I made this recipe nearly 4 years ago. When I first started following along with FFWD, in December 2010, I was involved with a group of friends who got together monthly at someone’s house. Wives went to one place and men went to another. We all are/were big food people and really big wine people (winemakers in our midst) so I made this one of the times I was hosting the girls.
Though it was impressive to bring to the table, I didn’t like it.
The dish was under-seasoned, which was my fault, and I didn’t like the texture of the whole chicken I used.
I wasn’t really looking forward to it this time, so I broke down my chicken into pieces first, I browned them a lot, and I made danged sure to adequately salt at every stage. Verdict: loved it! Oh and the aromas in the kitchen towards the end of that 55 minute baking time…Fabulous!
Ruminations on Completing the Book
I missed a couple years in there due to juggling the kiddo and the jobbo and the husbando. So, it doesn’t quite feel like the accomplishment that some of my colleagues have achieved. That said, I’ve completed 139 of the books’ recipes, which is the most I’ve ever cooked from one cookbook. Nothing to shake a stick at (wherever did that saying come from?)!
I like endings, though. It’s a chance to look back and think about what has changed and to also look forward and think about hopes. Since December 2010, much has changed in my life–buying our first house, having a child–and my cooking acumen has increased immeasurably!
We still have a few celebration weeks left and then the group will change, which will be sad and fine, all at the same time. Just as most endings of things we enjoy are sad and fine, all at the same time.
So, here’s to those who worked diligently and completed all the recipes–what a feat!–and here’s to those, like me, who didn’t! And here’s to a fabulous group of people, some of whom I’ve met in person, who made this project the absolute success that it is.
Thanks, Dorie, for the inspiration and the instruction.