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Pollo alla Cacciatore al Tesoro

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There is always so much one can do with chicken – it is one of the most versatile of all meats and I cook with it often!  I always buy the best chicken I can find, and lately that has been the organic chicken they sell at Costco in the refrigerated section.  They carry boneless skinless thighs and breasts, and drumsticks.  They come in 3 packages connected together- with each package containing several pieces of chicken that are just the right size for a meal for my family of 4.

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For last night’s dinner, I used the drumsticks, but you can use a cut up whole chicken if you prefer.

Pollo alla Cacciatore

Chicken alla Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

6 drumsticks, skin removed

Flour for dredging

1/2 onion, chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped (you can use any kind, even dried porcinis if you want)

2 tomatoes, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup white wine

1 cup chicken broth (or mushroom soaking water if you use dry mushrooms)

1/2 cup tomato sauce

Herbs you like such as rosemary, sage, oregano or thyme – chopped fine

Salt & pepper to taste

Olive oil for cooking

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Salt and pepper the chicken and dredge it in some flour, shaking off the excess.

Brown the chicken in some olive oil until it is browned on all sides.  Remove and set aside.

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Saute the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms in some additional olive oil until the vegetables are soft.

Add the tomatoes and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes.

Increase the heat and add the white wine.  Boil it all together for a few minutes until some of the wine has evaporated.

Dissolve a spoonful of flour in about 3 T. of water and add it to the vegetable mixture.  Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the broth (or mushroom water) and tomato sauce and cook for a few minutes. 

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Return the chicken to the pan and spoon some of the vegetables on top of it.  Turn the heat down, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, then turn the chicken over and cook until done – around 15 more minutes.  Be careful not to burn the chicken or vegetables. 

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Buon appetito!

 

 

Italy at Costco?

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For those of you that don’t live here in the USA, you may not be familiar with the Costco warehouses. They are huge buildings where you can shop for all sorts of products (from electronics, to food, to garage doors…and everything in between!). They are a membership only place (meaning that you have to pay a yearly membership fee in order to shop there), but the savings outweigh the cost of the membership (as long as you buy a lot!). They sell mostly in bulk, so if you don’t have places to store the items, it’s probably better not to shop there! I’ve been guilty of buying things (because they are such a deal) and then having them sit around in my pantry for years!

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But every once in a while, Costco has some pretty unusual, and very good, food products from Italy! It’s always fun to see what new things they have on the shelves.

Meandering in the freezer section a few weeks ago, I came across this frozen medley of wild mushrooms and asparagus – imported from Italy. I’m always up for anything “wild mushroom”, and then to have it be from Italy, I knew I had to try it.

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A few more aisles over, in the sauce aisle, I found another treasure from Italy – this porcini and truffle butter.

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Voila! A meal was beginning to form in my head for a tasty wild mushroom pasta dish!

Last night, that pasta dish came to be! I took 2 Italian sausages (also purchased in bulk at Costco), sliced them up and cooked them over medium heat in a frying pan. At this point, I didn’t add any oil or butter – I just dry cooked the sausages until they were done. Once done, I took them out of the pan and put them aside. Then I added some olive oil to my pan and sauteed some sliced garlic until fragrant. Then I added the frozen mushroom/asparagus mixture and cooked it, slowly, until it was all melted and some of the water was released from the mushrooms. I seasoned with salt and pepper, and added back the cooked sausages. I sautéed it a bit over low heat. I then added my cooked pasta (I used about 1/2 lb of egg noodles, but really any kind of pasta you desire would be great) and mixed it all together. Once it was all combined, I added a spoonful of the truffle/porcini butter and melted it in. You can adjust the amount of butter to your taste…it’s very flavorful, so a little goes a long way.

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I served it hot with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top. It was a hit with the famiglia 🙂 I love it when experiments work out!  This served up about 5 healthy portions.

Cooking with Designer Mushrooms

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One can always find some new and interesting foods at Costco..and it’s good to grab them once you see them as they may not be available when you return. Therefore, when I saw the “specialty pack” of fresh mushrooms grown by Mycopia, I knew I had to get them for a new dining experiment! The mushrooms included in the pack were: Nebrodini Bianchi, Velvet Pioppini, and Forest Nameko.

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As in all my cooking experiments, I always retreat back to my comfort zone: Italian cooking!

So I heated some olive oil and sauteed some garlic. Once the garlic was golden, I added the mushrooms and continued to saute until they became tender. I added some cooked and sliced Italian sausage. Towards the end, I added some white wine and reduced it a bit, and finished it with some salt, pepper, and chopped fresh parsley.

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I served this concoction over some polenta and sprinkled the finished product with some grated Parmesan cheese. Voila!