Thursday, January 18, 2007

Date night!!

Since I had my daughter, I find myself chained to the house more and more. Which is okay with me. Now, had she been born in the summer, I'd be saying something else entirely. But I hate cold weather and there's nothing better than cuddling up in bed with your hubby and the little one.

So instead of going out like we used to, I will cook dinner during our "date nights." Well, I cook dinner every night, but I try to make it extra special on those nights. I experiment with different recipes and flavors, and I don't know if hubby even notices the extra effort, but I enjoy cooking anyway. I love cookbooks and the Food Network. Something about it just relaxes me. Whenever I get a free moment, I'm all about whipping up something special.

So, I came up with this fool-proof recipe for a simple dinner for two (with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!) Try this out the next time you want something nice and easy.

One 8-10 lb chicken, rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 gloves finely minced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Mix Old Bay, oil garlic and cayenne pepper until it forms a paste. If it's too thick, add a little water. Spread evenly all over the chicken and cover the chicken loosely with some foil. Cook in the oven for about 1 hour. Then, baste the chicken, take the foil off and cook for another 45 minutes, or until the chicken is 180 degrees. Cut chicken into pieces and serve. The mix is great on turkey, too!

And p.s. it's the juiciest chicken you will ever eat!! Try it and thank me later!


Paula Neal Mooney said...

Wow! And you cook, too! You are already a superwoman: school, wife, mother, blogger...

I'm getting more and more amazed, Tara.

And I'm loving your work over at too.

Shoot me a quick email over to my new address at because I want to remember to tell you something about linking your great pieces to your blog posts.


notfearingchange said...

Great job. And i'm sure the hubby notices!