Roasted “Streetcorner” pasture chicken! yum!

October 12th, 2010

Apparently, I’ve been making people (a.k.a. my mom!) nervous with receiving a box of POM (which some people read to be a different word…do you see it?) and meeting a guy on the corner for bacon… well, I have another one to add to the list… meeting a guy on the corner for some chicken!  I’m glad I did!  It was some delicious chicken.

Through the Tasting Table, I discovered Paulie’s Pasture- a poultry farm.  I started following him on twitter out of interest but did not think much of it.  Until he tweeted me, asking if I wanted some chicken… he would deliver it!  Sure!  I like chicken and I’ve been having a hankering to roast one lately.

He met me on Michigan with a nice little chicken (4 or 5 pounds?) and a dozen eggs.  A really nice man who is very passionate about selling high quality chicken, who are allowed to act like chickens.

When it came to roasting, I wanted something simple that would not overwhelm the flavor of the chicken.  Normally, I like the Barefoot Contessa chicken with lots and lots of butter under the skin but… that seemed unnecessary with fresh, pasture-fed chicken.  I decided upon Thomas Keller’s Favorite Roast Chicken.  It is very simple with salt and pepper.  I did stuff it with my mom’s stuffing but I could have done without it.  The chicken was great.  It was moist and delicious!  I ate a lot and still had so much left over (which I used too!  You’ll have to wait!).  Next time I want to roast a chicken, I know who to call!

P.S. Please enter my giveaway!

Bringing Home the Bacon…

September 10th, 2010

Literally, fifteen pounds of bacon! Now, I’m sort of wondering what I got myself in to…

Tomorrow I will be competing at the Chicago Bacon Takedown against at least fourteen other contestants… for some awesome prizes… like new knives… this poor law student could use some new knives… although I’m really just looking forward to my first cooking competition… it is about time!

Please come out and support me- 1:30pm at Lincoln Hall near Fullerton and Lincoln…A portion of the tickets will go to Feeding America… and you know eating for a charity eliminates any calories…

Now, if you will excuse me… I have some bacon to cook… into what, you ask?  Well, come by tomorrow and find out!

Disclaimer: As a sponsor of the competition, Hormel gave me the bacon for free.

Bakefest 2010: The Morning Edition

September 5th, 2010

Bakefest is quite the success… our morning creations…

Doughnuts with Homemade Blueberry-Blackberry Jam

Kitchen Notes: we added an extra cup of flour because the batter was super drippy.

Sourdough Bagels from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice

Jailhouse Potato Cinnamon Rolls