Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Well, it's official: my butt now has its own zip code. I was a very, very bad girl on vacation and now it's time to pay the piper. It's not as if I didn't know what I was doing or that Larry tied me down and force-fed me key lime pie, huge slabs of honeyed ribs, homemade chocolate hazelnut cake, and, did I mention key lime pie????? On the positive side, I read a hilarious book about weight loss, Jen Lancaster's Such a Pretty Fat. Although Jen is almost 20 years younger than I, we have the same bizarre sense of humor. I kept dissolving into hysterics for which I'd get a look from Larry. Each time I'd confide, "I could have written that!" I'm going to check out her blog at
http://www.jennsylvania.com/. I'll let you know how it is.

My Weight Watcher's journal is out on the counter and I'm ready to get serious. Because of other commitments, I'll do it on my own (READ: get a head start) this week and attend my first (well, not my first first, my first THIS time) meeting next Tuesday. It's a new leader; I hope she's as good as the one I had last time. That one only works on Saturdays and that just didn't work. In honor of my recommitment to a healthy lifestyle, today I'll share one of my favorite chicken recipes. You may have noted that I'm a real fan of this bird. I'll add the photo tonight, so you know I'm really doing this.

Hoisin Chicken
1/3 cup hoisin sauce*
1/4 cup white wine or cooking sherry
2 tsp grated, peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 lbs. skinless chicken legs (or thighs, if you prefer)

In a zip lock bag, combine the hoisin sauce, wine, ginger, and garlic, then add the chicken. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and refrigerate. Turn the bag a few times while this marinates. I prefer overnight, but a few hours will do. HINT: put bag in a bowl, just in case it leaks!

Preheat the oven to hot (425 degrees should do). Line a baking sheet with foil or use a disposable one. Spray the foil with nonstick spray. Place the chicken legs in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast until the legs are browned--about 25 minutes.
OPTIONAL, if you like crunchy stuff: sprinkle the legs with 2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds before serving.

*Hoisin sauce-if you haven't used this, you're in for a treat and will think of lots of other recipes it will enhance. Hoisin sauce is sweet and spicy at the same time. You need to refrigerate it once it's opened. It's readily available in the Chinese section of your supermarket.

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