My post this week was going to cover Jennifer’s tap performance, and a recipe we have cooked during one of our weekly meetings. The performance will be next week’s post, so I am going to write today about the amazing chicken barbecue we made on that fateful first day Jennifer showed up on my doorstep with the gift of the crock pot in hand.
We went into my tiny kitchen to prep the food. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs make for a lot less work, but we still cut the fat off with the kitchen scissors. One tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet, then we sear the chicken thighs and drop them into the crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients, put it on ‘high’ (for an hour – then reduce it to ‘low’ for 5-6 hours). Break up the chicken. I use tongs for this, but a wooden spoon or a spatula would work. When it’s finished, it looks like pulled chicken, and it’s so tasty, you’ll be hooked. I know I was.
It never ceases to amaze me that we work together so well in such a small space, but we move around each other with ease. We never stop talking and laughing. Jennifer loves to take pictures for our blogs, and I love to make faces when she does.
We discover many things about each other through our writing, but we have discovered just as many through the cooking. We have learned that neither one of us are perfect, and that is a great thing. We realized that we both struggle with writing out the hard parts of our stories, and that we are good at drawing it out of each other. We both have body image issues, (what do you mean I’ll never look like that photo-shopped, air-brushed model on the cover of Vogue?). Interesting that one of the ways we combat that is by cooking.
When we started this blog, we wanted it to be fun, and talk about our weekly meetings which touch on two of our favorite things – writing and cooking. What we have discovered though, is that it’s more about friendship and discovery. As is life.
Recipe for the amazing BBQ Chicken:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt