Sunday, August 3, 2008
Speaking of Culture
This is going to be an unnecessarily interesting election year. I am not even sure I'll vote. Pennsylvania is going blue again, this year, and Lancaster County is just an island of Conservatism in a vast liberal sea of Lotto Libertopia.
Please note the side bar tribute to Jo Stafford, and make hajj HERE
Yes, she really can sing. We'll miss her, greatly.
Update: Elder of Zion has encouraged me to submit the roasted chicken with artichokes and olives recipe and lemon potatoes (sans beurre, mais bien sure, oops, pardon my French, I meant, ma certo, con olio d'oliva!)
I've submitted this recipe to the Kosher Cooking Carnival
I made this kosher by eliminating the butter in the potatoes. In fact, I've altered it altogether:
Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken Stew
1 2 lb. cut up fryer, pieces dredged lightly in flour
3 tablespoons of olive oil, or enough to coat the bottom of a large Dutch oven
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
Assorted herb sprigs, one of each, tied into a bouquet garni: Rosemary, thyme, sage,
Tarragon, and Dillweed
1 can of chicken broth
2 bay leaves
2 cans of cannellini beans, drained.
2 lemons, (zest and squeeze the juice from one lemon, and slice the other as thinly as possible
1 can of artichoke hearts, drained
1 small jar of sun dried tomatoes, julienned
1 jar of olives (your choice. I like the Burgundy olives which are soaked with roasted red peppers, or the dry cured green olives with garlic, but calamatas are good, too. Just make sure they are pitted.
1 1/2 lbs of new potatoes
1 Spanish onion, chopped roughly.
Salt and pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes, a scosh. (Just a scosh will do ya)
Brown the chicken pieces in olive oil and remove to a plate. Saute onions and garlic. Add the tomatoes, beans, artichokes, olives and lemon slices, and let them cook together for a few minutesi. Add potatoes, broth, lemon juice and zest with the bouquet garni and bay leaves. Add browned chicken back to the pot and cover with a lid.
Roast for 2 hours in a low oven. (325 degrees)
Garnish with chopped parsley.
Optional: Add 2 cups of white wine.
You can also eliminate the fresh herbs by using an Italian herb mix. Both are equally good.