Courteney Cox: My cooking is a lot better than the restaurants I used to go to


ICourteney Cox joined Instagram in 2019. She told James Corden at the time that Throwback Thursdays were really saving her on the platform because she nailed those. Courteney has truly come into her own on her IG page. She’s got a great mix of photos with her famous friends, family, funny content and since quarantine began: cooking. While speaking with Yahoo recently, Courteney said that she honed her culinary skills during lockdown like so many others. She said her food has now gotten better than most of her favorite restaurants. And since Courteney is everyone’s Friend, she’s posting her best recipes online, including her chicken recipe (below) that she insists everyone should master. She’s partnering with Cointreau for their Ultimate Margarita Showdown so if it sounds like a plug for Cointreau, it is. But, they are donating $100,000 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition helping the bar and restaurant community impacted by the pandemic, so I’m happy to pass it along.

On showcasing her hobbies: When quarantine started, there was nothing to do but stay home and cook. I started really enjoying it, and now I think my cooking is a lot of better than many of the restaurants I used to go to. I still have a few favorite restaurants I’m dying to get the recipes from, but to no avail so far. I love it. It’s become a huge part of my life. Coming up with content for Instagram is never easy, so I thought, “How can I let people into some of my hobbies?” I thought, “I like to cook, I like to play the piano, I like to play tennis, and hang out with Coco.” Now, I just share those parts of my life.

On must-have recipes: You mean besides banana bread? Because that’s the quarantine go-to. Everybody has an almost rotten banana! As far as recipes, I think everybody needs to master the baked chicken. For summer, it’s nice to do a lot of Mexican food, which obviously goes nicely with margaritas. What’s nice about Cointreau is that you can make so many drinks with it. I’ve mastered the strawberry margarita and the regular margarita, and that’s been so nice for summer.

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Courtney also gave her recipe for a strawberry margarita that you can read here. I don’t drink fruit margaritas, but it sounds good. I’m intrigued by the Red Clay Spicy Margarita Salt she mentioned. I like Cointreau, but I think Margaritas are the only drink I make with it. I also cook a decent amount, but I’ve never found my food better than a restaurant. So I’d love an invitation to Courteney’s for dinner, especially considering the places she can afford to eat. I’ve watched many of her recipes and they do look good. I’m tempted to try her Cacio e Pepe recipe. That’s such a technique dish. If you don’t execute the steps just right, it fails, I’ve not gotten it right yet.

As for Courteney’s assertion that everyone must master a roasted chicken, I half agree with her. Mastering anything is a great tool to have. A solid fallback recipe is helpful for drop in guests or to impress in laws and such. Personally I agree that a meat-eater will never be sorry with a well done chicken. But my husband has never roasted a chicken but has mastered the perfect pan-seared steak and I am eternally grateful for that. My son has also never made a roast chicken but has mastered crepes, and I think more people request those than my chicken. So master what works for you. Whatever it is will be a welcome addition to the potluck.

I haven’t made Courteney’s roasted chicken recipe, but it looks good. She uses leeks and I love leeks. I might try it, but I will never give up my Ina Garten baked chicken. Never.



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  1. Maria says:

    I love cooking and mastered a lot of things in the pandemic. Roast chicken is a must but it’s an individualized thing – Ina Garten’s is a lot of peoples’ go to but I find it too citrusy for me and not quite crispy enough so I cut back on the lemon and add some baking powder/salt for a rub. I’ve been roasting ducks, too, with wild rice. Baking focaccia, and making Oaxacan mole sauces. And I’ve been making a lot of ribeyes. And also Japanese cooking – I’ve learned the art of the chaliapin steak.
    I often prefer my versions of some dishes to restaurants but many of them have access to things that I just don’t, so those kinds of dishes obviously trump mine. So that varies a lot. But I’ve been experimenting with edible flowers too, for decoration.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      Will you marry me 😍

    • Jules says:

