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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Roasted Chicken and Smashed Potatoes

My class was cancelled Monday due to jury duty for our instructor. So I had a chance to roast a chicken which would work perfect for leftovers for lunches. This chicken was so good I had to share it. I don't know if it was the chicken or spices or what, maybe I was just really hungry. I used a free range all natural nothing add to it chicken.

Wade has Mondays off so that was nice, we had a chance to go watch the sunset on the beach,(it is so early now 5:50PM) and then still eat supper together.

For the chicken I like to use my clay baker, it really cooks the chicken even and quicker. I clipped off some fresh rosemary and stuffed it in the chicken. Then seasoned it with my Bonne Herbes blend, sage, a sprinkle of perfect blend seasoning and rub for chicken and poultry and a little Penzey's Tsardust Memories. I used just a little of the Tsardust Memories because it has salt in it so I used it instead of salt. It has a wonderful warm flavor with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Then rubbed it with olive oil, and tossed in a couple cloves of garlic. Roasted it in a 350 degree oven for around an hour until it is done.

Now for the potatoes...

I saw this on Lynda's blog over at Food, Fun & Farm Life in East Africa and I thought they looked so satisfying that I had to try them. Just parboil the potatoes and then smash them with a rolling pin or masher or bottom of a jar...then drizzle on some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, seasoning and garlic. I added some chopped garlic too.

Baked on a cookie sheet, I used my stoneware pan for 45 minutes until done. I put them right in the oven beside the chicken. I like how the potatoes are crispy crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, but that's just my preference, you can make them how you like them!

I am sharing the sunset that we saw last night. It has been so clear, no clouds at all....
...but plenty of birds...

...we were all enjoying the beautiful sunset...I think they were really watching the pelicans fish.
The moon was out and it was just a thumbnail sliver! My camera can't pick it up very well. Oh and we did see the "green flash" The conditions were just right, it must be that slight haze on the horizon...

I took this at school on Monday to show you all, the "silly band" fad that has been going on for while. I thought I would share it with The Color Carnival.
Now off to do the dishes, and please let me know if I left anything out!
Have a great week!