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I made this for lunch today. The recipe can be found here and it’s in the Barefoot Contessa’s How Easy Is That cookbook.

The dressing is a mix of Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard and mayo, vinegar (the recipe called for tarragon vinegar but I used white wine vinegar since that’s what I had), along with the chicken, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and fresh tarragon leaves. We ate it at room temp and we’re looking forward to having the rest for supper tomorrow once the flavours have blended some more.

Paired with a glass of Thirty Bench Riesling. Yum!

And I just noticed but the red of the tomatoes and green of the broccoli make this a festive Christmas dish. 🙂 Bonus.

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I made this for dinner last night. After years of hearing about the Barefoot Contessa’s “Perfect Roast Chicken” recipe, I decided to make it. And it turns out, it’s pretty spectacular. You have the choice of roasting veggies in with the chicken and I chose new potatoes, one chopped up carrot that I had in the fridge, chopped parsnips and the spanish onion the recipe calls for. Stuffed the chicken with a bunch of fresh thyme, lemon quarters and a head of garlic (halved crosswise).

About ten minutes after popping the chicken into the oven, yummy aromas started coming from the chicken.

It turned out sooo good. Perfect for our first dinner in front of the Christmas tree. The chicken was moist, the skin nice and crisp. the veggies had absorbed the juices and were fabulous – I’m glad I have leftovers. It was a very homey and  comforting meal. It had that deep satisfying flavour that only roasting can achieve. Note to self: Must make time and roast more often.

I was very pleased.

No pic, sorry, but the recipe can be found here. It’s from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Notice the rating and reviews – when I last checked, there were 552 reviews and it’s got 5 stars. And they’re right. 🙂

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All the veggies in this pasta comes from my garden. Cherry tomatoes, mini peppers, basil. Add some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt & pepper, simmer on stove for 10 minutes, toss with cooked pasta and voila! Yummy fresh pasta dinner.

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I don’t remember if I mentioned my plans for my husband Chris’ bday on my blog. It was his birthday yesterday and I planned a nice dinner at Crush Wine Bar and an overnight stay at the Soho Met in downtown Toronto. It was awesome.

We checked in at the hotel before heading out to dinner and the place was fabulous. The bathroom was incredible.

I loved the fact that there were switches right by the bed to turn all the lights in the room on or off (including the bathroom, hall and lamps). You could also turn on/off the electronic Do Not Disturb light (there’s an indicator by the door outside the room) and even open/close the drapes. Very cool.

Off to dinner we went – it was walking distance – about 5 minutes away. We each had a starter with wine pairing, an entree with wine pairing and dessert with coffee.

Starters:
I chose the Cheese Boutique: Fresh Ricotta with Marinated Red Onions, Fennel & Mint Salad, Pesto Whipped Goat Cheese Rolled in Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Confit, Burratta with Fava Beans & Peas Salsa Sourdough Crouton. This was paired with the Fielding Estate Rockpile Pinot Gris 2010 Lincoln Lakeshore. Fabulous.

Chris’ starter was the Charcuterie Board: Selection of Dolce Lucano Cured Meats, Terrine & Pâté. This was paired with the Domaine Autrand Vinsobres Grenache, Syrah 2009 Rhône Valley, France. Also fabulous.

Entrees:
I chose the Poached Chicken: Crispy Skin, Honeyed Carrot Purée, Spinach, Peas, Morels & Mushroom Emulsion. This was paired with the Tollgate White by Stratus 2007 Niagara Peninsula, Canada. I died and went to heaven as soon as I tasted the carrot puree. Excellent.

Chris chose the Grilled Swordfish: Vegetable Relish, Charred baby Gem Lettuce & Green Goddess Dressing. It was supposed to be paired with the Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay but they didn’t have anymore and replaced it with another, and of course I can’t remember which one. It was a Chardonnay from Sonoma, California. This was also excellent.

We forgot to take pics of dessert but they were excellent. I chose the Summerfruit Parfait: Angel Food Cake & Vanilla Chantilly. Chris chose the Strawberry & Red Wine Soup: Lemon Ice Cream & Minted Strawberries.

The whole meal was heavenly, a bit pricey ($200 before tip) and we vowed to return soon. This ranked up there as one of our favourite meals ever, right up there with the African-themed meal we had at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disneyworld.

Add to that room service breakfast from Sen5es restaurant (which is inside the hotel) and it topped off a really nice day! (Note: I had the same breakfast – my plate is off to the side).

Happy birthday Chris. 🙂

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Dinner tonight.

Angel hair pasta.

Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil.

Garlic, fresh parm, olive oil, salt & pepper.

Light and summery.

And eaten too quickly for a pic!

Recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook and can be found here.

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Hi all,

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! Here’s a recap:

Chris and I were in Montreal for the weekend to attend the baptism of our nephew, Zach, and were proud godparents to boot. 🙂 We drove down on Saturday and arrived in early afternoon. We had an awesome time at dinner with friends and family. Our waiter was hilarious and had us laughing the whole night. He was giving out hugs (to both our female and male attendees) which made for some cozy moments.

After two pitchers of Sangria, we moved to shots. In a family restaurant, this was particularly funny. My brother Mark’s shot was a flaming sambuca, and some of it splashed on his cheek. After drinking it, his face was on fire for a few seconds. Unless he’s starring in the next Ghost Rider movie, this was probably not a look he wanted to keep. He doused the flames and all was well. Classic moment was when the waiter leaned over and said “You’re on fire dude.” 🙂

Mark, after his flaming sambuca shot

It was a great night and we were glad we got to see everybody and catch up. Everyone made it home in one piece.

Sunday was the baptism and everything went smoothly during the ceremony. Barring some crying when Zach got dunked in the basin, he did good. Chris’ sniffles were minimal. 🙂 After church, we all headed downtown for the dinner reception at Vargas. It was a beautiful restaurant and the food was very good.

We drove back to Toronto in the morning and got home at 2-ish. That was our whirlwind weekend. 🙂

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Well, since I halved the recipe, it was more like 20 cloves but it was awesome. You would think that much garlic would make it way too pungent but after it cooks for so long, the garlic cloves become soft and surprisingly sweet! Yummm! And the sauce was fantastic. This recipe is from the Barefoot in Paris cookbook and can be found here.

Also, I bought a whole chicken which I successfully cut up into parts all by myself for the first time – woohoo!  Thanks Professor YouTube! 😀

The peeled garlic just added to the pot. They were browned for 5-10 minutes.

 

Added the chicken to the pot that had the garlic, cognac and white wine simmering...

 

We each had a leg and a wing with salad (with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon, salt and pepper), saving the chicken breats for tomorrow's lunch.

The sauce was amazing. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

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