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Mystical Travels through the World of Food, Wine, and a delicious recipe to prepare Roasted Chicken! edit

Julio202007_1 The Wine Tasting:

Friday night was great! I joined the wine tasting organized by Carlos Mata and a group of very fine young wine lovers from Panama. I know Carlos and his wife Concepción are big fans of Gary Vaynerchuck from the Wine Library TV, and to tell you the truth I am heading to that same direction!

Antonio Touriño from VinoManiacos.com and Monica Arauz from Panama Coffee Lovers were there too, they are such a fun couple!

***The report on the wines we tasted will follow soon! We'll keep you posted***

Wine Tasting photo credits: Carlos Mata.

My Meditations on Food:

We work hard at developing new delicacies every day, experimenting with what I call the "neglected" tropical ingredients, and I truly love it. It is like creating these magical concoctions, playing a little with chemistry, at the same time getting my little travel book of notes out, the same I work on during my many trips around the world. They are truly beloved memories, all surrounded by mystical aromas of food and the lost-in-time moments when my senses got the first glimpse of the bounty.

Sometimes, in special days like today I stop all the rush I feel I have most of the time in my life, and in search of inspiration...I find myself meditating through the photos of my past travels: one after the other, they bring joy and tears sometimes. This has been a very intense year so far, and far from complaining or crying my lungs out of the stratosphere, I cook!

We are blessed in so many ways and it is a tough task to find an equilibrium between the spiritual and the day to day life. You know what I mean, right? You have probably been there too...One thing I can tell you is that I am working at finding that perfect balance. You've got my word!

But, back to the basics, now...I just want to have a juicy homemade roasted chicken. How about you?

The Scrumptious Roasted Chicken Recipe:

Rost_3 Serves 4


  • 1 whole young chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • optional: baby potatoes, carrots and onion (to roast with chicken)

Serve with: Chimichurri Sauce AND/OR Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise.  If you love rice sides, do not miss our Black Beans and Rice recipe. They are out of this world! Yum!

Rost_2 Instructions:

  • With a flavor injector (large-new syringe for marinating), inject the melted butter in the two chicken breasts, followed by the legs. So, you will actually inject the bird four times.
  • Season chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and paprika. Transfer to roasting pan and roast until golden brown and thermometer registers 170°F when inserted into leg joint (45 minutes approximately). Remove from oven and let stand covered with foil for 10 minutes.
  • Halve chicken in four  pieces and serve with the sauce and side of your choice.

Have a delicious week!

Un abrazo,

  • by Chef Melissa
  • July 22, 2007
  • 9:21 pm


Picture of Don Ray Don Ray said on...
07.24.07 at 12:51 PM |

It looks great. I will have to try it.

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
07.24.07 at 12:57 PM |

Hola Don! nice to see you here :D It is really simple to prepare and delicious…I am sure you will love it!

Picture of Alejandro Alejandro said on...
08.02.07 at 04:16 AM |

That chicken looks delicious!

Picture of Jeff Jeff said on...
08.03.07 at 10:02 PM |

I like the addition of coriander to this staple recipe.  It adds a little orangy flavor to it.  I myself have been using coriander in many of my chicken dishes.

Picture of Katy Katy said on...
08.04.07 at 07:01 PM |

Hey Melisa, your blog just looks better and better! That is so funny about your cornish Hens I think they are making a comeback in the states you didn’t use to see them very often and now they are all over the place!

Picture of thess thess said on...
08.07.07 at 10:58 AM |

Hello Melissa! Your chicken sure looks nice! The type that I can eat a whole on my own ha ha ha!

I’ve never been to a wine tasting before. I have been wanting to go to the Alsace [France] and drown myself w/ their fine wines there ha ha!  I hope someday…..

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
08.07.07 at 11:05 AM |

Hola Thess! I feel the same way—-if they are not to big I’ll be happy to eat one whole too jeje

Have a tasty week!

Picture of Salvatore Salvatore said on...
08.27.07 at 11:04 AM |

This roasted chicken recipe is so easy and yet tastes so good.  I made it last night and it was a big hit.  I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

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