Yesterday was such a beautiful day, that it got pretty late before we had a chance to shop for dinner fixings, and our friends (one of whom has some food allergies we needed to accommodate) were coming over in a little over an hour. My plan to make a simple roast salmon was foiled by the $25/lb. (!) price tag on the salmon at our nearby market. Thinking on my feet at the meat counter, I remembered a chicken recipe from Lidia Bastianich that I'd made a few times before, and decided to make it instead.
I bought about three pounds of thighs and drumsticks (I would have gotten breast too, but there were only skinless ones, which didn't seem right for this recipe) and used the full amount of the rest of the ingredients in the recipe. We served the chicken with Ina Garten's "melting tomatoes" and a green salad. (Ina Garten's simple-but-delicious recipes continue to win me over.) Next time, I would up the quantity of tomatoes on the side dish by half. All in all, I think the flavors all paired nicely together.
To kick off the meal, my husband mixed up what he calls "funny cocktails." In this case, it was pomegranate juice, vodka, sparkling wine and a twist of lemon peel (loosely based on the Holiday cocktail we'd had at Buvette a few days before)--delicious! Appetizers were simple a big bowl of pistachios, and dessert was a chocolate cake our friends brought. It was a lovely Saturday night meal; here's Lidia's chicken recipe: