Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wendy Carlos Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee, is considered one of the earliest forms of fried chicken. The French word "fricassee" is said to have come from the French words for "fry" and "break into pieces." It is basically halfway between saute and stew. By simmering for nearly three quarters of an hour, the chicken comes out so very tender and juicy.

We are naming this in honor of a pioneering music legend you might never have heard of, Wendy Carlos. Her break out album of 1968 made history. Be sure to catch the short article about her after the recipe.

  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 4 - 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 bag of mixed vegetables
  • 1 (22.6 -ounce) can cream of chicken soup (large)
  • 1 cup fat free half & half
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
Do your cutting, chop up the onion.

Brown Chicken
Season chicken on both sides with 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Preheat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the oil to pot. When butter melts and foam subsides, add half the chicken, skin side down, in a single layer; do not crowd pot. (If butter begins to blacken, lower heat.) Fry chicken, skin side down for
5 minutes, then turn over and fry for an additional 3 minutes, and transfer to a plate. Repeat with any remaining chicken. 

Drain all but 2 tablespoons liquid from pan. Add the onions and 1 cup wine to de-glaze the bottom of pot.

Sprinkle the thyme onto the onions as they cook. This will make your clean-up so much easier! Stir for about 2 minutes.

Add and mixed vegetables to the pot; saute 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are soft.

In a bowl, whisk together soup, half & half, salt, and pepper.

Return chicken to the pot, pour soup mixture over chicken, and cover.

Reduce heat to low and simmer about 45 - 50 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

  • You could serve this over cooked rice or noodles if you wish. 

This wonderful meal was a favorite in the Lincoln White House!

So proud to serve my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 



Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos; November 14, 1939) is an American composer and keyboardist best known for her electronic music and film scores. She moved to New York City in 1962 to study music composition at Columbia University. During her time there, Carlos met Robert Moog, which began a partnership. Carlos gave advice and technical assistance in the development of the Moog synthesizer. By 1966, Carlos owned a small Moog synthesizer of her own, which she used to record jingles for television commercials, which earned her "anywhere from $100 to $1000".

Carlos came to prominence releasing Switched-On Bach (1968), an album of electronically reconstructed works by J.S. Bach Its commercial success led to several more albums. She composed the score to two Stanley Kubrick films, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980), and Tron (1982) for Walt Disney Productions.

Carlos became aware of her gender dysphoria at an early age, recalling: "I was about five or six... I remember being convinced I was a little girl, much preferring long hair and girls' clothes, and not knowing why my parents didn't see it clearly". When she moved to New York City in the 1960s, she learned about transgender issues for the first time and started to receive counseling. In early 1968, Carlos began hormone replacement treatments, which altered her appearance.

Prior to a live performance of excerpts from Switched-On Bach with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, She didn't want to appear in public. She cried putting on fake sideburns, a man's wig, and drew facial hair on her face with an eyebrow pencil to disguise herself as male.

The commercial success of Switched-On Bach allowed Carlos to undergo sex reassignment surgery in May 1972, but continued to release albums as "Walter Carlos" throughout the 1970s.

Carlos kept her story secret until she agreed to a series of interviews in 1979 for Playboy magazine. In 1985, Carlos spoke about the reaction to her transition: "The public turned out to be amazingly tolerant or, if you wish, indifferent ... There had never been any need of this charade to have taken place. It had proven a monstrous waste of years of my life.”

SEAMUS (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States) presented Carlos with their 2005 Life Achievement Award. However she was busy at the time finishing her new project: the deadline final assembly work on the Lost Scores.

Keep going Wendy we are proud of you! 

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