Sunday, January 30, 2011

Birthday Happenings And A Recipe

We celebrated Reid's birthday on Friday with dinner at home.  I made Roast Sticky Chicken and if you've never had it you're missing something good.  I got the recipe years ago from Real Food For Real People which is now a Yahoo Group.  You can sign up and have recipes E-mailed to you, but I turned off the E-mail feature a while back due to time restraints right now.   She said the recipe originally came from Mimi's Cyber Kitchen, but I wasn't able to find it on her site.   It might still be there, but I only took a quick look.  Lots of other interesting sounding recipes, so I think I'll have to get back over there soon and look around.

Roast Sticky Chicken is spicy, moist, and delicious.  It cooks for 5 hours at a low temperature.  This is how it looks before it goes in the oven.

And this is how it looks when it comes out.

Please excuse the crummy looking roasting pan.  It's actually a lasagna pan that I bought when we lived in Sicily over 40 years ago!  It's been used a lot.

Here's the recipe:

Roast Sticky Chicken
1 large chicken - (roasting)
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. white pepper
1 t. thyme
1 t. onion powder
1 t. cayenne pepper
2 t. paprika
4 t. salt (I omit)

In a small bowl thoroughly combine all the spices.  Remove giblets from chicken, clean the cavity well and pat dry with paper towels.  Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep into the skin.  Place in a resealable plastic bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to roast chicken, stuff cavity with onions, and place in a shallow baking pan.  Roast uncovered at 250 degrees F for 5 hours.  After the first hour (I usually wait two), baste chicken occasionally (every half hour or so) with pan juices.  (It may take a while to have pan juices.)  The pan juices will start to caramelize on the bottom of the pan and the chicken will turn a golden brown.  If the chicken contains a pop-up thermometer, ignore it.  Let chicken rest about ten minutes before carving.

With the chicken we had brown rice with nuts and asparagus.  I bought rolls, but forgot to serve them.  I also made Taffy Apple Salad the day before and forgot about that too.  There was too much going on and it just wasn't one of my better days.  :)  

We had cake and ice cream afterwards.  This is Reid with the cake.  It said, "Happy Birthday Reid!  And Many More!"

And here he is making a wish and blowing out the candles.

After dinner we spent the evening playing this game.

It's called Betrayal At House On Haunted Hill and is pretty involved.

Troy didn't make it on Friday, but came over on Saturday.   Jim, Keith, Reid and Troy went out for lunch.  I didn't go because I had things I wanted to get done around here, but I wish I had thought to take a picture of Troy with everyone too.  Keith left for Austin after lunch.

Tomorrow Reid has his appointments with the stem cell doctor and the cardiologist.  We should know more then about when he'll be admitted to the hospital.

I haven't been doing too much blog reading lately.  If I have a few extra minutes I usually read the first few blogs that pop up on my Reading List.  I hope to buy either a laptop or an IPad for when Reid's in the hospital and recovering afterwards and will try and catch up then.  If anyone has an opinion as to which would be better I'd appreciate your input.  My thought is that the IPad is easier to lug around, but the laptop would do more.  Thanks...


  1. Hi, Betty, wow, what a chicken! Looks like a good birthday celebration and how nice to get really involved in a game that certainly does look complex lol.

  2. The chicken looks delicious and it's good to see Reid celebrating. Thoughts are with you all, as always.

  3. That chicken looked really good! I'm going to have to try to make that one real soon.

    The iPad would be way easier to take along with you to the hospital than a laptop. I asked my husband who uses both and that is what he said. He said the iPad would be fine for looking at blogs.


  4. I try not to get blog involved on the weekends, but MAN! That chicken looks very very tasty!
    Happy Birthday to Reid, and many more.

  5. What a delicious looking recipe. I will try this. Tell Reid Happy Birthday from me, too!

  6. Yummmmmy.... your meal sounds delicious!!!
    So glad that Reid was home for his birthday..... and yes..... MANY MORE!


  7. Oh that food sounds delicious! I'll have to try that chicken some day. Yummy. Betty, I would LOVE to have an Ipad. I think they are much better than laptops. I believe they can do just as much as laptops now, but you should of course ask a professional at a store. Given a choice I'd choose an Ipad any day. I've wanted a laptop for 5 years, but they are so heavy. I've watched a friend use an Ipad and she recommends it too. Plus they have APPS! I adore APPS.


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