March 2010

Chicken Cacciatore (Recipe)



Chicken Cacciatore, when I was little I would ask my mom to make,

"Kitchen Catchatori!"

I loved the slow cooked taste of the chicken which was full of the flavor of the tomato sauce and peppers!

We would enjoy it with Fussili, the long Naples version, topped with fresh grated cheese from the chunk of cheese and grater on the table.

This version I roasted and simmered the chicken in vegetables in sauce. I personally prefer a cut up young chicken but you may substitute and use chicken breast as well.

My father made this recipe with rabbit and it was also great! Hummm....maybe that's why they had rabbits in a pen by the garage?

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Creamy Cheese Polenta (Recipe)

Creamy Cheese Polenta

Polenta is a simple, wonderful creation which is a true Italian comfort food!

My mother never made it so it wasn't until I cooked in restaurants before appreciated this simplistic yet versatile recipe.

This version of Polenta uses chicken stock, heavy cream, mozzarella and parmesan cheese making it silky and creamy!

I suggest you serve it as an accompaniment to Chicken Cacciatore, Braised Shortribs, Braised Lamb Shanks and especially with slow cooked meats like Beef Brasiole and Italian Sausage

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