Below is an excerpt from “How to Roast a Chicken Without a Recipe,” which originally appeared on Food52. Read the full story at food52.com.
Roasting a chicken always makes me feel all Little House on the Prairie, even if tucking a naked bird's wings behind its shoulders and sending it off into a hot oven wasn't a routine part of life on the banks of Plum Creek. Still, the exercise is homey like baking a loaf of bread and resourceful like learning to tap your own maple trees. It is simple and rewarding and the only things you really need to do it well are a chicken, heat, and salt.
Roast a chicken tonight because you need humble food to go with the bottle of red wine you bought. Or because the part of Little House you're trying to channel is the happy golden years. We'll just call those first reasons fringe benefits.