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National Coq Au Vin Day – Fun with Fondue, Issue #63
May 14, 2019

Happy May! Hopefully this month brings warm weather to you wherever you are (and no more snow!).

Did you know that May 29th was Coq au Vin National Day in the United States? What’s coq au vin? See below for a brief history and a recipe to do it fondue-style!

Monthly Fondue Tip

Rooster in Wine

While the exact date of origin of the famous French Coq Au Vin (literally translated to rooster/cock in wine), it is possible it dates back to Julius Caesar. Along with red wine and braised rooster (or any chicken nowadays works, but the tougher the better), the traditional recipe calls for button mushrooms, lardons (fatty bacon), and garlic. The best part of this recipe is that you can use and substitute whatever you have on hand and still get a delicious, hearty stew.

  • Julia Child introduced the recipe to the world in her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and subsequent PBS TV series, making it a popular Sunday dish.

Here is a recipe to make traditional Coq Au Vin, if you are interested. Alternatively, see below for a recipe to make it fondue-style.

Monthly Recipe Idea

Now that you know a little more about Coq Au Vin, below is a recipe that make it fondue-style. This is perfect for a special occasion.

Don’t forget the button mushrooms or the dips to serve with!

Food For Thought

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”

- W.C. Fields

That's it for now. I hope you make the Coq Au Vin and celebrate its national day.

Feel free to visit the site and browse through the collection of fondue recipes.

You'll hear back from me next month. Until then, be careful with open flames and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin (en français)

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