Posted by: crispygoldenflaky | March 13, 2010

a successful dinner, tanya, and poppies

Last night, Sam and I cooked/baked dins for Shay and Doug and then we went to Cat’s Cradle to watch Adrienne Young.  Loved her voice.  Dinner was: Marcella Hazan’s “Perfect Roast Chicken”, steamed collard greens and okra, oven roasted sweet potatoes, lemony shrimp n grits, and apple scrapple mess for dessert.

1.  Perfect Roast Chicken –

  • you need: a 3-4 lb chicken, salt and pepper, and 2 small, thin-skinned lemons
  • do this:
  • –>preheat oven to 350 –>wash and pat chicken dry –> season generously with salt and pepper –> rub rub rub it in –>roll lemons on a counter and stab 20 times with a fork –> places lemons in cavity and close with toothpicks –> roast for 30 min on one side –> flipsies and roast for 30 more minutes –> turn up the heat to 400 and cook for 30 more minutes.

2.  Collard Greens and Okra

  • we sauteed the okra in olive oil with some garlic
  • throw 2lbs of greens in chicken broth, water, and olive oil and steam steam away for 20 minutes.  throw in the okra with 5 minutes left
  • YUM

3.  Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • you need: 3-5 medium sized sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, olive oil, garlic, seasoning! (we used salt, black pepper, onion salt, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne, thyme… it was missing sweet paprika, so throw that in if you have any.)
  • mix the olive oil, garlic, and seasoning and drizzle over sweet potatoes –> roll the sweet potatoes in the mixture some more! –> we roasted them with the chicken (oven was 350) for about 30 minutes

4.  Lemony Shrimp n Grits

  • easy easy.  a couple teaspoons of lemon juice + grits + water + shrimp + butter + salt + pepper.

5.  Apple Scrapple Mess

  • I feel like I can’t have people over for dinner and not serve them something sweet, so I looked in my kitchen and whipped this up quickly… it was one of my experimenty food adventures that actually turned out vaguely good slash edible.  Which doesn’t happen often…
  • you need: 1 stick o’ butter, 2 g. smith apples, half a cup of water, half a cup of sugar, half a cup of brown sugar, 3/4 cups white lily self-rising flour, cinnamon
  • do this: preheat –> grease whatever you are throwing this into –> slice the apples into thin thin slices –> sprinkle some cinnamon on –> pour in water –> cream butter and sugar, pour in the flour and make a crumbly mess! –> crumble all of this on top of the apples and throw it in a 350 until the sugar is bubbling into caramel and the top is brown and crispy (this took sometime between 50 minutes and an hour, i think!)

I LOVE having Sam with me in the kitchen.

Tanya, the world’s cutest/friendliest/wonderfuliest pastry chef in action at the WaDuke:

This morning I went for a 45-50 minute run and then went to the farmer’s market to bother Daisy Cakes a little bit more for my paper.  Bought some smoked moz for a potentially pizza experiment soon!  I have yeast in my kitchen and I want to use it for pizza dough.  I also bought some poppies and then realized they probably wouldn’t look so good in the big red vase we have, so I stopped by the Scrap Exchange for a Burt’s Bees Baby Buttermilk Wash bottle.  Perfect!

Love. Time to be productive.



  1. Looks good!!! I still have yet to go to the Farmer’s Market. I need to get on that!

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