Mark Sachs (ksleet) wrote,
Mark Sachs

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Food. It's what's for dinner.

I am not known for my culinary skills. (Pause for laughter from my personal friends reading this journal.) Not counting things like spaghetti, I can cook exactly one dish, a very straightforward chicken breast sort of thing. However, that's one more than I used to know how to cook, so I thought I'd share it with you all since I made it for myself tonight while the ice storm blows outside. Yum.

By the way, this is a good example of what I like to refer to as "Halo cooking" because it's the sort of recipe where instead of spending a whole hour in the kitchen you can get the meal underway and then go play Halo for a while.

You will need:

- Skinless, boneless chicken breast
- An appropriate marinade; Italian salad dressing works perfectly fine
- An onion
- Herb chicken seasoning
- Cooking oil

Take an appropriate baking dish. Add a bit of cooking oil to the bottom so the contents won't stick when you cook them. Take the chicken breast, wash it, and put it in the dish; when you're done, wash your hands thoroughly as you always should after handling uncooked meat. Apply the seasoning to the chicken breast. Cut up as much of the onion as you feel like eating into smallish pieces and add it as well. (You can optionally add some chopped-up celery here, too. I tried that as an experiment today and it certainly didn't detract.) Pour in some of the salad dressing over the contents -- not too much as it can be a bit overwhelming.

Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees, cover the baking dish, and put the dish in the refrigerator to marinade for a bit. Go play Halo for half an hour.

Take the dish and put it in the center of the preheated oven. Set it to cook for 27-30 minutes. Go play Halo for fifteen more minutes.

Now, with about fifteen minutes to go, is a good time to rotate the dish inside the oven and then prepare the vegetables. Grab a couple of small pots which you'll use to steam up one or more of the following:

- New potatoes - Get one can of new potatoes and empty it into a pot, including the water.
- Baby carrots - Put one layer of baby carrots in the bottom of a pot. Add enough water so they're almost but not quite submerged.
- Broccoli - Get a head of broccoli (or whatever you call a unit of broccoli.) Cut off the top parts and put them in a pot. Add enough water so they're almost but not quite submerged. It doesn't hurt at this point to add a thin slice of butter to the pot as well.

In all cases, put the pots on the stove, turn the heat to medium-low-ish and cover them. Check every so often to stir the vegetables and make sure the water isn't boiling. If you cook them for ten minutes, that should work in every case. When you time it right, the vegetables and the main dish will all be done at the some time, so you can pop them all out at once. Put it all on a plate, add some garlic powder to the new potatoes, and there you are. Make sure you're hungry as it's a lot of food.
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