Matt at Home, Chapter 4

March 17, 2009

Well it’s been a long day, now that my weekend is over and work starts at 4:15!  At least the weather is getting nicer – I was able to bike to work in a t-shirt this morning, and the sun was shining bright later.

I took a nice nap after getting home, did some cleaning of the house and some reading.  While mopping the floor, I think I slicked up the bottom of my shoes because later I slipped and smashed my arm and knee on a table… I HATE bone injuries!!!!!

Then came time to prepare dinner.  Since I thawed that chicken out, I figured tonight would be a good time to use it up.  I decided on an easy southern-style dinner: barbeque-simmered cabbage, seared chicken, and skillet ‘taters.

I’m tired and hurting so I’ll just kinda throw some pictures up here chronologically with some light commentary:

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I microwaved the potatoes for a few minutes to begin softening them:

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Here’s the bag of carcass for making chicken stock another day:

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Finish cooking the chicken and then use the juices to finish the ‘taters:

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Good lookin crust there!

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Serve with a relaxing viewing of Futurama from Netflix:

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I’m off to bed now for another 3:45 wake-up call.  See y’all tomorrow!

Hi wife!

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1 VeggieGirl March 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm

WHEW!! Hang in there with the super-long workdays!!


2 Meg March 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I hope your arm and knee are OK. Fabulous dinner!


3 Jessica March 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Impressive butchering job and a great looking dinner!


4 Jacquelyn March 17, 2009 at 7:39 pm

How did you bbq simmer the cabbage? your dinner looks soo good :)


5 Lisa March 17, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Ouch! I’m also impressed with your chicken-disassembling skills.


6 Red Head, Yellow Dog March 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

mmmm bag of carcas… only not so much.

otherwise it looks great! I love cabbage. Made those cabbage rolls you guys had a while back. Very good!


7 haya (living and learning) March 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

your butchering skills are perfection! i have my own whole chicken defrosting right now. i guess i’ll have my go later this week.

will there be a soup in the works or do you freeze your stock? or do you make stock in one huge go, à la alton?


8 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I’m pretty sure if my husband was home alone, it’d be California Pizza Kitchen out of the frozen food section. I’m impressed!


9 Cole March 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

That cabbage looks delish!


10 Erika March 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Ok, I LOVE cabbage (actually had some tonight steamed with fire-roasted tomatoes!) I’ve never had it with BBQ though….let me just say that:

I <3 <3 <3 bbq sauce + cabbage – so I think that sounds like a winner!!! How much bbq did u use in this recipe???

Looks divine!

~Erika at


11 Hallie March 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

That cabbage looks really good. We’re having BBQ pork tonight so it might be BBQ-sauce overload to have it with BBQ cabbage…but there’s always tomorrow, right?


12 Oh She Glows March 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I’m loving the Matt posts- they always make me chuckle! It is so cute to see your different blogging styles.
Sorry you hurt yourself- get some rest!


13 brandi March 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm

good lookin’ dinner!

get some rest – and be careful! I fall a lot, and it’s not fun :)


14 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Hope you feel better. Matt, you are hilarious!


15 sue March 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

great dinner! futurama is hilarious!


16 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Awesome dinner!

Hope you feel better!


17 Sharon March 17, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Scrumptious eats!


18 Nate March 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I’m sorry I bailed on our man date. I feel like the accident was my fault. Never would’ve happened if we had a two Manhattan lunch today.


19 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Great entry yet again Matt, and your dinner looks awesome :)


20 Hil March 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Great idea with the cabbage…I will have to try that soon.


21 zestycook March 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Matt – I really like the cabbage twist… I am a huge fan… great chicken too :)



22 Lori March 17, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Yum! Bender’s Game is a really good futurama movie


23 Emily March 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Sorry for the fun at all!
Dinner looks great!


24 Marie March 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

YUM !! LOOKS very appetizing !!!


25 Ryane March 18, 2009 at 8:28 am

Woooo chicken carcass!


26 Kara March 18, 2009 at 10:40 am

Yay Futurama!


27 Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 18, 2009 at 11:16 am

BBQ cabbage is a brilliant idea!


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