Chicken Broth

Circle of Chicken Part 2: Golden Chicken Broth of Happiness

Let’s be straight with one another: does the Internet really need another chicken broth recipe? Or roast chicken recipe? Not really. There are probably hundreds of versions you can find. What I’m trying to communicate with this Circle of Chicken series is how to fully use a chicken–to take every part of it and get the full benefit out of it, resulting in 16+ meals. Hopefully this compact set of recipes will help you save money, reduce waste, and–most importantly–eat delicious food!

So you’ve already made your Perfect Roast Chicken and impressed your friends and family. Now it’s time to enter Part 2 of the Circle of Chicken: strip that carcass down and use the bones to make an incredible broth that you can either use right away in soups or risotto, or freeze for later use.

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Circle of Chicken Part 1: Perfect Roast Chicken

Do you love food? Are you ready to eat something delicious, easy, and cheap, and then take the leftovers and make several other delectable dishes? Then you, my friend, are ready to enter the Circle of Chicken. Come with me.

The Circle of Chicken begins, of course, with the chicken. Perfect Roast Chicken.

But before we get started, I need to tell you something important: you’re going to need to trust me about this recipe. It’s going to seem too simple to be really delicious, and too easy to actually be fun to make. There’s no butter, no herbs, no lemon tucked inside this chicken. But the simple fact remains that it’s still the best roast chicken you’ll ever eat.

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Update: Comics, Circle of Chicken, and Cloth Diapers

My little sweetie is four months old this week!

My little sweetie is four months old this week!

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was a whirlwind of friends both here in Portland and visiting from out of town, thanks to the Wizard World comic convention. This is the third year Wizard World has come to Portland, and it’s a controversial event for many–here’s an article or two summing that up–with most, if not all, of the local comic book retailers and the majority of the comic book publishers declining to exhibit.

I went for the first time this year, feeling very odd due to my new civilian status–after six years working in marketing for Things From Another World, an online and brick-and-mortar comic book retailer, I’m accustomed to working the booth, not milling around the show. (I’ve since quit my job to stay home with Sarah and Sid, for now.) I was shocked at how packed the convention was. Less shocking was the fact that I barely recognized anyone; a large swath of Portland’s geek population stayed home.

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Enter the Circle of Chicken for Multiple Delicious (and Cheap) Meals

Circle of Chicken
I did the math the other day, and I estimate that I can get at least 16 meals (or the essential parts of them) from one glorious (and cheap) roast chicken. Impossible, you say? Sounds difficult?

Come with me, my friend. With a little planning and about $5 (if you catch whole fryers on sale), you too can enter the Circle of Chicken: a place where you start off with a company-worthy recipe so easy a three-year-old could make it (NOTE: please supervise any toddlers you’re currently employing to cook your dinners), and reap the benefits for weeks.

Here’s just one example of what I can typically make from one five or six-pound roast chicken:

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Magazines Have No Love for Valentine’s Day

So many home and garden magazines, so little time! Fortunately for you, I subscribe to three of them: Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, and Better Homes & Gardens (the latter two are gifts from my mom–thank you Mom!) and I plan to do my own F*ck, Marry, Kill writeup of the February issues, to separate the wheat from the chaff, once my Southern Living arrives in the mail.

However, looking at the covers, one thing immediately pops to mind:

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Year of Suck Soap in Review: 2014

Despair in the Afternoon’s yearly recaps of General Hospital are clever and hilarious, with just a touch of bitterness.

Despair in the Afternoon

As usual, I planned to have this done by January 1st, and as usual, I completely failed that resolution. But better late than never, right? So, snuggle up on the couch with your favorite super villain, kids. It’s year in review time:

General Hospital 2014

NATHAN: Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but you’re really hot… so let’s be roommates maybe?
MAXIE: Listen, you’re sweet, but I’ve ruined a lot of lives lately, and now I really need to skip town to avoid dealing with the fall out.
NATHAN: Damn. I knew I should have taken my shirt off before asking that.

SABRINA: I can’t believe you told Patrick you were my baby’s father!
CARLOS: If it bothers you that much, you could always just tell him the truth.
SABRINA: Well, that’s obviously impossible. It’s not sweeps yet.

ROBIN: After two years of captivity, all I want is for things to get back…

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