Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cooking Adventure with Julia Child

Sorry I haven't posted this sooner. I know its has been a couple weeks since I have had my big Cooking adventure. I am happy to report it was a success. I cooked a wonderful meal with my hubby. We love to cook especially when we can cook together. We decided that since the Movie really inspired me to cook that we should cook a Julia Child recipe. I was a little worried that it wouldn't turn out but happily, I was wrong. We cooked Poulet Saute' aux Herbes de Provence. This was the Best meal Joseph and i have ever eaten. The chicken had the best flavors and was so moist it melts in your mouth.

Poulet Sauté Aux Herbes de Provence
adapted from Julia Child’s recipe at Epicurious

1/2 c. butter (or goose fat, if you have it)
1 3 - 3 1/2 lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces (or an assortment of chicken pieces, all legs etc)
1 t. dried thyme
1 t. dried basil
1/4 t. fennel seeds, ground in a spice grinder
3 unpeeled garlic cloves
1/2 c. dry white vermouth ( or 2/3 c. dry white wine)

2 large egg yolks
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. vermouth or dry white wine
2 T. chopped fresh basil

Melt butter in a large wide pot over medium high heat. Working in batches, if necessary, add chicken pieces and cook until golden, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes per batch. Once all chicken has been sauteed, transfer chicken breast pieces to a plate, and return all other pieces to the pot. Sprinkle about 2/3 to 3/4 of the thyme, basil, and fennel over the chicken in the pot, and the remaining spices over the breast pieces. Season all pieces with salt and pepper. Add garlic to the pot. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium, and cook 8 to 9 minutes. Return breast pieces to pot, then baste chicken with butter in pot. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, turning and basting occasionally, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter, and cover.

Remove peel from garlic, then mash the cloves in the pot. Add vermouth or wine, then boil until reduced to about 3/4 c., occasionally scraping the bottom of the pan. Pour the pan juices into a measuring cup and reserve for sauce.

Off heat, whisk egg yolks in heavy small saucepan until beginning to thicken. Whisk in lemon juice and vermouth or wine. Gradually whisk reserved pan juices into eggs, a small bit at a time. Set sauce over a very low heat and whisk constantly until warm and slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in basil, and season with salt and pepper. Spoon chicken over sauce and serve. Enjoy!

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Pictures of our Cooking Adventure......

Hopefully Once a week we will be having a Cooking Adventure and I will blog and share it with you. Until then Keep watching for more Cooking adventures.
Bon Apetit !

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Was on the Front page

I was on the Front page of etsy and I didn't even know it. August 06, 2009 at 4:00 am my Halloween Pumpkin banner was Featured on the Front page of Etsy.

This really Made my Day :0)
Check out It is a awesome website.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day off

I know I told you all I would try and write a blog yesterday. Of course that didn't happen. Yesterday My Hubby and I had a day off together. It was a lazy and fun day running errands, seeing family and just being lazy at home. We watched Christmas movies, ate Christmas candy and just hung out around the house. We also rented the Movie Julie and Julia. I don't think I have ever watched a movie that made me want to cook and Blog. It was a fantastic movie Which I am planning to own. I Love the idea of blogging through a cook book . I wish i had thought of that first. This movie has inspired me that I can cook. So tonight I am cooking for my hubby. It will be an adventure but I think if Julia Childs can do it then I can too. I am hoping to get her cook book and try out some of her recipes. I am also hoping to be posting pictures and blog about the adventure I had cooking this dinner. We will see how it goes. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It has been a long time

Hello Blog readers,
It has been a long time since a wrote a blog. I am hoping to keep up with this blog from now on. I am sorry for no updates. It has been a little crazy around here. For a etsy Find Update i ahve made several purchases from the last post. More Essential oil lotions soap and much more. I have also bought my my dog a hoodie for winter.Here is a picture of her in it:

The hoodie was purchased from Pb&js world Please Check ou there shop they have a amazing shop:
I have purchased alot of Christmas gifts
But of course have made many purchases for my self. I jsut cant help it.
I had a custom hat ,Scarf and Bella inspired Gloves made from Knittopotamus . Which are amazing.Check ou her shop here.
In other news My etsy shop is still going strong. My goal is to hit 300 Sales by the end of the year. I probably wont hit it but there is the Dream that I might. Thanks to everyone for there support. You guys rock. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I will have a entry tomorrow :0)