Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Job, New Blog

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog for The Cooking School at Jungle Jim's International Market. Today is my first official day as the new director of the school. When we took a break from classes over the holidays, Jungle (Jim) decided to paint the cooking school. The paint job took on a life of it's own and quickly became somewhat of a remodeling effort. We have a busy week planned - I have hands-on classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I am starting to be a bit concerned about how things will look 24 hours from now for class!

It's cold, windy and snowing a bit today...a perfect night to roast a chicken for dinner. I like this recipe because it's quick enough to make after work and everything cooks in one skillet for easier clean up.

Cast Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

4-5 medium Yukon gold or red potatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
4-5 large carrots, peeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
One 2 to 4-pound chicken
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 450°. Place potatoes and carrots in a single layer in a well seasoned 12-inch cast iron skillet.

Remove giblets from the chicken, rinse and dry it very well with paper towels, inside and out. Salt and pepper the cavity, then tie the legs. Sprinkle the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on top of the potatoes and carrots in the cast iron skillet.

Place the skillet in the oven and roast 50-65 minutes, without basting, until the temperature of the breast reaches 165°. Remove from oven, baste the chicken with the pan juices and let it rest for 15 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve with potatoes and carrots. Serves 2-4.

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Bon App├ętit!

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