Sometimes you need something simple, really simple. Something that is comforting and delicious. For me it was always roast chicken. No matter what age I was, roast chicken always did it for me. For starters, it will always fill up your home with the most delicious smells! I always told my friends that if they were expecting a boy to come over and they wanted to impress them...just stick a chicken in the oven and they will be floored!
A few weeks ago, as I was skimming Peter's Blog, I noticed the Greek chicken he did over potatoes. I was inspired! I used to do this all the time because I didn't have a roasting pan, so I just made a one dish meal and made my life easy.
My in-laws were coming over and because of traffic I only had an hour to make dinner. This was perfect. I threw a bunch of Yukon golds on the bottom of the pan then placed the chicken on top. The skin on the chicken was crispy and inside it was so very tender! The potatos were probablly some of the best I had had from the oven! And my house smelled like goodness for the next few days! I paired with a nice salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions (my favorite) and toasted whole wheat bread. Unfortunately, the in-laws could not make it because of the bad weather. But my fiance' and I feasted like kings, he even gnawed on the bone a little...
Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Potatoes
1 Whole Chicken 5 Pounds of Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cut Into Bite-Size Pieces 5 Cloves of Garlic, (Mince 4 of Them) 5 Sprigs of Rosemary (4 Sprigs Chopped) 1/4 cup of olive oil 1/2 a lemon, juiced 1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder Salt and Pepper
Preheat Oven to 450-degrees
1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, seasonings, and chopped rosemary. 2. Place the potatoes on the bottom of a pan with sides and toss it in half the olive oil mixture. Add minced garlic to the potatoes. 3. Place chicken directly on top of the potatos and rub the oil mixture on it. Then sprinkle with garlic powder. Fill cavity with remaining garlic clove, rosemary sprig and the juiced lemon. 4. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken, or until juices run clear. 5. Remove chicken from the pan and pour access juices from the cavity onto the potatos, stir potatoes gently to combine with all the juices. *My potatoes required just a bit longer cooking than the chicken. So at this point I stuck them back into the oven for about 15 minutes until they were soft on the inside.*
These potatoes really were incredible! It's amazing how sweet and tangy they were at the same time! I will definitley be going back to this next time I need a quick fix!
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black