The no plan protein

The  game I have with myself right now is protein roulette.  I buy the protein I’m going to cook and then challenge myself to use whatever is on hand.  The purpose is twofold:  to make me a more creative cook, and 2) get rid of that stuff that’s been sitting on my shelves for too long.

Rex is basically a vegetarian, but he does like chicken legs.  I’ve made then 20 different ways.  I went out on a limb and did thighs this night.  I did two different versions.  This one worked out the best.

Homemade ceasar dressing from a few days previous, chopped onions ( half chopped, sitting in plastic wrap) chicken broth and hot pepper jelly.   It turned out great. The crispy skin was a hit. Marinated over night and cooked long and low in the oven.

I made another wing it batch with broth, onions, paprika, cumin, but it cooked a tad too long and wasn’t as fun. The skin was still popular though.

I know, it might not look fab, but it’s pretty tasty.  Hey, you don’t have to be a chef to make food. Since I do more of the cooking than my home chef I have figured this out. So many people eat food out of a box or a freezer.  Don’t be afraid to cook.

Stealing ingredients

Ah, to be in Europe walking along cobblestone streets eating fresh bread and Gouda.  That crash back to reality has set in.  Going through a home improvement store, praying someone helps me find the box that goes with the toilet while I yell at my kids to stop climbing on the shelves, more driving than walking, asphalt streets with pot holes.

Part of normal ife is cooking at home.  At least if I’m back to making dinners at home again I know who to steal from.  When you travel you don’t know.

I present roast chicken ala theft.  How do you do your chicken?