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Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon

By Barbara Beltrami

From William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” Act IV, Scene IV, comes a quote: “For you there’s rosemary and rue; these keep seeming and savor all the winter long.” Rosemary is an herb that gives its best aromatic and savory gifts in the cold weather. It’s a strong herb; you need only brush it with your fingertips or sleeve to keep its pungent scent a good while after. An evergreen plant in the mint family along with thyme, basil, oregano and lavender, it has many medicinal as well as culinary uses. Try roasting a chicken and poking rosemary sprigs in the cavity or under the skin. Put rosemary leaves in a bean and cabbage soup or use it with pears in a cake. Fresh rosemary is best, but it freezes well. Grow some on your window sill and savor it all winter long.

Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon

Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon

YIELD: Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS: 

One 3- to 3½-pound roasting chicken, cleaned, rinsed and dried

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 whole lemon, quartered

1 medium onion quartered

4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved lengthwise

4 to 6 rosemary sprigs + more for garnish

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup dry white wine

½ cup water

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 F. Rub cavity of chicken with salt and pepper and juice from lemon quarters; place onion quarters inside cavity. Tuck wings under neck and tie legs together; tuck garlic and rosemary sprigs under skin; rub outside of chicken with juiced lemon wedges, then smear all over with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast chicken until it is just done, about one hour. Remove from oven and let rest; remove from roasting pan and transfer to warm platter. Set roasting pan over medium heat on stove top; add wine to pan juices and scrape bits and pieces from bottom of pan; add water, boil liquid, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and reduced by half. Serve chicken with pan juices and roasted potatoes. 

Chick Pea and Veggie Soup with Rosemary

YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS: 

¼ cup olive oil

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice

2 cups finely shredded fresh cabbage

2 cups diced zucchini

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock

 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

One 28-ounce can chick peas

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in a large heavy sauce pan or pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until garlic starts to brown and onion is transparent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and discard garlic; add rosemary, tomatoes and their juice, cabbage, zucchini, stock, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes, until cabbage and zucchini are tender. Add chick peas, stir and cook another 5 to 10 minutes until they are heated through. Serve hot with fried bread cubes and a spinach salad.

Pear-Rosemary Upside Down Cake

Pear-Rosemary Upside Down Cake

YIELD: Makes 8 to 10 servings

INGREDIENTS: 

Nonstick cooking spray

4 large pears, peeled and cored

1½ cups sugar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

2 large eggs

1 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1½ cups flour

¾ cup stone ground yellow cornmeal

½ teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS: 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray inside and bottom of 9-inch springform pan, then wrap outside bottom and sides with heavy duty aluminum foil. In large bowl gently toss pear slices with two tablespoons of the sugar and all the rosemary; arrange pear slices in bottom of pan. In large bowl with mixer on medium speed beat eggs with remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add oil, orange juice and zest; continue beating just until blended. Add flour, cornmeal and salt; beat on low speed until blended. Pour batter over pears in pan; bake until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 1¼ hours. Cool completely in pan; run knife around edges of cake, invert cake plate over cake and turn cake plate and pan over; carefully remove ring. Serve with creme fraiche and pear brandy.

 

Balsamic Marinated Chicken

By Barbara Beltrami

As often as we may observe or comment that someone is no spring chicken and well seasoned, there are some spring chickens of the farm variety that are young and tender and just waiting to be seasoned. It won’t be long now before we put away our slow cookers and pull out that barbecue, polish it up and start grilling. And nothing takes to the grill like chicken, especially if it’s marinated in or simply coated with a savory seasoning, sauce or rub. 

Whether it’s chicken parts such as thighs or drumsticks, boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin into paillards or left thick and sliced, a cut-up broiler/fryer or a roasting chicken, special seasonings take that bird from plain and ordinary to gourmet glamorous. Apply the seasonings ahead of time, cover and refrigerate, and when it’s barbecue time or meal time, all you need to do is grill that lovely bird. 

Balsamic Marinated Chicken

Balsamic Marinated Chicken

 

YIELD: Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS: 

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup white wine

1 shallot, finely chopped  

3 to 4 garlic cloves peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon each fresh thyme and oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 

DIRECTIONS: 

In a small bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients. Remove fat from chicken, rinse and pat dry. Place everything in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Seal tightly and tilt to be sure all chicken pieces are coated; refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably more, up to 8 hours. When ready to cook, oil grill rack, then preheat grill to medium high. Grill chicken, turning once and basting frequently with marinade until brown on the outside and clear juices run on the inside, 5 to 10 minutes per side depending on thickness. Discard any unused marinade. Remove from grill, slice across grain and serve hot, cold or at room temperature with grilled veggies and wild rice.

Rosemary, Garlic and Mustard Marinated Chicken Thighs

Rosemary, Garlic and Mustard Marinated Chicken Thighs

YIELD: Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS: 

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves or 1 teaspoon dried

4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 to 8 chicken thighs, depending on size

DIRECTIONS: 

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, mustard, rosemary, garlic and salt and pepper. Remove fat and skin (if desired) from chicken thighs. Place chicken in a shallow nonreactive baking dish. With a pastry brush or rubber spatula, coat the chicken on both sides with the prepared mixture; cover tightly and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours until ready to cook. Prepare and preheat grill to medium high. Grill thighs 8 to 10 minutes per side. Check for doneness, remove from grill and serve hot, warm or cold with fresh corn on the cob, ratatouille and sweet potato fries.

Chicken in Curry-Yogurt Marinade

Chicken in Curry-Yogurt Marinade

YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Salt to taste

1 broiler-fryer, cut up

DIRECTIONS: 

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, curry powder, lime juice, cayenne and salt. Lay chicken parts in a shallow dish and slather marinade over them. Place chicken and any remaining marinade in a resealable gallon bag and refrigerate 4 to 8 hours. 

When ready to cook, prepare and preheat grill to medium high. Place chicken parts over direct heat, meaty sides down. Grill until outsides are a light brown (about 10 minutes), then turn the pieces and grill another 5 minutes. Remove chicken to indirect heat, close grill lid and grill 30 to 40 minutes, until cooked through. Let sit for 10 minutes. Serve hot, warm or cold with tomato, olive and onion salad, rice and sautéed spinach.