Monday, June 4, 2012

Roast chicken and asparagus

I've been absent from my blog for some time (although, to be fair, I have been working diligently on my other blog 365 Pictures) but I have to share this tasty, and fairly simple, dinner.  

Roast Chicken and Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon
1 whole roasting chicken (I used one that is about 4lbs)
1lb of asparagus
4-6 slices of bacon
A selection of seasonings (depending on preference)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Remove giblets and any excess fat from chicken.  Rinse inside and out and let drain in a colander, cavity down until it's room temperature (about 15 minutes).
Pat chicken dry.  Drizzle with olive oil and season.  I used salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil, rubbed it on and let it sit.  Season inside with salt and pepper. 
Optional - place garlic cloves, pricked whole lemons or fresh herbs in the cavity (I used garlic).
To make the skin crispier, slide your fingers under the skin over the breasts to loosen then place a few pats of butter or olive oil under it.
Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan breast side up and roast for 30 minutes.
Lower oven temperature to 375 and roast for another 30-40 minutes until juices run clear.

While chicken is in the oven -
Gently rinse asparagus, trim ends and cut into 2-3 inch pieces.
Chop bacon into pieces and place in a pan over medium high heat.
Cook bacon until it has released the majority of the fat, about 5 minutes.
Add asparagus and toss for about 2 minutes.  After that, let asparagus sit, tossing occasionally until it has browned a bit.  The asparagus should be in the pan for no more than about 6 minutes.  You want it it be crisp not flimsy or soft.


Friday, April 6, 2012

I had forgotten how the frogs must sound
After a year of silence, else I think
I should not so have ventured forth alone
At dusk upon this unfrequented road.

I am waylaid by Beauty. Who will walk
Between me and the crying of the frogs?
Oh, savage Beauty, suffer me to pass,
That am a timid woman, on her way
From one house to another!

Assault ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Year, New Project

I am such a wonderful slacker that I haven't posted anything for months...and I'm okay with that. This is my new project, 365 Pictures, a yearlong photo essay blog that began on my 35th birthday, January 15th. Each day a picture will be posted. Ultimately, I hope to look back through all of the photos and have memories of a year that I think may bring some big changes.

Please come visit.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Music post: Alison Krauss

One of the most hauntingly beautiful songs, performed by Alison Krauss for the soundtrack of "O Brother Where Art Thou?". My yoga teacher plays this song during class from time to time. Today it seemed to be especially fitting.

Never Forget

Ten years ago I was a PA transplant, new to New York City. Exactly one year before, I had moved with two other girls to a railroad apartment in Hoboken, NJ hoping to join the ranks of all the other aspiring performers. My bedroom window just happened to face the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. On that morning of September 11th, we saw it all.

Ten years later I am still a New Yorker, 11 years strong. My memories from that day are still as vivid as can be. I will always remember how New Yorkers suddenly looked each other in the eye as they walked down the street. I will remember stopping in our tracks and cheering as truckloads of soldiers or fire engines drove by.

Every year I think that the 9/11 coverage won't move me to tears, not this time. Every year I am wrong. I am so proud to be part of New York City and still so moved to have been a part of such a life changing event.
We will never forget.

Monday, August 1, 2011


I would like to introduce to you your new Sunday-day-drinkin' drink - The Beermosa! It's half beer, half Orangina, all good. I used Stella Artois but first tasted this amazing little concoction with Coors Light. You could also use a wheat beer or pilsner. You really can't go wrong, it's perfect for Sunday brunch (or Saturday brunch, for that matter). It goes down super-easy, so watch out!

Note: Orange juice and seltzer can be substituted for Orangina.