It’s such a wonderful and gorgeous Saturday. Yesterday, my friend Karin moved away and I really was in a “mood” last night. I woke up this morning to the sound of a dove sitting right outside of my window. Needless to say, I could think of a few more delightful alarm tones but my cat Charlie seemed to enjoy the cooing of what she thought to be, her next meal. But nevertheless, I slammed my hand against the window and the bird shut up.
I got out of bed. It’s been the first time I slept late in a really long time. I ate some yogurt for breakfast and had a cup of hot chai tea with cream and agave nectar. Agave nectar, might I mention, is my favorite sweetener for beverages and dressings. I then decided to fearfully attempt to cook the free chicken I got last night. It was my first time cooking a raw chicken and I went through dozens of recipes and decided on a hodge-podge of methods and flavorings. I put the oven to 450 degrees and went prepping away. I removed the backbone of my very delicate 2 pound chicken and flattened it by pressing the breastbone. I prepared my baking dish with chicken broth, lemon juice, fresh rosemary, and 8 wonderful pads of butter. I seasoned my birdie with Tony’s and added some sliced purple onion and into the oven it went.
About 30 mintues later, I could smell, and hear, my dish cooking away and about an hour later, the smoke alarm went off. Turns out that 450 is too high and that was about the time my cousin Leslie replied from a text message I had sent her asking her opinion on my method. She replied “450 may be 2 high” and I reluctantly replied “Just figured that out”. So, I took the chicken out of the oven, scraped away all of the burnt onion and juice, transferred the bird to a clean baking dish and added some more warm chicken broth, and returned it to a 350 degree oven, and finished cooking for the remaining minutes of my 1 1/2 hour time.
The chicken turned out delicious and went perfectly with the free mashed potatoes and free baby carrots. For dessert, I had king cake.
P.S. Can anyone recommend a good oven cleaner? : )