Love & Roasted Chicken
It has been quite a few months since I have waxed on and on about PhillyBoy. I guess I try to keep it to myself now that I realize the posts are gag-worthy for some! Whoops! I suppose I can’t help it. I am one of those lucky people who has found someone that she loves fully and completely, and I can’t get over it. My parents had that kind of love, and I never thought I would be equally lucky!
A long time ago I wrote the story of how my parents met, but that post was lost before I could save it in my drafts backup folder. To give you the quickie version…. My auntie D and her boyfriend were dating and wanted to meet up in Florence for a few days. My aunt was living in Trieste at the time, and her boyfriend was in the States but would be in Italy for business. My grandparents did not want my aunt to go, but finally agreed when auntie said she would take her sister as a chaperone. When my aunt told her boyfriend that, he said he would find out if one of his brothers could make it too to keep my aunt’s sister company.
My mom and auntie, many many years ago (my auntie is standing in the back and my mom is sitting down):
My mom, with my dad in the background (sometime in the late 70s):
Fast forward to Florence.. My dad (my aunt’s boyfriend’s brother) is sitting in the barber shop in the hotel and sees a beautiful woman in the mirror pass by, with long blond hair and a beautiful outfit. He says to himself “if that is the woman I am supposed to accompany all weekend, I am going to marry her.” I am sure he did not think that was actually the woman he was supposed to accompany! But it was! My dad and mom were formally introduced, and it was love at first sight. Though they did not speak the same native languages, they both spoke some English and my dad spoke a bit of Italian so they were able to communicate. By the end of that first evening, my dad and mom knew they wanted to be married. The four of them ended up having a magical trip in Florence that I heard about many times growing up, and when my mom went back to Trieste, she had a promise ring on her finger.
The rest is history, as they say. My mom got married to my dad, studied for her high school final exams, and got her driver’s license all in the same year. And yes, my aunt and her boyfriend got married too!
My uncle (in the middle), with my dad (left) and a friend (also late 70s):
And one random, because I can’t help it! Another one of my dad’s brothers, with one of their sisters! (again, late 70s):
The love doesn’t end there. By 1985 we were all living in Rhode Island. My parents had a boy born in 1979 and a girl in 1983, and my aunt and uncle had a boy in 1979 and a girl in 1983! The girl, my cousin who I grew up with as almost a sister, was my maid of honor! The story is quite a bit longer and a bit more romantic than that, but it would take hours to fully share. I have asked my aunt to share it many, many times in the last few years! It is one of my favorite stories. Feel free to ask any questions about this love story if you have them!
I remind myself of my parents’ beautiful story all the time. My father is an incredible man, and although PhillyBoy did not meet my father until he met me, he is much like my father. Both do everything they can for those they love, and I am lucky to have them in my life!
While I do most of the cooking in the house, PhillyBoy is no bad cook. In fact, he is the master of making a delicious meal out of practically nothing. On this day in particular, he roasted a chicken to perfection with just a few Google searches and a recipe from his imagination. It was delicious, and will be delicious when he makes it again (hint hint!). Some might even say this is engagement-worthy chicken…. It is that good! See for yourself….
PhillyBoy’s Roasted Chicken
1 3-4 lb chicken
1 orange, in segments
1 onion, in segments (very roughly chopped)
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 lemons, quartered
2 tbs olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white wine
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Stuff the chicken with the orange, onion, celery, and lemon pieces. It is ok if not everything fits inside the chicken, but do your best. Truss the chicken with kitchen twine.
2. Rub the outside of the chicken with salt, pepper, and any spices you like. Pour the olive oil over the whole chicken and rub it all over.
3. Place the chicken breast side down in a roasting pan. Fill the pan with the wine + enough water to have 1 inch of liquid in the pan. Place the pan in the oven for 20 minutes.
4. Flip the chicken breast side up and place back in oven. Baste every 15 minutes until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the chicken reads 165 degrees Farenheit, about 85 minutes total. Enjoy!
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