Ember Days of Summer and a Bountiful Feast

Today is the 3rd and final Ember Days of Summer – the Ember Days following Pentecost Sunday. Summer Ember Days are to honor the harvest of wheat – the Eucharist and the Bread of Life.

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Tequila Kissed Marinated Grilled Chicken

As luck would have it, this year Hubby’s birthday fell on a Tuesday. For those of you who have been around a while, you know what that means. In our house the theme for Tuesday is Tijuana Tuesday and Hubby’s favorite cuisine is Mexican. Perfect for his special day.

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Sunday’s Grilled Game Hens

Maybe it’s old-school thinking, but there is just something about chicken and Sundays that, in my mind, naturally go together. Go to church, come home and have a great Chicken Supper. Roast chicken, fried chicken. It really didn’t matter. It was chicken on Sunday.

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Lemon-Rosemary Grilled Chicken are To Die For

These wonderful Lemony Chicken Breasts come to us via Christina over at It’s A Keeper. She got the recipe from Cook’s Country Magazine. No doubt, Christina is a woman after my own heart, scoring cookbooks, clipping, and Food-Oriented magazines for new and exciting recipes to try and share with the rest of the world. After all, isn’t that why we write about foods and why we read what others have written?

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Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Lately, I’ve been cooking up a lot of deboned but not skinless chicken thighs. Unless you have a good relationship with your butcher, the only way to get a deboned chicken thigh with the skin attached is to do it yourself.

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Brick House Spatchcock Grilled Chicken

I’ve noticed something while strolling through the meat section of our local markets that I find amusing. From the well-stocked chain stores, to the mega box stores and every kind of market in between that there is a new kind of chicken to be had in the meat section. It’s a Spatchcock chicken. Some have been rubbed with seasonings, others have slices of citrus tucked around them, while still others are draped in herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme. All are twice the price per pound of a regular whole chicken. I really don’t think that little sprig of herb or some spice or slices of citrus are worth the asking price. So it must be the chicken, right? After all, it’s a Spatchcock chicken – a special breed, right? It must be. This new  bred of chicken has no backbone so as to spread out flat on a  Styrofoam tray.

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Italian Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Here is yet another awesome recipe plucked from a prior post,  Entertaining with Italian Flair for your consideration. Now that Memorial Day is behind us and the grilling season is “officially” here, it seems a good recipe to share. After all, nothing says summer than food from your grill.

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A Memorial Day Celebration in Food

Wow, May is nearly over – Memorial Day Weekend is going to be upon us before we know it! I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe that Spring is behind us already. Where the heck did it go? Okay, so we’ve got a few more weeks until the calendar says it’s Summer. But we all know Memorial Day is the start of the Summer Entertaining Season.

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Memorial Day is More than just Backyard Barbecues

Like just about everyone in America, I look forward to Memorial Day – a three-day weekend with plenty of family, backyard barbecues or picnics and trips to the beaches, parks and forests that abound. Like most of us, I avoid the media bombardment of Blow Out Sales.

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Boozy Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Kabobos

Memorial Day is coming – the unofficial official start of the grilling season. Are you ready? I know we’re gearing up for some down home good eatin’. Corn on the cob. Big pots of beans. Plenty of ‘tater salad. Oh yeah! Last year, this delicious chicken barbecue was part of a Labor Day celebration fitting for the end of the grilling season. Today it’s time to let this boozy dish shine all on its own.

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Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with a Smokey Orange Sauce 

Now that the summer sizzle has arrived in full-force, we’ll be cooking outdoors whenever possible – even if that means a lot of burgers and dogs for quick, after work suppers.  And let’s not forget the awesome Street Fair Sausage – one of the biggest reasons we go to all these little fairs in the first place. Street Fair Sausage is a post and a story for another day. Whenever possible, we will be doing our weekend cooking outdoors as well. I’m looking forward to some childhood treasures such as my Dad’s awesome Kabobs or Mom’s Filipino Barbecue, but then those too a subject for another day. Right now I want to chat up a “new” family favorite . . .

Today it’s all about grilled chicken and smokey goodness. This Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with a Smokey Orange Sauce was first published in Taste of Home back in 1993. It is an award-winning recipe. While I did not mess with the ingredients; I have modified the rubbing instructions to take full advantage of the flavors, giving the meat a more thorough saturation.

When it came time to grill the chicken, Hubby tossed the instructions right out the window. The instructions said to grill the chicken uncovered for 20 minutes, turn, baste and grill 30 minutes longer. He shook his head and I could tell his gut told him differently. I’ve always been a firm believer in following your instincts. So I let Hubby do his thing. His technique rendered a piece of chicken that was moist and rosy with deep smokey goodness right down to the bone.

Overall the spice rub did not make the chicken spicy as in “hot” – it’s spicy as in a lot of flavorful. Some of the best chicken I’ve ever tasted. Just be sure to have plenty of big napkins – it’s messy. Good and messy – just the way barbecue should be!

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with a Smokey Orange Sauce 
Ingredients – Chicken
1 Package Chicken Legs (6 Legs)
1 Package Chicken Thighs (6 Thighs)

Rinse chicken well and pat dry. Set chicken aside on a wire rack to “air dry” while the rub is made.

Rub the chicken with the rub both under and over the skin. Allow the rub to really flavor the meat of the chicken.

Gently pull skin back on legs and work rub directly onto meat. Pull skin back over legs, rub skin.

Turn thighs skin-side-down. Work rub directly onto meat. Lift skin, continue to work rub onto meat, then rub into skin.

Ingredients – The Rub
2 tablespoons onion powder
4 teaspoons salt or salt substitute
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch cayenne pepper

In a small bowl, mix spice rub ingredients; reserve 1 tablespoon spice rub for sauce.

Place the rubbed chicken back onto the rack and let rest, soaking in the rub. While the chicken is resting, prep the grill.

Once the coals are heating in the chimney, make the Smokey Orange Sauce. (Recipe follows).

Ingredients – The Smokey Orange Sauce
2 cups ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Stir in the reserved spice rub; taste and adjust as needed.

Set sauce aside until ready to baste.

To Grill the Chicken: Grill chicken skin-side-down both covered and uncovered over medium heat in intervals of 5 minutes for a combined cooking time of about 20 minutes. This allows smoke to build up in the grill while keeping fire flare-ups under control. After chicken has been grilling about 20 minutes, turn chicken; baste with sauce. Continue to grill chicken both covered and uncovered for about 30 minutes longer, basting frequently with the sauce. Grill chicken until the juices run clear when pierced.

Turn chicken, baste underside grill for about 10 minutes more. Remove chicken from grill. Transfer chicken to serving platter, tent and let rest about 5 minutes for juices to settle.

Serve and enjoy. This dish goes well with corn on the cob and wedged potatoes.

Note from Hubby: Grill times may vary depending upon grill temperature. Keep an eye on the chicken and adjust accordingly. 


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