Ladies looking for Love? Make this…

falling-in-love I once had a friend tell me a story about how he decided he was going to marry his girlfriend because she made him this roast chicken. He was so impressed at the time she took to create and serve the meal, which also happened to be ready right when he walked in the door. Now in reality roast chicken is a very easy thing to make, but men are very simple and easily charmed.  Have we all heard of the sandwich lady? She has to make three hundred sandwiches; all you have to do is perfect this chicken.This post is for my ladies looking for love in the New Year. No matter how far feminism gets us, the way to a man’s heart will always be through his stomach. So here is the dish to swoon the man you desire. Roast chicken was a staple of the classic 50s housewife back in the day. These days the convenience of picking up an already seasoned rotisserie chicken has made it easy for us to forget the magic behind an easy home cooked meal. A meal that has and could potentially get you a turn your boyfriend into your husband.

MAKE THIS MONTH:ROASTED CHICKEN.

What You Need:

Whole Chicken

There are many pieces of chicken you can roast: legs, breasts (with rib bones), and thighs. However, the most impressive thing you can roast is a whole chicken. It’s like the turkey on Thanksgiving; a beautiful centerpiece to show off your culinary mastery. Plus it’s a good thing to keep around because after you have fed your lover,  pull the meat off the bones and use in salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, and omelets all week.

Assorted herbs (thyme, rosemary)

Garlic

2 Lemons

Olive Oil

3 Carrots cut into spears

3 Spears of Celery cut into spears

1 onion cut in rings

Salt

Optional-Chicken Rub (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, paprika)

 Equipment:

Large Baking Pan

Knife

Meat Thermometer-this useful tool will end your questions of is it done yet?

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What You Do:

Heat the oven to 425 degrees

Get to know your chicken, take out any giblets or disgusting things inside (yes I’m a chef but these things still disgust me)

Put the chicken in a big bowl

Chop the herbs and garlic and zest the lemons. Place on top of the chicken.

Squeeze a lemon and a half on top of the chicken.

Sprinkle generously with salt and chicken rub.

Let chicken sit for 10-15 minutes to get aquatinted with all the goodness you jus put on it.

Tie the chicken’s legs together like this:

This ensures even cooking and browning.

Place ¾ of the chopped veggies on the bottom on the pan.

Place the chicken on top of the veggies.

Stuff the rest of the veggies and one on the squeezed lemons inside of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the oven

After 15 minutes lower the heat to 350.

Cook until chicken thermometer reads 165, after being inserted in between leg and breast.
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The whole process takes about an hour depending on how big the chicken is.

Ta-da!

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While it’s cooking you have time to prepare some nice sides, mashed yams topped with caramelized pecans? Green beans with bacon? Truffle pasta? Or you could just put the singular luscious chicken on the table with some candles and wine right before your boo comes over…You might just get a ring right then and there.

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Note: While this post is focused on women cooking for men, I am not supporting a woman-only cooking household. Men, can too, sweep a lady off her feet with a delicious meal. Especially when it’s unexpected. I’ll have a special Valentine’s Day Dinner for Dummy’s (men) post at the beginning of next month.

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

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