It's Marvelous Monday!!It's the day after Easter, the sun is shining brightly, robins are flying all over my backyard and things couldn't be brighter. The pool guys came to uncover my pool and "shock it". They will come back Wednesday when they can actually see the bottom of the pool to clean it. HOORAY!!! This is the first official day of spring for me!! Even though we have had abnormally warm temps for weeks I am happy when the pool makes it's official appearance. Tomorrow I am scheduled to see the orthopedic doctor and hopefully he will remove the pin in my toe. It has been four weeks and he promised me......4 weeks!! Then I can get outside and clean the pool deck and enjoy the beautiful weather....before it gets too hot!! I did get upstairs and worked on my quilt, "Simply Divine Nines." I put the borders on it last night and cut out the leaves for the vines. I am in the process of putting it all on now. Will let you see it when I have it finished or at least enough done that you can tell what I am doing!!
This morning bright and early before I went outside I put on my Triple E Chicken to cook for the day. Wanna know how I did it? ......Okay then....From start to finish.....
Triple E Chicken (Easy, Economical, and Excellent in Taste)1 fryer chicken 3-5 pounds or you can use a roasting Hen which is usually larger (you will have to cook it a little longer)
Your favorite Herbs....today I used Rosemary
2 yellow onions
Seasoning Salt...your favorite...I used Paula Dean's house seasoning. You can use salt and pepper only too. Don't stress over it.
Drain chicken in sink and sprinkle liberally with your choice of seasoning salt ---I used Paula Dean's House seasoning which is salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Get out your trusty crock pot....What you don't have one? Well then go get one cause you are going to love this chicken and I have many other great CP recipes to share.
Now we stuff the bird!!! Be sure you seasoned inside the bird with you "Salt and Pepper mix" too. Then stuff her full of onion, lemon and rosemary. I stuff completely till it shows on the outside.
Then use the remaining lemon, onion, and rosemary to make a "bed" for our "bird".
Now lay the bird on top of the goodies in the crockpot. Isn't that a lovely sight? It smells good to but wait it will make your whole house smell heavenly in about an hour or 2.
Cover, lock down it you can, and set to low. LOW and SLOW my motto!! It should take about 4-5 hours for your chicken to cook. After 4 hours, uncover and jiggle the leg. If juices run clear and the leg moves freely or my favorite .....falls off then it is done. If not replace lid and cook 1 more hour then recheck. Can you cook a CP chicken too long? YES....then it will be dry, especially the white meat. So carefully watch after 4 hours. A large hen may take up to 6 hours on low. Just keep checking by wiggling the leg. You will know when it is done. This bird below is DONE!!
Remember those turkey lifters you bought for Thanksgiving well....they work great to lift the bird out of the CP. Put the HOT bird on a sheet pan with sides because it is juicy!! Let this cool for at least 30 minutes before you proceed with "picking" the chicken....otherwise well you can do it and you will figure it out!!! Remember HOT bird!!
But if you want gravy or to save the stock, here's what you do.....
The result is a large bowl of chicken goodness. If you want to make gravy you can skim the fat from the top and use the liquid below or you can let it sit for about an hour then strain again this time through cheesecloth, put in container and put in fridge. The next day you can lift the congealed fat from the top and use the remainder for cooking. Adding it to soups or stews. It will also be thick so you may need to add hot water to "loosen" it up for use. Sometimes I save it and sometimes I don't. YOU DON"T HAVE TO DO THIS STEP!!
Back to our yummy deliciousness....
I have stuffed my face with chicken and before spending time with the "fam" I came up to the sewing room to put down my new "grip liner" under my sewing machine. Bonnie Hunter shared this tip yesterday on her blog, quiltville quips and snips. What a great tip!! I "dance" with my machine over a slick surface all the time. I am so happy with my new found "gripper". It even looks pretty (the surface beneath is scratched from all our "dancing together") Thanks Bonnie!!
Headed downstairs for a little DVR'd Criminal Minds, our new favorite show.
Enjoy the rest of your Marvelous Monday and ......do the chicken!!