It must be the oldest of on-going battles, that of keeping winter’s chill at bay, even in our warming climate. Equally entrenched is the age-old cold weather strategy of using stews, braises, casseroles and hearty soups at hand in kitchens filled with the well-being of their aromas. Leave it to the beckoning comfort and sustenance of such deeply satisfying foods to provide the impetus to get that snowchicken finished, never mind the driveway and front steps.
Photo by backyardchickens.com
As we lurch from sixteen inches of snow to sixty-degree temperatures within a single week, planning may present a challenge or two. Fortunately, many stews and braised dishes are actually improved over the course of several days’ melding. As every cook has learned, it’s lovely to pull something hearty out of the freezer whenever the weather bounces to the downside of its seesaw disposition. The fresh poultry available at our market open multiple creative opportunities to prepare more rewarding, storable meals than even the most brilliant snow creature sculpture.
photo by Steven Depolo
You can count on your rooster to call at the break of dawn and for his entire family’s versatility in the kitchen. Chicken has claimed the adaptability award for variety decade after decade with good cause. Both white and dark meat have the ability to stand up to, enhance, enrich and otherwise benefit from an overabundance of flavors and flavor combinations. Chicken is at home in cuisines as diverse as Chinese, Peruvian and French. There is virtually no cooking method that will not produce delicious results whether it is salt baked, poached, boiled, roasted, fricasséed, fried, sautéed, braised, stewed, souped or stuffed into sausage casing. Chicken is a lynchpin of appetizing, healthy meals.
Our website keeps many chicken dishes from past columns available such as Coq Au Vin, Anise Roasted Chicken and Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Cardamom. Today’s recipe, Braised Chicken with Fennel, Blood Oranges and Pernod, can happily straddle the capricious temperature range.