      Dang, keep talking!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      My husband partially landed me with his cooking. There were only 3 secrets To some of the best food I’ve eaten according to him…
      1. Butter. Spoon melted butter continuously over steak or white fish to make it amazing.
      2. Fresh herbs. Know your flavors and go fresh.
      3. Bell’s Seasoning! It’s usually only found during thanksgiving, but it makes foods like chicken pot pie or a roasted chicken perfect! 👌

    • Christina says:

      Oooh!! We moved into a house, and we have agapanthus! They are orange and yellow and taste like wild arugula. I always forget to get a bunch and throw them on top of salads and steaks, but I am trying to remember more often. I too prefer a crispy chicken. You might want to try Judy Rodger’s Zuni Cafe chicken. It’s orgasmic! You toss bread and arugula with the pan juices. Lord!!!

      There are dishes that I can pull out and impress with, but I need to keep in practice. I rarely use recipes, but I review them to steal ideas. My family tells me that I make a lot of stuff they love but will never see again, lol!

    • Maria says:

      LOL I wish I could cook for you all and taste all your stuff in turn!!

    • Natters says:

      Ina Garten’s Engagement chicken is my go to. My friends always say I make the juiciest roasted chicken and I fake humbleness because I’m not revealing my sources. Lol! However I definitely will check this recipe out because I too love leeks.

  2. Ariel says:

    I know this isn’t the point of the post- but she is such a beautiful woman. I am really happy she cut back on messing with her face. Whatever she is doing now is working. She looks great.

  3. Ann says:

    She’s looking good and more like herself these days. I follow her IG. She does make food that looks delicious. I kind of love her as a proficient home cook too, Monica would be so proud!

  4. Renee says:

    I follow her on IG and love her quick cooking videos. She uses few ingredients but makes everything look delicious. I envy her kitchen so much. It helps when you have a state of the art kitchen like Courtney’s. I like her a lot. She seems authentic and friendly.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I love cooking and after the initial panic of shutdown (where sometimes basic ingredients were hard to find) I have definitely used the past year and a half to master some recipes. I’m still looking for the perfect roast chicken recipe, but Skinnytaste actually has one that I really like. I’ve made homemade pasta a few times and have made some various sauces from scratch that i”ve never made before (I make an excellent red meat sauce that my husband loves, but after someone on here recommended Marcella Hazan’s cookbook I’ve been trying some of her sauce recipes, her bolognese is good but different from others i’ve seen.) I just think its more fun to cook than eat out most of the time.

    I LOVE making risotto for some reason. I find it very soothing.

    I’m working on my bread skills but i have not yet ventured to fancy desserts.

  6. Ann says:

    And she is a talented piano player!

  7. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    My husband has also mastered ribeye steak on a grill pan on the (gas/flame) stove. He lets it sit out rubbed with oil and salt and pepper for 30 minutes before cooking it and I tell you that it’s better than a lot of steak restaurants that we have been to.

  8. JanetDR says:

    Unless we are talking about Thai food which is my favorite, I also feel that my cooking is generally better. I don’t like to pay a lot for not great food, I’d rather eat at a diner and get breakfast honestly. Of course I chose to live in the back of beyond… That might be part of it too 😃

  9. Jayna says:

    Brandi Carlile just released her new single to an upcoming album. It’s soooooooooo good. “Right on Time.” She’s one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Her vocals are so amazing on this song. Why I’m posting that info here is that Courtney Cox and Brandi are friends, and Courtney directed the video. Here it is.

  10. sa says:

    I only cook a handful of dishes, but I also think my cooking is better than restaurants. Part of it is (a) I only cook my favorite foods and (b) I cater my recipes to my tastes – as in I know what spices/ingredients I like, so I always use a little extra of those and I may skimp a little on the flavors I don’t care for.

  11. Cate's Mom says:

    The best roast chicken recipe is from Fat Salt Acid Heat which is a Netflix show and also cooking book. The whole recipe is just buttermilk and salt and you end up with perfect roast chicken everytime, it seems like a lot of salt but you don’t need to season chicken once it’s cooked.