We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Note to readers who might think this little series is stupid: It's intended as a sentimental journey through the love-providing kitchens of the Yankeeland recent past, not a substitute for Betty Crocker!
An Italian peasant dish, fully functional for any small game the hunter - the cacciatore - brings home in his bag - fowl, rabbit, squirrel. I made it with pheasant a few nights ago and the family loved it.
My Mom never heard of it, but I had a friend whose Mom cooked it. Adventurous for a New England Yankee Mom.
We serve it on rice, egg noodles, or pappardelle.
Like all such things, it's better the second day.
Regarding this pretty-good recipe - Chicken Cacciatore - I can report that it is darn good with the capers. An alternative to the capers would be wild mushrooms, but not both. Definitely add some hot pepper flakes. Don't simmer for 1/2 hr - simmer for 60 minutes to fully mix the flavors while you give the baby a bath.
I sometimes cheat by sauteeing the chopped vegatables, then adding them to marinara sauce from the supermarket. It works darn well with the rest of the ingedients.
Thank you for this series on comfort foods. 'Im a single old fart who loves looking for new(old) ideas from my childhood. I am using a steak recipe this evening.Most of these were staples in my childhood home, that I had forgotten over the years. Trip down memory lane that is in fact use-full.
Cacciatore never fails. And the series is not stupid, it is "toad" who was stupid.
My mother had cacciatore recipe from some 1950s cookbook on international cooking that had the chicken braised in tomatoes, onions, garlic, a little white wine and celery seed, a half teaspoon or teaspoon depending on your taste.
I'm not sure there was anything Italian about the celery seed but it does make for a very delicious sauce.
Stupid? Nothing about this series is stupid BD. Simple cooking that my midwestern Mom use to dish out regularly. My wife and I are having a good time with this series - cooking up some old memories and wondering why the hell we stopped making them. Why, I bet even those rich people making over 400k could make them on their high-end Viking ranges!