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130304 – Herb Roasted Chicken
130305, 7:24 pm
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chicken dinnerFirst, this photo does not do this dinner justice.  My first whole roasted chicken was almost perfect.  I had done my research (here, here and here) and go all my ingredients at my favorite grocery store in Guate, Super Verduras.  The chicken itself was kind of fun.  I was lucky that it was a Monday, so they had just gotten in fresh chickens and had not frozen them all yet.  Unlike what you might find at Whole Foods or any other grocery store in the states, this chickie still had all it’s parts with it.  The head and neck, legs, and all the other stuff was neatly tucked in the cavity.  Anyway, my ingredients were perfect and I had the proper cooking times worked out.  There was just one little hiccup – a simple, rookie mistake – when i plopped the bird down in the preheated pan, i put her in upside-down.  So after watching Mark Bittman’s video (twice!) on the technique of getting the dark and light meat cooked properly by placing the bird breasts-up, I did the opposite.

In the end, it was delicious, but the skin on the breast meat wasn’t nearly what it could have been.  Even though I cooked it for 55 minutes, attempting to dry the breasts out a bit (we like our meat drier), it was quite juicy.  Maybe you like it like that.

The Chicken

  • 3-4 lb fresh chicken
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (cut in half)
  • 1 T minced fresh thyme
  • 1 T minced fresh rosemary
  • evoo
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lime or lemon

The Veggies

These potatoes were super crunchy and delicious.  The onions, however were hit or miss. Some of them were burned, and some were perfectly cooked.  Next time, I would use a smaller pan (i

  • 2 large russet potatoes, thoroughly scrubbed, peeled, and cut into 1 or 1.5″ cubes
  • 2 large yellow onions, cut into 6-8 wedges
  • 3 T evoo

Method:

  1. trim the excess fat off the chicken, rinse with hot water, rub all over with salt and pepper and refrigerate.  (This method came from Jamie Oliver – I was just doing everything that reputable cooks said would make it taste better!)
  2. Take the chicken out of the fridge about an hour before you’re ready to cook it so that it returns to room temperature.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the potatoes and lime for 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500F with a large cast iron skillet in the oven.  (I just used a large metal pan, but cast iron is best).
  5. Drain, allow potatoes to steam off excess water, and scratch them up with a fork so that they’ll be crunchier when roasted.
  6. Carefully slice the lime almost in half, so that the juice will run out a little, and stick it inside the chicken with the sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
  7. Coat the chicken with evoo, and sprinkle with minced herbs, and some more salt and fresh ground pepper.
  8. Once the oven is preheated, remove the skillet and carefully pour in the 3 T of evoo.  Toss the veggies in the hot oil, place the bird DARK MEAT SIDE DOWN in the middle of the pan and pop it back in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until juices run clear.


2010 in review
110103, 3:43 pm
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 182 posts. There were 23 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 12th with 158 views. The most popular post that day was 100210 – Joe’s Birthday (cup) Cakes.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were pinchmysalt.com, atigerinthekitchen.com, alphainventions.com, yumarama.com, and bewitchingkitchen.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pizza, birthday cake, pizzas, italian bread recipe, and ciabatta.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

100210 – Joe’s Birthday (cup) Cakes February 2010

2

090403 – Dad’s birthday cake! April 2009
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3

090811 – Italian Bread | BBA #15 August 2009
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4

090820 – Kaiser Rolls | BBA #16 August 2009
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090719 – English Muffins | BBA#12 July 2009
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090925 – Update
090924, 7:59 pm
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There is good news and bad news.

BAD

I am taking a little break from the kitchen as i just nearly broke my ankle in a bike accident.  I was riding my bike home from the grocery store (of all places) and a car door opened right into the side of me.  One of my biggest fears since we have moved to Cambirdge and started biking everywhere was running into a car door.  I have had a few close calls, but this one was perfectly timed so there was no avoiding it.  It was flung open into my body and knocked me into the street.  I was laying on the yellow line.  Thank heavens there was no oncoming traffic.

Ouch!!!

So now my right ankle is very swollen and has two punctures from my chain ring.  I pray that I will be back to running on it in a week or two… the marathon that I have been training for all summer is in 3.

GOOD

We won artwork at the MIT student art loan!  We got a print of Yoshitomo Nara’s ‘In the Floating World Gold Fish’ (#37/50) to keep in our apartment for a year.  It retails around $3,880 so hopefully we don’t mess it up!

Goldfish



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090402, 1:09 am
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