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Roasting a Chicken - am I doing too much?

I love roasted chicken and do this lots. I love how this chicken comes out and don't want to do it in any other way.

First I brine for a couple of hours. Rinse and pat dry.

Then make a spice rub, rub chicken inside and out, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

then slow and low till temp is 165.

The problem is it is never a one day easy thing. Its always a two day ordeal.

Now my daughter wants the recipe, but unlike myself, she works full time with 2 young kids. She wants to start cooking more and making more unprocessed foods for her family and time is everything in her world. The last thing I want to do is for her to say - too much work!

I know the brine can be skipped if you purchase a kosher chicken, but they aren't always easy to find.

Do you have a simplified roasted chicken or shortcuts to make this beautiful dish for a more-or-less beginning cook (not because I din't want to teach her, she just was never interested till now)?

Jun 28, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

i know you're not supposed to ________, but i do it any way.

I have one cutting board. I will prep meat on one side, and then flip it to the other side to cut veggies. Streamlined.

Apr 19, 2013
pksmart in General Topics

Are you a better cook than your Mother?

I didn't know that potatoes where round and not flakes out of a box. Corn from the can was boiled for what, an hour?

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in General Topics

Are You a Tidy Terry or a Filthy Fran?

does NOT sound weird to me at all!

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in General Topics

Are you a better cook than your Mother?

Please make sure my mom does NOT see this.

My mom was a terrible cook. Not her fault, necessarily. She just didn't seem to have the time an maybe kids simply have no taste...

I was 18 before I have a fresh salad. My mom made veggies every night, mind you, but it was from a can and cooked on the stove till they were mush. I hated, no I HATED veggies growing up. It didn't help that my dad would tell me to eat them "they will put hair on your chest!". As a girl, the last thing I wanted was 1. to eat that, and 2. hair on my chest.

She did make orange jello with shredded carrots in it. That was one veg I would eat!

Funny, now that she is retired and the kids are gone, she is much better at using fresh produce.

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in General Topics

Are You a Tidy Terry or a Filthy Fran?

I also thought this one was about that cleaning-while-you-cook thread. And wanted to tell my story on that. I will save it for later.

I am a TT. None of my food should touch. And Never peas and Mashed!

I do a buffet type plating. Everyone helps themselves to what ever (and how ever) they want. My BF simply piles everything on top of each other. I don't let him fix my plate.

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in General Topics

I give God 10%...

At first I was reading you give GOD 10% of.....your meals or food? This was totally different than what I was expecting.

But I did read a few posts to find out what this was about.

I think what the pastor did was totally out of line. Maybe because of his beliefs, he feels justified in what he did. In reality he is doing the opposite thing he probably preaches to others.

I am surprised so many people have opinions on the amount of a tip and it just goes to show that everyone tips differently.

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in Not About Food

Show us your wings!

I made wings for the first time! Too bad I didn't take a photo - but I will next time!

I used Alton's method of steam, then bake. I then did a honey, teriyaki, sriratchi sauce.

Can I say this disappeared in less than 15 minutes. If I didn't grab one in each hand and run away, I would have not even had any.

I have decided to do this way more often. Its fairly easy and is a great plate to put out and munch on in front of a tv movie. You only need a bunch of napkins!

Feb 04, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

So I am making this a goal for 2013.

Sous vide cooking trials.

I will try chicken first. seems the easiest.

Faint of heart is referenced to my equipment, not me.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

Yea, I have seen this on several internet sites. That's only because I saw it on cooking shows - on TV.

I have a fuzzy logic rice cooker that I love dearly. I also have a slow cooker with one or two bells and whistles.

I guess the thing is that I am a girl and putting a 'cheap PID' to my equipment kinda scares me.

Maybe that's more for the non-faint-at-heart?

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

I will definitely check out Pepperplate. Although I have been using MC for many years, I am growing and MC is not growing with what I need. The company is different now.

There are so many cooking/recipe/menu planning/ stockpiling / frugal websites out there. It seems a bit daunting.

Its kinda funny that google gives me prepper websites - but thats a whole different story!

Thanks so much but quite frankly, the realsimple spreadsheet is not what I am looking for.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

You Know, I have been wanting to try SV. I have a food saver and have read where this is a starting point.

I currently have a gas stove and there is no way you can keep the temp steady. I pressure can and am always fussing with it.

I was thinking of getting one of those PICs since you can regulate the temp within, like 10 degrees. I thought it MIGHT work for SV. What do you think?

I checked and this won't work with my pressure canner - not magnetized. Too bad, but There are work-arounds.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

I agree! My goal for 2012 was to start and keep a freezer inventory. It has made a huge difference to me. I now know what is old, what is new and what I need to buy. Its the one goal from last year that I am happy about my follow-through!

I have recently started a stockpile that needs FIFO. You can't just throw stuff in the freezer in a sandwich bag and expect good food. (ummm...my Mom does this.)

I think the right packaging, dating each and every package, and knowing what you have is a frugal way to live.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

Boy, I wished a whiteboard would work for me. I think I would need one as large as the freezer itself. And I am not a hoarder or anything.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

I have not used pepperplate.

I have used Mastercook for years. Its great for keeping my recipes and making shopping lists. I also stockpile basic food stuff and do mainly scratch cooking with a combo freezer/canning cooking. This is my own 'fast food' (if that make sense).

Mastercook does have a pantry inventory list, but I find that I needed more of a worksheet where I can add quantities and dates (FIFO). So now I just use excel for my Pantry/freezer inventory. Doing this list and keeping up with it was something I goaled for and completed in 2012.

So back to the meal planning. I have tried Mastercook - that just didn't work and seemed to be too much work.

I tried printing out a blank monthly calendar. I just never really could take the time to fill it out for more than a day or two, maybe three or four. Same thing happens with just a weekly calendar.

Right now, usually in the am, I look at my spreadsheet and pick out a protein and go from there. I don't always balance my meals that way.

I really need help in this area!

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

What dish do you cook that people just rave about?

I am almost embarrassed to admit that it is my deviled eggs. And they are always the first to go. But so cheap and easy for me - I don't complain.

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Goals for the New Year

I want to improve my bread making skills including pizza dough.

I want to figure out what kind of meal planning system will work for me.

Pressure cook something. (i already pressure can)

Jan 03, 2013
pksmart in Home Cooking