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Sheet Pan Orange & Honey Glazed Chicken with Potatoes, Cauliflower and Thyme

This Thursday brings us a Wine & Dine Wednesday. Made this last night and just had to share. In my mind a big sheet pan is a cooks best friend. I use one or more almost every time I cook. They have incredible versatility. For this, I cooked the entire meal on one pan, so it made cleanup super easy. Plus it made cooking it all super easy.

Oven to my loved 400 to preheat while you get things ready. Dry skin on, bone in chicken thighs and drumsticks with a paper towel. Place on pan, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, then salt & pepper bowl sides. Citrus is looking amazing at the moment so I cut in half satsumas and whatever other oranges looked good in our bin. Place those on the sheet pan. Then cut medium sized potatoes in half. Along with good sized cauliflower florets. The idea with both is that they are not small as they will cook for an hour at high heat. Add both to the pan nesting all together with the chicken and oranges. Give a generous amount of EVOO to the potatoes, cauliflower and oranges. Along with a bunch of pinches of salt. Lastly, take off a bunch of thyme leaves and let it rain over the whole lot. Then add fresh stems here and there. Thyme is such a hearty herb with a delicate flavor.

Almost there! In a bowl juice 2 oranges. Add a teaspoon of honey for each piece of chicken. Put in microwave for 20 seconds to get the honey nice and loose. Stir. Spoon over the chicken pieces. It is now ready for the oven. Every 15 minutes turn, flip or move around everything on the pan. At the half hour point turn the pan completely around so things get equal time at the back of the oven. At the 45 minute mark check the chicken temp. You want internal to be 160. If things look nice and caramelized, pull out. If not, go to the hour mark. Enjoy!



Ted’s Tip No. 137

During these chilly months, a big platter of citrus out on the table brings the sunshine in.



Ted’s Tip No. 91

Bags of fruit, such as oranges or apples, can often be quite a deal for the quantity received. Create a still life on a platter in your living room or entry hall, encouraging guests to help themselves as they depart your dinner or party. A sweet & thoughtful, and healthy, good-bye. 



Ted’s Tip No. 84

For a super easy hit of Holiday spirit, simply take whole cloves and press them into the skin and dot them around an orange.  The scent of the clove oil mixing with the oils & juices of the citrus is heavenly. Make a few or many.  They look swell clustered in a bowl or give as little gifts.



Making a Pomander

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A piece of fruit, typically an orange or apple, studded with cloves and hung in a closet by a ribbon for a similar purpose.

I associate pomanders with the holidays and making them as a kid in school as well as with my grandmother. I think of them more as decorative and love them in a bowl on the dining table during the month of December. It was my quick project yesterday. Takes no time at all. Find fairly thin skinned oranges as it will make pushing in the cloves so much easier. Trust me on this one. Your fingers will thank me later. Do whatever pattern you like. There is no right or wrong with how you place the cloves, just do it in a fashion that pleases your eye. Try holding the clove towards the stem when you are pushing it in, as it is then less likely you will break off the little bulb on the top of the stem. They look best when these stay intact. The oil from the skin of the orange will mix with the oil on the clove for one seriously yummy scent. It makes a great decorative object or little gift. Have fun and happy December!



Clove Studded Orange Pomanders

20141105-070713.jpg These take me back to my youth. I was so fortunate as a little kid to go to a school that really embraced the arts and creative classes. One of my teachers was French and she had us make these during the Holiday season. I can still somewhat imagine the sting on my thumb from pushing in the cloves to the oranges. But it was so worth it, as starting young, I derived so much pleasure in giving them as gifts and seeing how happy the recipient would be. Same holds very true today. Really just the simplest of things to do. Just push in cloves in a pleasing pattern to an orange. You will immediately be taken with that intoxicating aroma the two make. Use as many or as few cloves as you would like. Doing them the other day I used 3 different types/sizes or oranges, as I really liked the visual variety. The living room smells divine. Great to give as little gifts or keep for yourself as a treat.