In My Kitchen ~ June 2014

Simon & Garfunkel Chicken

In My Kitchen… is Simon & Garfunkel Chicken.

(Try saying that fast 3 times!)

It all began with my burgeoning crop of herbs. I couldn’t help but sing a lil’ tune as I stuffed this organic bird with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. ;)

The next day it led to this.

Scarborough Fair Salad

In My Kitchen… is Scarborough Fair Salad.

This impromptu plateful included sliced chicken, red pears, gluten-free tri-colored pasta and a sassy vinaigrette with the aforementioned herb quartet adding grace notes — colorful and carefree, like going to the fair. The flavor was downright melodic, too!

I love it when food sings back to me.

Sorry folks, no recipe per se… just an “oldie but goodie” concoction consisting of Dijon mustard, a smidge of honey, balsamic vinegar, EVOO, fresh herbs o’the day, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and capers to taste. Whisk away!

In My Kitchen… not a whole lot has been going on.

Hello, summer!

I’ve been outdoors more than in, spent more time cooking other folks’ recipes than my own (future post material) and haven’t added any new kitchen toys or gizmos, other than this plate, bowl, and utensils from the local Goodwill Store — shown here with Bacon & Créme Fraiche Quiche Lorraine, thanks to my friend Gintare’s fabulous recipe — and a lil’ Spanish rice ala moi. ;)

Welcome to breakfast in Oklahoma!

Bacon Quiche and Spanish Rice

(I foresee more flea market shopping and friend’s-recipes-cooking in my future.) ;)

Between all of that — or lack thereof — I’m perfectly content with the status quo — which may help explain my fascination with In My Kitchen.

Each month Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts this forum with links to posts from around the world (see the side bar on her blog) where you & I can ogle or add to every gadget & goodie imaginable… sorta like window shopping, only with real-life (and wonderful) writing and photography!

Thank you, Celia, and everyone who participates in IMK. You appease my foodie soul during the dry spells, and that’s definitely something to sing about!

Speaking of which…

Do you sing while you cook?

Enjoying oldies but goodies — sung or otherwise,

~ Kim

© 2014 Kim Bultman and a little lunch

“Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” (Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken)

Did you know the fastest climbing #1 hit record in history was “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes”?  It was.  Deemed a one-hit wonder, the song was lip-synched by The Greenfields — aka Edison Lighthouse.

Music history aside, rosemary tops the charts at my house, too.

This Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken is infused with flavor and, best of all, it’s easy peasy.

Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken

1 whole roasting chicken

Olive oil

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

2 sprigs of rosemary (reserve one for garnish)

1 whole head of garlic

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Remove giblets and neck from chicken cavity.  (Save “parts” to simmer for stock, or discard.)

Rinse chicken inside and out with cool water; drain, then pat dry with paper towels.

Place the chicken breast-side-up in a shallow roasting pan; rub skin with olive oil.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Insert one rosemary sprig into the chicken cavity.  Cut the garlic head in half horizontally (peel & all) and insert into cavity with rosemary.

Lasso the legs together :) — truss or tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine.

Roast uncovered for 2 hours (adjust roasting time as needed, depending on the size of your chicken — mine was 5 pounds) and baste once, halfway through cooking time.

Chicken is done when juices run clear.  (Test by slicing between the drumstick and thigh; if in doubt, use a meat thermometer.)

Remove twine; discard rosemary and garlic.

Transfer chicken to a warm platter and garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig.

(For a printable version of this recipe, please click here.)

By the way, Rosemary is alive and well…

And growing.

Enjoying life’s musical interludes,

~ Kim

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