Sunday, June 15, 2008

What Else Does One Really Need?

There hasn't been much time for cooking this week but there have been a few nice foodie moments...

Foodie moment number one: Found the Soup Man frozen soup at my local grocery store.

This came as a surprise. I mean, being a soup-junkie and all, and a fan of Seinfeld, I had heard of this guy and his restaurant in New York, but had never been lucky enough to eat some of his soup. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I stumbled upon his soup in the frozen food section of my local grocery store. Normally I don't like store bought soup. But it's nice to know there's something out there for my poor starving children to ladle up while Mom's at work. Soup Man, you saved the day!

Foodie moment number two: Lee's Sandwiches

This franchise opened a few months ago, and although I'm not a fan of Asian food, this was fun. Lot's of sandwiches to choose from and there was a big bonus, Great bread! Crispy on the outside, hot and tender on the inside and only $1.00. One Dollar! I wanted to buy ten loaves, but knew I'd weigh about ten pounds heavier if I did.

Foodie moment number three
: The Farmer's Market

I love shopping at farmer's markets. If anyone has read any of my previous posts, they know I like to grocery shop. Once I heard Nigella Lawson say, "some girls shop for shoes on the weekend, I shop for food." I always new I liked that gal. Here's some of our loot - including some squash from our own garden.

And last but not least...

Foodie moment number four: Girls Night In

My daughter and I found ourselves home alone on Saturday night with no men around except for the cat. We prepared a meal with local everything (except for the wine and olive oil.) A roast chicken with new potatoes and garlic bought at the farmer's market along with some thyme and rosemary from our garden. Also some sliced zucchini from the garden, sauteed in a bit of olive oil, butter and thyme. Also a nice Cesar salad and afterward watched The Other Boleyn Girl. A perfect evening.

Roast Chicken with Potatoes
adapted from Jean-Georges Vongerichten's recipe on The Martha Stewart Show

Serves 4
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound of new potatoes
1 whole (2 1/2-to-3-pound) chicken, wings removed
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 head garlic, halved crosswise
Fleur de sel, for serving
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Butter a medium roasting pan with 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons oil. Place potatoes in a single layer in roasting pan. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Place rosemary, thyme, and garlic inside cavity of chicken; using kitchen twine, tie legs together to enclose. Rub chicken with remaining 3 tablespoons each of butter and oil. Place chicken on top of potatoes on one of its sides.
Transfer roasting pan to oven and roast for 20 minutes. Turn chicken onto its other side and continue roasting 20 minutes more. Turn chicken, breast side up, and add 2 tablespoons water to pan; continue roasting until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 10 to 20 minutes more.
Carve chicken in roasting pan allowing the juices to combine with the potatoes. Serve from the roasting pan, spooning pan juices over potatoes. Sprinkle with fleur de sel.

(I waited until the last 20 minutes of cooking time to add my potatoes to the pan as they were just a few tiny, new potatoes and I knew they wouldn't take long to cook and they turned out fantastic).


rowena said...

Soup Man, great bread, the Farmer's Market -- that really is ALL that anyone needs. As much as I appreciate the gourmet dining experiences of foodies around the world, it's the simple meals that hit home, the meals that truly count. I am envious of your weekend loot. I'm just praying for some warmth and sun to get my garden on a roll!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by Rowena. We are in need of some warmth and sun too. Can't wait for those tomatoes to hurry up and ripen.

Maryann said...

The soup man is scaring me :)

Michelle said...

That soup man scares me too, maryann. But he sure makes a mean pot of soup.

Proud Italian Cook said...

That chicken looks absolutely perfect! Sounds like a great night with your daughter. Did you like the movie? I was thinking of renting it.

Michelle said...

Thanks proud italian cook! I enjoyed the movie a lot. But I am a fan of anything British (and European as well). If you watched "The Tudors", then you will probably like this movie, as it is a bit more realistic and less harlequin romance. I've read a couple books about the Tudor age and am fascinated by this subject. I liked both the actors and the scenery in this movie. Let me know if you rent it, I'm curious to know what you think.