Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicken Broth update

Ok, I went and got the chicken.
But I went to Whole Foods (but not this one in Austin, Texas).

I became distracted by beautiful kales

Purple cauliflower

Sumo Mandarins

And the salad bar. 

Ai, ai, ai! My daughter and I spent over an hour looking and touching and dreaming. I grabbed some whey protein for morning smoothies and shocked my girl when I showed her the spinach I'd be adding. She's still recovering.

So, yes, we bought the chicken. But with the salad bar, right near the cold case where I picked up some cold roasted brussels sprouts (I promise, both my grandmothers are rolling over in their graves.) I acquiesced immediately to my girlie's request for their rotisserie chicken. Dinner? Done!

Last night I finally got to the Chicken Broth and I'll say this. It is worthy of some time. I roasted the chicken in the dutch oven as Chef John suggested, but I'm finicky about the breast meat coming up to 160 degrees. It took a bit longer than 45 minutes. Do temperature test the chicken when you try this. 

Then, after the stove top caramelizing and about one hour of simmering, I gave up for the night and put it in the refrigerator to wait. (I did cool it first.) So more on that later. The fragrance is superb and I can't wait to finish it tonight for chicken soup. 

I promise, we'll report on it when it's finally complete. Chef John's recipe is a keeper, or at least seems so for now. What I love over and over about his point of view is this, more of the chicken, less of the extras. This recipe doesn't want you to add anything to the broth as you go but one celery stalk, one onion and three little bruised garlic cloves.

It took a lot not to let my Dear have a spoonful. Mais non! It is not ready for tasting.

To be continued.

Til then, 



  1. I looked around your blog some today. I absolutely love that Henri Nouwen quote. I'm thinking of making into a print for our dining room somehow.

    Anyway, it made me wonder if you've read A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester. It seems like something you'd all enjoy.

  2. Hi Jill,
    Thank you, I love that quote so much. And rereading it because of you reminds me, "Every breakfast, lunch, or dinner can become a time of growing communion with one another." We rarely watch the news with dinner but did last night. It was so separate. The communion of down time, time for each other is the best.
    I will look into the book. I haven't read it. I look forward to reading your blog, too. It's very pretty.
    Check back in later in March. We're going to be talking about coffee. Mmmmm.