A Story From The Past...Plus A "Baked Chicken with Onions and Potatoes" Recipe
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  • 15 chickens in each crate. My grandmother would then go to the crates and feel a chicken’s breast for fullness. She would then call the owner of the market who wore a white lab type coat. He took the chicken my grandmother had chosen and went to the back of the store. My mother being very young and curious peeked in the back door and watched what happened next. I am not going to get as graphic as my mom did when she told me this story, but let us just say that the chicken was killed, cleaned, and the feathers were taken off. The man would then place the chicken in a paper bag, and now it was ready to be prepared for dinner that night. There were no freezers at that time, so all the food had to be bought daily. There are still today some cities that have live poultry markets, but I still prefer to go to my local Stop and Shop and get my chicken there. As they say, “we have come a long way baby,” since the 1930’s.
  • 1943 grandma Julia, my mom,
  • Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds whole chicken or cut up pieces
  • 2-3 yellow onion, chopped into 1 inch wedges
  • 4-6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks (white or sweet)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (enough to just coat the chicken)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano



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