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Eat This While You Read That: Jason Rennie

I’ve expanded this series far beyond the traditional author roles, seeking to promote people who bring stories to readers. I’ve featured a long-form editor, Toni Weisskopf, whose efforts keep Baen Books the great place to find fun reads that it is. Now, I’m bringing you a gentleman who edits and brings you the short-form fiction reads you want for the busy times, the interstices of life as you wait in line, or at the mechanics, or doctor’s office… SciPhiJournal is better than the tatty magazines you’ll find in places like that, and you can access the goodies Jason has collected for you with your phone or tablet. It’s not just fiction, either, it’s articles and reviews. One of the recurring features is Superversive fiction, which is defined as having these elements:

  1. Most importantly a Superversive story has to have good storytelling.
  2. The characters must be heroic.
  3. Superversive literature must have an element of wonder

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Jason had to think about it when I asked him for a recipe. Time passed, and I reminded him. Ooops, he apologized… and sent me this recipe, which made me laugh when I saw the title.

Books and nummy dinner
Books and nummy dinner

Editor’s Procrastination Chicken

Jason’s comment: “It is kinda easy but I like it. Basically just a rub for chicken breasts.”

  • Celery salt
  • Paprika
  • Mustard Powder
  • White Sugar
  • Garlic powder (Cedar’s addition)

Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl and mix, then coat chicken breasts with it and put in the fridge, covered, for about 4 hours. Cedar’s note: I used about 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp paprika, 2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp garlic powder and also about 2 tbsp brown mustard and made it into a paste since I didn’t have mustard powder. I coated 4 chicken breast filets, the equivalent of 2 full breasts. 

I mixed it all up in a bowl then covered it and put it back in the fridge until almost dinnertime.
I mixed it all up in a bowl then covered it and put it back in the fridge until almost dinnertime.

You could put this on the grill over coals for about 4-5 minutes on each side. I put it on a rack under the broiler as we had a cold spring rain that kept me indoors.

A full sheet pan under a matching sized rack is a handy thing to have in the kitchen.
A full sheet pan under a matching sized rack is a handy thing to have in the kitchen.

With the chicken, prepare potatoes, one per person plus one extra. Cut them into halves, then wedges lengthwise. Toss with olive oil, salt, papper, and chili flakes. Cedar’s note: I used about 1 tsp chili flakes for three potatoes and it was spicy. These can be cooked over the bbq as well on a rack, and I did them along with the chicken under the broiler on a rack. It worked well to cook them in the same time as the chicken.

Quick, simple, and tasty!
Quick, simple, and tasty!

Serve with vegetables on the side and relax with a good story, there are plenty to choose from and it changes monthly!

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