Cheap, Cheep.

I suppose I could say I’ve been so busy tackling my 2011 life goals (there are many) that I haven’t had time to actually list them here, which was my intention. But, in actuality, I just haven’t made the time to do it. I will, maybe, eventually. However, one of said goals is to make a proper meal (preferably a new recipe) once a week. So far, so good. Week 1 was Egyptian Red Lentil soup (yum!). Week 2? Roast chicken. The result? One word, three syllables: ah-may-zing.

I used Ina Garten’s recipe for “Jeffrey’s Roast Chicken,” found in her newest cookbook How Easy Is That? I love to say it with the Ina inflection, go on, you know you do, too. And I love that this is a Jeffrey favorite, mostly because then I can dish Ina-style about how “Jeffrey just lohves this meal.” Maybe you can’t hear her say it, but I can, and I chuckle every time. Anyway, I digress. The best part about this meal, aside from the deliciousness factor, is the cost. Who knew a roasting chicken could be purchased for under $5?! The other ingredients are lemons, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Maybe some chicken broth and wine if you want to make the gravy. Either way, we’re basically talking an entire chicken for at or under $10. And we still haven’t finished the leftovers.

The hardest part for me was the handling of the bird. It was all very….real. But, I reminded myself that it is  important to understand what we eat. Yes, this was once a living thing. It has bones, and innards, and joints that wiggle. A deep breath and mental check-in with Michael Pollan, and I was good to go.

In the cookbook, Ina also calls this “engagement chicken” because apparently readers of hers who made it for their boyfriends got engaged soon after. The funny part is when I sent my mom a picture text of the finished product, she responded saying: “be careful, Lisa (my roommate) may want to marry you.” Needless to say, when I finally do find my Mr. Right, I won’t be dropping “when are you popping the question?!”  hints. I’ll just be dropping roast chicken on his plate, and the ring should be mine in no time.

Looking to get engaged? Bon appetit!

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