I cook three meals a day quite often, and usually there is something that needs salt or a longer cooking or something. But not this time: we had a perfect meal with my parents and sister last week. I almost feel like I can't take credit for that meal because I'm not sure I could make it perfectly again. How nice to preserve that lovely evening here on my blog!
white sauce chicken, grilled to dark gold
baked potatoes - fluffy and creamy in the way of good potatoes
tender roma green beans with brown butter
cucumber salad with onions, rice vinegar and mint
fresh peach and blackberry pie
I'm not sure exactly how the stars did align, but each dish was perfect in its own right. I felt really proud of myself, like I had somehow achieved "good cook" status, although unsure how I actually pulled it off (and on time, I might add).
And then my husband wisely brought out the homemade raspberry cordial with the coffee and pie. It's there in the large bottle, next to Ben's "flower" centerpieces, which he likes to arrange and set on the table for every dinner.
White Sauce Chicken - recipe from Bill Clark in our local newspaper a few years back
3/4 c. mayo
1/4 c. cider vinegar
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. black pepper
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
Whisk together. Marinate 8 legs/thighs in the mixture overnight.
To grill, heat one side of the grill to medium and place the chicken, skin side up, on the side with no heat. Cook for 2 hours without turning; the key to this chicken is looooooong (cooking) and slooooooow (heat). The chicken will be beautifully deep gold and falling off the bones.
Updated, at Jeanie's request:
1/3 bottle white rum
1 1/2 pint red raspberries, washed
1 c. sugar
Combine the ingredients in a glass bottle, cap tightly and allow to sit for one year. Great for sipping with dessert, especially chocolate. A little cough syrupy tasting on its own. We got this method from our friend Daryl, but all the other methods I've seen online and in cookbooks are more involved.