The Final Recipe {CtBF}

Oh My! The journey started in February 2016 has come to an end. For the past three-plus years, I’ve been cooking my way through David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen with my friends from Cook the Book Fridays. Though I have virtually disappeared since April, this week the group is cooking the FINAL recipe in the book, the cover recipe, so I had to join in.

Fortunately, this recipe is really easy and quite delicious. You start out cooking some bacon, then sauté onions in the bacon fat. Then, you brown chicken thighs which have been coated in Dijon mustard. Everything is mixed into some white wine, simmering until the chicken is cooked through. The final touch is stirring in more mustard, both Dijon and seeded, and some crème fraiche to make a creamy sauce.

This week has been hot, so I didn’t have patience to make the recommended homemade herbed pasta to go with the chicken. Wide egg noodles were a good stand-in.

While Chicken in Mustard isn’t a “height-of-summer” recipe, it is definitely a winner. It made a wonderful weeknight meal, but it’s company worthy too.

As I reflect on the journey of cooking through David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen, the list of recipes (or their components) that have become part of my standard repertoire come to mind. Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

  1. The roasted cherry tomatoes from the Cherry Tomato Crostini – These are a summer favorite, and when the cherry tomato crop seems overwhelming, I make this and freeze it for a breath of summer when the weather turns.
  2. Green Beans with Snail Butter – The garlicky sauce is one of my favorite ways to dress up green beans (second only to the Green Beans Amandine from fellow CtBF blogger Mardi Michels’s wonderful book In the French Kitchen with Kids).
  3. Apricot crumble tart – The crust and crumble combination works just as well with other summer fruits like peaches or nectarines.
  4. Raw vegetable slaw with creamy garlic dressing which I particularly like with kohlrabi.
  5. Multigrain bread – I’ve incorporated David’s crunch mixture into my own version of sourdough multi-grain.

I also enjoyed the company along the ride. I’ve been cooking with many of the home cooks in Cook the Book Fridays for almost a decade when we met through French Fridays with Dorie in 2010. I continue to enjoy the friendships through the internet and in-person connections.

This isn’t the end for Cook the Book Fridays! Or, for me, My Paris Kitchen. I still have a handful of recipes that I haven’t made yet. I intend to finish those off. And the group will continue with Dorie Greenspan’s newest book Everyday Dorie, which we started when it came out last October. From here on out, it’ll be two Dorie recipes a month. And I’ll try to stay on track.

Until then….


Posted on 2 August 2019, in Cook The Book Fridays, my paris kitchen and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Your chicken looks so yummy. I also loved the Green Beans with Snail Butter and have made them a few times.

  2. OMG yes, that apricot crumble tart. When I made that, one of the guests in our house was woken from an afternoon nap because of the smell of butter. SO GOOD! Cheers to the end of this journey and yes, it’s going to be a decade next October!!!

  3. Great to see your post Betsy, I’ve missed you. The chicken was a delicious recipe and I have made it a few times, really not too difficult. Cannot believe we finished another book of recipes, but I will say, I have learned so much from the experience.

  4. “almost a decade”. Yikes. This is the first dish I made from the book as i am a mustard freak. That cover photo is one of my favorite food photos ever. How did you wait to last for this one? :)

  5. You and I have a lot of the same favorites. I just made the raw veg slaw 2 days ago for a potluck! This chicken dish is also one of my go-to recipes from this book. Tasty and relatively easy to make! I’m glad you posted and look forward to seeing more of you!

  6. Looking good your chicken with mustard dish, extra lovely with pasta. It was easy to pull together!

    I made 1,2 + 4 from your list, most frequently snail butter beans and asparagus!!

    Onwards with ED!

  7. Betsy, this was a great recipe to end on, and your dish looks awesome!! It has indeed been fun, I’ve likely been MIA even more than you – but certainly, a worthwhile effort!

    Looking forward to Everyday Dorie as well!!!

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