The chicken has been carved. The bones are in a pot (with another chicken I had laying about) slowly turning into stock. Classic mirepoix stock, but I decided to jazz it up by using the remaining fresh rosemary I’d picked earlier, a clove of garlic and some parsley. So we’ll see how that turns out.
I also had a 6lb beef tenderloin I’d bought with the intention of cooking it Christmas Day. That so totally didn’t happen. So I’ve got that going in the oven now. I bought the tenderloin at Nadolski’s Butcher Shop (http://www.nadolskisbutchershop.com/) and it was provided with duck fat to lard the beef and a delightful pesto that appeared to be heavy on garlic to smear on while cooking.
I had forgotten how nasty it is to lard meat. Ha!
But it smells incredible. I am looking forward to dinner. AND I got the added bonus of using my new fancy “alarm goes off when the meat is at the right temperature” cooking thermometer. So that’s fun all around!Read More
I ended up with a lot of uncooked food post-Christmas. Today is my day to catch up!
The lovely thing about having a garden with still-growing herbs in it is that I can skip out back and whip up herbs for cooking in an instant. Hard to beat just-picked freshness too.
I needed to cook a whole chicken. So I grabbed enormous handfuls of rosemary, sage, marjoram and thyme out of the garden. I brought them inside, chopped some of all of the herbs with some garlic and mixed it into butter. Under the skin that went! Then I stuffed the cavity with all the rest of the herbs and a halved mandarin orange to hold it all in. Olive oil on the outside with salt & pepper and we’re ready to go.
I had prepped my charcoal grill with indirect heat & a drip pan in advance. So the chicken is merrily cooking away… I am SO looking forward to it!Read More
So, I and a million of my closest fellow geeks are anxiously awaiting the news of when we will be allowed into Star Wars: The Old Republic to start a new obsession.
I am going to try very hard to keep from making the mistake I made with World of Warcraft for 6 years. The onset of neglect — of husband, cats, house, child — to the service of a silly online game.
Having played it for three beta test weekends though…. excitement runs HIGH.Read More