Thursday, October 1, 2009


It's not really like me to share recipes, but these are two of my new fall favorites that you might like to try. I can be a really good cook when I want, it's just that the want is rarely alive in me as my family has virtually sucked all the fun out of cooking and sometimes even eating. It's ok, I can make kiddie food and I have even accepted my husbands need to put cheese and a totally inappropriate condiment on everything before he even tastes it.

These two recipes are winners at our house and have yet to be doctored up by my unsophisticated clan. The roasted chicken is seriously good-seriously. I orginally saw the recipe here -a blog I like to visit often. On a cool fall night you will be arm wrestling over the last scrumptious crouton. And who doesn't need another pumpkin bar recipe. My boy Holden was pretty happy coming home to them this week.

Lemon Chicken with Croutons(recipe from Ina Garten-The Barefoot Contessa)
1 (4 to 5-pound) roasting chicken
1 large yellow onion, sliced
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 cups (3/4-inch) bread cubes (1 baguette or round boule)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers. Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting pan. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The onions may burn, but the flavor is good.)
Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to
10 minutes. Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm .
Pumpkin Bars(recipe from Paula Deen)
4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.


Murillo Family said...

Looks like I don't have to go looking for a great dinner for Saturday, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try them!!

Jody said...

I got hungry looking at those pictures. Your "presentation" is excellent. You would make Ina and Paula proud. I am always looking for new recipes. Thanks. Easy and delicious - can't beat that! Maybe we will have chicken instead of turkey for Thanksgiving!