Pulled Chicken Parmesan ~ The Magical, Mystical Repo-Man

Sister Madly was closing down the pub the other night when she overheard a nearby patron speaking about Soul Retrieval.

Now, there’s a fine profession she hadn’t considered when just a wee little Moppet! Which is most unfortunate, as Sister Madly clearly fits the criteria required of a Reaper: she works well independently, has mastered the art of being grim, and can put together a rather fetching uniform at a moment’s notice- her Renaissance Faire days has left Sister Madly with an eclectic array of costumes and bits of weaponry that is often difficult to explain.

Why, just think of all the joy she could bring to commuters simply by strolling along the boulevard in uniform; no doubt the ruffian who just ran that red light will be pleased to find that photo ticket in the mail. Sister Madly would downright giddy to receive a picture of the intrepid Itty Bitty flirting with the speed limit and a Reaper in the foreground- she might even go so far as to make that moment happen. She would hang it on the refrigerator next to the bold You-Didn’t-Vote-Enough! Shame Campaign Card she received in the mail before the last elections.*

* Apparently, Sister Madly is a very naughty citizen because she did not cast a vote for nor against the unopposed, incumbent Drain Commissioner.

For centuries, the Netherworld has employed Reapers as an eco-friendly alternative to leaving Souls littered about the Multiverse like candy wrappers on Halloween- but what does one do with the Souls after tidying up? Does Sister Madly, as a Reaper, decide into which afterlife the Soul is dispensed? Does she decide which ones to recycle, and which to reuse? Zero waste is clearly a concern of the Netherworld and, according to the Ancients, has been recycling Souls through an ecological process known as Reincarnation for centuries.

* Confirmed: Reincarnation is a fact, as evidenced by the bench at her local Marketplace made entirely out of recycled milk jugs.

Yet as with earthly rubbish, not all Souls can be recycled; but that does not mean the surplus is stuffed down the spiritual garbage disposal. As Souls are not compostable, it is most trendy to use the debris for DIY projects around the home- just think of the masterpieces one could make with the leftovers! Surely Sister Madly can find a board on Pinterest addressing this very topic. Hashtag TrendyMoppet.

In fact, a career as a Reaper might even benefit her current engagement as a Vendor.* She could make haunted relics by cramming leftover Souls into certain artifacts willy-nilly, and enlist the most interesting of Psyches (and hopefully, with the most colorful language) to be the spirit behind the Writing Planchette.

* Whose goods are mostly purchased by psychologists, teenage girls, and tourists from Montana. Apparently, Sister Madly has cracked the code on how to cater to this particularly niche market.

As it turns out, the retrieval of Souls is not the same as reaping them. Retrieval, he said, is all about the living

Living… So, does the Soul just wander off? Or is more like retrieving property- such as when one sells one’s Soul to the Devil and the Devil doesn’t deliver on his end of the bargain- like some sort of mystical Repo-Man? If so, Sister Madly may wish to retain these services: having sold her Soul years ago, Sister Madly is certain that the purchaser of said Soul is the Snitch behind her not voting for nor against the unopposed, incumbent Drain Commissioner, which is in direct violation of their nonexistent contract.

The Repo-Man politely declined.


  • 2 sweet onions, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup red wine, divided (¼+¼)
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs, whole
  • 3 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1½-2 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan, or to taste
  • 1 TBSP basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • salt, to taste

Heat oil in Dutch oven
Add onions, stirring to coat
Lower heat, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized; 30-45 min
Add garlic; sauté 3-5 min
Add spices; sauté 30 sec
Deglaze ¼ cup wine; simmer to reduce; 2 min
Add stock, paste, chicken, and remaining wine; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is cooked (25 min)
Shred chicken in sauce
Simmer to reduce and thicken
Add cheese; stir until melted and remove from heat

THEME SONG: Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

Image 1) Chris Clor

22 responses

  1. Looks and sound yummy!

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019 at 5:15 AM

  2. Impressive reaping! Can you make baclava?

    Liked by 1 person

    August 22, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    • To be frank, I’ve never tried- but it does intrigue me and I do want to give it a go… if you know of a base recipe that you’re willing to share, feel free to do so!

      Liked by 1 person

      August 22, 2019 at 6:32 PM

  3. The chicken makes a great pastie, Madly! Thanks 👀🍃🌷🍃

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    • :~D

      Wow- haven’t had a pasty since I left Michigan… ah, memories of days gone by…

      Liked by 1 person

      August 23, 2019 at 2:23 PM

  4. What do you mean, “not compostable”? I’m fairly sure mine has been through the heap several times. It has that certain… organic richness… about it that’s a clear giveaway. That, and the onion skins.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    • Admittedly, I ( at the moment) live in an urban setting, thus limiting any complete understanding of all things recyclable or compostable…

      However, should I one day obtain a home with acreage, I do hope that it blessed by the wisdom of the Raven- be it through a passing journey, or though its compost (accompanied by a lovely pile of sweet onions, of course.)

      Liked by 1 person

      August 23, 2019 at 9:07 PM

  5. I think you would make a very bad reaper… Your alarm clock would go off to reap a soul and you would push snooze 5 times… Or you would take all your reaped souls out for a cider before they moved on and run up a huge debt at the bar… Or have a lotta reaped souls not willing to move on shacked up at your place as roommates 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 25, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    • Granted, I’ll never be Employee of the Month…
      I see nothing wrong with the cider- I can write that off as a ‘business expense.’
      But I guarantee you, they will want to move on… my place is simply too small. They will have to stay with you.


      August 25, 2019 at 11:24 AM

      • Lol… They can camp outside in my backyard… But they must leave my cider alone … I will reap them twice if they drink even a drop!

        Liked by 1 person

        August 25, 2019 at 1:01 PM

        • As a warning, cider-deprived souls tend to be rather surly… speaking from experience here…


          August 25, 2019 at 2:39 PM

  6. locksley2010

    I’d have words with Plane-pal if I were you.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 27, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    • Any words in particular? Like, “How about a cider?” or “If you could be any animal, what kind of animal would you be?”

      Liked by 1 person

      August 27, 2019 at 4:42 PM

      • locksley2010

        You could use those ones. I was thinking more of a refund from selling your soul, or simply asking what their favourite tipple would be enough.

        Liked by 1 person

        September 3, 2019 at 5:05 AM

  7. This sounds quite delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 1, 2019 at 9:59 AM

  8. looks yummy

    Liked by 1 person

    September 23, 2019 at 9:48 AM

  9. Mmm, chicken parmesan! I like that thought. Will try this one on the weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 23, 2019 at 8:46 PM

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