CHICKEN CACCIATORE – a special dinner and a special memory

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In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. Frederick Douglas

Hi there,

I received this lovely note and recipe from my friend, Rita, the other day and I had to share it with you to finish off the month of May.

Hi Bern-

This is a photo of my loving mother Mary Rita Tomasone Garbe. 

I’ve been wanting to send this but I couldn’t put my hands on it. I finally found it in one of my books. 
Chicken cacciatore was a “special” dinner in our house when mom would surprise us with it.

We grew up in a very modest home and this dish wash for “company” and always a crowd pleaser followed with the delicious rice pudding. 

As we got older and on our own, whenever mom could get us all under one roof at the same time this was her gift and we loved every bite! 
Hopefully my family enjoy hearing the stories of
My parents as much as I cherish the memories. 
I made it with chicken thighs and used olive oil where it stated salad oil. Enjoy!! ♥️

Well, this concludes my Mother’s Day May tributes. I hope you have enjoyed all the beautiful mothers and their varied recipes. I want to thank all my contributors for making this series so special.

20 responses to “CHICKEN CACCIATORE – a special dinner and a special memory”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes says:

    Such a lovely family story with a wonderfully delicious chicken recipe! Thank you, Rita, for sharing your mom’s recipe with us.

  2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    I love the Frederick Douglas quote, so perfect for these posts!

  3. Lovely post. Both recipes look so good! 🙂

  4. I was so excited to see Rita’s photos and recipe for chicken cacciatore. Rita’s mom is beautiful, just like Rita, and seeing the recipe in her original handwriting is priceless. Although this is different from my family’s recipe, which includes peppers and mushrooms, it sounds delicious! It originates from love for family and bringing everyone together to share a meal. That’s the BEST!

    Bern, thanks for posting Rita’s special story! And Rita, thanks for sharing it!

  5. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    A wonderful recipe for Chicken Cacciatore from another special mom. I love this series.

  6. D. Wallace Peach – 30 Miles beyond the edge of civilization, Oregon – I'm an adventurer in writing, peering under rocks in my garden for secret magic. I can't stop writing. My stories want to explode from my head. They demand my attention and surge from my fingertips faster than I can put them to paper. I love what I do.
    D. Wallace Peach says:

    These posts have all been so heartwarming, Bernadette. I love how your followers have these wonderful memories associated with food and family gatherings. Rita certainly does. The images of the handwritten recipes are great – part of the mystique of these wonderful dishes. Looks delicious!

    • Thanks Diana. These posts allow me an opportunity to get to know. people a little bit better and I am grateful for that opportunity.

  7. There is so much history here Bernadette. The old recipes are still the best. I am so sorry but I will be deleting the Friday post you linked to this post. I only allow one recipe per post and it wouldn’t be fair to allow this one with two recipes, even though they both sound delicious! Please feel free to post another recipe!!!! I have been blocking people trying to add their videos. I know this was innocent on your part, I just want to be fair. 💕

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