Monday, October 10, 2011

Chicken Bliss: Meet the Chicken Farmers of Canada

 Before I learned how to cook vegetarian food, the joke in our house was that if we ate any more chicken we were going to sprout feathers.  Having a husband who abhors anything with beef, pork, or even most fish, I learned over the years to make everything guessed it... chicken.

We eat chicken probably about two days a week-and this year for Thanksgiving we even substituted chicken breasts for the traditional turkey because it was cheaper, faster to cook, and the perfect size for our little family of three.  I took bone in breasts and stuffed slices of lemon, sprigs of rosemary and thyme, plus some crushed garlic under the skin, then roasted them at 350 F for about 45 minutes.

Oh, my.  Delicious, tender, amazing chicken! Yum!

The Chicken Farmers of Canada is a national organization, whose "main responsibility is to ensure that our 2,800 farmers produce the right amount of fresh, safe, high quality chicken to meet consumer needs." (from CFC's  about page).  Funded through "farmer levies paid according to the amount of chicken marketed.", they make sure that the consumers receive the safest, most delicious product possible. Which, for people like me, is great.  I buy my chicken at the grocery store for a few reasons; the free range, organic chicken is not always available or convenient to buy, and it's much more expensive.  With rising food prices you have to make choices; and while I do want quality meat, I want what I can afford as well. 

Over at the CFC site, you can find a wealth of information on  kitchen safety, cooking tips, antibiotics in poultry, how chicken is raised, and pages on actual chicken farmers.  Plus, of course, lots of great recipes! Once you sign up for an account you can rate, comment on, and store your favorite recipes.

Personally, I really want to try the Chipolte Marmalade Chicken with Quinoa.  I looooove chipolte flavored things.  Also, take a look at their You Tube Channel!  There's lots of great how-to videos over there  (I love this one about Beer Can Chicken). You can also talk to the chickens on Twitter! Well, sorta.  Elyse and Lisa tweet for them, because apparently the chickens can't spell so well. Another place to connect is Facebook, where you can talk about all things chicken.  Hop on over and we can talk about all sorts of great things to cook, as I'll be checking in often.

I'm really excited to be working with the Chicken Farmers of Canada this month, developing recipes and writing for them.  In exchange they are sending me to Blissdom Canada where I'll be helping run a Food Blogger round table talk-answering questions about food blogging, and giving lots of encouragement to fellow attendees.

Can't wait to see you there!

Disclosure:  Chicken Farmers of Canada are one of two amazing sponsors sending me to Blissdom Canada. They are covering the costs of my airfare, hotel, and transfers in exchange for me developing recipes and writing for them. 

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