What an honor and what fun it always is to collaborate with Manny and his talented staff. Manny and I had tossed ideas back and forth for a while on what we should shoot for his blog. One of the great things about working with MR is that he always respects you as the artist and he works with such ease to capture one's true sense of style and aesthetics.
Anyone that knows me, knows there are a few passionate loves of mine which include a love of antique serving ware, platters, plates, textiles, flowers and last but not least "les poulles". Nothing makes me happier than when they meet at the table. Growing up in a family where my mother was a home economics instructor and my maternal grandmother was a fabulous Southern cook, how could I not acquire an interest in kitchens, culinary skills, and a love for entertaining?!
Fall and winter are the seasons this dish comes to the table. The chicken, French inspired, is cooked in a deep dish of root vegetables, red wine, herbs, pepper, salt and is a request of friends who occasionally join me at my table or fireside. I love rustic food, deep in flavors, and simple in its presentation and preparation. All the elements used on the table are a mixture of years of flea market finds, antique shows acquisitions, family bestowals, and a general love of collecting. Bon appetite mes amis.