Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We had our fall/fowl supper last night, and we nailed it. Four of us roasted a chicken, potatoes, garlic and onions (à la Nigella Lawson), and sautéed green beans with pistachios (à la The Globe and Mail). We also threw in some garden fresh kale for kicks. Everything was perfect. We even sat at the table, which I set with place mats that match our chairs. It was all very civilized.
We even had a proper dessert: pumpkin swirl brownies.
I've never roasted a chicken before, but I've wanted to do it for years. I'm not sure what took so long, but now I plan to do it on a regular basis. I love the idea of roasting a chicken on Sunday, making stock for soup and using the leftovers in other recipes throughout the week. What a cost-effective project.
Also, dinner parties! Let's have them more often.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Took me awhile to start roasting chickens too but now there's no going back! It really is one of the simplest yet most impressive main dishes. I like to throw a cut-up lemon, a few peeled garlic cloves and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary in. Also, I thickly slice a big onion and use that under the bird instead of roasting rack. Delicious!

I hosted Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever and it was a huge success. All my recipes came from Chatelaine and everything included butter. Mmm. Instead of pumpkin pie, we had pumpkin coconut cheesecake - incredible!

Happy cooking!
Erin C.