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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chicken Cacciatore for Dinner

I finally decided to run the self-clean cycle on the oven, which given its grotty state, took 3 hours and smelled up the house. At 5:30 the oven was still cooling, so I made dinner on top of the stove. I browned 6 chicken thighs in olive oil in a deep pan, then added a coarsely chopped onion and several smashed garlic cloves. Next in was a large can of diced tomatoes and I seasoned it all with lots of chopped Italian parsley, a bay leaf, salt and ground pepper, 1/8 teaspoon chili flakes, and 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, basil and fennel seeds. Then I thickly sliced a zucchini and a peeled sweet potato and laid them on top to steam. I covered it all and simmered for 30 minutes. Meanwhile I boiled rigatoni, and having figured out that my "invented" recipe was very close to classic Chicken Cacciatore (mushrooms and peppers instead of the sweet potato would have done the trick, and a splash of wine), I put it all into pasta dishes and served with grated Parmesan cheese. Very delicious, and now I have a clean oven too.

After dinner I dropped the rest of the rigatoni into the chicken sauce mix to store in the fridge overnight and enjoy for  dinner tomorrow evening before we go off to Classic Film Night at the Arts Centre.

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