Saturday, January 14, 2012

The One Handed Meal

Today I had an unfortunate mishap that had a great impact on what I would make for dinner this evening.

Bashed Up Fingers

In a twist of bad luck the two most important fingers on my left hand (sorry pinky and ring finger) were crushed by a heavy metal plate. This was extra upsetting because these are some of my favorite fingers to use whilst cooking! Also, my third favorite finger on my left hand was shut in a car door last night but survived with only minor injuries.

My least favorite finger on my left hand is living large.

Serving Suggestions

After deciding on a quick entree and throwing it in the oven I made these incredibly brilliant hors d'oeuvres with crackers, Irish cheddar, pepperoni, and thyme sprigs.

I don't have a box of Ritz crackers around but I imagine there is a photo on the box that looks exactly like this.

D'Anjou Pear with Prosciutto, Mountain Gorgonzola, and Balsamic Glaze

After we ate these we were still quite hungry so I used up some of our New Year's Eve prosciutto which I wrapped around D'Anjou pear slices and topped with crumbled Mountain Gorgonzola, and a little balsamic glaze.

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Thyme, and Roasted Vegetables

For the main course I prepared this roast chicken. Since I was one-handed for this evening I was able to rough cut some celery, onion, carrot, and sweet potato, throw them in a pan, and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper relatively easily. After that I seasoned the inside of the chicken, stuffed it with a lemon half and some thyme, seasoned the outside, and threw it in the oven (preheated to 475) and quickly reduced the heat to 400 and cooked it for a little over an hour.

And there you have it, a simple meal that you can cook using only one hand!

Special note: every E,R,T,D,F,G,C,V, and B in tonight's blog entry are brought you by PAIN!

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