiked Iced Passion Tea

As an incurable introvert, I quite enjoy the prospect of a Sunday at home with no obligations. I use the time to sleep in a little, linger in bed with a cup of coffee while I read and catch up on Postsecret, tend to the things I’ve been putting off all week like laundry and calling my mother—and of course, partake in an afternoon cocktail. Today I took inventory of my bar and pantry and came up with what I call a Spiked Iced Passion Tea. Indeed, as Dorothy Parker suggested, with a little ingenuity, you can bring the party to you. Continue reading

Dinner at Saint-Emelion

Saint-Emelion Ft. Worth

My husband and I were supposed to go to dinner with two of our lovely neighbors this past Friday. They called at the last minute to say they weren’t able to make it, but they insisted that we go on without them so the reservation wouldn’t go to waste.

Saint-Emelion has established itself as something of a Ft. Worth institution in the 29 years since it opened its doors, and I’ve been dying to try it for quite some time. We were disappointed that our neighbors couldn’t join us, but we thoroughly enjoyed our unexpected date night and one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Continue reading

Stuff I Love Saturday: 5.31.14

Stuff I Love Saturday

Tomorrow is the first day of June and, true to form, Texas will be rolling out its notorious summer heat this coming week. For some people that means hanging out poolside with a Corona forever at their lips, but for me, it means three to four months of hibernating in the shelter of my air conditioned house with the blinds closed tight.

Summer ain’t my thing. I’m just more of a fall/winter kind of gal. I can literally feel my dopamine levels rising when the sky clouds over—and if there’s rain or snow involved, I’m completely ecstatic. But I do manage to find ways to have all kinds of fun indoors during the warmer months. Here are a few of the things I’ve been enjoying during these initial dog days . . . Continue reading

Fettuccine with Carrot Cream Sauce

Carrot Cream SauceA good friend of mine recently described a meal she had in Italy that involved pasta and some type of carrot sauce. Since I’m always on the lookout for an interesting vegetarian dish, I was intrigued and eager to either find a similar recipe or invent one of my own. I pecked around online and found a few recipes that seemed to roughly approximate the dish, so I took some of their basic elements and then came up with my own concoction. I loved the end result, and the best part is, there are lots of ways you could change it up to suit your own tastes. Continue reading

Mad Men Dinner: Chicken Kiev

Chicken KievOn the heels of my last post, which featured a Mad Men-inspired cocktail, I thought I’d continue indulging my mid-century fetish by cooking a dish featured prominently in the first episode of the show’s fourth season.

Don is on a date with a pretty young blonde named Bethany Van Nuys. The waiter comes over to take their order:

BETHANY: I don’t even need to look. Chicken Kiev.

DON: They make you wear a bib.

BETHANY: Come on. Let’s have some fun.

DON: Two Chicken Kievs.

Indeed, let’s have some fun. Continue reading