If God was gifting the ancient Israeli’s a land flowing with milk and honey, then I’m going to guess that an abundance of dairy products in the diet is desirable and sugary sweet things were designed to delight the palate. If Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life, I am comfortable assuming that grains and carbs are foundational to a healthy diet. And if believers are told they are to be the salt of the earth, I’m thinking that liberal amounts of salt in food preparation bring it “to life.” Laying aside everyone’s individual dietary idiosyncrasies, if you think God is trying to use meaningful metaphors, then these foods are GOOD!
I have discovered that salt makes a huge difference in how my meat dishes taste. So, here is my recipe for Roasted Chicken Legs to Rave About, as modified from things I have learned from I’m Just Here for the Food: Version 2.0 and The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook:
- as many chickens legs as you need to feed your group
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- granulated garlic
- sliced scallions
Rinse and pat dry your chicken legs. Lightly oil baking pan. Place chicken legs on pan, just touching is okay, but don’t squish together. Dribble a little lemon juice (I used ReaLemon from the bottle) over each leg. Follow with more olive oil, just to a barely coat the top. I just dribbled from a bottle with a nice drip spout, but it would work to brush it with a pastry brush, too. Now, liberally sprinkle with the kosher salt, probably easily a 1/4 teaspoon per leg. Put about 1/8 teaspoon of each garlic and pepper. Experiment with how strong you want it. Put a few pieces of scallion on each leg. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven at 350 degrees, convection roast. (I didn’t pre-heat this last time, and it didn’t make any difference.)
Roast the legs for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Then take off the foil. Turn the heat up some to help with the browning. Keep and eye on it and take out when browned to your liking! Those legs should be moist and yummy.
So what are your favorite Biblical food metaphors?!