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Babe The Blue Ox And Crispy Roasted Chicken. 
Aug. 1, 2013 7:33 am 
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 6:26 am
We are in our new home, and it is a beaut! Sure, it has all of the creaks and groans of an older home. (Both of us were born/made in 1958.) The home went through some cosmetic surgery whereas I am still saggy and well, old looking. Aside from cosmetics, the functionality of the house has been improved tremendously. We have a brand new kitchen, and we have two brand new bathrooms. The old cabinets went to a young man who recycled them in his garage, and the bathroom fixtures were taken by Habitat for Humanity (I think). I am particularly grateful to them for this service as I am not sure what else we could have done with pink and brown sinks, tubs and toilets. Apparently I could have sold these on eBay for a fortune, but I just could not wrap my mind around the idea of someone actually wanting to pay for pink fixtures.

We've been living here in Minnesota now for some three weeks, and the oddest thing happened the other day. I was having my morning coffee, bemoaning the fact that neither of the coffee houses in town use whole milk when making Cappuccinos, when I heard a very deep sigh and rumble coming from my front yard. When I opened the front door I was surprised to find a rather large (mountainous) blue ox lying in what I have come to call the Meadow in my front yard. I am originally from Minnesota, and I knew who this was immediately.

"Babe! What's the matter?" queried I.

Babe looked at me with those big, blue eyes and answered, "Paul left the state for good this time."

"Seriously? Why would he do that?" I asked.

"Well," said Babe, "he finally got tired of the folks in the state congress. He's so Libertarian you know. Very dangerous thinking according to the establishment."

"So you aren't Libertarian minded?"

"Well, yes I am, but I am a bit more phlegmatic than my good friend, Paul."

I raised an eyebrow at this, knowing exactly how the lakes in Minnesota came to be. And Babe must have seen my reaction because he immediately added, "Oh! Paul could get me all wound up when we were playing and horsing around, but this politics stuff..." he trailed off.

"So what was the last straw for Paul?" I asked.

"Well Moody's finally upgraded the state's financial outlook to 'stable,' but then the legislature raised the state income tax to 9.85% at the top bracket. He decided that with his legs, South Dakota isn't all that far away."

I heard another deep, rumbling sigh. It wasn't coming from Babe. I think I must have part of New Jersey stuck on the bottom of my foot!

As for the Crispy Roasted Chicken, it has been an approved recipe for a while now, and has generated several reviews. Mauigirl was one of the first to review it and the first to photograph it. Thanks for posting a photo and for the good review! I have been really happy to receive so many favorable reviews for this simple recipe. I was also very interested in the comments. Several people were concerned about the fennel being too predominant of a flavor, but because of the small amount used, it really doesn't take over. Honestly, I was more concerned about the rosemary, and actually did cut back on it as I developed the recipe. One surprise came up, and I really should have foreseen it. Several people who reviewed the recipe also commented that they took the wheat flour out due to its gluten content. One person replaced it with arrowroot which I thought was brilliant! I just might try that myself.

Almost everyone that tried it had some variation. That is so cool! It's one of the things I like about cooking. We put ourselves into it and it becomes a very personal thing to share with loved ones. One variation was to put the chicken on the grill. What a great way to cook this chicken. Originally, this was done on a rotisserie, and grilling is just a step away from that. Someone else, trying to make it healthier eliminated the flour and cut back on the oil all while using SB chicken breasts. I'm not surprised that she felt it was still too oily. I would recommend to her that she lightly brush the breasts with an oil of her choice and then dust the breasts with the spice blend. I think that would give her more of what she's looking for.

