Tomorrow I will once again appear on WFMZ, a local station here in Pennsylvania, as the Sunrise Chef on the 69News at Sunrise. I adore cooking on television, it is tons of fun! Tomorrow I am planning to make Coq au vin and my Chocolate Dip plus I will demonstrate how to make elegant butter roses. Does this romantic meal sound like I am planning to help all y'all Dear Readers (and viewers) prepare for anything special? If "Valentine's Day" pops into your head, you would be on target.
Coq au Vin is nothing more than chicken simmered in a fruity red wine but somehow, "Coq au vin" sounds more romantic and impressive don't ya think? "Coq au vin translates to "rooster/cock with wine." Isn't that romantic? The dish also sounds more romantical when it is actually pronounced correctly. Say, "Coke oh vahn." It's so mispronounced, there are actually videos to view! Okay, now that you've mastered the pronunciation, lets move on to the equation, chicken + wine + flames = Coq au vin. My recipe, broken down into all the steps you need, is posted on my Recipes page. Just remember, to flame or not to flame is your call. Flaming may not even improve the overall taste of the dish, it's just theatrical so leave that step out and solve the "chicken + wine = Coq au vin," portion of the equation, no judging here at Mary's Kitchen. Just make sure to read my recipe carefully, pat the chicken dry and use a fruity wine.
I decided to make my Chocolate Dip recipe because it is so easy and romantic. Pretty much anything you have about in the house, including each other, can be dipped in the Dip! Come on! It's Valentine's! The butter roses are also quite easy, just remember to have the butter chilled but not rock hard or it's too difficult to work into a rose.
Let me know if you make any or all of this romantic meal and have fun! Valentine's Day is about love and so is cooking. Let the love shine through in all things you do!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor