Daily Archives: December 25, 2013

Bonus Post: Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

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This bird is pretty much the best bird you will ever eat. For reals. And it’s easy to make.

My Christmas gift to you, my readers: a recipe!

I decided that for our Christmas meal, we would eat something high in protein and flavor.  We’d already done turkey and beef tenderloin at Thanksgiving, so those were out.  Fish didn’t seem Christmasy enough, and pork just doesn’t have enough protein bang for the calorie buck, so chicken it was.  I decided to buy a roasting chicken (larger than your average bird at about 5-6 pounds instead of 2-3) so that we could eat on it the rest of the week, and have the carcass left over for me to make stock/soup out of later on.

This was seriously the best chicken I have ever made in my entire young life.  It turned out so moist and flavorful that I am pretty sure I will not roast chicken any other way ever again.  I mean, I’ll still make barbecue chicken legs, but this…for a whole bird?  It’s a great way to make it.

The secret to the moist meat?  The brine.  Brining a chicken is one of the best ways to ensure that it stays moist through the roasting process.  Since you’re roasting at a high temperature, the brine will help break down the muscle fibers in the meat, loosening them up so they trap water inside.  This helps keep the meat moist despite the high cooking temperature.

So here’s how I did it.

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Christmas Eve: I Passed! But I Failed!

If you’ve seen the 1985 film “Real Genius,” perhaps you remember this exchange.  Let me give you the context for it.  In the film, Chris (Val Kilmer) has been vexed by a problem he’s encountered while building a laser for one of his professors.  He has just thrown a fit in the dorm’s kitchen when he has a revelation about how to solve his problem.  This epiphany causes him to celebrate, dancing and shouting, and in the midst of his celebration, he runs into his friend Lazlo (Jon Gries).

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, how’d you do?

Chris Knight: How’d I do?  I passed!  But I failed! Yeah!

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, then I’m happy and sad for you.

That’s how I feel about yesterday’s eating.  I passed, but I failed.

Let me explain.

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