16 March 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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  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.

  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?

  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.

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


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

  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.

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

  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.

  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!

  10. Anne: Thanks.

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

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


  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.

  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. :)

  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. :)

  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.

  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. :)

  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 :-)

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

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

  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.

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

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

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