feasting with friends

Frustration, Fun, Friends & Feasting: Part 1

Yes…I know…I’ve been somewhat MIA lately. My excuse? There is actually more than one.

roasted chicken|feasting with friends

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!

dishwasher repair

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. πŸ™‚

dishwasher repairNeedless 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? πŸ˜‰

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!

roasted chicken|feasting with friends

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. πŸ˜‰ But, I’ll share what I can…even if names must be changed to protect the innocent!

roasted chicken|feasting with friends

Roasted Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 75 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2-3 pound roasting chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced, fresh thyme

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450Β°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.Β  A uniform coating of salt (about 1 tablespoon) will result in a crisp, salty, flavorful skin.Β  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 (165Β°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.Β  Carve into portions and serve.

 

Recipe adapted from Chef Thomas Keller, here.

33 comments

    • Thanks, Judi…I must say, fixing this dishwasher gave me a huge boost in confidence…though assembling some of that Ikea furniture can be much, much tougher!

  1. Wow! I am so impressed!! You seriously fixed your own dishwasher?? You are amazing! Your chicken looks beautiful too! Mmm, I can smell the scent of it wafting through the screen, and it is making me very hungry!

  2. Wow! You’ve outdone yourself… and here was I feeling all chuffed with myself for pulling up Youtube and reminding myself how to do mattress stitch on my knitting project! :)). Your chicken and dishwasher surely impressed all your readers πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Loretta…but whether it’s repairing a dishwasher or picking up a talent once again…they’re all rewarding and deserve a little pat on the back! πŸ™‚

  3. Well…look at you, you little dishwasher repair-girl… or shall I call you an electrician? Honestly…I’m so impressed!! I would have just let it sit until I could get someone in to fix it for me and pay them a million dollars… or bought a new one. You are woman… listen to you roar!!
    This chicken has me salivating… I can smell it.. I can taste it. I want some now!!
    Awesome post.. Awesome you. ❀

  4. Repairing the dishwasher, you’re a super woman, Nancy πŸ˜‰ You’re roasted chicken looks perfect and I like the golden brown crust. It’s lunch time here and your drumstick chicken is so appealing! Yummy!

  5. Wow, you are one amazing woman, Nancy! I wouldn’t have even tried to fix the dishwasher, but if I had I definitely would have electrocuted myself. And the chicken is a thing of beauty. It looks so perfect. You are an inspiration to me!

    • Lol..thanks Shari. πŸ˜€ Even Glenn was impressed. He was also surprised I thought to flip the circuit breaker! If I hadn’t, our guests would have been in for one heck of a week!
      As for the chicken, I’ll definitely use this method in the future…especially for recipes such as a pot pie where cooked chicken is added.

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