Episode 15: Playing Favorites
Playing Favorites: Cauliflower with Almonds, Raisins and Capers, Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Green Sauce, and Chicken Cacciatore
We break out some recipes we have been making for years with two recipes Kate and Betsy found online years ago and a family favorite from their childhood. Smitten Kitchen’s Cauliflower with Almonds, Raisins, and Capers gets an update and Martha Stewart’s Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Green Sauce does not disappoint. Betsy and Kate revisit their childhoods with Kitchen...er, Chicken Cacciatore. Lastly, we might have a few new magazines to read on the beach or anywhere with a spot of sun this summer.
This week we cooked...
Cauliflower is roasted and then topped with crunchy, herby, tangy mixture of almonds, herbs, capers, and raisins. Smitten Kitchen started out with the original take on this dish and Kate simplified it for her sisters and listeners.
This is a lovely vegetarian “main” dish or on the side of a light protein like white fish or chicken paillard (see Episode 3 for a paillard how-to)
The original version is tasty but has a lot of moving parts. Read it through and decide if that or Kate’s version is more your speed.
Shredded chicken is wrapped in corn tortillas, covered in a creamy green salsa, topped with cheese and then baked up to comfort food perfection.
Choose your salsa based on the taste buds of you and your family. A spicier salsa definitely adds dimension to the dish but could be too much for little mouths.
The Dinner Sisters grew up with this family-friendly dish of chicken lightly browned and then slow-simmered with onions, garlic, herbs, and tomatoes. Serve with spaghetti and watch it disappear.
Use chicken thighs and drumsticks here. Chicken breasts will just dry out.
A slow simmer is key- try this on a night you have time to cook the sauce for an hour. Total prep and cooking time takes at least an hour and a half.
The Dinner Sisters grew up eating this with spaghetti or other long noodles but polenta would also be nice here.
From the Smorgasbord...
Try world cuisine adapted for the home cook with recipes from a new magazine, Milk Street. And if you're interested, a bit of the controversy behind Christopher Kimball's exit from America's Test Kitchen.
Netflix's series, Chef's Table, showcases amazing food and the sacrifices people have made to be the best in their craft. The latest, Season Four, highlights pastry chefs. We really liked the Christina Tosi episode but all were worth watching. (Check out the gelato episode...oh man...)