There once was a happy chicken. The chicken was born at a hatchery and sent to a friendly farmer the very next day. That farmer gave the chicken a warm cozy place to stay with other chicks, just like her.
They grew up together and eventually moved to a coop with plenty of room to wander. She heard stories of relatives who went to factory farms and spent their entire lives without enjoying fresh bugs scratched from the dirt, or even the ability to walk around. She loved her life on the farm -- running around, eating veggies and good feed, and laying eggs for the farmer.
The chicken lived a good life, and when her time was up, she was butchered and given to a vegetarian and her flesh eating husband. The vegetarian gave thanks for the chicken's life and prepared it for her husband, knowing that a happy chicken would be better for her husband that the factory farm relatives.
Ok, well, I'm not really a story teller -- but you get the idea. Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary gave us a chicken at Christmas time. I told him I would like to get a pig from him this next year (after we get a chest freezer). Well, half a pig. Another vegetarian friend wants to split it with me. Her son eats meat and she would prefer to avoid buying factory meat as well. One reason I am a vegetarian is the horrible conditions that animals suffer from on those factory farms. I would rather cook an animal that was raised respectfully or hunted from nature for my husband -- even though it may be more expensive. It is better for the animals, my husband, and not to mention the local farmers and the environment.
This bird was seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder (was supposed to be onion powder, but I didn't have any). Then put 3 Tbsp butter inside the cavity with one stalk of celery cut into pieces. I added a few pieces of onion as well. Smear a bit more butter on the exterior. It should be cooked about 1 hour 15 minutes or until an internal temp. of 180 degrees is reached. I've been keeping a close eye on her because she is skinnier that most store chickens (but while I'm checking the temp. I baste it in the juices also). Once done, she needs to be covered loosely and left alone for about a half hour....