I’ve made this twice now, and if you love the flavor of Rotisserie chicken, you have to try this recipe. It’s probably the best roast chicken recipe I’ve ever made at home, and so easy. I put the rub on the chicken and let it sit overnight. Rather than 2 chickens, I do one 7-8 lb chicken. Since I usually buy them when they’re on a hella sale, I often buy more than one chicken. This last time, I made a double batch of the rub, put it on both chickens, but wrapped one up and put it in the freezer so I can just defrost and roast.
* 4 teaspoons salt
* 2 teaspoons paprika
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 onions, quartered
* 2 (4 pound) whole chickens
1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
3. Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.
I followed the directions pretty much exactly, though the comments on allrecipes.com discuss leaving out white pepper, since many people don’t have that. I do, so I used it, but the first time I didn’t. No basting is needed of this recipe, but I poked the chicken with about 45 minutes left to go (I poked a thigh) to release some juices, and basted to give it a nice, juicy look. I recommend doing this. Once it’s done, if you want to make gravy, just poke it a few times and the juices will flow out. Yummy!
I served with either mashed potatoes or Pioneer Woman’s Crash Potatoes, and some green beans. This is a great recipe to cook for a Sunday meal!
Something new I want to try, as a round up of my week around the web, things I don’t want to post about individually but want to share with you, including some highlights from my Shared Items. Let’s see how long I can keep this up. Or if anyone is interested.
First up is something that I hope everyone is aware of by now since it’s been a topic of conversation around the internet for at least a month. Beginning February 10th, a new law will go into effect which requires ALL products for children under the age of 12 to be tested for lead. I think some might not think this is a big deal, but if you buy homemade products, buy used from resalers, consignment stores or thrift stores, or buy from local sources, Etsy, etc, this is going to affect you. Mommy Needs a Cocktail has the best post on this that I’ve read so far. Go read it here, and you might also find yourself on the receiving end of a bonus (she’s put her products on sale to move them out before the February 10th deadline. Then, consider writing a letter to your congressmen and women letting them know how you feel about the broad language of this law. Here’s another by jcaroline that I had in my Shared Items this week.
In the Kitchen:
You all know that allrecipes.com is one of my favorite places to get recipes as I often post my version here, that I’ve gotten from there. This week, allrecipes revealed a new and improved website that includes some new ways of printing recipes (which I love) and, yay! a subscription service that allows you to modify the recipes and then save them to your recipe box or print them with the changes. I LOVE this, and yes I did join, because I modify every recipe and now I can modify and save it all in one place. Even if you’re not interested in their subscription service, you should check them out if you haven’t. It’s a great resource for tried and true recipes with comments from users about suggested changes and modifications (which is another reason it’s nice to be able to modify the recipe yourself–usually I print the recipe and then have to run back and read the comments multiple times to remember the changes to make).
After some discussion with my friends Maria and Jennifer at a night out last weekend, I’ve decided to try making friendship bread. I’m only on day 4, so I’ll let you know how it goes.
I thought of my blog readers when I saw this blog, which is new to me, because I know some of you are gluten free. It looks amazing and I hope you’ll check it out. Karina’s Kitchen: a gluten-free blog
Have an Obamatini
It’s no secret I’m a Democrat, and I haven’t always been a George Bush fan, but I appreciated this slideshow video from the two photographers who’ve spent the last 8 years photographing George Bush. I also thought this letter from the Bush twins to the Obama daughters, with this last paragraph, was very poignant.
The twins turned serious at the end, recalling how the public image of their own father got distorted over the years.
“He is our father, not the sketch in the paper or part of a skit on TV,” they wrote.
As for the Obama girls’ dad, they added, “Many people will think they know him, but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: remember who your dad really is.”
Surely you’ve seen this by now, but for a good laugh, go check out this short video clip of someone talking about the “Obamas fisting” (ahahaha, oops)
And one more time because I love it: the Obamas first dance as a presidential couple.
Agent Rachelle Gardner has a post about her experience with the Kindle.
Jan of Dear Author gives her thoughts on the Sony Reader.
Agent Lucienne Diver did a roundup of all the releases her clients have coming in 2009. This is just one post, check her blog for the whole of them.
Shannon Stacey has a great post up on Romancing the Blog talking about some of the different gadgets out there!
What kind of books would you like to see on the shelves? Agent Jennifer Jackson wants to know.
AAR weighs in about the petition to RWA circulating
Agent Kristen Nelson has a fantastic series going on query letters from the past (that have led her to sign the author).
Here’s a great post on what not to have on your website: (I would include that you shouldn’t have a picture of your cleavage or other inappropriate pictures)
Paperback Writer had a suggestion for using wordle to find overused words, or also to get title ideas for that hard-to-title book!
