Sunday, February 10, 2013

Carmela Soprano's Chicken with Parsley Crumbs / Chinese New Year Traditions

Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Happy Chinese New Year - the Year of the Snake!

The festivities last until the full moon rises, about 2 weeks from now.
Plenty of time to party hearty!!

There are many different traditions observed over the New Year period:
Decorate your house with apricot and peach blossoms, 
                 symbols of new beginnings.
Share a New Year’s feast: enjoy uncut noodles, symbol of longevity, 
                 and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.
For good health and a long life eat oranges and tangerines
For happiness and wealth eat persimmons.
Do not cut your hair or use sharp knives or scissors on New Year’s Day 
                 as you may cut off good fortune.
Wear red to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.
Give red envelopes to friends and family for good luck and prosperity.

Your behaviour on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the year.
No pressure.
Time to visit our favorite shrink, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, M.D., M.A., M.F.T.

Jennifer's chapter Rage, Guilt, Loneliness, and Food in Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook has an intro from her research paper.  
It covers Guilty Eaters, Angry Eaters and Single Eaters.
For the most part, not a cheery read for holidays.
Well, there was this:
Food is hope, a reminder of what might still come in life if you stay close to your roots.
Well, every little bit helps.

About the do not use sharp knives on New Year’s Day
Maybe you should pick up some chicken parts.
Better to be safe.

                        Chicken with Parsley Crumbs

Serves 4
preheat oven to 450ยบ 

In a large baking pan place skin side up
3 pounds cut up chicken  
Sprinkle with
salt and pepper to taste
Bake for 30 minutes.

Combine in a small bowl
1/3 Cup plain bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (1 Tablespoon dried)
1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste

Remove the chicken from the oven.
Brush with
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
Sprinkle with the crumb mixture.
Pat the crumbs down so they'll stick to the mustard.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
Serve hot or cold.

Would I make Chicken with Parsley Crumbs again?
For Chinese New Year's I'd serve it hot with spaghetti.
Uncut noodles, symbol of longevity… √
Chicken, symbol of prosperity… √
Oranges for good health and a long life...

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