Saturday, August 12, 2006

Chickens sitting around on their cans



This was dinner. We bought fifteen organically grown chickens to put in the freezer yesterday, and had these two for dinner tonight. No, didn't bother raising our own this year, too many other concerns to think about, like getting a roof over our heads for the winter. But these were a deal at less than 5 bucks apiece.

We originally got the beer can chicken recipe from The Hermit's sister. The liquid in the can (you can drink it and fill it with water if you want) steams the chicken from inside while the outside grills. It was all delicious, and plenty of leftovers. Side dishes were corn on the cob (of course, this time of year) and new red potatoes from the garden. Starflower liked them a lot.

On the other hand, we got some sad news today. There is a couple who raise and board horses near us. We knew this couple from when we lived seventy miles south of where we do now, and they used to have a place near there where The Hermit boarded his first horses. Anyway, they just found out that he has throat and liver cancer. I don't know, maybe there's some hope, but it does not look good. She called to see if we would take one of their horses; at this time they can't be bothered with caring for as many horses as they have. The horse is the mother of one of ours, so it would be a natural match. Of course, we're taking her. On top of the two more horses The Hermit is buying ( I have nothing to do with horse transactions. Nothing. ) that will bring our total to six horses. Maybe I better start to like riding.

And a musical note, dedicated to Jim of Earth Home Garden. Jim, I finally got around to listening to the Reeltime Travelers, and the song "Little Bird Of Heaven", which you recommended, is now on my list of all time perfect songs. I tried it out on guitar tonight, and there is one chord I don't even know the name of, but I just happened to find it. It fits me like an old glove. I also like "Hallelujah", but that will be another day's practice. Anyway, thanks Jim, you old hippie you, you've turned me on to some good music. Maybe some day we'll make our way out to Big Bear Lake. :)

9 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

Your chicken looks wonderful! If your friends have any well trained horses, I am looking for one for my husband. In any case my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Laura said...

Isn't it something, when a chord just comes from somewhere? More often I can hear it, but I just can't get my fingers on it. The strange thing was, when I picked up the ukulele back home at the farm, I seemed to know all kinds of chords on it - far more than I ever learned as a kid, I think.

madcapmum said...

Those chickens look fabulously wonderful - must be getting close to dinner time around here. Unfortunately, nothing that good on the menu tonight.

Floridacracker said...

Too hungry for such a yummy picture. I like beercan chicken too, I broke down and bought two commercial beerbutt stands that keep the chicken from tipping over.
That dinner sounds great.

Deb said...

prairie chick- they have a number of horses, I'll have to ask. I'm sure they're all well trained.

Laura- even though I don't practice nearly as often as I would like to, it's amazing sometimes how my fingers seem to know more than my mind does. By the way, thinking through the notes, it was probably an Fmaj7. The F chord, except with an open high E string.

madcap and FC- It was a great meal. I was hungry for chicken, probably because we haven't bought any lately over a feeling of guilt for our mostly failed experiment in raising meat chickens last year.

GreenmanTim said...

Consider posting this to Carnival of the Recipes (current edition hosted by riannanworld.typepad.com, where you will find my treatise on baked stuffed quahogs listed under appetizers). Beer can chicken needs a wider audience!

Dan Trabue said...

Don't reckon you have a link to the perfect song - either mp3 or lyrics?

My latest fave band is the Wailin' Jennies, you know them? I just purchased an album that contains these nifty songs: Avila, Glory Bound and Starlight.

I could find a sample of the Reeltime Travelers - sounds good, will have to investigate further...

Dan Trabue said...

Samples of wailin jennys:

http://www.thewailinjennys.com/listen2.html

Deb said...

Dan- they are really primitive, in that their web site is very limited, but there are the basic samples on amazon.com; I'm sure they have previews there. I think you would like them a lot. And I will definitely check out the Wailin' Jennys!

Or, if you really want, I could burn a cd. (I didn't say that!) My email address has changed, just check out my Blogger profile for the new one.