The Weekly “Avocado”

February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

To spice things up, this week I asked our dear friend Caitlin Dentino to guest blog for our weekly avocado. Many of you are familiar with Caitlin and her naturally creative abilities. Whether its cooking, entertaining friends, decorating her apartment or just being crafty she always has her hands (literally) in something!

One of our favorite things to do is cook together, we love to start the morning at the farmers market and then spend an evening listening to some music, drinking a little vino and cooking a great meal with friends. Caitlin always has a interesting new menu idea, that always turns out de-lish! I thought she should share some of her secrets with you… enjoy! Speaking of… what are you doing this weekend Cate?  xx

Chicken is an easy dinner staple around here, and while there are more than enough ways to prepare it – we can always use more good ones!  So here are two – one weekend version (decadent and a bit more labor intensive) and one ready for any night of the week.

As much as I love fried chicken, I had never made it at home – so dinner with friends last week seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I used the recipe from Tyler Florence, given that I love his version at Wayfare Tavern here in San Francisco, and have to say it was pretty out of this world! (Note – I did take some liberties from the Ad Hoc at Home version and dressed up the brine a bit).

And don’t forget the fried herbs – they really make it … well that, and the copious amounts of white wine that we may have washed it down with.

As for the weeknight version – buttermilk roasted chicken – it comes from an old favorite, Smitten Kitchen.  A simple buttermilk brine (which was a perfect use for the leftover buttermilk from the fried chicken) spiced with paprika and garlic and left to sit for at least a day – it might be tied with my favorite roast chicken for easiest yet delectable dinner.

Suffice it to say – they are both now part of the regular rotation!


Images:   1. Caitlin Dentino     2. Smitten Kitchen

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