Monday, January 19, 2015

Rosie Gives You A Chicken Double Whammy.

The other day,
I was spending some quality time
on the sucking black hole of time-sink that is Facebook.

One of my imaginary friends posted this recipe
for Caramelized Baked Chicken Wings.

I happened to have chicken bosoms,
so we have our lunch.

Caramelized Baked Chicken Bosoms
3 chicken bosoms
drizzle of olive oil in bottom of baking dish
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 2/3 cup ketchup
3/4 cup honey
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

This was the basic recipe.
I added a one-inch knob of frozen ginger.

Place chicken in storage bag.
Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken.
To prepare the ginger,
take a spoon and scrape the skin off the frozen ginger.
Nuke about 25 seconds
and squeeze ginger juice into marinade.
Place pulp into garlic press and
scrape off the first and second pressings into marinade.
Marinate, massaging every now and then, for two hours.
Bake in 350° oven until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°.

Extremely moist, flavorful chicken.
Well received by the Hawthornelets.

Now, for Moreover Caramelized Baked Chicken.

Rosie doesn't do "Leftovers."
Rosie does "Moreovers."

Here's my lucid explanation:
 Nothing goes to waste in the Hawthorne Household.
And I don't refer to the remnants as leftovers.
Immediately after writing the word "leftovers,"
I knew I needed another word
that was more real, more definitive, and positive.
First I thought of the word re-do's.
But that implies it wasn't done right
the first time around
when it certainly was.
Then I considered do-overs.
But, of course,
that, too, has a negative connotation.
I've put a lot of thought into this
trying to come up with just the right word which describes
the process of what I do
in the life chain of the produce and viande
I prepare and serve and consume.

And my word is moreovers.

Think about it:
You've already produced and served
a wonderful, satisfying, convivial repast.
So, what's next?
MORE is next.
When you say "Moreover,"
you're likely going to top what you previously said,
put an exclamation point there,
and/or put it in bold or italics.
So, I have no leftovers.

We had one chicken breast left.

The next day,
Mr. Hawthorne made Moreover Chicken Lo Mein.
The Hawthornelets scarfed this down!

Mr. Hawthorne's Chicken Lo Mein

1 cooked Chicken Breast à la Imaginary FB BFF, thinly sliced
handful of rice noodles, boiled for 2-3 minutes as per instructions
Heat 2 TB peanut in skillet or wok
and sauté sliced baby zucchini,
chopped onions, sliced Napa cabbage,
 red, green, and orange peppers, and ginger slices.
Add in noodles, chicken, and toasted sesame seeds.

Toss with my sauce.

Asian Sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
2 TB soy sauce
3/4 tsp oyster sauce
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine
Mix all together.

Oh my.
So good.
It's gone.

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