"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

16.5.13

M. Jacques' Armagnac Chicken #French Fridays with Dorie #Food Revolution Day

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Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken

May 17th is Food Revolution Day. A day to share with friends and family the value and importance of good food and essential cooking skills. It is kinda of sad that we even need to have this type of reminder of how important it is to cook from scratch, and to sit down to a meal with your friends and family on a regular bases. This type of behavior had always been taken for granted because it was just what people would do. 

Today families and friends are more sprend out than ever, and we all are involved in numerous activities. Fast food companies have sold us on how quick and delicious their products are without geting us overly concerned about their products lack of nutrition, high fat and salt contents.

The more we become dependent on fast food the more insecure we become about cooking from scratch. You don't need to love cooking but, like with this recipe I am sharing today: any one can sauté up some vegetables, plop a chicken in a pot, and cover it with liquor and bake it.

I choose M. Jacques' Armagnac Chicken for both it's simplicity and it potential for intimidation. The title of this dish sounds fancy and complicated, but really, it's just roasted chicken. A REALLY GOOD roast chicken recipe,  but nothing difficult to make. 

Most recipes that one comes across are fairly simple, especially on blogs like mine that are geared toward busy families. If you slow down for a few minutes you can make a home cook meal that will cost you less than take out and be healthier for you..

so I lift my glass of Armagnac in a toast to the REVOLUTION!

Remember the motto of this blog:

"The best times you're going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed, so relax and enjoy the simple things."






Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



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37 comments:

  1. Great Post, Diane. Gorgeous picture. I, too, am disappointed that it's necessary to promote good food and essential cooking skills - it should just be part of our daily lives for all kinds of reasons too numerous to mention. I salute Jamie Oliver for his dedication to healthy ending and I will follow him into Revolution anytime. Bring it on.

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    1. Thanks Mary,
      Nothing says comfort and home cooking like a roasted chicken.

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  2. It may be sad that we have to promote good food, but it warms my heart that there so many out there willing to take up the cause.

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks goodness there is... I thinks are changing.

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  3. It looks great Diane - and the family look as if they are enjoying it.

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    1. Absolutely... roasted chicken makes everyone happy.

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  4. Oh, yeah...this was a winner! Great pick, my friend!

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    1. Thanks Liz I didn't make it the first time around. Wasn't in the group yet.

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  5. This is the perfect family meal, isn't it? Great choice to illustrate the principles behind Food Revolution Day.

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  6. You are so right Diane! It’s a shame we have to set aside a day for people to get behind healthy, good food! Love that you made Jacques Armaqnac Chicken…an absolute favorite in my house! I even have my son making it for his family. A definite winner!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. What the world has come to... sigh. Oh, I can see this recipe traveling with my kids. You really can substitute a lot of different liquors or wine in it. It just dresses up a roasted chicken.

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  7. Diane, wonderful choice of recipe for the Food Revolution Day today - the chicken looks fabulous and the pictures of everyone enjoying your lovingly prepared meal speak for themelves. Wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Andrea... food, family, friends... what more is there to life? Oh, yes wine.

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  8. Congratulations on your Food Revolution Day post! I remember making the JA chicken and that it was delicious-just full of flavor!
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy cooking ;-)

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    1. Thanks Patty you too... will be continuing the revolution into the weekend sharing and eating good food.

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  9. It certainly looks like your family is enjoying the delicious meal you prepared. As I know you know, it's so easy to eat well at home, and the effort isn't as big as less confident cooks think it will be. Hopefully more people come to realize all the upsides of a home cooked meal. I agree with you that roasted chicken is the ultimate comfort food. perfect choice!

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy... to a roasted chicken revolution!

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  10. I think a roast chicken is definitely something everyone should know how to make : Real food rocks! Thanks for participating in FRD2013!

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    1. Thank you again for getting us all involved.

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  11. Diane, that chicken is one of my favorite recipes on the book and resulted in one of my favorite posts. Your family must have felt so comforted by this dish. Love how everyone came together at the table (and was willingly photographed at it!).

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    1. It is one of my favorite recipes too. Willingly photographed... more caught by surprise and putting up with it for a good meal.

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  12. I cannot agree more with you. Many people think that from scratch cooking is too time consuming and not worth the trouble but once you take the plunge, it really isn't all that intimidating. Well okay, maybe churning your own butter can be a painful process, but many from scratch dishes can actually be quite simple. Just like your lovely roast chicken.

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    1. Thanks, funny you mention churning butter. We just made some in the food processor and it was really easy and we got a big pitcher of buttermilk out of it too. Modern conveniences making cooking from scratch easier today than ever before.

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  13. Perfect picture of a perfectly roasted chicken. I can't remember the last time I actually roasted a whole chicken. You mentioned
    churning butter, there is nothing more enjoyable than making fresh mayonnaise. I have made it with garlic for cold salmon,
    and it is so delicious and rewarding. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Yes, and it is so hard to tell someone how much better fresh mayonnaise tastes over the jar stuff until you get them to try it.

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  14. Loved the photos of the family enjoying the rewards of your cooking, as well as you keeping it real with how simple these recipes are. So many times, as Food Revolution Day is showing us, folks are forgetting this. I am SO making a roast chicken this week :)

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I hadn't made a roasted chicken in a while and it is really delicious and so satisfying. I love that you get lots of leftover pieces for chicken salad or soup. My husband is really good about making broth with the carcass. Yes, I need to make a whole chicken more often. It is a really economical meal.

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  15. Great post! I think making a good chicken should be in everyone's arsenal and it might as well be this one. Ditto above to mayo. I made it recently for a post and it ROCKETED to my most popular hit of all time. People are craving this return to simple, good food.

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    1. Thanks Trevor,
      Amazing on the mayo. I made some once as a dipping sauce for french fries and my guest were shocked that it was even mayo, and I wanted them to put it on French fries?... even crazier.

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  16. This recipe is one of my favorites, and yours came out beautifully. I really like the photos of your family, it definitely brings the Food Revolution message home.

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    1. Thanks Jora I really love this recipe too.

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  17. Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  18. your chicken looks great! I didn't like this one too much when I made it, although I was really looking forward to it. The carrots at the bottom with the pan juices were the best for me and our dinner guests and those went quickly! :)

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    1. I agree it wasn't extraordinary which I did expect at the cost of the armagnac, but I it was tasty and easy to make, plus I love the technique, you really can put any liquor in.

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  19. happy food revolution day! it is sad, i agree, that we need a day to remind us about eating better. we should have a life revolution day - and make it all about eating, living and loving better... which really, is what food is all about, anyhow.

    Just an FYI m'dear - this post will be featured on the monthly Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Round Up this week! If you have a chance, feel free to stop by and check out the other featurettes :) Hope to see you again soon with more seasonal & real food posts! xo, kristy

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    1. Thank you Kristy.. it is sad, but at least some of us are getting the word out. I think there is a genuine backlash against processed food.
      I will see on Wed.

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