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Italian Roast Chicken with Vegetables

On a Sunday evening, there are few things I love more than cooking a fantastic dinner and eating it on the couch watching Mad Men. It’s a formula that can’t be improved upon – except for those Sundays when I am able, in between grocery shopping and vegetable prep, to squeeze in a Skype call with my increasingly mobile and perpetually adorable niece. Last weekend was filled with great friends and lots of wine, and by Sunday, I was fully ready for my weekly hibernation. And with unseasonably cold temperatures of late, something warm and homey sounded just right – a roast chicken recipe from Bon Appetit incorporating several of the vegetables from my most recent CSA box.

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Lazy Lady Chicken Mango Slaw

As a child, learning to ride a bike came easily, the boundaries were finite (driveway to stop sign and back), and my dad handled all routine maintenance, from streamer installation to training wheel removal. Taking up bicycling after a hiatus from age fourteen- i.e., the age at which I began to have friends with cars- until last summer, I thought it wise to keep my goals equally simple. My grandpa gave me his vintage cruiser, and I checked off my to-do list: #1- immediately install an enormous basket on the back; #2- learn to ride in the street. This year, I plan to master left turns and simple bike repairs. So far, I am pleased to report that I am officially capable of inflating my tires as needed.

Yesterday, the first summer-like day in Chicago in recent memory, I set out to run errands by bicycle (yay!) for the first time this year, with high hopes and a superior attitude towards all the cars stuck in traffic heading to the beach. One hour and a not-very-interesting story later, I learned that, shockingly, after a winter of basement storage, the need for a tire pump was immediate. The point of all this being that, when I made my grocery list, I was full of ambition- heads of napa cabbage, organic carrots, a whole Amish chicken! By the time I arrived at Whole Foods sweaty and thirsty and found they were out of several requisite produce items, I scaled back my plans on the fly to a meal befitting the end of a holiday weekend. Coleslaw in a bag, shredded carrots- a lazy lady version, if you will.

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