Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Chicken Man

A family tradition at our house this summer has been to watch the entire series of Breaking Bad.

My Man started watching the show on AMC network a couple of years ago, and slowly but surely, we are all now hooked.  Season 5 is the last season of Breaking Bad, and new episodes are on Sunday nights on AMC.

Breaking Bad is filled with twisted people and twisted plots.  The main character is Walter White, initially an unassuming high school Chemistry teacher with a disabled, teenage son and a pregnant wife.


He eventually develops cancer and decides to provide for his soon-to-be-fatherless family by "cooking" crystal methamphetamine.  Walter feels like he doesn't have anything to lose.

The title of the series comes from the American Southwest slang phrase "to break bad," meaning to challenge conventions, to defy authority and to skirt the edges of the law. The series is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Source: Wikipedia)
The distributor of Walter's product is/was Gustavo (Gus) Fring, aka The Chicken Man.

This seemingly mild-mannered Latino owned a chain of restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos  (The Chicken Brothers) which was actually a front for the largest crystal methamphetamine operation in the Southwest.  He was a well-respected businessman and philanthropist to most of the community, but to Walter and his assistant, Jesse, Gus was a sort of mob boss who you didn't want to cross.  Or else.

Today, My Man is The Chicken Man.  With the amount of chicken he bought today, I think we could open our own Los Pollos Hermanos!  He found a fantastic deal on whole chickens (33 cents a pound!) and went a little wild, purchasing a dozen of them.  Really?!    When he was twisting "arms" and breaking bones of a different type, I shot a video which will hopefully give you insight into how to cut up a whole chicken.  This was one of the first kitchen skills my mom taught me before I left home, but since My Man is the prep cook now, I hadn't done it in awhile.  He refreshed my memory today, so I cut up two and he handled the other ten.

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