The Plaboy Gourmet

The Playboy Gourmet

A friend once told me that it’s amazing what can be accomplished when we just follow the instructions.  I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time doing that. There’s a part of me that has to blaze my own trail.

Tonight we prepared Chicken Kiev from The Playboy Gourmet by Thomas Mario.  The cookbook was published in 1972, and consistent with that era,  is full of rich recipes with lots of butter and creme.

Old School Decadence

Old School Decadence

Here is the Playboy Gourmet recipe for the Chicken Kiev.

Butter and Creme.

Butter and Creme.

We were out of eggs, so the batter didn’t bind quite right.  We did not have creme, so I used whole milk and added white wine, cilantro, garlic,  and bacon to the recipe.

Mushroom, onion, cilantro, garlic, bacon, and white wine.

Mushroom, onion, cilantro, garlic, bacon, and white wine.

After browning the chicken, I decided to bake it in a cast iron skillet with the sauce. This was another departure from the recipe.

Blazing my own trail.

Blazing my own trail.

I’m not sure what the Chicken Kiev would have tasted like if I had followed the recipe, but the end result was delicious.

The spinach was prepared with onion, garlic,and  artichoke hearts

The spinach was prepared with onion, garlic,and artichoke hearts

To blazing our own trail.

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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