Our moms were raised by depression-era ladies who used a single tea bag for two cups of tea and never met a leftover they didn’t eat. This issue of three delicious chicken recipes is in honor of our grandmothers, who taught us the good old-fashioned art of not wasting a scrap.
P.S. CM and I in deep gratitude for the support of so many. ♥
This week's goop collaboration
One Bird, Three Meals
There's something intensely satisfying about using every last bit of a bird. This week, we're taking one chicken, and turning it into three quick and healthy meals.
1. Wash and dry the chicken and place breast-up on a clean, flat surface. (We rub ours inside and out with Kosher salt, then rinse, then dry.)
2. Slice through the skin connecting the legs to the breast until you reach the bone that connects the leg to the body.
3. Grabbing the leg with your hand and steadying the back of the bird, pull on the leg until the joint pops out of the socket. Cut through and around the joint to remove the leg. Repeat on the other side.
4. To remove the breasts, start by making an incision in the center along the breast plate, making sure to separate the top of the breast from the wishbone.
5. Keeping your knife running against the breast bone, slice down towards the wing, guiding the meat to separate with your hand as you go.
Flash Roasted Legs
Roasting the legs at a high temperature for half an hour crisps the skin while keeping the meat juicy (letting the legs rest after cooking is key). This is a perfect weekday dinner when served with roasted sweet potatoes and red onions.
It's not every day that Vitsoe, the only company with an exclusive worldwide license to produce legendary industrial designer Dieter Rams' furniture, launch a new product. We're long-time admirers (and adopters) of the modular shelving system so our ears pricked up when we heard they'd be adding Rams' 1962 design, the 621 Side Table, to their tightly-edited repertoire. Elegantly minimal in black or off-white (and nicely affordable, too), these tables are the perfect gateway drug to the rest of the world of Vitsoe: One can stand alone as a side table, in a group as a coffee table, on its side over the couch, or nested with its smaller version as a set of occasional tables. Rams made a few key updates to the original for the re-issue (should you own an archival pair)—they're now made out of recycled plastics, and he added some always-intended adjustable feet, which keep the tables centered on uneven floors.
Chicken + Beet Green Pilaf
This is a great way to make a no-fuss meal out of leftovers. Shred whatever chicken is still on the bones after boiling as close to serving time as possible (to avoid drying it out).