Friday, January 14, 2011




that is what my husband said
 while eating dinner the other night.


I cook a lot.


He does not throw that "fave meal" around lightly.

Knowing we were going to have a huge snowstorm
which would strand me at home,
I went to the new Fairway Market 
here in Stamford,
list in hand for
three classic recipe's

how lovely are these sterling napkin rings I found on eBay?

I collect old things engraved 'Nellie'
that's the name of our boat

~back to the recipe~

This is the first
of the trilogy
of uber classic dishes.

Coq au Vin
(translates to 'cock in wine' hello!)

Flipping through cookbooks,
considering this fabulously french dish,
 I knew immediately that Jeff would dig it,
he loves the main ingredients.


Really, who doesn't?

ah italian bacon...
the house is smelling great 
as the snow is falling

ummmm.... pork candy

 raw chicken, 
never a pretty picture.

(NOTE: next time I will make it with only thighs, 
the breasts dried out, the wings were a waste of space 
and the drumsticks were just not as good as the thighs)

Cheddar is bored
he wants to play in the snow

freshy, fresh ingredients

cognac and brandy are the same thing
just come for different regions,
like champagne and sparkling wine

Lookin Good!

Check out the recipe HERE

BTW did not include mushrooms
 I am allergic.

Floated a plain baked potato
(which was nuked)
right in the bowl,
basically because I forgot
 to boil the yukons 
in time to make mashed.
Was distracted as
I immediately started on the next dish,
which I will share with you in a couple days

I think
 Jeff would suggest
 both you and I
 make this for dinner 
this weekend.

Bon Appetit!

check out this sweet little clip
of my two favorite chefs


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

One question ... what time is dinner?
Your photos are gorgeous, I'm sure the meal was too. When my dh wants chicken he usually gets the Colonel.:)
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. My daddy used to subscribe to Nat'l Geographic, it's one of the first publications I can remember reading.

Everyday Goddess said...

Go Classic French or go home. I mean that sincerely.

You have a great blog going Abby! I suspect Blogs of Note will be here any minute! Bon chance ma cherie!

Prairie Girl Studio said...

what a delicious post, abby!
i have been drooling every step of the way ...

gotta love it when the fella says 'fave' ...
you know you have a keeper (in more ways than one ; )

your napkins rings are gorgeous and were absolutely meant for you ... love how you slid them in ... : )

bon appétit mon cher!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Dinner looks delicious and we LOVE your beautiful napkin rings!

Patti and DeBoys said...

Wow, what a display! We are coming for dinner...what time should we arrive?

What wine do you suggest to serve?

Fantastic post...please keep them coming.

Willoughby said...

That looks delicious! I love Coq au Vin, but I've never made it myself, and now I'm wondering why I haven't!

We used to go to a French restaurant in Canada that made the most wonderful Coq au Vin. To die for.

The napkin rings are fabulous!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Looks mouth-watering good! My husband would love this too!

VictoriaArt said...

Oh, I guess we have a special connection going on! Tonight we are having Coq au Vin!
Your looks so delicious, wow! I just got a new stove and do a lot of experimental cooking.....
Just waiting for everybody to return home, so I do a little last minute writing and reading.
Dearest Abby!
I read your absolutely lovely and generous comment!
I am so speechless, what an amazing offer! If you really really do want some spring cleaning, well, I am happy to give it all a good home!!!
WHy don't you email me one day and we can talk?
I guess I am not so far from you!!!
Much love, bon appetite!
Happy weekend!

That Janie Girl said...

Looks lovely - I'm sure it was awesome!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Wow! You get my vote for best food post. Your photos had me drooling. I never can take photos while I cook, so knowing what a challenge it is I raise my wine glass to you.
Thanks, Abby.

pve design said...

I can bring some favorite wine to accompany that lovely meal. I also use thighs which are economical and never seem to dry...

Mlle Paradis said...

sometimes the old ones are the best ones! thanks for coming by passage paradis! nice to have you!

good luck with the exciting kitchen project!

Maria said...

Thank you for your comment on the blog.
We send goods to the United States on advance payment.
It looks deliciously good out!


quintessence said...

Abby - I obviously live near you - haven't checked out the new Fairway yet - hear it's fabulous. Coincidentally I made boeuf bourguignon two nights ago - but coq au vin is obviously another favorite. I usually include white meat but my husband, who only likes dark, would be thrilled if I made it with just thighs. I'll be checking out your recipe. Thanks!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

oh my- this looks amazing- my mouth is watering- I am book marking this recipe- and I am so happy to have 'met' you- Have a great weekend!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Sweetie you and I are cut from the same cloth!!! We (Hubby and I) are great cooks and cook all the time!!
We only want fresh ingredients (organic) if possible. We never go out to eat b/c our food is so much better than what we get out. With the price of gas we haven't been to the coast in years.
I am so happy you stopped by and left a comment!! Do please come back and become a follower and I am going to look for your follow button to keep track of your blog!!!!
Happy to have met you, Fern

Lois B said...

What a mouth watering post, and I love your napkin ring!

Lois B said...
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My husband would think he died and went to heaven if I ever made something like this at home. (I'm veg, he's not so he never gets meals like this, poor guy.) That's exciting about your lodge. I can't wait to see it!

abby jenkins said...

Wish I could have every single one of you over for dinner, I have been a cooking fool the past week and the fridge is bursting with deliciousness! Way too much food for just the two of us...some great food posts coming up though!

Jenni Price Illustration said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Your dinner looks delicious! No wonder your husband was loving it! Thanks for sharing!


RNSANE said...

Ummmm, that all looks so yummy. How awful to be allergic to mushrooms, one of my favorite thing on earth!

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