What We Ate
A weblog of culinary experiences
November 10, 2002
Potluck at Adrienne's
We were invited tonight for an impromptu potluck dinner at Adrienne's house. People were already bringing lasagna, salad, roasted root vegetables, bread, and assorted other goodies, and we happened to have a little chicken in the fridge, as well as some big scallions, with which we made roasted scallions with romesco sauce. Carl simply roasted the chicken, but we first rubbed it inside and out with a spice rub (salt, pepper, chile powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander) and Carl slipped a bit of butter under the skin to moisten it. At around 375 degrees, the chicken took slightly longer to cook than expected, so we came to the party a bit late. Luckily, Adrienne had made an appetizer of fresh fava beans with dill, which tided everyone over until all the dishes were ready.
For dessert, Adrienne served her fabulous rendition of Bananas Fricke, which was sweet and caramelized and really quite lovely. We had tea and port to accompany this, as well as some apricot-ginger biscotti I had made a few nights earlier.
Note: I don't know where this recipe comes from, but my mom and brother have been using it for years. Because the recipe includes butter, it's not strictly traditional ("real" biscotti have no butter or oil); the addition of butter makes for a slightly more tender texture.
2 cups plus 2 Tb. four
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.