You're Like The Guy Who Invented Seatbelts

Hey kids, guess what? It’s almost the WEEKEND!!! Woohoo. I’m sweating bullets over my practical exam tomorrow- we’re making chicken en cocotte, and I missed that day for our New Orleans trip.

This morning I did a 4 miler with my running buddy at 5:45 and then climbed back in bed. Once I got up again, the rest of the morning was spent finishing a take-home test and writing a paper for my hospitality class, then going over materials for tomorrow’s exam. Despite the run, I didn’t even get hungry until noon (weird). Lunch was a Kangaroo Pita stuffed with a Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patty, pickles and mustard; some carrot chips with salsa, and a bunch of grapes.

pita

Back to studying after that, then a trip to Target for Chloe food. She’s been eating kitty chow for the past two days- which makes me a bad mommy, but she LOVES it. It just confuses Piper, though. Poor thing. Look at how huge she is:

piper

She always hangs out in the office with me while I study/mess around on the internet.

For Christmas my mom gave Zach and I this contraption:

cooker

Which is actually a “Deep Dish Chicken Cooker”. You fill the well in the center with beer, wine, lemon juice, spices, etc. and then basically impale a chicken on top. You also plug its little neck with foil to trap in all of the flavors. Lovely visual, no?

After baking for about an hour and a half, this is what you get:

foilchick

I used some leftover red wine in the well, along with chopped garlic and herbes de provence. I also rubbed the chicken with olive oil and sprinkled on some kosher salt, pepper and rosemary.

It turned out great! I ended up making some couscous to go alongside. Before class I made a little salad/pilaf-type dish, using:

  • 1 Cup of cooked couscous (flavored with lots of curry and cumin)
  • Chopped skinless chicken breast
  • Handful of dried cherries
  • 2 Tbs or so of toasted almond slivers
  • 1 Chopped Scallion

On top I drizzled a vinaigrette made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, more curry and cumin, salt and pepper. I let all of this marinade while I was in class and then heated it in the microwave when I got home.

pilaf

Along with a couple slices of the Peace Bomb bread topped with melted Dublin cheese (w/ stout- so yummy), eaten while watching tivo’d Office.

pilaf2

Oh, before I forget- click here to see what Brian suggested that we make for dinner. Nice.

Off to study a little more before bed. I hear we may be having a quiz along with the practical, which would be SO NOT COOL.

*Survey Time*

Weekend plans?

Us, nothing. This is our one calm weekend, sandwiched between super busy ones (next weekend is the big St. Patty’s parade, along with the Old 97′s concert). Brian’s pushing to see The Watchmen- but it’s almost 3 hours long!!!

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0 Responses to You're Like The Guy Who Invented Seatbelts

  1. ttfn300 says:

    that chicken cooker is pretty darn kewl! and love the dried cherries in your din din :)

    GOOD LUCK with your chicken en cocotte!!

  2. Rose says:

    My god, that contraption is insane…. and looks insanely useful!

    I keep hearing the Watchmen isn’t that good… have you read the book? We are reading it for book club, and I’ve heard rave reviews. But everyone who’s seen the movie is disappointed for some reason? I know nothing about it… so I can’t comment.

    I am having a birthday party for Bill this weekend. It should be fun!

  3. Margie says:

    it’s kind of like beer can chicken indoors! fun!

  4. Sammie says:

    I have a beer can chicken contraption but it isn’t nearly as cool looking as that piece of pottery.
    Charlie would totally devour that mess of a meal. I am going to show that to him tonight and see what he thinks. I think he and Brian would get along great.
    The usual karate on Saturday AM and then who knows – I kind of like my weekends that way. I hope your testing goes well. Enjoy the weekend.

  5. I’ve never seen a chicken cooked like that…that’s what she said. :)

    Best of luck on your practical exam tomorrow.

  6. Brian says:

    The reviews on Watchmen have been as varied as I can remember seeing. While some critics, like Roger Ebert, gave it an “A”, others, like in the Dallas Morning News, gave it a “C”. Fan reviews have been similar. I think its a “you get it or you don’t” type movie.

    Reading the novel will help tremendously, I think.

  7. Marie says:

    man… your chicken cookker puts my method to shame! i use a good ole can of miller lite, cut the top off with a can opener, throw some herbs in the can, and some more beer in the pan and throw him in the oven.

    always tastes so good! can never go wrong with chicken plugged in the butt!

  8. Erin says:

    That’s hilarious! Way more classy looking than a chicken propped up on a beer can!
    I love working out and then going back to bed. :)
    Good luck tonight Heather!
    Oh, and our plans. We’re both working today. TIGHT!

  9. I like that chicken cooker! It’s cool that you can fill the center with all sorts of good stuff :)

    Hope that you’ve had a good weekend!

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