July 14, 2010

Stir Crazy Day

90 Degrees at 9:00 AM this morning, and a heat index this afternoon of 108 - yuck! So the blinds have been closed and I feel like I'm in a cave. That's my excuse for making this squirrely post!

The first squirrely thing to share with you are these chicken parts that came with some of our locally produced, organic chicken, that we purchased from the food cooperative that I've been blogging about - IFC. You see here the neck, the back, and another piece that I couldn't identify, so I'll call it the "cluck"! This chicken is so good, and so clean and healthy that even the throw-away pieces are beautiful. I photographed them next to some of my roses to enhance their beauty. Instead of pitching these pieces, I went to the extra little trouble of boiling them down and ended up with a quart of wonderful stock. I pulled the meat off these pieces as well and added that to the stock, though the "cluck" didn't have much to share!

The rest of the chicken pieces were put into a marinade overnight. The marinade recipe came from a cookbook called Taste of Home's Light and Tasty Annual Recipes 2005. (It's no longer available from what I can see on the internet, but the Taste of Home site has some good recipes.) It actually calls for this Sprite as an ingredient, and I thought it was funny to have it on the counter with organic Tamari (notice to my sister - it's gluten free), and organic lemon juice. I kept hearing that Sesame Street song in my head - "Two of these things belong together, two of these things are kinda the same. Can you guess which one of these doesn't belong here?..." I guess being stir crazy makes you have odd thoughts too.

Here's the chicken all tucked up in it's marinade, just waiting to be grilled tomorrow night. I'll be gone most of tomorrow, volunteering at the IFC delivery day. I'll be checking in products as they're delivered from the producers. It will be fun to meet the farmer's and growers that provide all these wonderful things to the members!

These beautiful beets are courtesy of my aunt and uncle's garden. The swirl and the deep colors are delightful aren't they? I'll be roasting them together with some Yukon Gold potatoes tomorrow, to go with the chicken. You're welcome to join us if you can stand a little squirrely behavior on the side!

1 comment :

  1. The beets actually look like a bouquet of flowers.