Thursday, October 15, 2015

You Are One Easy Chicken.

Listen, I like cooking away for hours like any food snob but some days I just don't have time for that kind of business. I'd like to set up lights and tripods to capture the perfect picture where the steam rises just so and the meat sweats perfectly (ewww) but some days my camera phone will just have to convey deliciousness in it's own charming but jinky way. I have a hungry family to feed and chronic illnesses to attend to. Before culinary school I learned how to cook from my grandmother and my mother. Some seriously delicious home cooking. I ain't afraid of chicken bouillon and dried herbs. Sure I know that homemade and fresh can be better sometimes but not always in my opinion. I prefer green bean casserole using canned green beans over fresh. Yeah, that's right. The gloves are off. Yeah, I'll buy a pre-roasted chicken from the grocery and it'll make delicious things out of it. Damn right I will. I happen to love Spam and American cheese and I'm not ashamed of it. I crave Doritos every night and drink Coke every day for breakfast. That being said I also love the salty mineral tannin in a perfectly braised Coq Au Vin. My favorite food is oysters on the half shell. I am caught between two world my dears but when it comes down to it, I just love food. Trashy food, junk food, classy food, expensive food, interesting food, comforting food, gas station food, fine dining food. I just really love to taste tasty things. Who am I to turn my nose up at how anyone cooks? I'm just a girl who loves to eat. Culinary degree or not. Just cook. Eat. Live and try to be happy while doing so.

So anyways blah blah blah. The other night I was not feeling well so I bought a rotisserie chicken. For my family of three I got three nights of meals out of it. On the first night I carved the breast meat and made Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad Wraps. On the second night I made Cuban Fricaise de Pollo out of the leg and thigh meat. On the last night I made a quick chicken stock out of the bones, wings, and back meat which turned into Pasta Fagioli with Spicy Fennel Sausage. Quick and inexpensive and incredibly delicious.

Cuban Fricaise de Pollo (Cuban Hunters Chicken)

2 chicken thighs and 2 chicken legs (roast it yourself or buy a chicken pre-roasted to save time)
1 15oz can dice tomatos
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Spanish olives, thinly sliced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper tt

parsley for garnish
Spanish olive oil
steamed white rice

Shred the cooked chicken. Set aside. Heat some olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion, celery, and garlic for a few minutes (until soft). Add the spices, tomato, chicken meat, and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat to medium low. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over white rice. Yum.

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