21 January 2011

I was chicken about cooking chicken


I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the taste buds of a seven year old and I'm a very inattentive cook (by that I mean I boil water and walk away until I remember that I'm cooking).
That being said, this year is the year I change that. Learning to cook and eat well is a goal I've set for myself. There's no specific things I want to make or try eating, but in general to expand my scope.
Monday my office was closed for MLK Jr. Day, so I decided that I'd cook dinner for my mom and Rich. There's a great cookbook I found in a used bookstore that breaks down how to cook staple foods right down to "properly chopping an onion."
Cleaning the clucker was terrifying and I probably would have made a great vegetarian. After rinsing it in cold water, trimming the fat around the cavity (aka its butthole, but this is a POLITE blog) and patting it dry with a paper towel, it was placed in the pan.
My mom pointed out that I put it in upside down. Thanks, Ma.
After setting the oven to pre-heat at 450 degrees it was veggie chopping time. I used an onion, a leek, a few carrots, a beet, 6 garlic cloves, and about 12 golden finger potatoes. I stirred in some olive oil, salt and pepper.
While chopping veggies I chopped an extra onion and garlic cloves. I stuffed the chicken with the onion and jammed the garlic cloves under the skin along with a butter/salt/pepper mixture. The whole chicken was then smothered in butter and a freshly squeezed lemon (which was also promptly stuck up its butt).
Everything went in the oven for an hour.
Since I knew I couldn't leave the kitchen for awhile so I made some lemon dill rice as an extra side dish: Boil 2 cups of broth and a garlic clove, add rice and simmer until the liquid disappears. Remove the garlic clove and add a few table spoons of chopped dill and butter.It was delicious and no one died from eating raw meat: SUCCESS.

33 comments

  1. Woo!

    Cooking more is one of my goals this year. Like you, "inattentive" perfectly describes how I am in the kitchen haha. Your meal looks delicious. A job well done!

    xx

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  2. yum yum yum!
    I need to learn to cook for real too. the microwave won't cut it for much longer!

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  3. nom nom nom! what a nice dinner! you don't seem like a bad cook at all!

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  4. Good job, I'm impressed! It's actually pretty easy to put the bird in upside down I find... somehow it just always looks wrong...

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  5. Boy, aren't you ambitious! I admire your spunk.

    I love to cook and have cooked for decades but have never attempted cooking meat. Doing that scares me. I had an excuse when I was a vegetarian for 15 years; now, I lack that excuse and must confess to being a chicken about cooking chicken. You have more guts than me!

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  6. Mmmmmm... Well done! Looks like you did an outstanding job x

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  7. That looks sooo yummy, congrats! =D

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  8. Rich's facial expression in the last photo is great! It looks delicious, Kallie. I only started cooking for myself a year ago and its been a challenge. I still botch recipes I've done before and I'm constantly in fear of cooking meat, but in general cooking is so rewarding. Being able to feed yourself is a really pleasurable skill to have.

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  9. really? I never would've guessed that you don't cook...! For someone who doesn't know what she's doing, that's a pretty wonderful job. At least the pictures look good.. when I cook, the presentation of the food is never what I imagine in my head.

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  10. YUM! Amazing pictures :) What camera do you use?

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  11. It looks like it tasted great, and kudos on trying something like that!

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  12. I'm not the best cook, but I can roast a chicken pretty good. Yours looks delish! Bravo :) And thanks for checking out my blog!

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  13. yum!!! that looks so good! lovely blog you've got!

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  14. That looks so darn yummy! I need to brush up on my cooking skills haha I'm far better at baking :)

    I'm a new follower, by the way...I just LOVE your blog!

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  15. Your kitchin looks fab! I love it!

    Only just come across and looking forward to seeing more!! xxxx

    alwaysxbeing.blogspot.com

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  16. This post only made me adore you more! I felt like it was me in the kitchen as I suck at cooking! Your attempt at cooking this year has really inspired me! I always felt so bad having my bf cook for me all the time, maybe this is the year I should try a little harder?

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  17. a very tasty lookign SUCCESS. i myself am a pretty terrible cook mostly becasue of my forgetful-ness too burning pretty much everything. but at the end of a long hard day, nothing beats a homecooked meal

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  18. Wow, can I come over for dinner? That looks so good nom nom nom :D

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  19. really? I never would've guessed that you don't cook...! For someone who doesn't know what she's doing, that's a pretty wonderful job. At least the pictures look good.. when I cook, the presentation of the food is never what I imagine in my head.

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  20. I'm not the best cook, but I can roast a chicken pretty good. Yours looks delish! Bravo :) And thanks for checking out my blog!

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  21. I'm not the best cook, but I can roast a chicken pretty good. Yours looks delish! Bravo :) And thanks for checking out my blog!

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  22. This post only made me adore you more! I felt like it was me in the kitchen as I suck at cooking! Your attempt at cooking this year has really inspired me! I always felt so bad having my bf cook for me all the time, maybe this is the year I should try a little harder?

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  23. That looks so darn yummy! I need to brush up on my cooking skills haha I'm far better at baking :)

    I'm a new follower, by the way...I just LOVE your blog!

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  24. Good job, I'm impressed! It's actually pretty easy to put the bird in upside down I find... somehow it just always looks wrong...

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