Wednesday, December 22, 2010

chicken in every pot, literally


With all the crazy holiday prep, the last thing I feel like doing is making supper. So, this week, instead of picking up the phone to order pizza, I got a little creative with the bundt pan.  You all have one, and it's already handy, since you just dug it out from the back of the cabinet for its yearly one time use.

Layer a few potatoes, carrots and onions on the bottom of the pan. Then season the chicken and place in the pan with the open cavity over the center hole. (It's okay, the chicken doesn't feel a thing.) Roast as usual, with a cookie sheet underneath to collect any small dripping that may occur.  The chicken crisps all the way around, and the veggies cook in the juices.  Easy holiday peasy.

And just in case you missed my recent poem on the subject...


Chicken in Every Pot


I go the extra mile
to make chicken pie for supper.
While the incumbent hen stews,
steaming savory flesh and bones,
with enough thyme and peppercorns,
I ceremoniously sauté two primary
livers, consider simplicity,
how I like things explained
in words of one syllable,
then pour a fresh glass of Chianti,
dip each bite, wide, in a puddle
of democratic ketchup, raise
the wine high, toasting the fowl
and my economy.


Tess Kincaid, 2010


And, in keeping with the situation, here's my favorite eggnog recipe. Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream. Oh, man-oh-man, is it ever wonderful.

Willow's Eggnog


2 Eggbeaters
1 heavy cream
½  Drambuie or Southern Comfort
handful of ice cubes
sugar or Splenda to taste
vanilla extract
freshly grated nutmeg to taste

Blend the dickens out of it. Cheers!

67 comments:

  1. you know..this I am going to try!
    enjoy your week of family
    and a blessed Christmas to you and yours
    thanks for the wonderful year of knowing you

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  2. He looks so happy sailing away simply dressed in a bundt that way! -J

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  3. Sorry, I forgot to mention that I believe he needs to be saluting. -J

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  4. Now I am going to have to drive 100ks just to buy a bundt pan for dinner tomorrow!!!!!!

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  5. I'll be using my bundt pan for my rum cake, but I will be trying out your eggnog ~ thanks for the recipe! That sounds sinfully good! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year! May it be a year with a chicken in every pot!!!
    :-)

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  6. Even though I'm a vegetarian, I like the flavor of veggies roasted with the chicken. Daughter eats meat so I can do this without waste. I've never tasted eggnog. It seems like it would be gross to have raw egg, even though I will eat cookie dough, yes, strange.

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  7. This is a celebration of cooking artistry and ingenuity! All natural ingredients without the 'packaged convenience' loaded with sodium. Perfectly browned and mouth watering in presentation.

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  8. "The chicken won't feel a thing!"

    I am loving this idea, especially how the vegetables would roast up and the chicken would stay juicy!

    The new photo of you is just stunning.

    Best wishes to all at the Manor of a very happy Christmas!

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  9. Marion, yes this was the most tender, juicy chicken ever! And thank you, daaahling, for your kind compliment on my new picture. It was a happy accident of good lighting, smoke and mirrors!

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  10. Jeanette, somehow, the using of the pre-packaged Eggbeaters, makes it seem less raw-eggish.

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  11. Okay, I'm just ambitious enough to try the eggnog. LOL Great post, thanks for the recipes.
    ~Brenda

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  12. yum! roasted chicken is a favorite around here too, and i will try that method, great idea.

    plus, i love love love eggnog, avec drambuie s'il vous plait.

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  13. That sound is as if diviness Tess Kincaid.

    Seriously though, that pan looks like the spinning piece to an ultrafuge. The kind that spin upwards of 13k via pressurized air.

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  14. Lovely poem, Tess! I must try roasting chicken in a bundt pan sometime soon. And what is life but the manipulation of smoke and mirrors? Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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  15. We'll have to give your eggnogg a go this year--sounds great, Willow. I have a bundt pan exactly like that one, so I'm going to try that. I have a terra cotta bundt pan that I have roasted a chicken on before, but I've never tried this--that sounds delicious--my kind of meal. Yum!

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  16. OMG you are brilliant...this is gonna be dinner tonight;)

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  17. I just LOVE chicken. Frankly almost any way will do, but this sounds great. Having trusted you on your 'Best ever Salmon', I'm expecting high standards!

    Bisou, Cro.

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  18. I'm making this. Tonight. That will be my pre-Christmas "picking at" food. Thanks for the idea Tess.

    By the way, you could become a food photographer in your free time! I love to look at food, and your blog is a great place to look at it!

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  19. What a fabulous idea for using my stagnant bundt pan!

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  20. Thanks, Jennifer! I love to photograph food, as well as eat it!

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  21. Janice, the poor bundt pan was SO stagnant. It felt good putting it to some good use!

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  22. Although I've always enjoyed advocaat, I've never been eager to try eggnog. I'm sure your egg beaters make all the difference! And it's nice to know there's another use for a bundt tin. Cheers!

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  23. Oh, the Eggnog is so, so, tempting!

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  24. Sounds and looks great! Can't wait to try it. +eggnog!
    Happy, happy holidays!

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  25. Just the idea of standing that chicken up like that perked me up! Fun and easy.
    Merry Christmas.

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  26. I've seen that chicken in a bundt recipe around, but it always grossed me out. Yours looks terrific, so I think I'm going to try it.

    Thanks, Willow!

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  27. Chicken in a bundt pan - what a hoot! Not foul fowl at all. And I love the 'democratic ketchup'!

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  28. Very nice indeed. We love chicken here, always looking for a new way to make that perfect dish.

    CJ xx

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  29. clever idea. i have decided to go vegetarian except for occasional chicken dinners and just bought a chicken for Xmas dinner since i will have one guest and nothing vegetarian seemed festive enough unless I did a lot of work as in :moussaka or lasagna.

