Thanks so much for your support and excitement over my Culinary Bucket List! In case you are wondering, PLEASE steal the idea…I’d love to have some people challenging themselves alongside me. I’m going to type it up as it’s own page in the blog so we can track my (hopefully regular^) progress.
^If not we’ll have to feed it lots of bran. And other forms of fiber.
All day today I kept thinking of even MORE things to add, and my co-workers had suggestions as well. I’m asking them for some help along the way, as well as my family…and maybe some of you (as you’ll understand in a minute). I loved that two of y’all told me to roast a chicken first, because guess what? I did!
I had some help in the process, though. You see, waaaaay back in June, I read Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz, a novel in which she and an ex-boyfriend co-write a murder mystery, commenting on each others work in the process.*
*Yes, it is hilarious. If you haven’t read any of The Spellman Files books, and you like my blog and/or the writing style of Jen Lancaster (Such a Pretty Fat), you MUST check out Lisa Lutz.
That got me thinking…what if two bloggers co-posted, with one blogger sending the other a description of how to prepare a dish and then that blogger carrying it out…adding commentary and photos of her attempt? I thought of it like trying to learn how to make bread from your grandmother and not quite doing it as well as she can…but learning (and laughing) in the process.
I e-mailed Tricia, whom I refer to openly as my “Blog Mama” (yes, even to my REAL mama) and asked her if she would be willing to “teach” me how to making something, such as a roasted chicken…promising “hilarious foibles” if not greatness. Being the wonderful blog mom that she is, she immediately sent me back instructions and guidance.
*I hope familial love is unconditional in the blog world as well?
So, for this Freaky Friday* post I have instructions for you on How to Roast a Chicken from my blog mom Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert. [Go visit her to see MY instructions on how to make hummus!]
*Freaky because I’ve NEVER let anyone else write my blog! That is how much I love ya, Blog Mama.
I decided to send you the following and pretend I was telling my daughter how to bake a whole chicken. This is probably way below your cooking skills^ but you never know how much people understand about raw chicken.
Pick out a whole chicken (sometimes referred to as a Sunday roaster), not cut up but one that has a bag of giblets inside.
Po-tay-to, po-tah-o, right?]
Using kitchen scissors or a small knife, remove the plastic wrap carefully discarding it into the trash.
Next remove the giblet package containing the chicken neck, liver and other organs. If you want to make chicken gravy you should remove these pieces from the bag and put them in a small saucepan and cover with water.
Heat the giblets and water over medium-low heat. Cover and simmer until the neck meat is falling off the bone. I always cook the giblets even though I’m not making gravy. You can strain the giblets and freeze the broth, which is now wonderfully flavored. I cook the giblets, pull the meat off the neck, chop the giblets and use it to flavor the dog food for a few days. I usually cut it with extra water so it will last longer. They love it.
Now check the other end of the chicken. It may have a lot of extra fat hanging off this end. You can cut it off if you want or leave it on. If you leave it on the chicken, there will be more fatty broth in the pan while cooking.
Mmmmmm chicken fat...]
You can season the outside of a chicken any way you want. You can roast it in a shallow roasting pan, a crock-pot, a casserole dish or a covered cast iron pot.
If you have a large covered roasting pan, you will need to remove the lid 45 minutes before it is ready to brown the skin. If using the open roasting method, you can cover the bird with foil if it begins to brown too quickly.
Put the other half of the lemon in the cavity along with 2 more cloves of sliced garlic.
Cover and bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for an additional hour or until done.
Now wash your sink, faucet, counter tops and utensils with very warm soapy water to prevent contamination.