These recipes I promised to [ profile] optimus_life because he's awesome and I love cooking and sharing. Now, I don't talk much about what to do with chicken gizzards. I don't use them much, unless I'm boiling them up with the cooked bones for stock, but plenty of people swear by recipes like these, especially those who use the entirety of an animal for spiritual or fiscal reasons. (And seriously, chicken bones make great stock, just make sure you snap them first.) Some day in the near future, I might try gizzards in my jambalaya, just to see how it goes.


Rosemary Chile Chicken

Take one chicken. Remove guts and gizzard. (Set aside and make stock, if that's your thing.) Set aside.

In an oven safe casserole dish, put three dried chile peppers, four slices garlic (or cloves or powdered garlic or whatever your favored garlic is), one quarter to one half onion (or dried onion or powdered onion). Put chicken on top. Inside chicken, put the rest of the onion, some stale bread, another slice of garlic, a tablespoon of rosemary, and a dried chile. Top with stale bread, Bell's Seasoning, and chile powder.

Bake at 325 for 40 minutes or until done. Eat with potatoes or wild rice.


Rosemary-Chile Chicken Soup

Slice every bit of meat off of your bird. Crack bones and boil the bones with a bit of bullion in 9 cups water. Add to this: 1 tbs rosemary, 3 tsp cayenne powder, 1 tbs garlic powder, 1 tbs onion powder, 1 tsp dill, 2 tsp thyme, 2 tbs Bell's Seasoning, and 2 tsp herbes de Provence.

Bring to a boil. Add one package pasta of your choice (or two cups chopped potatoes with skin). While cooking, add four chopped carrots. Add rest of chicken.

Serve with bread (I prefer my scones or Southern style cornbread).


Making your cheap box o' brownies taste special.

Pour your box o' brownies into a bowl. Add three or four handfuls of chocolate chips to the powder. Add two tablespoons cocoa and two teaspoons sugar (alternative: use two tablespoons of your preferred hot chocolate mix). Add two tablespoons flour. Add half cup of milk (or preferred milk substitute).

Prepare according to box directions. Serve hot, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Add frozen berries to make it extra special.


Would anyone want my Boston Baked Beans recipe? I'm cooking it up this weekend, old-fashioned style. Alternately, would anyone like my lemon-garlic chicken recipe? I like it in the summer, but it's also sure to bust any lingering head colds and takes minimal effort.
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