Roasted Capon Miam! Miam!

American chickens taste weird. I rephrase. They taste different than French chickens. It is hard to describe and you have to taste it for yourself. The French meat is not as thick and the flavors more intense. I could not make it to Paris for the Holidays so I had to eat something that reminded me of my Christmas as a child. I will buy a slice of fois gras for New Year’s . My favorite Christmas entree is Capon. I was really happily surprised to find one at Citarella. A capon is a castrated rooster and the one I found was about 10 lbs.

It tasted amazingly exactly like a French chicken or capon. Here is my recipe if you find one. Capon is “Chapon” in French BTW and filling is “Farce”. Roast it for 15 mn per pound at 400 degrees. Cover it with Aluminum when the top has browned to avoid burning. Rub it with a Viva/Browny towel dipped in warm butter before you put it in the preheated oven. Every 30 minutes, make sure to pour some juices all over the beast with a spoon and add 1 cup or 2 of chicken broth.

As for the stuffing. Farce a chaponSear one onion and add half a pound of sausage . Once it is brown, add 3 cups of ready to make bread stuffing (the one for Citarella with herbs and pine nuts was great) with a cup of chicken broth. Once it has the right consistency of stuffing it is ready.

When it comes to sides, I made some celery and potato puree but any sides that work with turkey can do. Also pour all the juices you find at the bottom of your cooking tray in a bowl and serve this as gravy.

Published in: on December 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Addicted to Lofbergs Lila coffee

I have no idea why I have this obsession with Sweden. I have never been but I guess Ingmar Bergman sold me on Sweden’s atmosphere and colors with one of my favorite movies Fanny & Alexander. Another of my favorite movies is Babeth’s Feast which happens to be in Denmark… go figure! There is a great Swedish coffee shop close to my office called Fika . They have great food and the most amazing coffee. Lofsbergs Lila is the brand and as they sometimes run out of the ground coffee I buy for home, I have found this place online where you can order it. What is so special about this coffee.The flavor of the Arabicas. There is something unique they do when they roast it. Dark roast is better.

Published in: on December 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nespresso Chestnut Cream

Joyeux Noel. I am about to start cooking a Capon and will put up the recipe tomorrow. In the meanwhile to all the chestnut fans who have connected to my blog, make sure you run to get the seasonal chestnut cream pods from Nespresso . The flavor is amazing and calorie free.

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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Litter box mess problem fixed!

I have 2 cats. Padme my eldest is 3 years old and our new arrival Sheba is 8 months old. We got Sheba from the ASPCA 3 months ago.

DIY kitty litter box

DIY cat litter box

She is a funny girl and moves around quite a bit. She gigs in her litter box like it is a life and death matter and spreads all the litter box outside of the box. Which brought litter dust all over the apartment. I bought a storage box at Bed Bath and Beyond which fixed the problem. It is from Iris and has a winged lid. I leave one open for access and opens both to remove daily waste. Since then I buy less litter and my apartment is almost litter free.

Published in: on December 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The 12 Things I can’t leave without

My boyfriend and a challenging job set aside what makes my French in America life tick? The 10 things I would need on a desert island. Of course this is superficial and I could live without them…

1- Coffee Nespresso after lunch and Swedish ground coffee in the morning. I know my limits and within them, coffee has always been a friend!!!

2- Anything Chestnut (you know about it)

3- Chocolate. Besides being yummy they say it releases some powerful chemicals against stress…

4- Tomatoes

5- Internet searches (pods,blackberry, computer…) I feel connected and smarter.

6- My cat Padme. I got her a baby friend too but Padme is my current big cat love.

7- Aliens. Not that I have met any but the thought of them existing somewhere is exciting.

8- Movies

9- Hot Baths

10- Victoria’s secret night tee shirts

11- Reading magazines. I am in the biz but it is also a favorite leasure.

12- Splenda. I have a sweet tooth and Splenda is just amazing.

Published in: on December 5, 2009 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment