Stupid Good Summer School Week 4: How to Roast a Chicken

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Roasting a chicken is hands down the best way to handle your week’s pack lunches. Sunday can be spent prepping this pretty bird for a traditional dinner and the rest can be pieced up for salads, quesadillas or wraps! It is not as intimidating as you might think, especially if you harness the power of citrus to up your flavor game. The threat of dry chicken comes with overcooking it, but if you use a thermometer to check for that perfect 175°F, you’re good to go.

Check out the video below for a basic video on how to roast a chicken and come back Thursday for a my recipe for Lemon Roast Chicken with Paprika and Thyme.

 

Stupid Good Summer School: Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

Everybody should be well versed in the art of making bacon (watch Tuesday’s video here) and if anything measures your success in the kitchen, it should probably be determined by how you make bacon. This recipe calls for crisping it up in the oven, avoiding obnoxious grease splatters and flavoring this otherwise plain vegetable- cauliflower.

This dish is super comforting, perfect for torrential downpour days in Florida. Honestly, I much prefer rain over the devil’s armpit weather that is the norm here in Ft. Lauderdale. Bacon, cheddar and rosemary highlight this beautifully roasted cauliflower- a perfect side dish or a bigger portion can be packed away for lunch. Feel free to omit the rosemary, but I think it really elevates the richness. Enjoy!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 6 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  1. Set your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread out the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and olive oil, tossing together to coat all pieces. Place the bacon amongst the cauliflower, making sure it is even throughout.
  3. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the cauliflower is toasty and fork-tender and the bacon is crispy.
  4. Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the cheddar across the top (the residual heat should gently melt the cheese). Garnish with rosemary and more salt and pepper, if desired.

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Stay tuned for next week’s Stupid Good Summer School:
How to Roast a Chicken

 

Stupid-good-summer-schoolSchool may be out for the summer, but it’s time to get your kitchen game onto the honor roll! ‘Stupid Good Summer School’ features a technique every Tuesday, and a recipe using that technique every Thursday. 

Stupid Good Summer School Week 3: How to Cook Bacon

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Learning how to cook bacon is not just a technique, it’s a way of life. I am aware I should be demonstrating more knife skills or hard boiling an egg or maybe even how to clean your blender; Standard kitchen stuff! But no, this is the information that you really need. Cooking rich, thick slabs of pork. Yes.

I use the thickest bacon you can find- it’s more expensive, but damn, is it worth it. You can get a package for about $8, but you can freeze and save any you don’t use right away. In this video, you get two techniques that are my favorite ways to get flat, crispy bacon. In the oven, you avoid the dangerous grease splatters and in the frying method, adding water helps slowly render the bacon fat and leaving you with crispier, flatter bacon. Say goodbye to weak microwave bacon!