My number one heart-throb celebrity who I love above all others . . . Ina Garten. I think she’s amazing on so many levels, and would love to spend time cooking and talking with her. But in her Paris home, of course. 🙂 If you love Ina and her adorable husband, Jeffrey, you’ll enjoy this: Ina & Jeffrey Obsession
I’m currently making my way through her recipes. Anyone who knows my cooking style knows that a recipe is only a suggestion to me. If I use a recipe at all, I make a bunch of changes or combine parts of different recipes to make it what I think it should be. But not with Ina’s recipes. I don’t mess with her recipes one little bit. They are always perfect.
I have watched Ina make her Perfect Roast Chicken for her sweet husband Jeffrey for years on tv. I have always dismissed this as something to try, because, well, it’s just roast chicken. It’s one of the most simple, no-fail, basic and easy things that anyone can make, so why bother changing the way I’ve always done it?
But last night I decided to try it. I cut a lemon in half and shoved both halves into the chicken. I cut a head of garlic in half horizontally and shoved both of those halves in. It was getting really crowded in there as I shoved in a bunch of fresh thyme. I followed her recipe to a “t”. It was super easy to throw together. Soon the house smelled wonderful. A little while later, the timer went off and I removed this beauty from the oven. I enlisted my hubby to carve, I plated and we tasted it.
I’m pretty sure this is what chickens must taste like in Heaven. I think I even heard some angels singing as I savored that first bite.
The recipe calls for roasting this on a bed of carrots, onion and fennel which I will double next time, as I could eat just this vegetable medley all by itself – it was that good. The veggies soak up all those herbs and chicken juices and get all cararmelized and delicious.
All I can say is that I’ll never cook another chicken any other way than using Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe. Thanks again, Ina.