Kick council’s butt; let them eat chicken | Intermediate Eater
I can visualize Mayor Earling waving goodbye to his wife as he leaves for the office. “Busy day?” she is liable to ask.
“Yeah,” he might reply. “I’ve got to kick some butt on the City Council.”
And I can guess how you might react, if you were a fly on the wall.
Chances are you might comment, “It’s about time.” Well, isn’t it?
You might equate the mayor to the head coach of a football team. And how would the coach react if his players had begun to form cliques and were constantly second-guessing the game plan?
Right. The coach would kick some butt. He would kick butt AND take names. You probably know the names. Individually they are well educated and well motivated. But turn them loose on a football field, or in council chambers, and they start running around and acting like their hair is on fire.
The appointment of Jim Reid, described as a team-building consultant, was recently announced as a doctor with a cure. For starters, I would assume he promised not to set his hair on fire. But almost immediately a few council members seemed to sniff smoke.
Which just proved my point. Somebody needs to kick some butt and take some names in the City Council.
According to a dictionary of slang, the term “Kick butt and take names” originated in elementary schools. When the teacher had to leave the room, he or she would bring some reliable student up to the front of the room to keep order. Specifically they were assigned the task of writing down the names of misbehaving classmates.
“Kick butt and take names!”
OK, on his behalf I admit that the mayor does not have all the authority of a head football coach. But if he isn’t in charge, who is?
Nobody? Then the inmates are running the funny farm.
My solution, short of kicking butt and taking names, would be to invite all the council members to a picnic. Pass around the wine bottles once or twice... more if you detect somebody with their hair on fire.
Serve with potato salad and this chicken dish.
Kick Butt Chicken
1 fryer chicken
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon tabasco
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 chicken bouillon cube
Cut up the chicken. Moosh together all the other ingredients and let sit 10 minutes.
Use the sauce to paint the chicken pieces. Place chicken in a buttered oven dish. Place in a 375 oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Turn the chicken, brush again with sauce and return to the oven for about 45 minutes, basting frequently.
Take the chicken to the picnic warm or cooled. Double or triple the recipe if the full council shows up with knives and forks poised.