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Chicken Koftas, revisited

Three years ago, I posted a recipe for Falafel-coated Chicken Koftas on this blog. (“Kofta” means “ball.”)  It was a made-up recipe that blended Indian flavors (via the garam masala spice mix) and the crunchiness of falafel (from the chickpea flour).

This evening, I’d decided to make this recipe again, as it’s one of our favorites, only to discover that there was no more panko in our cupboard. What to do?

Well, I remembered a brief online exchange with Justin (the Buying Seafood blogger) about the low-FODMAPS diet and so decided to swap out white cornmeal for the panko. And, you know, we actually liked it better!

The cornmeal added a nice rich, slightly earthy taste to the chicken koftas and also a nice crunchy note (because the koftas are rolled in it before sautéing). I think this is our new go-to version of this dish!

We paired it this evening with the 2017 North Gate Vineyards Rosé, a 100% Cab Franc dry rosé with cherry and white pepper on the nose and rich deep cherry and pepper on the long, fabulous finish. Great wine!



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Mushrooms duxelles

Mushrooms…. what?

Mushrooms duxelles (pronounced duke-cell) is, honestly, not something I knew much about until going with my husband to a French restaurant for my birthday last week. His appetizer was crêpes stuffed with mushrooms duxelles, so naturally we looked this up.

Duxelles is finely chopped mushrooms, sautéed in butter with shallots and herbs until dry, then used either as a spread, a stuffing (omelettes, crêpes, etc.), or topping. It is said to be named by a famous 17th-century French chef for his employer, the Marquis d’Uxelles.


To make Mushrooms Duxelles, you’ll need Continue reading

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Salmon rillettes with potato chips

Last week, we went to a cooking class/demo at one of our favorite local restaurants (Mon Ami Gabi) that was led by MAG’s executive chef (Chef Phil). For the appetizer, he made Salmon Rillettes.

What’s a rillette, you might ask?

Well, as someone who not only studied French in college but also lived in France for a year, I should have known this already! But I didn’t. Basically, it’s like a Continue reading

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