My life is super exciting this week as I recupe from surgery. (Yawn!) By next week I imagine I'll be back in the Money Town scene, but for now I'm playing a hermit. Letting my perky size C boobs heal up before I undoubtedly flash them at someone in town.
I had a couple topics to write about today and I decided to scratch all of them for the time being. I wanted to do something different and change things up a little bit. Most of my readers come from outside of California, and I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of the California lifestyle today.
Because the weather here is pretty nice year-round, we tend to use our grill for cooking year-round also. (I'm going to make all my southern readers shudder when I tell you we call it a barbeque, not a grill.)
Spicy food is also pretty common in Southern California because we are so close to Mexico. I grew up eating a wide variety of spicy food. Briefcase grew up on the east coast and he is still shocked to see our kids throw Tabasco and/or salsa on everything. Briefcase had never even tried salsa until he went to college in the south.
In any case, I thought I'd share with you an easy summer dinner we had recently. It might be something you're interested in trying yourself if you don't mind a little "kick" to your food.
It starts with thin skinless chicken breasts and this:
The Chili-Lime Rub is available at Williams Sonoma for $10 (you can get it online from them also). There is enough of the rub in a can for more than one meal. (And no, they are not sponsoring me to write this!) It's a little spicy, but not overpowering. Really, the rub just provides a nice blend of spices.
It takes maybe a minute to rub the spices into the chicken:
After that it's another few seconds to throw it on the grill:
I like to chop up a medley of veggies to cook in a mesh pan on the grill at the same time.
A lot of time we husk corn and throw it directly on the grill too. There's no reason to turn the stove or oven on at all in warm weather. The veggies are done when they look like this:
The chicken is done when it looks like this:
It's so easy!
It takes a few minutes to scrub down the grill when you're done. In addition to being quick and easy, the rub makes the chicken really flavorable. It's a great day to day choice for yourself, but it also makes an easy meal for guests.
If I were all Martha-Stewart-ish I'd have a picture for you of the meal displayed beautifully on a plate.
Um … I'm nothing like Martha Stewart, did I mention that?
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