Technically, its spring. But no one seems to have told the New England weather that! Outside, a recent storm has left a white world, once again. The wind has been howling relentlessly since the early morning hours. The ground is hard as iron and we still have flannel sheets and down comforters on the bed.
Inside however, all is snug and warm thanks to our two wood-burning stoves. Our faithful living room stove keeps the front of the house warm. The wood-burning kitchen range that has been in my family for over one hundred years (but that’s another story), keeps the back of this old farmhouse cozy. It’s the perfect time to roast that big chicken. Can’t change the weather but we can make the most of it.
It’s a good day to stay inside, finish up some of those uncompleted winter projects, at least those that can be done close to one of the stoves!
A few strips of smokey bacon line the bottom. I wedge up some onions, layer in some carrots, and add some rosemary and basil that flourish inside in pots until the weather turns warm. Then in goes the chicken. It’s so big, it nearly requires a shoehorn to fit into the dutch oven! I fit as many potatoes as I can tuck around and it all gets covered with white wine and cider. On goes the cover and no peeking for two hours.
Voila ! Moist, tender and savory… Perfect. It makes me glad for now that winter hasn’t quite left!