Bistro Salad

This is such a simple salad that tastes amazing. Big surprise it’s from Patricia Wells’ Bistro Cookbook. You will have extra dressing.

2 bags of butter lettuce
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP sherry vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 c olive oil
Salt and pepper

Combine lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil in a small jar until well combined.

Toss with greens and serve.

Garlic Chicken

Another winner from Patricia Wells’ Bistro Cookbook. It is perfect for a nice Sunday dinner. For this one I bought pre peeled garlic.

1 chicken, broken down and salt and peppered
Salt and pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
40 cloves of garlic
1/2 c white wine
1/2 c chicken stock

Heat oil and butter in a large pot with a lid. Cook chicken until nicely browned on each side. Remove chicken, add garlic and cook 10 minutes, stir to brown. Add chicken on top of garlic, add wine and stock. Cook 20 minutes covered until juices run clear.

Serves 8.

Potato Cake

This one is from Patricia Wells’ Bistro Cookbook. It is amazing, but a LOT of work. I have a huge non-stick skillet and had to do 3 batches of potatoes. Thee recipe is amazing, so it’s worth the work.

2 lb potatoes, sliced thin
4 TBSP butter
Salt and pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 TBSP parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Add a layer of potatoes, sprinkle with salt and cook them until crispy, flip over and repeat. Using tongs transfer them to a cast iron skillet. You want to make layers of potatoes, so do one layer then top with the next. Repeat until all the potatoes are cooked. Press down on the cake and place in the oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned. Place little bits of butter on the sides on the pan allowing to melt, turn on stove if needed. Then carefully flip onto a plate. Top with garlic and parsley.

Serves 6-8.