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Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce (c)2013 La Domestique

These photographs of Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce were part of the series from my last post featuring Roasted Carrot Soup. I photographed this series  for a client and none of the recipes are my own. I cannot share the recipes here, but I thought you might enjoy the photos and a few tidbits I learned during the project. I don’t think I’ve ever bought chicken legs (meaning thigh and drumstick all in one piece), and I was pleasantly surprised by them. First, chicken legs are cheap – even cheaper per pound than buying a whole bird. Second, there’s a lot of meat on those bones. Third, the meat is quite tasty.

For this recipe, the chicken legs were simply roasted in a pan with onion wedges, a drizzle of oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Once cooked through and golden brown, I set the chicken and onions aside and made a quick pan sauce. Sautéed onions and mushrooms simmered in a mixture of pan juices, red wine, milk, and flour until the sauce thickened. While the sauce simmered my husband and I nibbled at the roast onion wedges, which were the best part of the dish! Following the recipe, I served the roast chicken on a platter with a generous handful of fresh parsley and mushroom sauce on the side. After cooking this recipe, I think I’ll be using chicken legs more often, especially in braised or stewed dishes that call for a whole bird broken down into 8 pieces.

Roast Chicken Legs with Mushroom Sauce (c)2013 La Domestique

Several of you commented favorably about the lighting in my Roasted Carrot Soup photos a few days ago. Aside from new cooking techniques, I’ve been experimenting with artificial lighting since my north-facing apartment seems to be in perpetual darkness this time of year. The sun doesn’t rise high enough in the horizon to shine through my window, so I have to make my own light. Ever since I picked up a camera two years ago I’ve been in love with natural light. There’s something about it that really seems to bring photos alive. I often see good-looking photos that are technically correct but seem to lack something special, that spark. For these shoots I tried to create that energy using shadows to add drama. This was the first time I felt excited about the possibilities of artificial light, and I’m looking forward to learning more.

Roast Chicken Legs and Onions (c)2013 La Domestique