Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bill is passionate about delicious, clean, fresh, conscientious food...

Name: Bill Anderson
<-- Photo of Bill, his wife Jamie and son Isaac

Buying club: Takoma Park

Age: 29

How did you first hear about Polyface? Omnivore’s Dilemma

How long have you been a Polyface customer? Approx. 1 year

Have you ever been to the farm? No. I hope to bring my wife and son this spring.

What is your hobby? Cooking and eating great food.

What is your favorite time of day? Dinner time.

What is your favorite season? Spring.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Italy. I am half Italian and would love to spend a year apprenticing, learning about pasta, wine, butchering, etc. as in the book Heat.

Share a favorite recipe.

Bill’s Brined Roast Whole Polyface Chicken with Polyface Mild Italian Sausage, Caramelized Onion and Apple Stuffing

Brine – Boil approximately 3 qts of water and add approx. 1.5 cups of kosher/sea salt and 1-1.5 cups of sugar in the raw. Stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely before adding chicken. You have many options in adding herbs and spices to your brine. I like to add several garlic cloves, bay leaves, and whole peppercorns. Place the chicken in the brine in the fridge for no less than a couple of hours, but ideally around 6 hours. Leaving the chicken in the brine too briefly will prevent it from sucking in the flavor of the brine and leaving it in too long may result in a chicken that is too salty.

Stuffing – Slice two large onions and four large peeled apples. Get a large sauté pan very hot. Drop the heat to med-low and add two tablespoons of butter. After the butter melts add sliced apples and onions. Cook over low heat stirring occasionally until the onions become translucent and eventually brown. You can add a bit of sugar or honey to speed the process but it is best to just cook it low and slow until you extract the natural sugar from the onions and apples. In a separate pan sauté one package of Polyface mild Italian sausage until brown. I like to make little grape size balls of the sausage before I sauté them. Cube a good sized loaf of stale whole wheat bread. If you do not have stale bread cube it and put it on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven until it browns. In a large mixing bowl, add the onions and apples, the sausage, the bread, two eggs, fresh herbs (I like tarragon), and a couple of heaping teaspoons of Dijon mustard. If the mixture seems a bit dry, try adding some apple juice or cider – (Polyface sells some delicious apple juice).

Cooking – Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Sprinkle with mustard powder, salt and ground pepper. Pour a little olive oil in a large baking dish and stuff the chicken overflowing out with the stuffing. Cover the bird and stuffing with aluminum foil until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees then remove the foil and kick the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees.

What are you most passionate about? Delicious, clean, fresh, conscientious food.

Complete the statement “I recommend…”
the book Omnivore’s Dilemma if you have not already read it.

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Sheri said...

Hey, Bill - Thanks for sharing your recipe. It looks awesome. I can't wait to try it.

Tish said...

What a cool idea! It's nice to get to know some of the other people who choose to take time to buy real food. Fifteen years ago my husband and I decided that we'd gain more from my being a full-time mom than we would from my small salary. My oldest child is grown and on her own, but I still have two teens at home. I care deeply about nourishment. It isn't only that I feed people, but that I am nourished by what I do, my family and community are nourished by how I do it. I would rather buy my lettuce from a family farm in my county than from a certified organic farm in California. I have learned to can fruits and vegetables so I can stock up on fruits and vegetables when they are at their peak nutritional value at the local pick-your-own farms. I look at cheap chickens in the grocery store and I know I've paid for that chicken by sacrificing the Chesapeake Bay, so I fill my freezer in the summer when healthy chickens are available. I bake all of our bread; last summer the boys and I built a wood-fired oven which I have closed for the winter, but will begin using again in late February or March. I recently served a formal meal to a group of people in my church to demonstrate that ethical food choices can be exciting and delicious, even in winter. I went overboard (made my own ricotta cheese for the cheese cake) but it was fun. I'd love to send you my recipe for braised pork with tart cherries.

Tish Hall (Kensington Buyers Club)

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