Cooking When You’re Home for Hours

divider1 When it’s a work-at-home-day or when other reasons beckon you to stay home in the warmth and comfort of your fuzzy slippers, when you want to hunker down, or batten down the hatches in preparation for a storm (real or imagined or emotional), it’s good to put something tasty in the oven.  Hopefully, it will take hours to cook and fill your home with delectable smells of what’s to come. There is a very easy way to do this.  Buy a chicken — a roaster.  Not one of those itty- bitty fryers, even if you’re cooking for one.  (I’ll give you easy ideas for freezing and/or using the leftovers.) Roasters take longer to cook.  This is the whole idea! Also get some baking potatoes, organic preferably. Scrub them and set them aside to dry a bit. So you’ve got a chicken and potatoes.  Rinse the bird under the faucet, put it in the baking pan and pat it dry with a paper towel.  Make sure you’ve removed any giblets in the main cavity of the bird.  Rub the chicken with olive oil. Then rub, slather or sprinkle the chicken with ANY ONE of the following: 1. A spice-rub that you might have on hand.  Penzey’s Spices has many of these.  BiCentennial, Southwest, and Northwoods Seasoning are just three of my many favorites. I love this company and there’s nothing better than opening an order from them and indulging in opening the jar of nutmeg for a whiff!! Their spices are so fresh!  (Did you know that a spice you buy in a grocery store can already be a year old??? Yikes.) http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/shophome.html.   You won’t believe the difference.  You’re so welcome. 2. OR Fresh or dried herbs you have on hand.  Again, check out Penzey’s for the dried herbs — they have heavenly Tarragon! herbs-growingIf you have a Rosemary bush outside your door or down the street, all the better.  Take a few big sprigs, rinse under running water and shake off.  Strip the leaves off (hold the sprig at the top and strip from top to bottom.) Chop. Put all over the outside of the chicken and throw a generous size sprig or two into the cavity. Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. 3.  OR Mix 1 tablespoon of paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1/2 cup of sour cream.  Slather it all over the chicken.  Yes, I know it looks gross at this stage, but wait until it bakes.  Yum. 4. OR Tuck leaves of fresh Sage and about 10 chopped cloves of garlic under the skin on the breast.  Simply separate the skin from the breast meat by sliding one finger between the skin and the meat.  Loosen and clear away the connective tissue and voila!  You’ve got room for spices. Put the Sage and garlic there.  Squeeze lemon juice mixed with a tablespoon or two of olive oil all over.   Add salt and pepper. Put the baking potatoes rubbed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper around the bird. Put all into a preheated 350 degree oven. Many recipes say 20-25  minutes per pound  for roasting a chicken, but I find for a 5-6  lb roaster, it takes longer than that per pound, about 2-1/4 to 2-1/2  hours total.  If the legs move easily, and the juices run clear (or almost) you’re good to go.  Always let the bird sit about 10 minutes before carving. SAVE the drippings.  Put the bird on a plate to carve and pour all the drippings into a glass container and put in the refrigerator.  Tomorrow you’ll skim off the grease that rises to the top and you have the most delicious ready-made sauce in the world.  See below for uses.
Final Product!

Final Product!

Oh, and the leftovers! 1. If you don’t have hungry mouths around to finish up the chicken, take several servings and put in separate freezer ziplock bags, label them with the contents and date and freeze.  Put a little of the defatted drippings into the bag, like a tablespoon or two. 2. Make any kind of pasta (wheat, kamut, rice) and add the chicken and a veggie and a little of the pan drippings (without the fat).  Delicious. 3. Buy a cheese or vegetable  pizza and add the chicken to it and bake. Or use a tortilla (corn, wheat, spelt, Ezekiel) and make a baby pizza. pizza3Start with pizza sauce or fresh tomatoes. Then add a little garlic, leftover veggies, the chicken and ANY kind of cheese –crumbled feta, small dollops of soft goat (chevre) cheese, grated cheddar, parmesan, fresh or regular mozzarella. The possibilities and taste sensations are endless. 4. Have a warm chicken salad.  Warm the chicken gently, then add it to your favorite purchased or homemade Vegetable salad. 5. Put chicken in your morning omelette or have breakfast for dinner! What’s your favorite way to use leftover chicken?  Let me know! To all things gustatory, Terri Crosby

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    Neighbor Nancy

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    Well, thank you very much. It sounds so good and it’s 11pm. Now I’m gonna have to find a chicken that is on sale in the middle of the night.
    Just kidding. Great post.
    I like to make chicken salad with grapes, chicken noodle soup, and gravy to store in the freezer.
    Okay, well maybe I will go find one.
    See what you’ve started.
    (grin)

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      Terri Crosby

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      Nancy,
      So how did that “middle of the night” chicken hunting go?!!!
      Hats off to you, hope it all turned out great.

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    Neighbor Nancy

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    Oh, I forgot to tell you. I was also looking for other canned stuff on my “master list”. I told myself it would be worth the 12 mile drive, if I could cover several items on sale. I’ll be darned if chicken plus a few things I buy in bulk were on sale. Me, my husband, and a giant cart… our “peanut” was at my mom’s… in the store at 2am. We had a big, sexy roast chicken for lunch and dinner. Then, I made stock, gravy, soup, salad … some of which I froze minus the mayo and grapes.
    Normally, I don’t give in to whims like that, but your post really just made me crave it. I am a little ashamed of myself for giving in like that, but it was soooo good.
    And after all life is short.

    BTW, I love that garden picture.
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    Devaya in Taos

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    Now, I do believe I will have to bookmark this page. To think I can find out how to cook like you online is very fun, having had the pleasure of many meals at your house!

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      Terri Crosby

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      Awww…sweet comment! Good to be talking to you lately! And if I can’t cook for you directly, the least I can do is give you my recipes!

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    RaiulBaztepo

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    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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    Terri Crosby

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    Raiul,
    Thanks for writing! I think your English is fabulous compared to any second language I’ve tried!!!
    Terri

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    PiterKokoniz

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    Hello !!! 🙂
    I am Piter Kokoniz. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: what was the reasson for you to start this blog?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you:)
    Your Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
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Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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