Every cook should know how to roast a chicken properly. The process is one of the most basic recipes and a good, roast chicken is one of my favorite things to cook and eat. The stuffing in this recipe contains a fantastic Middle-Eastern spice blend called “Za’atar” and is a combination of dried herbs like basil, thyme, oregano and also sesame seeds.
A capon is a rooster that has been castrated which results in tender meat and a much bigger bird. My grandmother, used to make a stuffed capon for a special family meal such as a holiday or birthday. This recipe pays homage to my grandmother but also integrates some luxurious ingredients like truffles and duck fat.
Traditionally, bouillabaisse is a somewhat simple fish stew but this recipe not only utilizes sustainably farmed shellfish and pastured raised chicken. The chicken cooked with the tomato, fennel and garlic is simple and delicious while the clams, mussels and the croutons with homemade aioli make it special enough to serve to guests.