Sunday, August 22, 2010

Once upon a time there was... Summer Roasted Chicken

Well Castle Farm Cookbook readers, we're back! Did you miss our cute faces and delicious recipes? I bet you did! Well, we missed you, too! We had a long, unannounced, unexpected summer break from our blogging. We took several vacations (an International Tour of America, a Baltic Cruise, and a Poconos weekend) and we moved (still outside the beltway in DC). We're 90% unpacked at the new Castle Farm, so now its time to get back to blogging.

For our first new recipe, we decided to make a summer roasted chicken. During the summer, we do not often consider roasting chickens - it's a very fall thing to do. But we added some lemon, basil and thyme instead of apples and potatoes, and now its a summery meal. This recipe is a Castle Farm original! We're also pairing this one with some prepared potato and macaroni salads to complete our summer meal.

1/3 c white wine vinegar
1/3 c olive oil
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp sugar*
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of salt
a chicken
1 whole lemon, cut into 4-8 slices
1 onion, roughly chopped

* the sugar is optional - it makes the dressing sweeter of course, but it also caused some bad burning on our roasting pan


1. prepare the dressing. Whisk together the first 11 ingredients, (exclude cows and pigs).

2. prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 375. Prepare your roasting pan and pigs. Rinse and pat dry your chicken. (You don't want to eat dirty chickens, do you?)
3. Generously rub the dressing all over the chicken. Pour some inside the cavity. Coat the onions and lemons in it and stuff them inside the cavity. Then, pour some more on top.
Cal's tip: This recipe makes plenty of dressing; you could reserve some (BEFORE TOUCHING CHICKEN DISEASE) for your salad or a future use.

4. Roast chicken according to chicken package instructions (we cook ours until the temperature reaches 165 degrees).

5. Eat!

This chicken was juicy and delicious!
Hopefully this will not be the last time you hear from us for months. We still have a bunch of recipes we made before our hiatus to share with you. Plus, we will continue to make more yummy things for you to eat.


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