recipe: Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken

i wanted to find a roast chicken recipe that works with k’s food allergies but is also safe to share with k’s classmates at daycare. not only did i find a crazy simple recipe, it is by Thomas Keller – owner of Per Se, where i had the ultimate dining experience a few years ago. that means this recipe is a guaranteed delicious main course!

cooking tools

  • roasting pan
  • roasting rack
  • twine


  • one 2- to 3-pound farm-raised free range chicken
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)

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get dirty with atomic wings

whether or not you are a sports fan, you gotta join in the festivities with the finger-licking food that is associated with the event. my favorite is wings and fries and who specializes in it other than Atomic Wings! they have the best waffle fries and a choice of wings styles and sauces. i like my wings with a dry sauce so my favorite is the garlic parmesan sauce. it is so good that you have to lick your fingers twice to get all of the flavors. luckily, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion or event to … Continue reading get dirty with atomic wings

vanilla-pomegranate parfaits

i wanted to find a healthy dessert that would be somewhat refreshing after a large meal and then i saw this recipe. it just called my name and it was perfect! while i did make the both the compote and pudding, i ended up serving the compote with vanilla greek yogurt because i was using palm sugar in my recipe and it changed the color of the pudding from white to brown. for the sake of presentation, i wanted the contrast red with white. the greek yogurt ended up being a great substitute because it’s lack of sweetness went perfectly … Continue reading vanilla-pomegranate parfaits

paprika shrimp & green bean sauté

when i saw this recipe, i knew it would taste great! shrimp with garlic is always good but with a kick of paprika sounds like a party with fun friends: kidney beans and green beans. it was just as good as it sounded. this recipe is a must repeat! Ingredients 4 cups green beans, trimmed (about 12 ounces) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup minced garlic 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons turmeric 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, (21-25), peeled and deveined 2 (16-ounce) cans cannellini white kidney beans, rinsed 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar sea salt, to taste … Continue reading paprika shrimp & green bean sauté

sweet potato casserole

when i think sweet potatoes, the simplest is best: baked sweet potato. perfect. but every now and then i am tempted to try something different. for thanksgiving dinner, i found this sweet potato casserole recipe. the casserole ingredients hit all the complementary notes with honey, vanilla and orange zest. i also added cinnamon. but what put this casserole over the edge is the topping. the combination of flour, sugar, oil, pecans and orange juice concentrate is baked to a hard crust that gives a contrasting texture to the casserole. awesome! the only thing i would change the next time i … Continue reading sweet potato casserole

bread pudding with spinach & mushrooms

i am not usually a fan of bread pudding but it seems like a thanksgiving thing to do! so i found this recipe and i could tell i would like how it tasted because it has most of the same veggies as my spinach lasagna. there is only a little bread so it didn’t have as much of a bready taste as most bread puddings … perhaps that’s why i like it so much! in some way, it tastes more like a quiche. either way, i really enjoyed this dish! Ingredients 6 large eggs whites 1-1/2 cups fat free milk … Continue reading bread pudding with spinach & mushrooms

roasted garlic & meyer lemon-rubbed turkey

i am not ambitious enough to cook a whole turkey but i wanted to try this rub! so i looked up directions on how to roast chicken and applied it to this recipe. for my first time cooking a whole chicken, the recipe was a success! the chicken was so moist and tender. even without the gravy, it was so good! give this recipe a try! Ingredients For the garlic-lemon rub 2 heads garlic 3 Meyer lemons (see Tip) 1/4 cup low sodium white miso (see Note) 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground … Continue reading roasted garlic & meyer lemon-rubbed turkey

charm city cakes + harry potter = explosive cakes

it has been a beautiful cake relationship between charm city cakes and harry potter. now that the last movie is coming out, the team pulled out all the stops for perhaps the last cake for the franchise. * this week, Charm City Cakes recreated a half-destroyed Hogwarts castle cake for the New York premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” “It’s got over 120 LED lights on it that are all on different circuits so they’re blinking at different moments, so it looks like it’s on fire, and then it’s got smoke machines that go through it, so smoke … Continue reading charm city cakes + harry potter = explosive cakes

let wolfgang puck cater your event!

springs preserve is a cultural institution that features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat. in addition, you can book the preserve for events, like the wedding we attended. the venue is beautiful and the food is delicious. Wolfgang Puck Catering practices sustainability by providing fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients in its cuisine. they have a variety of choices to cater to your event, including seated meal, buffet, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, dessert reception, vegan meal, tea party, box lunch and snack break. in addition to catering services, … Continue reading let wolfgang puck cater your event!

christmas dinner 2010

m made burgers for christmas dinner this year – shaping each patty with tj’s organic grass-fed ground beef 85/15 and frying them in bacon fat. so everyone can customize their own burger, there was an elaborate spread of toppings and sauces: cheeses: – american, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster and pepperjack veggies: – avocado, bacon, chili, jalapeno, cremini mushrooms, green peppers, onions and tomatoes sauces: – barbeque sauce, ketchup, dijon and wasabi mustard so i made my burger topped with american cheese, avocado, lettuce, onion and barbeque sauce. there were also sides of roasted potatoes and new pickles – it was burger-tastic meal! originally i was going to have a chili burger with m’s vegetarian … Continue reading christmas dinner 2010