Monday, July 13, 2009

What I Made for Dinner: July 13, 2009

Grilled whole chicken, tomato salad with arugula, grilled zucchini with parmesan cheese.

With Chuck traveling and working so much, it's tempting to let things slide a little on the meals front. For instance, last night for dinner, the kids ate frozen pizza (I heated it first) while sitting on a blanket on the floor in front of the TV. I ate popcorn for dinner.

But tonight I needed some civilization. Even though it's the middle of summer, I still crave roast chicken. Of course it would be obnoxious to roast a chicken when it's 90 and humid out. But if you remove the backbone of a whole chicken, rub its skin with olive oil and herbs and salt and pepper, and put it flat over evenly-spread coals, it grills on the Weber very nicely. You get the same meal, and importantly the same leftovers, as if you'd had your oven going at 425 for an hour and a half. This week: the leftovers!


  1. Let's see. Last night I was such a crappy Mom that this morning Grace said to me, "last night we didn't have a real dinner."

    I gave her left over chicken noodle soup and challah. Noah had nachos and challah. There were pickled green beans on the table and we finished them. There was also guac and babaganoush which she ate a lot of.

    Yes, this is a somewhat typical hodgepodge at my house but I sure felt awful when she called me out on not serving a proper dinner.

    However, when I apologized immediately and profusely she explained further that the problem was how Noah and I had sat at the table playing Battleship the entire time. Apparently that is what made it not a real dinner.

    Apparently this would never happen at Daddy's house and is totally unacceptable.

    I thought that was the best part of dinner myself but I promised her we wouldn't do it again.

    Tomorrow night I'll try to make something worthy of my little princess.

  2. Oh, you made the pickled green beans! How'd they turn out? (Well, I imagine, as you ate them all.)