Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Anyone Can Cook, including me
So today was DAY ONE of me cooking for serious!
On opening day of the rest of my life, I figured I shouldn't go too crazy, so the menu included: Rosemary Chicken with roasted asparagus, topped with parmesan.
The rosemary chicken recipe comes from Anyone Can Cook, an awesome cookbook for people like me who need a section dedicated to explaining pans.
First, we pulled the chicken out of the fridge and found that it had not, in fact, thawed completely. Sean said that was no problem; we could thaw it in the microwave. Except neither of us had any idea how to do that and if I hadn't said something, I'm pretty sure he would have plopped raw chicken in there. I already had to admonish him several times to wash his hands after handling raw chicken, so don't be surprised when you see a future update on Sean's hospitalization for salmonella poisoning.
Luckily, I found the microwave instructions and we worked it out!
Then, I sprinkled the pieces with lemon-pepper seasoning, dropped a tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet and fried the chicken until I was ABSOLUTELY SURE it was not pink. For me, that means obsessively peering at it, asking Sean 40 times if it looks pink, burning it, making sure it's as dry as possible and then cooking it some more just to be on the safe side.
Sean handled the asparagus with aplomb, which we roasted in the oven, drizzled with olive oil and pepper. He did an excellent job.
Once plated, the meal looked remarkably like those pictures in US Weekly of Dancing With The Stars diets. But once it was in my belly, it was enough food. We each took a bite and said, "Hey, that's pretty good." And ridiculously, embarrassingly easy.
Mmmmmm! Healthy and good!
And Sean rubbed his stomach and said, "Mmmm mmmm good," per my instructions.
TOMORROW: Leftovers, plus pasta!