Friday, March 16, 2012

Blew My Wad too Soon

Because now I only have $31.00 to last until the 28th.  Insert F-bomb.

Hard to stretch that buck, but I'm glad I'm doing it.  Next month, I'll up it a bit, but not by much.  Just enough to cover things we always buy like toothpaste and crapper paper.

Wait, I no longer pay for toothpaste.

Good thing too, because it looks like we'll be eating grilled toothpaste sandwiches, soon enough.

But not today.

Today, it's spicy chicken thighs that I seared (skin down), in cast iron and then baked (skin up), in the same skillet.

Note: I used a smaller cast iron skillet to help press the skin closer to the skillet.  Some people use foil wrapped bricks.

Bake Temp & Time: 450F (230C) (Gas Mark 8)
25 minutes for a single serving.  About 35 for a double.   

Or if you're more comfortable on a lower heat of 350F, 180C, or Gas Mark4, just adjust the cooking time accordingly.   And remember to take into consideration, the size of the thighs. 

Most Important:  Is that I let the meat rest for at least 15-20 minutes, on a plate.  The result is juicy meat with a wonderful crispy skin.  And, it's about a billion times better than grilled toothpaste sandwiches.

Or so I would think.

Seasoned with Hungarian Paprika and Organic Cayenne
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25 comments:

  1. I bought some chicken on special last week. I think we'll probably have it every other day for the rest of the month.

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  2. Susan: I love chicken.

    I buy a ton when on sale, part
    out the birds and store the
    parts in the freezer. Great
    way to stretch that buck.

    Whatcha thinking about making
    with your chickens?

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  3. Me encanta el pollo te ha quedado un dorado perfecto,es barato y sabroso,me distrae tu lindo perro y la escoba que se mueve sin cesa...jejejej...eres ingeniosa con las imágenes,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  4. Rosita: Gracias. Me encanta cocinar el pollo. Feliz usted disfrutar de la escoba. Es divertido tener esas fotos.

    Abrazos.

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  5. I think you need to get into the barter system. Trade some of that free toothpaste for cheese, at least.

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  6. Trey: Hahahahahaha.

    You know what? Cheese is one of the highest priced items on my list. And that's with sales and coupons.

    But I like that barter idea.

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  7. That looks good!
    And really like your new header.

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  8. Alex: Thanks. It was nummy.

    That picture of Miss Wiggy was the closest thing I could find to match my Saint Paddy's theme.

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  9. You're header is so cute and you always have the best gifs on your page. Dancing shamrocks!! That chicken does look good. And you've reminded me that I need to use my cast iron skillets again!

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  10. Anne: Thanks.

    I just emailed them to you. Happy St. Paddy's and boogie boogie.

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  11. We all have months where we blow the budget to heck. Eek!

    Jai

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  12. Jai: I think I started the 200 dollar challenge for 28 days, just a bit on the low side.

    But I've learned a lot from the challenge. Thanks for the drop-in.

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  13. That's my favourite pic of Wiggy :)

    Chicken looking super yum.

    I just made a banana, peach, nectarine, plum, and pineapple smoothie for morning tea. That was super yum too. :)

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  14. That sure looks delicious! I have to figure out a way to get you to cook for a group of us at GenCon or something. :)

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  15. Niki: Your smoothie sounds fantastic and refreshing. I love that combo.

    I love that photo of her as well. I think that is from her first week with us. Nearly a year ago now.

    Matt: Chicken for everyone. How fun that would be. Tim has always wanted to go the GenCon.

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  16. Hard when the funds are recalcitrant, I know what that feels like.

    Ah! Cast iron! It has been a while. Great way to cook. :)

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  17. Ragnardbard: Cast iron is the best. I even have a special one that I use solely for desserts.

    $200 was a bit low for me, doing this challenge. But I don't regret giving it a go. It's a great lesson in choices.

    Hope you have a great weekend :-)

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  18. love the new header and that chicken looks pretty good, too :)

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  19. the chicken look absolutely nice! and is an hungarian recipe, so nice:)

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  20. mshatch: Thanks. The thigh looked a little too crisp in one spot, but turned out it tasted fantastic. Almost like I'd fried it, but without the oil taste.

    Gloria: Thank you. I hope you are well today. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers.

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  21. That thigh looks soooooo much better than the salad I had for dinner.

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  22. Now that says succulent.....

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  23. Mmm that look tasty!!!!!

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  24. Now I've got an appetite for chicken...

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  25. I love that colour on the chicken! Fabulous!!!! Cast iron is sooo good for cooking.

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