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Chicken legs. Bluck. They're not just chicken legs - they're chicken leg quarters. Double-bluck.

Anyway, I made a homemade stuffing: diced celery, onions, scallions and apples. Then, two fistfuls of torn fresh spinach and two hard rolls ripped into small bits. Chopped walnuts. Seasoned with poultry seasoning. Tastes good, but... it's going into that chicken, so.

I stuffed the four leg quarters and got a good look at the spots where the feathers were pulled out and the hardened chicken skin at the ends of the pieces. I don't think this chicken had a good life. Triple-bluck.

I basted the chicken with honey and put a big pile of stuffing in the middle of the four leg quarters. All of it is on a sheet pan with a 1" edge. Put that into the oven. It's on 350F convection, cooking slower because it will be a while before Dad gets home.

Then I took the old bag of carrots and peeled those and cut them in half lengthwise, a tricky feat with a steak knife. (I *knew* I should have brought my real knife.) Covered the carrots with honey and powdered ginger, covered up the dish and put that into the oven.

I washed the rest of the spinach. Somehow Dad walked into Whole Foods and managed to buy the one bundle of spinach that was covered in fine dirt. Washed the spinach again. I might soak it, leek-style. 

Anyway, I'm thinking about skipping the extra starches (bakes beans and potatoes) altogether and making a side dish of spinach to go along with the carrots and chicken.


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Feb. 15th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think this chicken had a good life.

I... *cringe*
Feb. 15th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)

Feb. 15th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Not that it doesn't smell fantastic - but - I feel like sending up a blessing or lighting a candle for these chickens that gave their legs.
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I have a horrible weakness for fried chicken skin. I've had quite a few people express confusion about how I can (normally) not eat land animals, yet I still like the way they smell and taste when cooked.

Of course, they get upset if I do start explaining why I gave up land animals.

This would be why I normally don't discuss such things with people unless it comes up or they're cooking for me.
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
It's like politics and religion - one of those verboten topics.
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
"For every cow you don't eat, I'll eat two! Nyuk nyuk." K almost punched some dude for that once. The verbal smack was amusing enough, though.

(K was the one who'd mentioned me being vegetarian, for some reason having to do with what he was talking about at the time. He felt the guy turning to me and snottily saying that was totally out of line. True, but not the first time it had happened by far.)
Feb. 15th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Fried chicken skin ROCKS
Feb. 16th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Chicken legs?
Or Chickens with crutches?
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Chicken legs?
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