Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Roasted a beer can chicken last night. Delicious! Crunchy, savory skin--just don't take it down off the beer can or the skin gets soggy.

Brined chicken for a few hours (1/4 cup salt to 4 cups water and a few spoonfuls sugar)

Rubbed with orange zest, minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes in cavity and on and unders skin.

Roasted on half-empty Sapporo beer can in 400 degree oven for about 1 hr 20 mins.

Ate with:
Fig jam (onions and Mission figs and shallots diced and sauteed for a long time, added water, balsamic, orange zest, thyme, salt, pepper, orange juice)
Blanched garden green beans with melted butter.
Sauteed mushrooms (button and wild)
Basmati rice.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Sauteed chicken breast pieces in olive oil with minced red onion and jalapeno, crushed garlic, cilantro, and salt and pepper, all till brown and caramelized. Deglazed with dark beer (OK--not great).

Served with salsa made of Roma tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, avocado, and (for Kyle and I) a firm-fleshed plum.

Also served with corn. The mottled red and white from Monterey Market wasn't very good.