Cape Cod, Lobster and a Present
Last weekend I traveled to ol’ Cape Cod to visit my mother and for a belated celebration of my birthday. We started out with lunch at a Cape Cod mainstay, Clancy’s. I had these adorable lobster sliders:
Look how chunky! I also had some thick, creamy clam chowder and the fries weren’t too bad either. My mother, sister and nieces were slightly less thrilled with their meals, unfortunately but at least we had a great view!
We were treated to some sunny fair weather but with a lot of wind. We enoyed the beach in our sweatshirts and took shelter in the Christmas Tree Shops! Later, we celebrated my birthday with pizza from Ardeo and awesome cupcakes from somewhere I already forgot the name of. I was probably distracted by my shiny new gift from my mother:
A sunny yellow lid!
And I got the sunny yellow 6 quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven to go with it. Wheeee!! When I got home, I saw this recipe for Chicken Cacciatore on The Pioneer Woman, made in a Dutch oven. I hadn’t done my usual weekend grocery shopping yet, so I ran right out on Monday and bought the ingredients and made the dish for dinner with my new toy.
Usually, I’m not even a big fan of lots and lots of bell peppers in one recipe but since the stars aligned and the right planets were in retrograde and the chicken thighs were buy one, get one free at Big Y, I went for it anyway.
Mainly, I was just really excited to brown something on the stovetop and not have to transfer it to an oven-safe casserole to braise. But somehow between the onions, wine, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, chicken and spices, all those peppers really didn’t bother me at all. And look how pretty and colorful on the plate:
Lovely! Thank you again to my mother for a great weekend and for this great kichen tool. What is your favorite meal to cook in a Dutch oven? ‘Tis the season, so let me know what you are looking forward to stewing or braising in the coming months.