Monday, December 13, 2010

A-Test Chicken

So cool, this atomic photo! I got the effect ("heat map") from picnik.
It looks way better than the original, if only because the original was out of focus. And a little dark (I was shooting in the oven!).
But the food was pretty.
When I was a kid, back in the nuclear days, there were three kinds of cheese (not counting that vomit-smelling stuff in the shiny green cylinder): orange, white and white. The whites were Swiss and Jack. The orange was Cheddar.
Therefore, if you were making up a dish of chicken divan, you used the orange. The other ones weren't right.
So, to this day, I think of chicken divan as something covered in orange glop.
This one was covered in ivory glop, because we used non-orange cheddar and parmesan (from NOT the can).
I feel so grown up now. And full. A very good, filling, yummy meal. The bomb.
(And why did we make it? Because there was broccoli in the fridge. That's all.)

22 comments:

Ms Brown Mouse said...

That vomit-smelling stuff in the shiny green cylinder is the reason I did not eat cheese until my 30s!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Oh, I don't blame you. Nigel Slater (know who?) wrote that when he was young, he wanted to try "sophisticated" foods, and bought a shiny cylinder. His dad said, "It smells like sick." And that was that.

Kailyn said...

The first time I had mac & cheese at my dad's after he married my stepmother, I kept thinking there was something not quite right about it. The next morning I discovered the reason -- the box of "cheese" in the fridge. I stopped eating things that contained cheese if they were prepared in that household. One of my childhood nicknames was Mouse because of the amounts of cheese I consumed.

Zia said...

Cool photo! Never had chicken divan... I'll have to find a recipe and go for it.

namastenancy said...

And here I thought you were posting a radioactive chicken because of the (1) threats to Obamacare or (2) the news that the Ukrainians are planning to make Chernobyl a tourist destination. Seriously. I heard it on Rachael Madow. But this is all about the cheese. Now, I will never look at those shinny green containers again without feeling a bit urpy in the tummy. But have you ever smelled a wheel of Provolone cheese. When we lived in Italy, we used to buy cheese for the family owned pensione that my husband and I were supposed to be learning to manage. Well, I learned, he played "big man, Italian style). Anyway, we bought cheese by the wheel and believe me, it has a distinctive fragrance, but no green glow.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Wise man, Mr Slater Senior, MY Parents both ate the sick cheese *gags at the very thought*

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: The round "box"? You are not to be blamed.
And we all know your love of dairy. We are sisters.

Zia: It's easy to make, but you should look at a recipe for your first time. Then wing it. You'll really like it.

Nancy: I hate the news. Can hardly bear it.
Anyhoo. Ooh, rotten husband. Husbands are almost always rotten for one reason or another.
Wheels of Cheese! Can I buy an E?

Kailyn said...

Rectangular box. Cousin of the stuff in the can. Name starts with a V -- just like the name of He Who Shall Not Be Named. Just thinking of the name sends shudders through my body. And makes me want to do a PSA against the stuff. No child should be fooled into thinking that stuff is cheese.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

I just googled chicken divan! O MY, cans of soup??? I don't believe you used cans of soup ;)

Zoomie said...

Cool photo - colorful and fun, plus hides any oven drips.

And, yes, the Repugs are still at it. I love Jon Stewart's tag line: Republican't.

The Spiteful Chef said...

Mmmmmmmm Chernobyl casserole....

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: OK, I'm guessing Velvemort. Ew.

Mouse: Nonononono! I made a mornay sauce, using drippings in the pan we cooked the chicken in. It's good eating.

Zoomie: Oven drips? Did you notice how closely I cropped this picture? :)

Spiteful: Oh, you are good. I wish I'd thought of that.

Zoomie said...

Love "Velvemort" and "Chernobyl casserole!"

cookiecrumb said...

Zooms: Isn't it fun? BTW, you should check out the Spiteful Chef. She's very funny in a very smart way. Snarkalicious.

§~John~§ said...

Cookiecrumb, you make me smile and LOL.

Zoomie said...

Yes, she's funny and I do enjoy her posts but she reads and comments more than she writes. Hint, hint.

Greg said...

I've come oome late to the party.Far out!

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Well, she's dealing with a newborn son. It's amazing she shows up at all!

cookiecrumb said...

§~John~§: (Heh, I swiped your typography. No idea how to get that symbol on my own.)
You make ME smile.

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: You're always welcome, but we go to sleep at around 10.

Kelly said...

cheese in 'merca is weird ole shit! never saw such weird looking cheese in my life! Consequently, I have no memories of eating cheese in the US of A! Your atomic rendition looks infinitely better!

cookiecrumb said...

Kelly: Come on back! We have lovely, fantastic cheese now.