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I adore garlic, I can never get enough. My hubby says forget the perfume and rub a little olive oil and garlic behind my ears. I am allergic to perfume, so that is okay with me ;-) This dish is sooo easy and will feed a crowd (you can halve the recipe) and will impress everyone without doing a lot of work. I like the touch of tarragon, parsley and nutmeg. But only use fresh nutmeg, the dried stuff is just too sweet. Also do not leave out the white wine, it makes a big difference in the dish. I serve it with lots of bread for dipping, a big simple green salad and roasted beets and/or carrots with a grapefruit glaze. You see this a lot in my menus. I like a big rich dish but then something bright and light to contrast all the richness.

The desert is really special and different. Plus this is a chocolate version.       I make clafoutis a lot. A clafoutis is a cross between a baked pancake and custard. They are wonderful for breakfast to. Clafoutis are cheap (because I keep frozen fruit in my freezer) and easy. If you have not make clafoutis please try it, it will become a regular in your family.

Chicken with 60 cloves

olive oil

8 chicken drumstick and thighs (or 16 of either)

1 large onions, chopped

6 sprigs parsley

3 TBL. chopped fresh tarragon, or 1 teaspoon dried

3/4 cup dry white wine

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg

60 cloves garlic, unpeeled or 3- 4 large garlic heads

In a large baking dish cover the bottom of a heavy 6-quart casserole with onions, add the parsley and tarragon, and lay the chicken pieces on top. Pour the wine over them, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and nutmeg, and tuck the garlic cloves around and between the chicken pieces. Cover the top of the casserole tight with aluminum foil and then the lid (this creates an air-tight seal so the steam won't escape). Bake in a 375°oven for 1 1/2 hours, without removing the cover.

Serve the chicken, pan juices, and whole garlic cloves with lots of bread.

Roasted carrots and/or beets with tart grapefruit glaze

Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

2 cups pitted fresh, canned or frozen cherries (or other fruit, such as raspberries)

1/4 cup butter, 1/2 stick

1/2 cup chocolate chips

3 eggs

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup milk

optional a dash of cherry liquor

1/2 cup sugar or evaporated cane

pinch of salt

Pre-heat oven 350.

In a microwave bowl add chocolate and butter and microwave one minute. Stir till melted and let cool to room temp.

In an deep greased baking dish spread fruit.

In a blender add flour, milk, eggs, sugar, liquor if adding it and salt. Blend a few seconds, scrape down side and blend again. Then with blender running, slowly add chocolate/butter. Pour batter over cherries and bake 45-55 minutes or until center is cooked. Let cool and enjoy. 

Picture of the old entrance of my house


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Okay, I made this and it kind of 'fell'. It rose nicely, then when I took it out and it started to cool, it kind of deflated. Did I do something wrong?


I am copying the recipes ~ both sound excellent, and I love garlic as well! Thank you Clarice :)
Beautiful entrance ~ what great stonework!


Susan at Black Eyed Susans Kitchen

This sounds like an amazing recipe and we will be making it this weekend...hope the market has enough garlic. A word about your new holiday...Apple night...fabulous...I love it! I will be writing a post about it. Thank you. Susan

The feathered nest

I'm a garlic lover too, so this is perfect! I printed it out to try. I made a clafoutis a really long time ago and had forgotten all about it! Thanks for the recipes.


Mary Isabella

We like garlic also. Chicken sounds so yummy. Mary



I like the sound of the chicken recipe.
I abslutely love the old entrance.
Do you still use it?
It reminds me of a shot from Victoria.
I can see lady in scarlet dress bellowing down the mossy steps.

Thanks for sharing those great Clarice recipes!

Jill 00


Glad the menu of the week is back. I will have to try the chicken; we love garlic here too.
Do you have a good recipe for chocolate bread pudding? I am doing dinner for a friend's birthday tomorrow.
PS. I sent you the e-mail w/ address.


Totally yummy sounding recipes! Will try the chicken this week. Thanks always!!

Love, Angie

Junie Moon

Great recipes--I'm really enjoying discovering new ones to try. I love the picture of the old entrance to your house--it looks so evocative of autumn.

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