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My first tomato

I planted a couple of tomato plants and last week they started really producing. Here’s a picture of my first ripe tomato. There will be salsa recipes to come.

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It didn’t last very long. Esteban ate it the way a fresh tomato should be eaten, with a little salt.

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Coq Au Vin

This weekend I got brave and decided to try something new. I had never made coq au vin (chicken and wine) myself before. But I figured what the heck and gave it try. Sorry there are no photos for this entry. But I will definitely be making this again and will remember the camera next time.

Since I had never made coq au vin before I researched several recipes. My recipe was inspired by a Emeril Lagasse recipe I found on the Food Network’s recipe.

The biggest concern I had when looking at the various recipes was that the portions were huge. Most called for a whole chicken or 8 legs with thighs and legs intact. That was just too much for me. So I reduced the recipe down in some respects but not in others. I also changed a few other items. It took me less than two hours to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup plus 1.5 tablespoons flour
  • 5 chicken thighs, skin on
  • Black pepper
  • A medium size vidallia onion thinly sliced
  • 2 8oz containers of sliced portabello mushrooms
  • A bunch of green onions sliced
  • 3 carrots thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups red wine (I used cooking wine because I had some on hand)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 red potatoes

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