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Odds and Ends No. 72

Ramen with leftover chicken


I cut and bagged the
front lawn over a week
ago waiting for a

window to do the back
lawn which is looking
like a primordial swamp.

I don’t own a machete
nor do I plan on owning
a machete.

If I let the back lawn go
any longer it will be
growing alligators.

It is Mardi Gras you know!
Anything could happen.
I baked chicken thighs

yesterday; she flew out
today. My brain is mush.
Spice them however you

like. Put one oven rack
on the bottom; the other
near the top. Turn the

broiler on high. I put six
thighs skin down in a
baking pan on the

bottom rack for fifteen
minutes. Turned them.
Cooked another fifteen

minutes or so to 160
degrees. I had nothing
the recipe called for.

So I used some Creole
spice to start. I had a
few spoons of minced

garlic sitting in melted
butter for the last step.
I took the pan out to

check the temp. Good
to go. Spooned garlic
and butter on each

then put the pan on
the top rack under
the broiler to crisp

the skin. Earlier when
they were baking I cut
up two humongous

bakers into fries, let
them sit in iced water
then double fried them

in my large wok. The
thighs were succulent;
the fries lovely and my

honey packing to go
on her trip was in
chicken heaven.

Two thighs left. I’ll
cut the meat off and
throw them in ramen.

The perfect night for
a martini and an old
Poirot. Good Lord!

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