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Cooking with Aran

I'm making Aran cook with me more.  He needs to learn how to do more than macaroni and cheese or micowaved burritos.  Today's menu was a barbecue chicken dinner--a complicated endeavor, but I made him forge ahead.

I had him peeling potatoes and showed him how to set them for boiling and mashing, then got him to chop broccoli for steaming.  We also did up some fruit salad.  The main thing here was knife skills.  He's learning to rock the knife instead of moving it up and down.

For barbecued chicken, the danger is always that the chicken will dry out on the girll before it's finished.  The secret is to not actually barbecue it.  Instead, poach the pieces in salted water for 12 minutes or so, until they're done.  Drain (reserve the broth for later use, if you've a mind), and then drop onto a hot grill with your favorite sauce for two minutes or so per side.  Remove and eat.  The chicken will come out tender and juicy and flavorful.  This is what we did.

It was a delicious meal!

Aran will need to make this and similar dishes several times to cement them in his head and hands, so cooking will have to be a daily thing with him.


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