There are at least 92 cookbooks lining one of the shelves in my pantry including the HUGE Culinary Institute of America's Professional Chef. I have looked at all of them--I have read some of them. My cookbooks are used for inspiration and reference mostly. I don't think I have ever followed a recipe to the letter. Have I told you that I can't bake to save my soul? The former statement is probably the reason why! Hey, I'm a cook not a chef.
Anyway, a couple of days ago an episode of Tyler's Ultimate aired featuring his ultimate chicken cacciatore. I must say I have never ever eaten chicken cacciatore let alone made the dish. So, in my house this would be a new use for the same old chicken. I think I'm best at watching someone prepare the meal, then recreating it. Well, I compared Tyler's show to one of Giada's recipes--they were close--so I improvised as usual.
We roasted our own red peppers and held pretty true to Tyler's recipe except I used San Marzano canned tomatoes and one fresh tomato. I was even able to get Himself in the kitchen picking the leaves off of some basil for me.
If you have at least 6 pieces of chicken, some flour for dredging, olive oil for frying, an onion, roasted red peppers, capers, red pepper flakes, garlic, a lemon, anchovies, basil, a little dried oregano, tomatoes, chicken broth and white wine you are in business. We served ours over parmesan polenta and it was yummy. We are looking forward to the leftovers. We cooked and paired with Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc and then just drank another bottle of Gazela Vinho Verde. Check out the wine links at http://www.winewithlifeplease.org/ for wine details.
So to my fellow FN junkies, record until your DVR memory is shot, reboot and start again.