French country salad dressing

When farmers come in for dinner after a long, hot day in the field, they want food that is delicious, filling, and above all easy to make; they are too tired to spend hours in the kitchen on complicated recipes.  In this situation, we often make a simple French country dressing.  We always pair it with our Regina di Maggio lettuce – it’s delicate, silky leaves are perfect for the dressing.

French Country Salad Dressing:

Pour 1/3 cup of heavy cream in the bowl in which you will be mixing or serving your salad.  Whisk for 30 seconds and then add a tablespoon of your favorite vinegar (we use balsamic) and whisk until it thickens (about 1 minute).  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add cherry tomatoes or other additions you see fit.  We typically add nothing and just enjoy the lettuce and the dressing all by themselves.

Podere di Melo Poulet Grille (Roasted Chicken)

We have been raising chickens on our farm for over ten years.  These chickens are a French breed that are raised to French standards that are referred to as Label Rouge.  Their flavor comes from the time they spend enjoying the fresh air and sunshine outside in the open acres of land that they roam free on.  I have always roasted them in my kitchen in such a way to bring out their already wonderful flavor, not to cover it up.  I hope you enjoy my chicken as much as I have over the years of producing and cooking these….from my farm to your kitchen, please enjoy.


  • 1 whole Podere di Melo chicken
  • A few pinches of salt & pepper
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 3 handfuls of baby carrots
  • 3 handfuls of fingerling potatoes
  • 3 parsnips, peeled
  • Fresh butter
  • Fresh tarragon
  • White wine of your choice


  • Rub the inside of the chicken with a small amount of salt.
  • Cut the lemon in half and place both halves inside the cavity of the chicken with the tarragon.
  • Rub the outside of the chicken lightly with fresh butter and place into a Dutch oven.
  • Place the carrots, potatoes, parsnips around the chicken.
  • Gently pour the white wine over the chicken and salt and pepper the outside of the chicken, placing a few more sprigs of tarragon on top of the chicken.
  • Cover the chicken and cook at 350 degrees for about 90 minutes or until it reaches inside temp of 165 degrees.

Once the chicken is done, take it out let it sit for 10 minutes.  Pour yourself a nice glass of wine and enjoy!