Lest you think sustainably-grown, organic, local food must be good for you, I have concocted some bad-for-you food out of my delicious, healthy ingredients. I almost made a salad, but didn’t want to ruin the ‘greasy bar food’ vibe my dinner had goin’ on so I opted for dessert instead.
I started with two dozen chicken wings from Olds Farm. I threw them in a saucepan and added half a jar of home-canned tomato sauce, a big ‘glug’ of molasses, a dried chili from my CSA and a little too much Michigan beet sugar for my taste. That all simmered away while I julienned a pile of russet potatoes from the 50 lb. bag in my super fancy root cellar.
I had a ball of spelt-flour pie crust dough in the freezer so I pulled it out and let it thaw while the chicken cooked. When the crust had thawed I rolled it out, threw it in a pie pan and dumped two quarts of home-canned apple pie filling in it. Can anyone say, “Five minute pie”?
When the wings were fully cooked, I dumped them out onto a sheet pan and baked them at 400 until they were a little crisp. While the chicken was crisping, I cooked batches of fries in hot oil (which was not local 😦 ).
The finished dinner, while not the healthiest meal on Earth, was yummy. And, my greasy homemade chicken wings and fries were much better for me than restaurant wings from factory-farmed chickens, sauce made of who-knows-what, and pesticide and fungicide laden potatoes cooked in hydrogenated oil. Plus, leftover pie is an excellent breakfast; fruit and whole grains are good for you!