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As the cool weather becomes more common, I find myself wanting to sit and sip my tea slowly. The idea of a big extravagant dinner is not always there. Sometimes it is better for the classics. Roasted chicken reminds me of my childhood. For me, it’s hard to beat a nice crunchy piece of chicken skin.
There are a thousand methods for caramelizing onions and each chef will tell you that their way is the best. High heat, stirring a lot? Low and slow? Water? No water? Salt? No salt? No matter the method, caramelized onions make a fantastic addition to so many dishes!
Hello everyone! Welcome back, can you believe it is 2013?! This is the first year that I have decided NOT to make a resolution. My mom was talking about New Years Resolutions and it made me realize how often (for the most part) our own resolutions fade away each year. Last year my New Years resolution was to quit consuming so much processed sugar; I forgot about that one in a matter of months. I still try to consume as few GMOs as possible, but it is hard to not consume sugar when you are a culinary student who is also working during the day most of the time. So this year my “resolution”, if you want to call it that, is that this year is the first year of the rest of my life and it is going to be the most epic year yet. I graduate culinary school and will travel the world and discover where I belong, as well as start my career in the field of my dreams, as a chef!
Today I have another how-to to share with you all. It is something that used to seem so intimidating to me, but now seems so simple. Not only is it rewarding to be able to break down your own chicken, it is much cheaper than buying pre-cut chicken! I was able to buy whole chickens for less than $5 each at King Soopers! If you want free-range chickens it will be a little more expensive, but still nowhere close to the price of pre-cut pieces. I have also grown to enjoy switching up my typical routine of boneless, skinless breasts. There is so much more to a chicken than that!
Most of the time I look for exciting and unique recipes to share with you all, but sometimes I realize that it is important to bring it back to the basics. I forget to share my tricks of the trade with my readers, which has made me add a new component to Savour the Senses. I am going to begin doing how-to posts occasionally for simple techniques that not everybody may know about.
Whenever I go to the grocery store I usually just buy chicken breasts or whichever part of the bird I want to cook that night, but there is something to be said for taking the time to cook a whole bird every now and then. This week whole organic chickens were on sale at my work for only six bucks, so I had to get one. The reason I usually don’t cook a whole chicken, and probably why you may not either, is dealing with cutting it off the bones afterwards. This is where spatchcocking comes in handy.
Spatchcocking a chicken is basically cutting out the spine, breast bone and ribs, so that you are left with only the meat and the bones for the limbs. It makes it extremely easy to cut and serve the meat once the chicken is cooked. For my spatchcocked chicken, I added pesto and onions to make a tasty dish. One benefit of keeping the skin on the bird it that you can stuff any sort of spices or seasonings in between the skin and meat to cook it with extra flavor.