Well, it's 1:30 and my little pumpkin pie is cooling and my little pecan pie is about to come out o f the oven. I made regular piecrust this time and had plenty to make two 4" shells but only had enough of my leftover, frozen filling for one mini pie and decided I'd just make a pecan pie with the other crust. Will be interesting to see how they are because these mini pans are deep and have a small bottom diameter which means the filling is deeper than in a normal pie. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though. (ooh, 9:00 p.m. update!! Just finished a quarter of the mini pecan and the mini pumpkin pie and my goodness they were good! It didn't seem to matter at all that I froze the leftover pumpkin filling and if I do say so myself, my pecan pie is fairly awesome - mini or regular. Good thing I only make them once a year!)
And I have the stuffing made and sitting in the fridge and the chicken is ready to put in the oven. I decided to make a rub for under the skin (and on top) and have no idea how that will be. My stuffing recipe (which is my mother's) doesn't use sage - it uses thyme and marjoram, so for the rub I used coarse salt, fresh ground black pepper, then sprinkled in some dried thyme leaves and some ground marjoram (having no idea, of course, how much of any of it to use). Decided that didn't look too exciting and so I grated up some lemon zest, added that and then thought "perce no?" and also grated up some garlic. Mixed in some olive oil and spread it under the skin and then on top and then poured some more oil in my hand and just rubbed it all over the chicken. That's another first for me - never went under the skin of a chicken before.
I'll have about 2 hours til dinner once I put the chicken in the oven and am trying to decide what time that will be. Maybe 2:00 and then eat around 4:00. Earlier than my normal dinner time but a fair amount later than my normal lunch time.
It started out beautifully sunny today but is now cloudy and quite dark across the river so some weather is coming. A perfect day to be inside cooking! Although I think once I put the chicken in, I'll take a walk. My computer weather pictures showed sun and 70 for today and then the picture for tomorrow was one I'd not seen before - icicles hanging from a tree branch!
Took my walk down to the river through the upper entrance and back out through the lower entrance. The older I get, the more I think probably sometime I should consider moving to be nearer my children which I would love, but leaving the river would really be a wrench for me. I do love it. Saw a little flora I'll share...
Came home and no wonderful smells were coming out into the hall so far but the chicken is cooking the way it's supposed to. I just put my sweet potato in to bake and am going to make it a little special too when it's done. Took this picture of my two pies.
The poor pecan pie stayed in the oven a little too long - when I took it out it had puffed up so much that the crust of pecans was all cracked. I had hoped the crust would sink back down as the filling sank, but, ummm, that didn't happen. Hopefully, it will still taste good. And now, I've poured myself a little Bellini cocktail (cheers!) and am sitting watching a couple of cooking shows. Still need to put the stuffing in sometime, maybe make those sun-dried tomato biscuits - although that's beginning to seem a little doubtful. If I make those, I won't make polenta cause Thanksgiving or no, I don't need stuffing, biscuits, AND polenta!
And now it's all over and I took a couple of pictures of the finished product. It's kind of embarrassing because I meant to make a broccoli recipe I found on line last night and forgot all about it until I was finishing up the gravy and everything. So I admit this was an unbalanced meal, but good! I used my instant read thermometer on the chicken and it told me it was done so I brought it out to sit for the 20 minutes or so during which all the recipes tell you it will finish cooking. I finished up the gravy and put the biscuits (yes, I made them) in to bake. When it came time to slice it, darned if it wasn't red at the bone joints!! I seem incapable of getting a chicken cooked through. But there was plenty of cooked white meat so I had a nice helping of that and it was tastier than if I hadn't used that rub. But, I could easily have used more - I just didn't really know what I was doing. And I was real happy with my stuffing. I have some leftovers of that and a little bit of the gravy and, of course, the chicken which I put back in the oven while I ate. I'll use some of it for a curry.
Now I'm trying to decide whether to go to a movie tonight. I somehow managed to let myself end up with no movies to watch and of course, there's nothing on TV as usual. I've been good and got all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and the counters cleared off. But the rest of my cleaning can wait until tomorrow. I'm tired!! (2nd update - I did go to a movie and about laughed myself silly which is good for the psyche. I won't say go see it cause it had some language in it and could be offensive to some, but oh, it was funny!)
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.