Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chicken and Mushrooms in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven and Blogger Hates Me

Hello, everybody!! I have a tasty dinner to share, but first I have to say that Blogger has decided to hate me. So, I hope this has pics when you see it. Well, actually, I hope you get to see it. (Why? Why? WHY??? But we'll never know why Blogger does the things she does.)
Anyway, onward!!

 My cast iron Dutch oven, inspired by Missy and Julie talking about cast iron! Isn't she pretty???
 One raw chicken. Not so pretty. Seared in a hot skillet with salt and olive oil, until browned. Butter stuffed under the skin, near the breasts.
 Four pounds of crimini mushrooms. I'm not a shroom fan at all. But these have a nice flavor. Not as earthy.
 Garlic. 'Nuff said.
Washed, unchopped mushrooms piled on the raw chicken.  Add in one whole head of garlic, peeled. (Yeah, baby, I'm crazy like that.) I'm forcing the lid on.
 One hour (or more, check it to be sure) in an oven at 350F, covered.
 Sliced, roasted garlic chicken with whole crimini mushrooms, and a side salad of baby spinach, dried cranberries, feta cheese and toasted walnuts.
But hubby needs some gravy. So... whisking a little flour into the drippings from the chicken. Mushroom gravy. It looks gross. Tastes amazing.
 Oh, I found this at a junk shop. Hmmmm. Looks promising! My daughters love leather purses from old storage items so I thought, even if I can't mend the strap, it might be a cute box.
 OOOOOO!!! Now, who do we have here?
 This is where his little tape would go. He's a mini movie maker. And pushing a button, everything is still moving and whirring along.
Edna demands to inspect the newcomer. He introduces himself and seems like he wins her over in about 2.5 seconds. His name is Leviathan. Sort of odd. Wasn't that the whale that swallowed Jonah? But he's mighty in charm. Definitely an extrovert.

 OK, I hope everyone has survived the Thanksgiving week and I'll see you all here next time.... if Blogger decides she loves me at the last minute. Apparently, Google Chrome is the only man she'll talk to these days.

21 comments:

  1. Christalee, I was going to say something about how Leviathan's mother named him without knowing where exactly in the Bible the name showed up, but I like you as a friend... :D :D

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  3. HAHAHA!!! Christalee has no idea what you are speaking of... :P She may or may not have a son named Levi, but that is purely coincidental I assure you. :D

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    1. Hmm, are you sure you are really my friend?? :P :P

      And this looks scrumptious!
      Love the Camera...I mean... Leviathan is awesome! ;)

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  4. you dont add any water or anything? will this work in a slowcooker instead of oven? don't feel up to cleaning my oven plus it's kinda iffy and me being iffy and it being iffy at the same time is a bad combo...
    I kinda like mushrooms- in small doses. the baby bellas are pretty good in omelets (ok egg scrambles since I don't have the talent for flipping an omelet in one piece 'cause I'm iffy in the kitchen...)
    Susanna

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    1. The mushrooms add the water and the fresh chicken has a lot of grease/oil. You could add a bit of water to the bottom, but the searing keeps the chicken from cooking to the bottom (the olive oil helps, too). I think if you add a lot of broth, the chicken is more boiled than baked. The flavor is different.
      I'm not an omelette lover. Not really into eggs at all...

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  5. LOL. Love how open to meeting new 'people' Edna is. We could all learn a lesson from that kind of acceptance, couldn't we? :-) The raw chicken pic I could have done without...but that's the vegetarian in me! At least blogger played nice for you today!

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    1. Ha!! I know. A friend posted a link in her Facebook feed and it came up with a magnified raw chicken butt. Ew.

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  6. I think this dish looks fabulous, but I live in a house full of mushroom haters. I'll have to tweak it into a single serving for lunch sometime. Can you imagine the aroma wafting from the kitchen all morning?

    Oh, yes Virginia, I think you can...

    And I love Leviathan!

    (Leviathan is actually the sea monster in Job, Psalms and Isaiah - strong, powerful, no man can catch him. In Isaiah 27, he's called "the serpent of the sea.")

    My grandfather's hobby in the 30's and 40's and 50's was photography. He had an 8mm movie camera that looked a lot like Leviathan! Which reminds me, I'm sure someone has those old movies around somewhere...I wonder if anyone has had them converted to digital yet? Sounds like a project.....

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    1. Jan! How very interesting!! I haven't the time to Google our new friend but he's quite lovely!

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  7. This looks amazing, Virginia!! I LOVE mushrooms. Will definitely try this. I still need to buy a dutch oven, though. Maybe I can ask for one for Christmas… :)

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    1. Weren't you the one talking about Lodge cast iron? Or maybe you just had a skillet...

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    2. I just have a skillet. Mainly use it for cornbread.

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    1. I bought it at Walmart! But I actually just gave it away (tried to sell it on the virtual site but two people didn't show and I'd had enough). I made this post a while ago and I used it A LOT.... but then one day I left it in my porcelain sink. It's one of those really old farmhouse sinks. It made a HUGE RING! Like a rust ring. I've tried everything and it's faded a little.... So I gave that one to Mindy P and bought a Martha Stewart cast iron dutch oven but this one is covered with porcelain! So, it shouldn't hurt the sink.

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  9. I have several cast aluminum Dutch Ovens. We search for them at garage sales. People sell them for next to nothing, not realizing what a gem they are for cooking. My mother-in-law gave me my first one, a 6.5 quart oval roaster that she didn't use any more... then I found a 4.5 quart round.... then a 10 quart round soup pot... and then my boys THREW THAT ONE AWAY when the garage was a mess, oh, don't ask, it was a long time ago, but I still miss that soup pot... but then Beth found one very much like it at a garage sale and she lives in my cupboard (the pot, not Beth, she lives in my refrigerator) and we're all happy.

    My whole silly point is that the cast aluminum conducts heat perfectly evenly and doesn't leave rust marks. I love that!!!

    Virginia, I'm with Cruz, I love the gravy drippings/mushroomy goodness for this and the one pot dish/clean up!!!! YES!!! I never thought of doing a slew of mushrooms in with chicken but it's genius!!!

    The camera case.... I'm in Kodak country, so we have antique cameras and cases of all kinds around here. Multiple generations of Kodak workers and so many cool cameras around! I can see that Leviathan is happily conversing with Edna.... and they have some serious catching up to do! 40 years, give or take... and wait until Edna shows him HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED!!!! Keep the smelling salts handy!

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  10. Oh, my gosh that dinner looks absolutely chicken wonderful. Thank you!!!

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  11. I got mushrooms and a fresh chicken and I'm going to try this today. What kind of pan did you use for the searing?

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    1. Cindy, it looks like she seared it right there in her dutch oven. Would save washing another pan! :)

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