• Painting by Jean Wright
  • Rooster detail

Last Saturday I decided to stay in. I also decided a challenge was in order, seeing as I wouldn’t be goading my liver or my neighboring stool warmers. I had a selection of the last of the CSA vegetable share that still had to be eaten. There were turnips, carrots, red peppers, green onions, garlic, red potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I knew I had the foundation for a roast, but should it be pork? I do love the pork tenderloin slathered in crushed fennel seeds, garlic, olive oil, and black pepper, but that seemed too easy. This was supposed to be an opportunity to try something new. Beef, perhaps? What about a roast chicken? I went off to the market with a vague notion about a protein.