Roast Chicken with Matzo Stuffing and Cauliflower-Spinach Puree Recipe


  • 2 4-1/2- to 4-3/4-pound chickens, rinsed, patted dry
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges
  • 8 fresh rosemary sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Cauliflower-Spinach Puree

Recipe Preparation

  • Place 2 small racks side by side in 1 large roasting pan. Stuff chicken cavities with lemon wedges, shallots, rosemary sprigs, and thyme sprigs. Tie legs together loosely and tuck wing tips under; rub outside of each with 1 tablespoon chicken fat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place chickens on racks in pan. Sprinkle each chicken with 1 tablespoon each chopped rosemary, thyme, and parsley. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before continuing.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Roast chickens uncovered until cooked through and juices from thigh run clear when pierced with small knife or thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F to 170°F, turning pan once for even browning, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Transfer chickens to platter. Tent very loosely with foil. Let rest 20 minutes. Pour pan juices into small saucepan; reserve.

  • Cut each chicken into 8 pieces. Spread about 1/2 cup Cauliflower-Spinach Puree on each plate. Top with chicken and spoon stuffing alongside. Rewarm pan juices; spoon over chicken and serve.

  • Brian and Chieun serve 2005 Lucien Crochet 'Croix du Roy' Sancerre Rouge, France ($30) with roasted chicken. For a kosher alternative, try 2005 Abarbanel Pinot Noir, France ($25).

Recipe by Brian Bistrong, Chieun Ko Bistrong,Reviews Section

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More thoughts

Continuing today's thoughts on good things.

Quite a few of my friends (during high school, college, and adulthood) have told me separately that my parents are exceptionally cool. And they really are. Although I have recognized that, it's always very nice to hear it from others.

Most recently, me and a friend from junior high (courtesy of Facebook, natch) shared a few somewhat personal emails. She went on to say that it was cool that my mom was cool with my unconventional choices, and that she always remembered my mom as being very laid back. Hang on, Mom! Your coolness factor just jumped another point.

So I figured I'd call. When I told her, she started to laugh. but quickly became serious. "Oh, pussycat," she said, "Maybe if your father and I hadn't been quite so accepting, you would have learned to avoid pain." Huh? Silence for a moment while I digested this puzzling tidbit. "I don't know about that, Mom. I really don't think that's in my nature." Big sigh on her end. Had I said the wrong thing? I was just being honest. It's really not in my nature!

I shouldn’t have worried. "Phew! I'm so glad you said that. I don't think it's in your nature either!" We laughed and laughed, and bonding ensued. Cool. Like mother, like daughter!


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Have you ever used this word in regular conversation? Me neither. Ever hear of it? Me neither.

A friend hit me with this word last night playing Scrabble on Facebook. He's going to win (as usual), but isn't it a great one? I just had to share. Happy Scrabbling!

Blessings and smiles

I have no idea why this popped into my head, but here goes.

After college, I worked in Brooklyn with a woman who had an unusual answer to the everyday "How are you?" greeting. She would ring out, "I'm blessed!" with a toothy smile, a Southern accent, a heavenward glance, and an occasional clasping of hands. (It was from her kitchen that I tried chicken backs, sweet potato pie, and other foods, but that's another story.) She said it every single time, and it always made me smile.

  1. My favorite pants no longer poke me in the crotch. Hallelujah for ouchless walking. And sitting. And standing. And zipping! In addition, they are no longer high-waters.
  2. Unlike my pants, my period stayed short.
  3. One chin, instead of two.
  4. Car mpg is up to 24.3! For a long time I could get no higher than 23.7 on my awesome AWD 2008 Impreza, considering I probably drive too fast on the highway, and much of the rest of the time I'm doing city driving. (I love my Subaru. This baby is so much fun, handles like a dream, and is one of the safest compact cars around just cute on the outside, but hot stuff underneath. Kind of like me! Heh heh.)
  5. Speaking of hot stuff, salsa classes begin soon. I can't wait!
  6. Next month's variable mortgage rate is 4.238, down from 4.316%. I'm watching it like a hawk, and when the time is right. bang! I'll lock it in and throw some cash at it so my monthly goes down. It's tricky, though. Come on, 4%! Or lower. my parents' rental property was 3.84% this month. Yeah baby!
  7. A haircut is scheduled for tomorrow. Phew! (I'm a little shaggy.)
  8. My state tax refund should be arriving in the near future.
  9. Normal "April-in-Massachusetts" weather -- daytime 60's, nighttime 50's. Sayonara, sweltering 90's!
  10. Doctors, surgeons, stable hands, and successful operations (Vitamin N, I'm talking about you.)
  11. Good friends
  12. Smiley babies
  13. Silly Facebook quizzes
  14. Rainbows
  15. Compliments

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