Coq Au Vin Rouge A L’Avergnate (Chicken in Red Wine)

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Inspired by an episode of Mad Men, I tried this ‘coq au vin’ from the Prices book. The fresh tarragon was nice. Chicken and tarragon go beautifully together, in general. But other than this was a pretty unimpressive dish without much flavour or flair. Too bad.

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Barbecued Double Hamburgers

A basic hamburger stuffed with either blue cheese or foie gras. I tried both but preferred the blue cheese. I suppose this was probably a more avant-garde suggestion in the 60s but now it feels out of place in a cook book. Still, burgers for dinner under any circumstance is welcomed under this roof.

Breasts of Chicken Tropical

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I was very curious this summer to try some of these ‘tropical’ dishes from Mary and Vincent’s book and this seemed like a good one. Perhaps there is some magical recipe out there that will combine melon and chicken into a divine culinary experience, but this is not it. Something in my palette just said no and I couldn’t finish the dish. The melons took on a strange flavour when heated and the whole combination just wasn’t very appetizing.