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Poppy Seed Chicken, Heaven in a Casserole Dish

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»


While we’re on the subject of comfort food, here’s a dish that I learned from Christine back in grad school. This meal is a Clan favorite, and when the weather’s cold out we make a big batch of it and kick back. It’s ridiculously easy to make, and sinfully flavorful:

A funny story about this dish. When I was a supervisor at Dow Chemical, I held a big dinner for the teams I led one weekend. PJ suggested we have casseroles, since the weather was dreadful and we’d all be wanting hot, filling food. So Poppy Seed Chicken went on the menu. Everybody enjoyed it, and nobody thought anything more of it.

The next morning I was called in for a random drug test. Dow had just instituted that practice, and was “learning” using management and supervision as guinea pigs. I went, I gave, I went back to work. Again, I didn’t think anything of it.

The next morning I was called in to explain my cocaine addiction. And my whole team was sent off to testing.

Black Poppy Seeds

It was a bit of a shock, but it seems that the testing regime was so sensitive it could detect the microscopic amount of cocaine present in the poppy seeds! I explained the situation, and eventually (Very eventually) we all had a good laugh. (I also gave up Poppy Seed Chicken for the duration, which was a sad consequence.) I can’t swear we were tested more than usual after that, but my groups and I got all too familiar with the testing trailer. They never did offer us a quantity discount, though.

So yes, there’s cocaine in those little black seeds. No, you can’t get high from them, even if you eat a whole bottle. The better way to get “high” is to enjoy the dish. You’ll get a great comforting feeling without any need for drugs…

Enjoy the (Addicting Chicken Casserole) Heat!


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