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Recipe and Extras: South East-West Chicken

Last night was a thrown-together meal, a "what's been sitting in the pantry and never used?" sort of meal, but it turned out pretty good even though it couldn't decide if it was southeast Asian or southwest US.

boneless chicken thighs, cut in chunks
1 jar of habanero-lime salsa, medium hot
1 jar of lime-lemon thin-cut marmalade
1 jar of mandarin orange segments
1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper

Mix everything and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour.  You can up the temperature to 375 degrees if it's taking too long.  Stir it up once or twice so that it cooks evently.  Serve over rice pilaf, or plain rice.

It needed to be something unfussy because I found I needed to re-hem a dress.  My daughter and some of her friends had signed up to be extras in a movie being filmed nearby ("The FIghter") and were told to show up around 9 am today, Thursday.  My daughter had also signed up to start working at Dunkin Donuts.  

Yesterday afternoon around 4 pm, she found out that she needed to work the 6-12 shift at Dunkin Donuts for the initial training session.  

Yesterday afternoon around 5 pm, she got a call that they were changing the clothing requirements for extras: instead of regular street clothes ("no logos, no bright colors or patterns" => no problem) they now wanted the extras to show up in upscale cocktail dresses and suits.  Problem: she didn't have that sort of dress.  Problem doubly compounded by the imminent 6-12 shift and the early morning call.  

Now, we're not in a totally dinky town.  We've got 24-hour drugstores and 24-hour supermarkets, but somehow no one saw the need for a 24-hour place to buy a cocktail dress.   Obviously a missed marketing opportunity.  So we decided to hack up an ex-prom dress to shorter length and that's what I did with my evening, measuring and cutting and hemming (both outside and lining) and ironing.   The last part, the ironing, is something I rarely do, and I couldn't find the iron.

Luckily, one of the 24-hour drugstores does carry travel irons, even if they don't carry cocktail dresses.



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Jul. 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
That chicken dish you created sounds yummy. And my younger daughter wants your daughter's life! She'd *love* to be an extra, and she applied at Dunkin Donuts, but it seems she didn't get it.
Jul. 17th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'll pass that along. ^_^
My daughter impression of the movie work was that it both very cool (seeing the actors, seeing how it was done) and very boring (repeating the same mimed shouting over and over, lots of waiting and doing nothing: they were the unpaid filler extras for a crowd scene). Getting part-time work these days is ridiculously hard. My daughter applied to about a dozen places, including another DD, and this one only hired her because they needed someone for the very worst hours.
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