Archive for January 27th, 2011

Casserole of Olde

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I have a wonderful co-worker who drives me home almost everyday. My house is pretty much on her way, and since we make each other laugh, it’s a pretty fun drive. When we are not comparing pet stories or talking about work, we get to discussing dinner and various recipes we enjoy. One day, I mentioned that I was trying to figure out what to make for a friend of mine who just had surgery, and she suggested a simple casserole dish. This caused a problem because the only casserole I could think of was baked ziti or lasagna, neither of which I felt like making.

The next day my co-worker brought me in a surprise – a vintage casserole cookbook.

Book

I was over the moon because not only could it give me ideas, but really…look at that cover! You can just tell by looking that this baby is a classic! Romantic pics of your casserole by the fireside? Check! “Low Calorie” recipes that involve frying? Check! A section on how to make a sophisticated garnish out of cherry tomatoes and a lemon slice? You got it baby. To be honest, I am tempted not to give this little gem of a resource back. 😉

For my friends, I decided to make the Lemon Chicken, a recipe found in the “low calorie” section of the book. Obviously, we have different ideas of “low” because the recipe involved frying the chicken with it’s skin on in a pan of vegetable oil.

I was pleased to discover that the recipe was quite easy and ending up looking just like it did on the picture. Other than that, I couldn’t really tell you much about taste, but it certainly seemed VERY lemony.

Behold! The amalgamation of lemon and chicken into an amazing one dish meal of retro goodness!

Lemon Chicken

I know. It’s pretty powerful. I’ll look away if you need a moment to yourself to bask in it’s yellowy-brown glory. 😉