No matter if our ancient ancestors were gathered around a campfire on some game-laden savanna, or if we are seated around a finely laid out and festooned table of crystal, silver and fresh flower centerpieces, we are bound together across time and space with the notion that food is best shared with friends, families, and especially strangers. In this age of social media, let us not forget how to forge relationships through the fine art of conversation over a well cooked meal.
Try this on someone:
Chicken with apricot mustard glaze
Preheat the oven 425F. Line a baking dish with foil. Wash and dry 4 large chicken thighs, skin on. Coat the chicken with olive oil. Salt and pepper the chicken pieces to taste. Set aside.
In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup of apricot jam, a tablespoon of grainy Dijon mustard, and a tablespoon of honey. When thoroughly blended, coat all sides of the chicken pieces with the glaze. Place the chicken in the baking dish and bake uncovered for about 30 minutes. Test the chicken pieces with a thermometer. If they read 175F it is done. If not, return to oven for another 10 minutes.
When finished, remove the chicken from the dish and drain the drippings into a sauce pan. Add a tablespoon of butter and heat on low, whisking the sauce until the butter melts. Serve as a sauce for the chicken or a side of steamed rice.
Serves two to four people depending on the size of the thighs, what else you are having with it and how much conversation engages you.