“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child
Yesterday was my 45th birthday, how ironic that today I would be posting about Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Julia is someone who I have always adored and looked up to. Who else has had the kind of impact that she has on food, cooking and the lives of families? All day via twitter, facebook and text messages, I am told to take the day off, relax, go out and celebrate. I find that my kitchen is where I relax. To me, there is nothing more therapeutic than spending time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes. So today, I took the afternoon and celebrated my birthday along with Julia Child’s 100th Birthday celebration and attempted Poulet au Porto | Roast Chicken with Port Wine, Cream and Mushrooms.
At this point, you are probably envisioning me alone in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. If only you could see our kitchen. Our kitchen is the heart of our home and it is filled with laughter, interruptions, sounds of the olympics and most of all our family and friends. You see, we are not eating the Roast Chicken with Port Wine, Cream and Mushrooms today, but everyone has come in and had a little taste and had impact on the final product. Is the Roast Chicken with Port Wine, Cream and Mushrooms seasoned just right? Does the Port Wine make the Cream and Mushrooms too sweet? What should we make to go along with this beautiful recipe?
And as our kitchen fills with beautiful aromas from the Roast Chicken with Port Wine, Cream and Mushrooms, I have to remind my kids that I am planning ahead for tomorrow’s #SundaySupper featuring Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Tonight, we are heading to Vo-Vo’s house for a birthday celebration. And if you’ve ever been to Vo-Vo’s house, you know her Portuguese Recipes are not only delicious, there is never just one course. Course after course, Vo-Vo and Vo love to spend Time Around the Family Table nurturing and inspiring with their stories and their love for their family.
As I sat with my family tonight at Vo-Vo’s house, I realized there is no place I would rather be.
Cheers to Julia Child for inspiring us to have a what-the-hell attitude and teaching us to face our fears in the kitchen. This #SundaySupper we are celebrating with beautiful recipes in honor of Julia Child’s 100th Birthday.
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- 3 pound ready-to-cook, roasting or frying chicken
- 1 pound fresh mushrooms
- ½ Tbsp. butter
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ½ Tbsp. cornstarch blended with 1 Tbsp. of the cream
- Salt and pepper
- ½ Tbsp. minced shallots or green onions
- ⅓ cup medium-dry port
- Lemon juice to taste
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup cognac
- 2½ quart enameled orstainless steel saucepan
- Fireproof casserole dish or chafing dish
- Roast the chicken as described in the master recipe on page 240. Be sure not to overcook it.
- Meanwhile, trim and wash the mushrooms. Quarter them if large, leave them whole if small.
- Bring ¼ cup water to boil in the saucepan with the butter, lemon, and salt. Toss in the mushrooms, cover, and boil slowly for 8 minutes. Pour out the cooking liquid and reserve.
- Pour the cream and the cornstarch mixture into the mushrooms. Simmer for 2 minutes. Correct seasoning, and set aside.
- When the chicken is done, remove it to a carving board and let it rest at room temperature while completing the sauce.
- Remove all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the roasting pan. Stir in the shallots or onions and cook slowly for 1 minute. Add the port and the mushroom juice, and boil down rapidly scraping up coagulated roasting juices, until liquid has reduced to about ¼ cup. Add the mushrooms and cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the liquid to thicken slightly. Correct seasoning and add lemon juice to taste.
- Smear the inside of the casserole or chafing dish with butter. Rapidly carve the chicken into serving pieces. Sprinkle lightly with salt, and arrange in the casserole or chafing dish.
- Set over moderate heat or an alcohol flame until you hear the chicken begin to sizzle. Then pour the cognac over it. Avert your face, and ignite the cognac with a lighted match. Shake the casserole slowly until the flames have subsided. Then pour in the mushroom mixture, tilting the casserole and basting the chicken. Cover and steep for 5 minutes without allowing the sauce to boil. Serve.
- Note: Chicken may remain in its casserole over barely simmering water or in the turned-off hot oven with its door ajar, for 10 to 15 minutes, but the sooner it is served, the better it will be.
- * I doubled this recipe. It is awesome for #weekdaysupper leftovers!