SO SAYETH THE TRASHMEN

January 11,  2015 – Lima Family Farms-Hillsborough

Ah yes the humble chicken. The most mundane of member of the poultry world. It has been roasted, grilled, sauteed, fricasseed, fried ………and bred into a state of mushy dis-proportioned blandness that does no justice to this once tasty representative of the fowl brotherhood. Have no fear, there are options that don’t involve the mass-farmed Cornish Cross which sadly is the only chicken most people ever taste .

Fortunately, Hungry Uncle, resides in an area of the great Garden State that provides access to fine local farms. Some raise the birds themselves while others serve as an outlet for chickens raised by other small family farms.  Interestingly enough, while I’ve visited Lima Family Farms to purchase pork and sausage, this was the first time I had the fortune to roast one of their feathered family. If memory serves me, it was the free roaming Red Ranger breed. This is a slower growing variety which is less susceptible to disease and other health issues. The result is a juicy deep flavored bird with a firm bite and skin that crisps nicely when cooked. It’s also a chicken the way nature meant it to be. No overblown breast with scrawny thighs and spindly legs.

From Hungry Uncle’s kitchen- Ok Foghorn Leghorn, you can come out of hiding now…….

Hungry Uncle’s kitchen

Hungry Uncle’s kitchen

*Well a don’t you know about the bird?
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word!
A well a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word

A well a ooma mow mow
Papa ooma mow mow
Papa ooma mow mow
Papa ooma mow mow

*  The Trashmen “Surfin’ Bird”