Creamy Coq au Reisling is a light, gluten-free, one-pot meal

Riesling Coq au Vin

I’ve been making this chicken for about five years now and, while it’s been usurped by Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken in our weekly rotation, it’s still one of our all time favorites.  The heavenly flavor of wine, leeks and chicken combine in a creamy, stew-like sauce that is soaked up by the potatoes and… 

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Giant homemade marshmallows in cocoa

Homemade Marshmallows: Vanilla, Chocolate and Peppermint

Homemade marshmallows are such a fantastic gift. Inexpensive but incredibly special, I’ve been making them for friends and coworkers the last several years.  I set a record this year with 10 batches – 15 pounds – in a weekend. With a little assembly line action I got these down to less than 25 minutes of… 

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Grape and Basil Cocktail

The Grapest Cocktail Ever

This is the cocktail of the season at Chez Jones. We discovered The Grapest Cocktail Ever at Mud Hen Tavern, Susan Feniger’s neighborhood bar that we’re wildly lucky to have down the road.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we adore all things Feniger and this cocktail is no exception. As… 

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Quinoa and Portabello Mushroom Stack with Red Pepper Coulis

Quinoa and Portabello Mushrooms Stacks with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Last month Brad and I spent the weekend at Lake Arrowhead Resort for our close friends’ wedding. The ceremony was so beautiful and the setting just perfect. We made a weekend out of it with great friends, spa treatments, and lots of food and drinks. The very first dish I ordered at the hotel restaurant… 

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Rapini and Chicken Sausage over Polenta

Broccolini and Chicken Sausage over Polenta

We’ve had guests in town almost every weekend the last month and ended up eating out far more than we like. This eating rampage culminated in Starchtopia 2014, also known as Thanksgiving.  Once we emerged from our comas, we committed to a few weeks of light meals at home before the holidays. We were planning… 

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Crockpot Indian Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Curry

Our standard comfort food around here is Indian take-out. More often than not, the call is made when it’s almost dinner time and neither of us feels like cooking. If I could anticipate my laziness, though, I’d make this dish every time. Just throw a few things in the slow cooker and let the smell… 

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Fennel Coriander Crusted Fish

Fennel and Coriander Crusted Tilapia

Baked fish is one of the simplest, healthiest dishes we have around here. I love this recipe because it takes fewer than 15 minutes using my toaster oven and has virtually no clean-up – I just recycle the foil that lined the baking sheet. Cook up a vegetable side while the fish is baking –… 

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Light and Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup

Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup

Last year I had the most amazing carrot ginger soup at a little French bakery in Seattle.  I was sick and nothing sounded very appetizing except soup. Just a few sips of the creamy, sweet, faintly spicy soup and I started feeling better. I’m sure that soup was laden with butter and cream so I… 

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Pumpkin cranberry bread with walnuts

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

It’s been almost exactly 15 years since I first realized how much I love cooking. My roommates had gone home for Thanksgiving week and I had the place to myself. I spent the time watching the Food network nonstop. One of the recipes I saw during that glorious week was this pumpkin bread. It was… 

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classic old fashioned cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail

The holidays get me thinking about cocktails and entertaining so, when Arctic Chill reached out and asked me to review their ice ball maker, it seemed like the perfect excuse to make a classic Old-Fashioned to test it out. If you’ve ordered a drink at a fancy bar (someplace that uses the term “mixology”), you’ve… 

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Turkey Roulade

Turkey Roulade

Turkey roulade is an elegant presentation of your favorite comfort foods.  Turkey breast and stuffing are rolled up together and braised to juicy perfection. The pretty presentation when you slice the roll looks far more impressive than you’d expect from the effort.  If you’re having a smaller holiday gathering and don’t need to eat turkey… 

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Apple Sausage Stuffing with Craberries and Walnuts

Apple Sausage Stuffing

If I could eat as much as I wanted of anything I wanted without any health consequences, I’d stuff myself with stuffing. I’ve never had a sweet tooth; my weakness has always been bread.  Bread in any form is kryptonite for me but serve it up cooked in butter and herbs and I’m completely powerless… 

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