Year: 2011

My System: Changeable Chicken

Who: Diane Davis Otter System: “Just about every Sunday night I make what I call “Changeable Chicken,” preparing me for a week of healthy and quick meals ahead.  I adopted this technique from Jason Denton, founder of panini pioneer ‘Ino in New York’s Greenwich Village.” Here’s Her Step-by-Step: 1. Pre-heat a grill pan/grill press or panini press to medium-high heat. 2. Place two thin-sliced chicken breasts each on rectangles of aluminum foil. (Make as many as you want.) 3. Drizzle on some olive oil and rub in salt, pepper and any kind of seasoning spices you like. Flip chicken over and repeat. 4. Fold the foil into a packet, seam side up. (You can actually do this hours ahead and the chicken will be more flavorful for it.) 5. Cook on pan or press, seam side up for about 6 minutes. (Use a thermometer to test for temps at 165 degrees.) 6. After the chicken cools a bit, store it in your fridge in the foil packets, seam side up again. Saving the juices to use with the chicken is key! …

My System: A Buy-it-in-Brooklyn Thanksgiving

By which I mean I bought just about everything for our Turkey Day fete. With 12 family members popping over tomorrow, I’m all about keeping it easy. To wit: A deep-fried Jive Turkey. Despite buying this sucker ahead of time, we had to wait in a two-hour line for our very own. Seemed like a rite of passage. So be it. I’ve never tried a deep fried turkey, last year we purchased our pre-cooked turkey from Whole Foods. Hopefully this one will be worth the wait! [photo: Courtesy of Jive Turkey] Sides from Bklyn Larder: Yes they’re pricey, but the homemade goodness is worth it. Cheese plate, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, cranberry sauce, herb bread stuffing, foccacia. Picking those up tomorrow morning. Flowers & apple cider from Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: The Greenmarket is always open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I hit that this morning, buying some lovely orange fleurs and fresh apple cider. Delicata squash from Whole Foods: The one thing I’m making (and not from Brooklyn), inspired by my …

System: Pin Your Inspiration

Above my desk is a messy cork board crammed with photos, doodles, postcards, reminders and general bon mots. Looking up at this smattering of inspiration every day warms me and grounds me. It reminds me where I’ve been and where I want to go. A rainbow drawn by my niece; the band of 14-year-old girls I coached; a postcard of author Eudora Welty; a scrawled love note from my husband; Stefan Sagmeister’s manifesto which includes “Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.” (The April date on the calendar proves that some of this stuff goes up and I never really look at it again.) I’ve had a wall of inspiration since I could apply scotch tape to ripped-out pages from Tiger Beat. Here’s the highschool version behind the 16-year-old me, almost exclusively music-related (and yes, that’s a cassette tape in my hand). That my parents let me affix radio bumperstickers to my wall…wow. And like everything good these days, there’s now an online version. In the last few months I’ve spent/ wasted/ enjoyed about two hours making lists and …