Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and Cream

I love French cooking and I love Julia Child. So it just makes sense for me to try more of her recipes at home. I used to be intimidated when looking through her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1; but there are a few recipes in there that don’t seem overly complicated. I’ve actually made this recipe before and it turned out to be a success. The only difference is that instead of cooking this in the oven, I just use my Dutch Oven. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: …

A Quick and Easy Dinner: Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Sometimes by the time I get home, I’m at a lost for what to make for dinner, and am just looking for something that’s quick yet delicious. I also find that I always have linguine, lemons, parsley and shrimp in my fridge and freezer; so I can whip up some shrimp scampi pretty easily. I’ve made this a few times before, so I feel like I know the recipe like the back of my hand. It also happens to be one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Cook Time: 15 minutes…

Summoning My Inner Julia Child with Coq Au Vin

While vacationing in Montreal for a week, I quickly realized that I love French food! Everything is so simple, yet the flavors are so pronounced and it just reminds me of really good comfort food. So after getting back, I really wanted to try my hand at French cuisine. And who better to replicate than the great Julia Child. I’ve made Coq Au Vin before, but after finding this recipe, I wanted to give it another try, using Julia’s techniques. I changed up the recipe a little bit to suit…

Braised Lamb Shank to Ring in the Autumn

Fall is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, Football is back, my birthday, my wedding anniversary, Halloween and Thanksgiving all happen during this 3 month span! The temperature gets cooler, the mornings are crisp, the air outside is fresh and nothing makes me feel cozier than a great meal from my kitchen. I’ve got a huge list of stews, soups and other yummy items I want to make this season. I wanted to kick off the season right with my very first attempt at making braised lamb shank.…

To All The Vino Fans: Win a Getaway for Two

This is my first time blogging about a promotion, but I love wine and this was too good of a giveaway to keep to myself. District 365 (www.district365.com) wants to introduce everyone to their new site that brings the public exclusive access to fine wineries that deliver to DC, MD, and VA. Here’s how the site works, every Monday, they will feature premium wines from a different winery and bring you exclusive pre-negotiated deals. To kick things off, they are giving away a free stay for you and someone special…

Coq Au Vin for a Special Date Night

I’m traveling the rest of the week, so I wanted to make a special dinner before heading out. And this may sound really corny, but I was watching “Leap Year” and the couple was making coq au vin, and it kind of inspired me to try my hand at it as well! I loved the idea of a totally rustic type of dish, and I don’t cook with chicken often enough, so it’s about time I added more poultry recipes to my collection. The combo of the earthy cremini mushrooms…