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May

National Coq Au Vin Day

Posted by Brittany

National Coq Au Vin DayCoq Au Vin is a French dish that literally means “rooster in wine.” The meal is made of braised chicken, red wine, mushrooms, and garlic, and it boasts a long history with legends tracing it back to Julius Caesar and, later, Napoleon. In spite of it’s early beginnings, Coq Ay Vin did not become popular until the early 20th century. May 29th is National Coq Au Vin Day.

I don’t eat french food very often, not because I don’t like it, but mostly because I’m kind of a lazy cook. When I do get the itch to whip something up it’s usually on the simple side, rather than a concoction heavy on creams and sauces like french foods so often are. I have to admit, though, that I’m starting to think I’ve been missing out. Chris and I both enjoyed our dinners on Coquilles St. Jacques Day (though we both ended up with a belly ache the next day), and today’s “unofficial” yielded even more delicious results!

Chris and I got up around ten this morning and started on the first step of a slow-cooker Coq Au Vin recipe I found online. First we floured six chicken thighs, then browned them in a large skillet. When they were finished we cooked up a few slices of bacon and crumbled it, then softened the vegetables (we used carrots and onions, but deleted the mushrooms out of respect for Chris’s mushroom phobia) for a few minutes over medium heat. Once this quick and simple prep was done, all we had to do was throw it all in the crockpot, add some wine, chicken broth, and a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme, and let it sit for about six hours. I love slow-cooking…it’s so easy! When dinner time rolled around we had a mouthwatering meal that was so tender, it broke apart at the slightest touch. And though I don’t really care for wine as a beverage, as it turns out I sure do like anything cooked in it! The sauce from the wine, chicken juices, and broth was so delicious I soaked up all of the remaining dregs of it with several crescent rolls. Chris actually licked his plate clean! We both agree that this recipe is definitely going to stay in our regular rotation.

Tomorrow, while we’re taking it easy and enjoying our “official” national holiday, we’ll be sipping on Mint Juleps in honor of National Mint Julep Day. We hope you have a great Memorial Day!

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