Monday, August 3, 2009

Vermmmont: Maple Roasted Chicken

Last night we were invited to dinner at the home of one of our campers. I was thrilled to learn that we would be having maple roasted chicken. I was even more thrilled to find out what that meant: instead of being covered in a syrupy glaze, the birds had slowly roasted in a haze of maple wood smoke.

The family serving the meal keeps a log near the barbecue for just that very purpose. When they feel like adding a touch of sweet smoke to whatever they're grilling, they simply hack off a few chips to scatter on top of charcoal.

As you can see above, the chicken skin was a deep bronze, and the meat beneath it was tender and juicy. The faintly sweet taste of smoke permeated every nook and cranny.

For dessert we were served a carrot cake garnished with local strawberries and raspberries from "around back." Why don't I live here again?

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aprildawn said...

that sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

My guess is that even if you don't see alot of comments, there are HUNDREDS of us out here checking your blog everyday. You are always interesting, humorous, insightful; Thanks!
(Here in mid-coast Maine I have moose walking through my yard, albeit bordered by acres and acres of undeveloped land on a peninsula).
They are so BIG! and seemingly empty headed.

Debs said...

Wow, that's a pretty lucky dinner invitation! Maybe I need to get my hands on some maple.

Food Is Love/Seattle Local Food

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