Spatchcock Chicken with Grapes and Pine Nuts

Back in 2013 when I first saw the word “spatchcock,” I assumed it was some kinky thing I’d have to look up in the Urban Dictionary and then be sorry that I had. As it turns out, spatchcocking, said to derive from the term “dispatch the cock,” is an 18th century English or Irish word, and refers to a method of cooking a chicken by removing the backbone and flattening it. The chicken cooks more quickly, and all of the […]


Aymeric’s Spicy Chicken Legs

This recipe comes from my old friend, Nelly Salvacion. Her seven-year-old grandson, Aymeric, is a bit of a picky eater, so she invented this recipe for yogurt dipped chicken legs. Now it’s his all-time favorite food. Don’t be fooled by the yogurt in the recipe – there are lots of speecy, spicy ingredients in these legs – and be sure to make the mango cucumber salsa that goes with it. It’s heaven. I added a couple of chicken breasts just […]


Summer Salads

“And I think this word ‘sallet’ was born to do me good…” – Henry IV, Part II When I worked at the White House, the Bushes held a dinner one year to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday. The menu card contained a quotation from Shakespeare to accompany each course, and this quote from Henry IV came from the salad course. I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun planning a dinner, pouring through Shakespeare quotations looking for just the right one. (Dessert: […]


Mustard Chicken with Radishes

MUSTARD CHICKEN WITH RADISHE If you have half an hour to spend on dinner, this is a brilliant way to use the time. A new take on a chicken dinner is always welcome, and I love how spicy and clever this dish is. The combination of mustard and radishes will wake up your tastebuds, though I love radishes in any and all forms. (My personal favorite is radishes with butter and sea salt on toasted brioche – heaven!) And how […]


Grilled Chicken Salad

I’m a big fan of Gourmet magazine (I still miss the monthly version), and I found this appealing summer salad recipe in their grilling issue a few months ago. It’s fresh, and very beautiful – all the bounty of summer on one big treat-yourself plate. Pair this with a baguette and a glass of icy white wine, and you’ve got a brilliant, elegant meal. Grilled Chicken Salad Prep time: 1 ½ hours Serves: 4 Adapted from Gourmet magazine For lettuce:  […]