How to Cook an Easy Chicken Dinner

The GingerOptimist cooked in my kitchen!!

The Ginger Optimist

I’ve enjoyed my travels and cooking in different kitchens. This week I cooked in the Bohemian Sprouts kitchen in Arizona. The recipes are down below. For further instructions watch the video. You will want to take a peek at this brand new beautiful gluten free kitchen!

Recipes:

Roasted Chicken

After rinsing the chicken, sprinkle salt, black pepper, and onion powder in the cavity and on the outside of the chicken. Place 3 or 4 tabs of butter on the inside of the cavity and several tabs on top of the chicken. Place 1 cut up stalk of celery into the cavity to add extra flavor to the chicken. Place in preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken). The chicken should be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit when it is done. Cover with tented tin foil for 20 minutes…

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Gees Bend Quilt Inspiration

A few years ago I saw a documentary about the quilts of Gee’s Bend on my local PBS station. Gee’s Bend is a an isolated hamlet in Alabama.

By Andre Natta (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The quilting tradition goes back many generations in this area, and the quilts are amazing works of art. These women, with very little money or education, created some of the most unique and important African American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.

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“Pieced Quilt, c. 1979 by Lucy Mingo, Gee’s Bend, Alabama” by Billvolckening – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org

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Annie Bendolph, 1900-1981, “One Patch,” ca. 1960, cotton, 78 x 70 inches q103-10b.JPG http://www.auburn.edu/academic/other/geesbend/explore/catalog/slideshow/pages/q103-10b_JPG.htm

The quilts have been shown in the finest museums in our country. I’d love to see one of these exhibits someday.

Recently I found a few baby quilts in a thrift store. They reminded me so much of the quilts in the documentary. Of course, I purchased them and lovingly washed and pressed them. I really wanted to keep them but I don’t have any place to display them, so I decided to sell them in my Etsy Store, http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBohemianSprout, which is finally open. They’ll be available in the next few days. I still want to stare at them for a while before I part with them.

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This little vintage quilt is 38 inches x 34 inches and has no batting, which makes it perfect for the southwest where I live.

This lovely lavender 33 inch x 33 inch quilt is just heaven. I the turquoise stripe makes me smile every time I see it!

This lovely lavender 34 inch x 30 inch quilt is just heaven. The turquoise stripe makes me smile every time I see it!

I hope you have a wonderfully artistic and colorful day!