By Diane Phillips; Photographs by Tara Donne
The Basque people live in the northeastern region of Spain and across the border in southwestern France. They are known worldwide for their cuisine, unique language -- which resembles neither French nor Spanish -- and culture. The Basque people pride themselves on keeping these traditions alive. They also believe in keeping their food simple (I love that!), and do not like to mask the flavors of their ingredients. This one is a typical Basque chicken dish (many of which are cooked in covered casseroles), made with onion, bell peppers, tomato, and a bit of ham. The slow cooker takes good care of the ingredients, and the result is succulent pieces of chicken steeped in the flavors in the pot.