Tuesday, February 17, 2009



At first it was scary...like this guy...

And then, after a bit of hesitation, I finally was able to suck it up and get this bad boy going.
I don't really have a recipe, but I used the internet and various calls to my mom as my reference and came up with the following:

wash chicken, look inside it to check for stuff
rub it with butter (creeeepy)
season it with lots of salt, pepper and chicken rub
toss it in a pan (or dish) and cover it loosely with tinfoil and roast it at 350 degrees and 20 minutes per pound. (mine was just over 4lbs and took about just under 2 hours)

No basting, (good because I don't have a turkey baster)
I did tie the legs together with dental floss though because do you think I could find a piece of sting anywhere? no. So I like to think I am the Macgyver of chicken making.

Anyways, long story short...chicken was awesome and super moist (hate that word)

I also made mashed potatoes and I even made gravy with the juices from the chicken.

Notice the lack of any vegetables. This was truly a Lars meal (Lars only eats brown stuff)

thanks to my mom (maker of amazing chicken) for helping me via the telephone!

Monday, February 16, 2009

chicken. scares. me

So I am roasting a chicken currently...(post to come later)

Now, I have not handled many a whole chicken, my mom tried her best to teach me how to cook, but I never was really that interested in it, and then I left home.

.........Roasting chickens feel like naked dead baby-type things. There. I said it. I'm sorry.

I am traumatized. BUT...I managed to get it into a pan with my eyes squeezed shut and little shrieking, and I only dropped it once..(in the sink, people...it's FINE). When I actually started to season it and stuff, the whole "freaking out about the naked baby-ness" thing faded and I am now looking forward to eating him. Plus it's starting to smell really good in here, my husband is going to be surprised :)

So we will see how this all turns out...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

valentines day cookies

I really am not great at updating this. I am not a good blogger. Ah well..
I have actually made a few dinners, but I was too busy or too lazy to document it.

However, who dosent love cookies?

I use this old sugar cookie recipe from the 50's. It's classic and surprisingly easy.

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter (I used salted, because un-salted gives me the creeps)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk; slightly beaten
3 tablespoons of milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together. In a bigger bowl, cream butter and add sugar gradually. Add egg yolk to butter and sugar and mix well. Add the dry ingredients alternately with milk, and add vanilla. Get the dough into a ball and throw it in the fridge to chill (I did for about an hour).

Roll out on a floured surface and cut out your shapes! Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet @ 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. I watch them carefully though, since every oven is different. Mine happens to burn stuff, so I get them out at closer to 8 mins.

*you get about 25 or so cookies.

There you have it. The icing is just egg whites with icing sugar and cream of tartar. It hardens up nicely. Im gonna sell some of these in little boxes at my parents ice cream and candy shop. If they don't sell, guess all my friends will be getting cookies this weekend :)