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  30. This looks delicious! And I've been dying for some egg nog...blend the dickens...you're so funny : )

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  31. Don't think we have a bundt pan.. so we're coming over.. hee hee! It looks tasty! :)
    Lord Thomas of Wellington

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  32. That chicken looks delish! Alas, I don't have a bundt pan Tess but I will search my kitchen cupboards for something similar to improvise with!

    Happy Christmas to you and yours.

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  33. You came through for me! This will be the only dish I pop in the oven for my child (one of six not bad odds) who doesnt like prime rib. I'm ordering Christmas dinner from a restaurant this year... Just pick it up at 1:00 pm. I'm sure next year I will be eager to cook again, but I know I will enjoy this "break".

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  34. It certainly has warmth and interest...as does the chicken. There is much artistry on show.
    I think an exhibition of the many faces of Willow is long overdue.

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  35. I swear, everytime I look at that picture of the chicken on the left it gonna start singing like Mario Lanza :)

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  36. oh man--i don't think we even have a bundt pan...maybe i can find one cheap at the Goodwill...

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  37. Tom, Goodwill's full of lonely bundts.

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  38. Happy Solstice to you -- looks like you know how to make a holiday bright with food and cheer -- barbara

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  39. What a novel idea! I'll have to try it...as soon as I buy a whole chicken and find the bundt pan in the basement :-)

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  40. It's hard to laugh and feed on the words while looking at the food-WOW!

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  41. It's hard to laugh and feed on the words while looking at the food-WOW!

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  42. Love it! I just wrote about using my bundt pan more than once a year...now I have another reason to get it out:)

    Happy Solstice Tess!

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  43. Tess,

    Looks and sounds great. (Love roast potatoes and carrots!)

    Trulyfool

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  44. Wow, that is art at it's best! Great post Missy!

    Nancy

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  45. Nice idea for the chicken! A bit like the beer can chicken we do on the grill.

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  46. Wow, fabulous blog! Found you via Merisi.

    Mmmm... that eggnog sounds delicious.

    I did a Christmas movie post but I am excited to watch your picks and winter faves.

    Nice to meet you!

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  47. What a great idea, Willow. Thanks!

    It's funny about me and egg nog...I used to adore the stuff, really loved it. Then about ten years ago, I utterly lost my taste for it and now I hate it. Weird, huh?

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  48. tess the most yummy comfort food is coming my way as my holidays begin tonight - i am the menu maker, gorcery buyer and cook and so i know what's coming!!! however, i have never made my own eggnog and that is one tempting recipe soooooo i think i'll nip by the shops and buy the missing ingredients. steven

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  49. You certainly know how to warm the cockles of ones' soul...good food, good wine and great old(and new) cinema...here's wishing you and your family another joyous occasion, Merry Christmas!!!

    I'm learning to love Winter, a summer kinda gal, it's been rough, especially owning a small biz in this economy, but I'm focusing on the beauty...it's EVERY WHERE you know...and I intend to get all the goody out of it as long as I can, it must be my age stepping in with a helping hand...whatever it is, me likey...

    Again, best wishes for another fabulous year here on this beautiful blue orb Tess!!!

    sharon

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  50. How clever to use a bundt pan to roast a chicken!

    I resist cooking for only me most of the time, but then the day comes when I have to have good food. At that point, I break down and cook for myself. Last Saturday was just such a day. I made delish curry chicken. But, it's gone now. I think I'll use all the random produce in the fridge and make some stir fry today. That should last me to Christmas.

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  52. Love all of this..having a vicarious feast right now! As you say..easy peasy!!
    Best to all..Happy, Merry!!

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  53. Willow, I am all over that eggnog girl!

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  54. I have been getting so tired of chicken, and have been on the look out for new recipes, so this fits the bill.
    I love the humour in this post Willow.

    "toasting the fowl
    and my economy."
    Delicious words!

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  55. That is one neat little hymn to parsimony at Yuletide, Tess - although the pictures above give it the lie, somewhat!

    Have a wonderful time en famille and I look forward to a further year of mutual visiting!

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  56. clever! since i rarely bake, my bundt pan is terribly underutilized!

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  57. oh tess you creative girl -- you make eggnog and i lazily purchase it by the carton!

    love the recipe with chicken + bundt pan (every time i hear bundt i think of the wasp parents in my big fat greek wedding ;-)

    best holiday wishes to you and yours, dear tess

    ♡♡

    amanda

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  58. It's all a bit unfamiliar here in Australia, cartons of egg nog, Egg Beaters, and bundt pans, but the headless chicken looks quite happy sitting up there on it's metallic nest!Not for her obviously the year 2011 to get ahead!

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  59. Wot's a bundt pan? May we antipodean luddites please have a photo of the assembled apparatus? Or is that it?
    But before you do that, please refill your Chianti glass and drink a toast to yourself, and imagine all your friends joining in. We all thank you for your encouragement through 2010 and we expect even more in 2011!!!! XX.

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  60. The eggnog sounds divine- I have to try it now!

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  61. Hi Willow,
    I'm adding the bundt chicken to your other recipes I've already tried. I made the short ribs 2 nights ago, and it was great!
    So nice to have new twists on old favorites, thank you!
    And a very Merry Christmas to you and all at the Manor,,,,

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  62. Your meal smells delicious. A merry Christmas to you and yours, Tess, and may you deliver many more yummy treats to us in 2011.

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  63. love the chicken idea....love it !!!

    willow...it has been such a pleasure getting to know you this year and i look forward to our continued friendship in 2011

    merry christmas, my friend
    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  64. Southern Comfort ... neat, now there's a good Christmas drink. Cheers!

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