Yes…I know…I’ve been somewhat MIA lately. My excuse? There is actually more than one.
The first would be frustration. My last post (pasta salad) ended up being published two weeks later than intended. The plan was to get it done on a particular Wednesday afternoon before the fun, friends and feasting was to commence. House guests were arriving later that day for a one week stay…yay!
But then my dishwasher broke…no…not Glenn! The other dishwasher…the electric one.
I turned it on and two minutes into the cycle it started the most annoying beeping and flashing (yes, my dishwasher flashed me…the electric one…not Glenn!) an error code LE…beep, beep, beep…LE…beep, beep, beep…LE, and so on.
NO! It was filled beyond full…company was arriving…this girl was on a tight schedule! And of course, the other dishwasher (Glenn) wasn’t home. I wasn’t about to wash all of the dishes by hand, so I did what any self-sufficient modern woman would do…I fixed the dishwasher!
After a quick Google search of “LG dishwasher with LE error code”, I found it was the motor. However, after digging a little deeper in the depths of Google I found that more than likely, it was a broken wire connection for the motor causing the problem.
With a can-do attitude, I cut the power to the dishwasher (electrocution wasn’t on my list of things to do that day), removed a dozen or so screws to pop the front panel off and played hide and seek to find the broken wire (I mean, look at all those wires!). Success! I found three broken connections, stripped a bit of the plastic coating, re-wired the connections, and wrapped them in electric tape. I reassembled the front panel and restored power to the dishwasher.
I turned it on…and guess what? IT WORKED!!! I am woman…hear me roar…Yay for me. 🙂
Needless to say, the repair did take me just under two hours to complete. Sigh. But, I did get it done, and two weeks later (knock on wood) it’s still working. No money paid to a repair man…but no post completed either. But…I did have clean dishes. What more could a girl ask for? 😉
Even though that particular day contained a major “hiccup”, I still managed to get my house
clean presentable and dinner made for my family since the guests were arriving after 8:00 pm. A fuss free, easy dinner of roasted chicken. The recipe hails from Chef Thomas Keller. Very few (and when I say “few”, I mean it) ingredients are used, yet the chicken is juicy and flavorful. A side salad and potatoes made a complete meal. And yes…the dishwasher presented clean dishes to serve the meal up!
So, I’ll leave you today with a great recipe for an easy roasted chicken and I will return in a day or so with Part 2 of this story. No more frustration…just the fun, friends and feasting that took place over the course of week. Let me just say, waivers (from said friends) may be necessary for all of the stories to be told. 😉 But, I’ll share what I can…even if names must be changed to protect the innocent!
2-3 pound roasting chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced, fresh thyme
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Rinse the chicken, then dry it very well with paper towels, inside and out. The less it steams, the drier the heat, the better.
Salt and pepper the cavity, then truss the bird with kitchen twine. (When you truss a bird, the wings and legs stay close to the body; the ends of the drumsticks cover the top of the breast and keep it from drying out and allow the chicken to cook evenly.)
Salt the outside of the chicken. A uniform coating of salt (about 1 tablespoon) will result in a crisp, salty, flavorful skin. Season to taste with pepper.
Place the chicken in a roasting pan and put the uncovered chicken in the preheated oven. Leave it alone…don’t baste it. Roast it until it’s done (165°F), 50 to 60 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and add the thyme to the pan. Baste the chicken with the juices and thyme and let it rest for 15 minutes on a cutting board.
Remove the twine. Carve into portions and serve.
Recipe adapted from Chef Thomas Keller, here.