Sunday, November 25, 2012

Roasted Chicken with Fennel, Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots and Onions

So for dinner tonight I wanted to make my favorite Sunday dinner which is roasted chicken. I have been working on making a great roasted chicken for a few years for a variety of reasons namely it tastes damn good, it's fairly healthy for you and it's not terribly expensive. But tonight I wanted to put a spin on it and was in the mood for some fennel so I came up with the following recipe:

1/2 roasted chicken, skin on - bone in
4 carrots, peeled and chopped into 2" pieces
1 lb assorted fingerling potatoes cut in 1/2
1 large sweet onion quartered
1 bulb of fennel quartered
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons of butter, melted
1/4 cup rosemary, chopped
1/4 cup thyme, chopped
kosher salt
olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • Set oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Pat dry your chicken and brush on melted butter. Season it with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 25% of your herbs on to the top of the chicken. 
  • Put all of the veggies in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic and remaining herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and lemon juice to bowl and toss to coat. 
  • Pour veggies into a roasting pan and distribute evenly. Place chicken skin side up on top of veggies. 
  • Roast chicken for 35-40 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  • Remove from oven and tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Movember Update - The Thanksgiving El Guapo Update

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!!!!!!!!! Time for me to the head to the People's Republic of Madison - well Fitchburg. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pork Shoulder and Bacon Chili

So Sunday I was craving chili but also something with pork in it - I like how the little buggers taste. A quick Google search landed me on this base recipe from Michael Symon. I switched a few things up by adding 22oz of Goose Island Matilda (big fucking shock) and cutting back on the stock as well as adding Penzy's Chipotle Powder to the spice mix. Lastly, I cooked it in the slow cooker for 3.5 hours so it made for great football watching cooking too. It is one of the best chili recipes I have ever eaten. Also, the corn bread kicks ass!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 19 Movember Update

If you would like, please donate!

It's Movember and time to make a difference.
Men’s health is a cause I am passionate about but in order to make a difference I need your help. My commitment is to grow a moustache for the month of November and by changing my appearance, raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. 
I am asking you to help support my personal journey by making a donation. The size of the donation isn’t important, every little bit helps Movember continue its funding of world-class programs.  
To highlight the importance of what I am doing, take a look at these statistics: 
 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
 This year 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed 
 This year 8,290 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer
If you’d like to help change these statistics, please donate to me by: 
*Donating online at:
*Writing a check payable to 'Movember', referencing my Registration ID: 4562069 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 2726, Venice CA 90294-2726
For more details, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website:
Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men's health.