My mom used to say that trying to wake me up in the morning was like entering a dragon’s lair. As I got older she would send in my dog, that noble dragon-slaying beagle, who would lay his head on my bed, whine, and occasionally lick any body part that stuck out from under the sheets.
In my college years I would revel in that 3am energy surge. “Fourth wind!” I would shout as I pulled an all-nighter, madly typing that essay with a Red Bull bubbling next to my computer. I was convinced that my best, most creative work happened just before dawn.
In spite of the rough first week of the new year, I had one of the most amazing and rejuvenating of weekends. AC and I had been talking about having a Queens Day redux, because the first one was fantastic… but it took a while for our schedules to sync up. Finally, though, we picked January 11th and clung to it with everything we had. Because of the forecasted rain, we decided to have a relaxing day in and, of course, a meal of epic proportions.
I stumbled across this delicious recipe by The Amateur Gourmet (of course, I should have known I’d love it by the title of the blogger!) while I was still living at home with my parents. I was growing tired of steamed broccoli and looking for a way to reinvigorate one of my favorite vegetables. Enter “The Best Broccoli of Your Life.” I was intrigued, so I gave it a shot. Since that first dinner I have been spreading the good word. I am pretty sure this dish blew my dad’s mind, and it basically changed J’s life. There are some nights when all we want for dinner is a large plate of this roasted broccoli.
Let’s get started!
I tried this roasted chicken recipe when I first moved to New York and it has been in my regular rotation ever since. Smitten Kitchen has never failed me and this is seriously some of the juiciest chicken you will ever bite into.
As a tenet of frugal living, cooking the majority of your own meals is mandatory (as well as occasionally bumming food off of your friends). There are some (many) days, however, when 6 pm hits and you realize that you haven’t even thought of dinner, and all of your meat is rock solid in the freezer. For those such days, I discovered Lazy Chicken. Thanks to Google and the amazing Tasty Kitchen blog, I now have a go-to recipe to combat the “just order takeout” compulsion.