Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer relaxation-- even in my kitchen! Another encore recipe- grilled chicken

This recipe is at the bottom of this page! This is my #3 most viewed recipe.
I cannot believe how fast my July vacation is going! My sister-in-law recently sent an email to me that made me laugh. This fully describes why I feel my day flies, but I feel as though I'm not covering enough ground. (I'll post it at the end of this-- I hope it gives you a chuckle).
I will, however, share just a few photos (of the 150 or so I took) of my day in Cambria, CA.

It's a two hour drive for us, South. We chose to drive via Paso Robles (retirement home of my Arabian horse). The summit is incredibly scenic. I had to stop and admire the beautiful Marine Layer in the distance.

Before lunch, we drove to Moonstone Beach. It's beautiful-- but very windy! We were also very hungry.

Cambria is very small, and that's what I love about. I think I could live here. Maybe. It's ridiculously expensive real estate, though...

My husband, good sport that he is, readily agreed to have lunch at "The Tea Cozy". It's a cute little tea house. I absolutely adore having "high tea". I've been to London, several times, and that's always a "must" when I'm there.

Craig says he's reading tea leaves. I'm just happy that a "dude" agreed to come to a tea house that can be a mecca for women, or mothers and daughters. Fortunately, the menu has choices like pasties or heart soups.

The princess in me wants this-- Devonshire cream, strawberry jam, petite fours and finger sandwiches (salmon, cream cheese and cucucumber, please and thank you). $18.00, which I think is a bargain considering what tea house charge in San Francisco.

That Petite Four was exquisite. It was moist and had just enough almond flavor to it-- my favorite.

I have to confess, that since our trip to Cambria, my home cooking has almost come to a screeching halt. I'm serious, and I think my husband is beginning to worry-- er, miss-- finding a new recipe on the dinner table, just about every night! Not to worry-- we're eating! However, with the day running away so fast, I'm resorting to fast grilling of chicken and fresh veggies. I've also been doing (gasp) take-out! This is so not like me. That's what happens when we eat out on vacation. It triggers my need to be served, for a change. Or, is it that this is my birthday month and I'm claiming this as "Me Time".

That's about to change. I've been busy sorting and organizing recipes I want to make, and I've got all the ingredients to do so. I'm committed. Or, maybe not...

There's a soft summer breeze coming through my windows. I can hear the birds chirping (and the neighbor's dogs barking). My neighbors are at work. I've done my daily chores-- you know, laundry and some tidying up. If I get started blogging, and reading other blogs, hours will go back just like that! (snaps fingers).

No. I'm going to take care of errands that I never have time to do. Besides, I have a cake decorating class tonight. Yes, the self-proclaimed "I have no artistic talent" Debby is going to see if she can learn how to use a piping bag to make pretty borders on cakes. I stop, short, of making teddy bears and clowns. That is so not me! But, a pretty flower? I'm going to try. Off I go, making my icing and trying to practice so that I won't look like a clumsy fool in front of 20 other folks.

I can't not post a recipe, though. Isn't that what my blog is all about? It's grilling season-- and I am seeing multiples hits on this recipe, from Giada De Laurentiis, from the show "Everyday Italian" with Food Network. I posted this last April (click here to see it). It's very simple to make and appears to very popular in GOOGLE searches.

I'll be back, soon, with new recipes to share. So far "Stacey Snacks" and "Proud Italian Cook" have tempted me with buying fresh figs for two beautiful recipes they've posted. My friend (well, on television) Ina Garten prompted me to make her grilled butterflied chicken, so I'm logging off and getting busy... as soon I as I can remember where my kitchen is!

Logging off and resisting the urge to surf food blogs,

As promised, here's what I think best describes how my days have been going... right below the viewable/printable recipe:

Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Chicken, Steak or Pork

This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network ...

See Balsamic BBQ Sauce for Chicken, Steak or Pork on Key Ingredient.



Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better even though I have it!!
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.
So, I decide to put the bills
on the table and take out the garbage first.
But then I think,
since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the
can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
The Pepsi is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye
-- they need water.
I put the Pepsi on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for
the remote,
but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
the car isn't washed
the bills aren't paid
there is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day,
and I'm really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem,
and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail...
Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don't remember who the hell I've sent it

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

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♥Rosie♥ said...

Debby what beautiful photos and you look so happy! I am pleased you managed to get hubby in the The Tea Cozy.

Your chicken has my mouth-watering and I wish I could pick a drumstick up from my screen to try!!

Oh you had me in stitches of laughter with the AAADD - oh boy I could pick a few of those out which I already do!! I'm always putting my glasses down and then can't find them... lol..

Nina's Recipes said...

Hello Debby, I love all your pictures and some places are so familiar to me because I've been there so many times and the grilled chicken is deliciously looking!
I will be back soon to admire and enjoy your posts!
XO, Nina from California

Frieda said...

If I had a kitchen view of the ocean, I don't know if I would be cooking! What a great view!

I love this community of food bloggers...I have just discovered digital scrapbooking and I'm afraid I'm hooked....You might have to peel me away from the computer!

'Reading tea leaves?' too funny!

Enjoy the rest of your stay...

Stacey Snacks said...

Your husband is a good sport having high tea with you.
Your vacation looks beautiful...keep relaxing, it's not over yet!

Kim said...

I love the photos and I am so jealous of your high tea!! I'd never get my husband to have high tea with me. I LOVED the poem. I'm a stay-at-home mom and feel like that is the story of my life. People wonder what I'm doing all day. I should forward them your poem : )

Kate said...

Beautiful photos! I so enjoyed your post. I am so ready for vacation....I leave next week for Seattle. Woo Hoo!

Donna-FFW said...

You look so wonderful Debby!! Very content and happy! Yay!

I remember this recipe I believe, and I have to put it on my summer list of to trys. Looks fantastic!

Frances said...

Debby, your photos are so beautiful! And the chicken looks delish.

We all have to take a break from the kitchen now and then. You will get back in there soon enough.

I have an award for you on my blog!

Monica H said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again- you are too cute!

Enjoy your "me time" while you can and don't worry about cooking new things.