The size of a chicken’s breast varies depending on the breed. Delaware chickens, a heritage breed we raised last year, have small breasts compared to a Cornish X. The Cornish X is not a breed of chicken but a chicken developed from selective breeding. They also grow very differently; heritage birds take about 14 – 18 weeks to maturity vs 6 to 8 weeks for the Cornish X. Mother Earth News published an article comparing the two types.
Below is a very good oven-fried chicken recipe that I think is much better with my small-breasted heritage chickens.
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1 chicken cut up
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter
Combine the first 6 ingrediants. Dip the chicken in milk then roll it in the cornmeal mixture. Place in a greased 13 x 9 2 baking dish. Drizzle with the butter. Bake uncovered at 375º for 50 – 55 minutes.
Roll Chicken in Cornmeal Mixture
Milk, Cornmeal Mixture, Cut up Chicken
Art by William Wallace Denslow
Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.
So how does a “cow jump over the moon”? Well, it turns out that cow was using steroids. And it is perfectly legal.
“Since the 1950s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of steroid hormone drugs for use in beef cattle and sheep, including natural estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and their synthetic versions.” Federal regulations do not allow steroids when raising pork, poultry, and goats for food. Producers of organic meat may not use steroids.
When you are sick and tired of hearing about the Lance interview, check out these fact sheets from the USDA.
Have you ever seen a “Not for Sale” label on a package of meat like the one on this package of Sweet Italian sausage? What does it mean?
Sweet Italian Sausage
It means that this package of sausage was processed in a state-inspected facility and not a federally-inspected facility. It means individuals can only purchase this package of sausage as part of a “pre-sold meat package” such as when you purchase a whole or half of a hog or a CSA share. If you purchase an individual package of meat, make sure it has an USDA inspected stamp.
Sweet Italian Sausage with
Onions and Asparagus
Package of Sweet Italian Sausage
3 – 5 red and yellow onions
4 cloves of garlic
package of frozen asparagus
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 cups water
1 Tbsp corn starch (optional)
Heat olive oil in fry pan. Cut the sausage into 4 inch pieces and brown the sausage in the olive oil. Remove the sausage from the fry pan. Chop the onion and garlic and sauté them in the fry pan. Add the sausage and asparagus to the onions and garlic. Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix the corn starch and 1/2 cup of cold water together. Add to the sausage mixture. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Serve with linguine or other pasta.
Sweet Italian Sausage
Sweet Italian Sausage, Onion, Garlic, Asparagus