What can I say, I’m a Frenchie at heart. I often call Camille my little Frenchie. The truth is, I’ve never even been to France. I have a phobia of flying over the ocean. It’s part illogical, part bad experience coming home from Costa Rica once. I actually even dream about accidentally getting on a plane that is re-routed over the ocean. I can handle a little ocean, like when you take off the runway at LAX and fly towards the ocean for a bit before turning north, but that’s about it.
However, my love of French food has to prevail some day. We set a goal to go to Paris for my 35th birthday, but now that 31 is fast approaching, suddenly, I’m digging in my heels. I actually told my husband yesterday ‘who needs France when you have California?’ He called my bluff entirely.
Until they make pills big enough for me to conquer my fear, you can find me in my kitchen cooking up French food. I check out French cookbooks from the library and pour over them. My favorite is Patricia Wells, well-known for her expertise. I made her recipe for Coq au Vin Blanc the first time I ever met my then-boyfriend, now-husband’s Dad. It was packed with mushrooms and artichokes, and he told me those were two of his favorite vegetables. Is it any wonder he’s now my father-in-law?
While I love to make Coq au Vin for entertaining a crowd (especially because it gets better if you make it the day before you serve it), I needed it to serve just two for date night.
So, this version of Coq au Vin, since it’s for two is way easier and quicker to make than the original. I think it’s every bit as good as the original. And even little Camille likes the flavors in her breastmilk. (Sorry).
I made this recipe as part of my year-long partnership with Omaha Steaks, except this time, I used their chicken breasts! They’re famous for more than just their steaks. I also used their Cabernet Sauvignon to make the recipe. Who knew Omaha Steaks had such great chicken and wine? Now you do!
Mashed Potatoes for Two: