Cleaning and Cooking

The nesting bug bit me hard yesterday.
I had just put the baby down for a nap when it hit me: I'm going to clean today.
And I did.
I cleaned for a good two hours. All 4 bedrooms, one of the bathrooms, and the den and kitchen.
AND I did the laundry and the dishes.
I was on a roll!
Anyway, I decided to make a complete dinner for when Hubby got home. Not just something I scrounged together, something solid and hearty.
And I documented the process. :D

I had bought one of those recipe inspirations cards from McCormick. Its a little card with a recipe on it and it comes with all the spices you will need. Super easy. This one was for Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes.

So I used a whole chicken instead of chicken breast, like the recipe calls for, and I added carrots and celery.

I found this peeler at TJMaxx, and I gotta say, I love it. You don't have the danger of accidentally peeling your fingers along with the celery. Perfect.

Next I chopped up all the veggies into big chunks.

Then I emptied out all the spices and mixed them together.
You do have to add your own salt.
Don't forget!

Monkey was helping me cook...
That's a baby cracker on the floor by the way.

I also whipped up some asparagus. I boiled these earlier. Here I put them on a baking sheet, added some oil, salt, and pepper then popped them in the oven for about 8 minutes.

Then I buttered the chicken skin. It helps to dry the chicken skin with a paper towel first or else it's too wet for the butter to stick. I also sprinkled it with garlic salt and pepper.

Then Monkey helped me pick out a pan...

Stuff it all in a baking dish...

...then into the oven at 425 for about 30 minutes. I then turned it down to 400 for the next hour, after I buttered the chicken skin again. It gives it good flavor and keeps it from getting too crunchy. I like crunch but not dried out.
Don't worry, the veggies cook down a lot. I know it looks like its overflowing right now.

An hour later!

 smells amaaazing.

Total time: 1 hour and 1/2.
Time to eat: 30 minutes!

It's great as leftovers as well or for a working man to take to work with him!
Hubby loved it.

I want to start cooking new dishes and I plan to document my attempts at new recipes.
Until the new baby gets here....then I won't have time scratch my head.

1 comment:

Aislynn said...

That looks great! I buy meat on sale and freeze it to have on hand and I think somewhere in the freezer lurks what was once a chicken...I think I'll dig it out and make this tomorrow! It also works well in the crockpot.

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