Thanks to all y'all who reviewed my recipe, and thanks to all of those Minnesotans who are currently putting up with me. I think you all will be able to look forward to more acerbic posts from me as the temperatures drop into the negative numbers come late December, or early January.
Aug. 1, 2013 9:20 am
DOC! We miss you here (by here I mean All Recipes - not NJ...hahaha) Hope you are getting all settled in! Look forward to reading more blogs soon!
Aug. 1, 2013 9:21 am
P.S.- If I hear Christie's 'strong then the strom' song one more time I might move too!
Aug. 1, 2013 9:51 am
Thanks Heather! It's been awhile since I've posted anything. I have been lurking and making a few comments. Haven't really gotten the kitchen in shape yet. Must start doing faceless foods again!
Aug. 1, 2013 11:32 am
Nice to see you and happy to hear you're getting settled in. If you are seeing blue oxen or pink elephants I think maybe you should consider cutting back on the schnaps! I so agree with Heather, that jingle is even more irritating than Sandy was.
Aug. 1, 2013 8:55 pm
I LOVE that crispy chicken Doc and I might have to make it tomorrow night cuz it sounds darned good!
Aug. 1, 2013 8:56 pm
Congrats on your new home too!!!!
Aug. 1, 2013 10:19 pm
Congrats on the new digs Doc. I was in Minnesota just one time, back in 2001 or so. This might seem weird but the most signifigant thing I can remember is the terrible searing heat. It was easily well over a 100 every day we were there. At the Mall of the Americas there were motorcycles toppled over in the parking lot because the tarmac was melting. In Milles Lac where we spent the bulk of the time, it was beautiful and oh so bloody hot. I was told that was uncommon lol.
Aug. 2, 2013 7:24 am
Morning Doc - I am pretty sure I saw Paul moonlighting at a BP station in Elmsford NY though I couldn't figure out for the life of me why....and yes, NJ can get stuck to your foot if you aren't careful. It can get stuck to your soul too (I have tried to move several times but I am stuck here through college for the youngest one now). Congrats on the new home.
Aug. 2, 2013 11:01 am
Doug, I assure you that is an imposter! You can easily tell the difference because Paul only wear Flannel shirts. Typically they are red and black plaid somewhat like the Pendleton shirts of old. Also, this poor fellow is missing his arms!
Aug. 2, 2013 11:04 am
BSM the blue ox is just part of Minnesota. Nothing to do with mind altering substances legal or otherwise. Personally, I don't know if it is the jingle or the man that is more irritating.
Aug. 2, 2013 11:07 am
Thanks Mauigirl! I made that chicken two nights ago and then made a chicken salad the next day. I wish I had some fresh tarragon to go with that salad. I can hardly wait for the next growing season!
Aug. 2, 2013 11:22 am
Raedwulf, Minnesota can get really hot. Usually it doesn't last from May to September like it does in New Jersey, but the heat rears its ugly head in July/August for a few weeks and then goes away. It's been a very comfortable 80 - 85 F for a while now. I like the Mille Lacs area. It is so beautiful there and around Brainerd. I spent time in the area because my Uncle and Aunt had a cabin around there.
Aug. 2, 2013 12:11 pm
Doc, good to hear you are getting all settled in. That blue ox must travel, I saw the ox and Paul in Bangor Maine last year.
Aug. 2, 2013 12:18 pm
Glad to see you settlin' in. Crispy chicken one of my faves, have to go look at your recipe.
Aug. 3, 2013 2:47 am
Hey, Doc, can't wait to see what else you will be doing in that brand new kitchen! Good to "hear" from you!
Aug. 3, 2013 8:57 am
Welcome to southern MN! I am currently in Mankato. St. Peter is a really nice place to live in. : )
Aug. 5, 2013 6:32 am
Doc, glad to see you are getting settled in your new home. Now, how about those winters in MN? I am sure that will be an upcoming blog. I am looking forward to reading about snow ice cream etc, or other only in MN. recipes.
Aug. 7, 2013 6:26 am
Well Doc, I just pulled some ground beef from the freezer for a meatloaf. I'll be putting that back in the freezer and pull out some chicken, instead. I'll be trying this recipe tonight. I'm moody with fennel. Sometimes I love it; sometimes I'll leave it out of my cooking. Also, I need to downscale the recipe so I'll make the spice blend and put the surplus in a shaker for another time.
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I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
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