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Monday, October 25, 2010

Poulet Saute aux Herbes de Provence with Gratin Dauphinois

Poulet Saute aux Herbes de Provence with Gratin Dauphinois
(Chicken Sauteed with Herbs and Garlic, Egg Yolk and Butter Sauce with Scalloped Potatoes with Milk, Cheese and a Pinch of Garlic)

Sunday night for dinner I made two recipes from Julia Child's Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Vol One. You saw in a previous post the awesome two book set I got from my uncle as an early birthday gift, so ya know I have been dying to cook from it. I always cook a well balanced meal for my family however normally it is a semi homemade meal. There's usually one or two things from a box or a can and not that that is bad by any means (as long as it's not junk), but I want to really learn how to cook. How to cook like my great grandmother and grandmother used to before overly processed foods high in preservatives hit our store shelves.

So that is just what I did. I made dinner completely from scratch, even taking it so far as to brake down my own chicken...Dexter aint got nothin on me! I followed her recipes to the T and was becoming more and more excited by the prospect of dinner as it cooked. I even made a Hollandaise for the chicken....never done that before...yay me! I know there are plenty of mama's in the US still making dinner from scratch, using family recipes that have been handed down throughout the generations, but I got away from that. Now i'm coming home.

The meal was amazing! Tender juicy chicken with a creamy, silky sauce. Even my picky eater girls both asked for more sauce...floored me! My hubby who does not like scalloped potatoes...now does. I just had a win win day and everyone cleaned their plates!


Kim of Mo Betta said...

That's awesome! And impressive :) I try to prepare a lot from scratch, but we do a lot of "semi-homemade" too...it's hard to make EVERYTHING from scratch, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. Having said that, most of our dinner came from cans :P

Veronica Lee said...

The chicken looks soooooo yummy!

Carma Sez said...

where do you get your Herbes de Provence - kicking myself that I cheaped out and didn't pick some up the last time I was in williams-sonoma

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

@Carma - I made mine from scratch with egg yolks, wine and the juices I reduced from cooking the chicken. A lot easier than I thought it would be.


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