In the midst of the day's strenuous activities, I decided to beat my recent culinary laziness by throwing together two dishes that seem labor intensive, but are actually perfect for someone with plans to go absolutely nowhere and do absolutely nothing all day: a whole roasted chicken (slow cooker baby) and barbeque baby back ribs (had to try the new electric roaster before Thanksgiving, and Cade loves ribs).
For the chicken, you chop up an onion and dump it in, rub the chicken with whatever herbs you can grab, then cram the chicken with garlic cloves and toss her in (tie her legs together first- after all, she is a lady). Add a million more cloves of garlic on top and boom- she's ready. Cook it on low for 6-8 hours (or like, 10 if you accidentally buy the biggest chicken at the store), then crawl in the pot with it, because, hell yes.
The pork is just a little more exciting- it involves beer (the recipe calls for Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, but um, duh- it's fall. Hello Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Hard Cider). Marinate the pork for a hot second, then season him up (I went with paprika, black pepper, truffle salt, a little brown sugar, and chili powder) and toss him in the roaster on 325. After 30 min (just long enough to need a break from Sons of Anarchy), you add another 1/2 cup of brown sugar, then cook it for another 30 minutes. After that, baste it with the beer/drippings mix every 15 minutes for the next hour, and try not to add drool as it makes your whole house smell awesome. This is also the point where you high five yourself, knowing it's going to make your husband super, super excited when he gets home from his 14-hour workday. Both of us took on second jobs while we have the time to help us save up for the next chapter in life, but the long days make meal prep a little more difficult. The jobs are stretching us in great ways (Cade with communication, myself with scheduling and time management), so it's a win-win.
And while the meat cooks and the Glee kids sing Beatles songs, I'm going to add a little Fall festivity to my nails (Fall colors are the best). How are you guys embracing the onset of Fall? What hearty meals are finding their way to your plates? And most importantly, what Fall shows are you already addicted to?