A good friend of mine recently had a baby boy. He's just 16 days old today and so tiny and sweet and perfect. I wanted cook dinner for my friend and her family during this time as they readjust to life with a newborn. They have one daughter who is almost three and so they are also adjusting to life as a family of three to life as a family of four. I remember those first few weeks after Nathan was born. It was tough for us; I'm not going to sugar-coat it. This friend was so sweet and helpful to me and she brought us dinner probably once a week for the first four to five weeks. And it meant so much to me. So, I want to help them out. Not only to return the favor, but because I remember those nights that she would bring dinner and it was such a comfort and such a relief to have something home-cooked and delicious to eat at the end of a long day.
As I was thinking of what to make for them I tried to think of what I would want to eat during a time like this and the first thing that popped into my mind was roasted chicken. Not only is roasted chicken so lovely to eat the day you cook it as a hot meal, but in our family there are always leftovers (there is no way that me, my sweets and Gabe can eat an entire chicken!). So, I thought it would be great for them because then they would have dinner one night and could have leftovers for another meal as well.
Now, I will tell you that up until a few years ago I would never have dreamed of cooking a whole chicken myself. I don't know why. I don't remember my mom ever roasting a whole chicken. Turkey, yes. Chicken, well no. Usually, if she did cook an entire chicken it was cut into pieces and she would bake them (so, in the oven but just not at a very high heat). So maybe I was a little scared? But I kept hearing Ina say that roasting a chicken was so easy that eventually I had to try it. Guess what. It is so easy. And yet, so comforting and satisfying.