Thinking of targeting Dorchester? Editor Leah Hultenschmidt has a post up about what she’s looking for!
The editors of Red Sage keep a blog that’s always a great resource for writerly information. I don’t always agree with some of what they say or recommend, but I’m always amazed by their perception and in-depth posts. They talked POV this week.
From my Shared Items (click on the link in the sidebar to browse through all my Google Reader Shared Items):
Win a Wii
Pioneer Woman rocks. This week were at least four new recipes including Ranch Chicken, Fluffy New Potatoes and Cajun Meatloaf. Yum!
Jen wants to talk about masturbation in m/m books
Create custom themes for Firefox with Personas
Get the most out of Netflix
This made me laugh out loud. (not safe for work or children)
Favorite image of the week.
This was hard to choose, because there was so much to love in photos this week, but I thought this one summed it all up the best. Via the Huffington Post
So, if you made it this far, what do you think of the Friday Confessional? Want to see it again next Friday?
Deadwood was a topic of conversation on Twitter this week, and in a timely coincidence, Amazon has it on Gold Box deal today for $65!
Deadwood: The Complete Series
It was fun to read how long many of you had been reading, and why you come back. Thanks for all the kind things you said, it made me smile.
Random.org picked comment #57 as the winner:
January 20th, 2009 at 12:56 pm e
I found you sometime in September, truthfully I can’t remember how, most likely you were referenced on one of my other blogs. I stayed because, well just because. There is also the wonderful new authors you mention that I probably wouldn’t know about.
Congratulations, Marnie! Please contact me with your mailing address using the contact form. If you’re outside of the US or Canada, please send me your email address and I’ll send your gc to Fictionwise. If I don’t hear from you by next Monday, a new winner will be drawn.
The Kindle…for Penthouse readers who come for more than the pictures.
As further proof that some people read the articles in these magazines and don’t just look at the pictures, I was tipped to this by you know who.
In the Tech section of the February 2008 issue of Penthouse is an article on “ridiculously beautiful and completely unnecessary gizmos for the office, at home or out and about”
One of the five things highlighted is the Kindle, with a short feature. “Amazon, which has undeniably revolutionized the book-selling business over the past decade, is betting that e-books are the future of publishing. With this impressive device, it’s easy to see why…”
But the most interesting, to me, of the short piece was this last line
“…the prices [for Kindle books on Amazon] aren’t as low as we’d expected compared to hard copies, particularly for paperbacks.”
The first TBR challenge of 2009! This year Keishon is doing monthly categories for the challenges, but I chose to do an open format because it’s so hard for me to read for pleasure sometimes, I don’t feel I can also force myself to be in the mood. Which is a shame since this month was category romance and I have plenty of those TBR!
Black Magic Woman (Quincy Morris Supernatural Investigation) is a book I’ve had on my TBR pile for awhile. I picked it up because I’m always interested in trying something different, new authors in the UF category. I finally decided to read it for this challenge because I’d been seeing a lot of positive reviews around the web for the second book, Evil Ways (Quincey Morris, Book 2) and, duh, I can’t read out of order.
The blurb: Occult investigator Quincey Morris and his “consultant”, white witch Libby Chastain, are hired to free a family from a deadly curse that appears to date back to the Salem witch trials. Fraught with danger, the trail finds them stalking the mysterious occult underworlds of Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York, searching out the root of the curse. After surviving a series of terrifying attempts on their lives, the two find themselves drawn inexorably towards Salem itself – the very heart of darkness.
My thoughts: The book has a great opening, it’s extremely catchy. I love a book that plops me down in the middle of action and then lets me catch up without trying to dump a bunch of backstory or character internal narrative on me. I think getting to know the character through internal narrative can get…old. And kind of trite. But I digress. So we’ve established how the book starts out. This is different from a more typical urban fantasy in that it’s 1) not in first and 2) told in multiple POV from a variety of characters. That doesn’t work for all books but it works in this one. I love seeing scenes from a variety of characters.
I did feel like this somewhat prevented me from really feeling attached to Quincey, the protaganist, because I spent a lot of time with other characters. But at the same time I was attached enough to root for him. Just not attached enough to cry for him (not that there was one of those moments in this book, it’s just an example of the distance created by multiple POV, which is fine for this book).
The story itself is interesting and moves forward at a good clip, keeping the reader interested, though I did find the climax of the story a bit abrupt. However, I liked this book and will definitely read the next one. Now, if only they’d put them in ebook!
And see the Obamas take their first presidential dance to Beyonce singing “At Last” by Etta James? Stunning, beautiful moment.
You can get the song here:
*happy sigh* It was a good day.
ETA: Link to video of their dance http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/20/the-obamas-first-inaugura_n_159522.html
Glued to the TV watching the inauguration. Just watching the excitement on TV is amazing. You can feel how the atmosphere is electric.
If you’re not near a TV, this article lists 8 online sites streaming live coverage.
Also, I’m amazed. They’re reporting that something like 20 Obama staffers are ready to head right to the White House and get to work as soon as inauguration is done because there are things that need to be addressed and a few documents Obama will need to sign immediately. Wow. I guess they’re ready.
Happy Inauguration Day. Yes we can!
Yesterday my friend Marly posted an interview opportunity so I decided to take it. Hey, blog content is good! Here are the questions Marly asked me and my answers.
1. If you had to paint your house all one color, inside and out, what color would you choose?
Funny, but most of the inside of my house is already one color. We repainted most of the inside a very lovely creamy color with slight peach undertones. I love it and I’ve not got sick of looking at it in most every room, yet, so I’d have to go with that if I were forced to use it inside and out. But I have a 4 y/o, so you know, the walls get decorated for me.
2. Which celebrity couple would you be most likely to trust with your child?
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Seriously, who wouldn’t trust Tom Hanks?
3. At a business function, would you rather fart very loudly or visibly wet your pants?
Oh dear GOD. I once visibly wet my pants when I was in the second grade and I’m still scarred by that. I went to Catholic school and there were very strict rules about when we could go to the bathroom. On the other hand, oddly enough, at the same Catholic school in…third grade…I once farted loudly as we were filing in to church for Friday morning services. It was, of course, super quiet in there, I was starting to sit and just getting close to the pew so it echoed REALLY loudly. The rest of my classmates blamed it on a boy named Mark. Being a smart child who’d already suffered one grade school humiliation, I didn’t correct them. Sorry, Mark! Neither of which answers your question, but since I’ve already experienced both, I should be exempt from further bodily function humiliation, don’t you think?
4. If your husband got an invite to the Playboy Mansion, would you let him go alone?
Absolutely. Look, my husband loves me, I’m secure in that. Going to the Playboy Mansion would be fun for him and make for a super cool story. I wonder if he’d let me go to the Playboy Mansion by myself?
5. Describe your most embarrassing moment as an adult.
The fact that I gave so much information to you all in #3. Actually, I’ve been thinking about this since I read the questions last night and I can’t think of one embarrassing moment as an adult that’s stuck with me. Not to say I’ve never been embarrassed as an adult, because I have. And had embarrassing moments. But none that stick out for me so much that I can even tell you one, let alone the most embarrassing. Um. Knock on wood. I don’t need any either.
Thanks, Marly. Those were fun but not too painful!
Want to be part of the interview fun? Follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment involving the words, “Interview me.” (I’m going to limit it to four people, for my sanity’s sake)
2. Be sure to include your email address (required to post on my blog anyway, so just make sure you include a valid one), because I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to write the questions.)
3. You will update your blog with the questions and your answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will get to ask them five questions.
It’s my blog birthday today! I realized last week, when I was doing some cleanup, that my blog is
three four years old. I didn’t know a lot of people who had blogs when I started, though a lot of them popped up right around the same time as mine. I also didn’t know why I was blogging, I didn’t have a platform, I wasn’t editing and I wasn’t actually working. I was just Brianna’s Mommy and some days, I was struggling with that. I started a blog just…because. Something to break up my day, a place to vent about being a SAHM (stay at home mom) and a place to connect with other readers.
So the blog has come a long ways in
threefour years. I think some people have happened by because they’re expecting, you know, editing stuff and insightful industry posts. Boy, were they sorely disappointed 😉 Honestly, I’m in awe of the editors and agents who can keep up a blog with in-depth industry content each week, but that’s like work to me, and my blog was never started to be work. It was meant to be fun and I wouldn’t have done it for three years if I didn’t think it was fun.
And in the spirit of fun, and to celebrate my blog birthday, I’m giving away a prize pack which will include print copies of Steelflower by Lilith Saintcrow, Holiday Seduction by Jaci Burton and Lauren Dane, Annabelle’s Courtship by Lucy Monroe, (and a book by Shannon Stacey that I’m too lazy to go look at the title of right this minute), a rather spiffy reusable tote bag, a mug from the NZ romance writers which says “Finish the damn book” and some various other items that I’m also too lazy to go look at.
Because overseas shipping is so expensive right now, if my winner is outside the US or Canada, I’ll instead give a $20 gc to Fictionwise.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me something about your history with my blog: how long you’ve been reading, how you found me, why you keep coming back, if you just came to enter because of the contest (that’s okay, really), etc. Then come back on Thursday to see if you’ve won because you’ll need to give me your address! If I don’t hear from the winner by the following Monday, a new winner will be drawn. Contest is open until Wednesday.
ETA: as one of my longtime blog readers pointed out, my blog is four, not three!
THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!