Monday, March 29, 2010

I heart black and white photo drama!

This weeks theme over at I Heart Faces is "Dramatic Black and White."
I'm not a professional so I don't aim for the "dramatic" capture with a serious face, so I went a different route with this theme.  I have three girls.  Each day is filled with drama.  Especially the day I took this photo.  I had made a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting.  I left the icing on the counter and went to answer the phone. When I came back, half the bowl was missing.  I asked Skylar if she had eaten the chocolate frosting and she said "no" but I was pretty certain she was not telling the truth.....

Head on over to "I heart faces" and check out more "black and white drama".

What's for Dinner?

Today's recipe is courtesy of Sandra Lee on the Food Network.

Most of the recipes I am going to share also have a "second" use for the leftovers so I'll be sharing those too.  If you're doing the math, that's less than ten dollars for TWO dinners. You will notice that some recipes would add up to well over ten dollars if you had to buy spices each time so every recipe I use will include "stock pantry items" or spices that have not been figured into the price.
Tonight we are having:

Barbecued Chicken and Grilled Squash with Brown Rice

Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs or 6-7 breasts

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Grilled Squash:

  • 4 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise in 1/2
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
In a small bowl add all of the spice rub ingredients. Stir together with a fork until well blended. Sprinkle the spice rub over the chicken parts until well coated.
Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 8 to 10 minutes per side. If using an outdoor grill, heat the grill on low. Arrange the chicken on the grill, cover and grill over indirect heat until cooked through about 10 to 15 minutes per side.
While the chicken is grilling add all the barbeque sauce ingredients to a small pan and stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer over low heat and let cook for 5 minutes. (Reserve 2 tablespoons of sauce for Round 2 Recipe: Barbeque Chicken Salad).
Brush the chicken with the barbeque sauce. Cook for 3 minutes, flip and brush the other side of the chicken with remaining sauce and cook and additional 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Reserve 2 thighs (or 3 breasts) for Round 2 Recipe: Barbeque Chicken Salad. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and keep warm.
Brush the squash with the canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side over direct heat. Remove from the grill to a cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with the chicken.

We love "starches" in our house so we always serve this with brown rice or potatoes too.  

Round Two Recipe:

  • 2 pieces leftover barbeque chicken, from Barbeque Chicken recipe, remove meat from the bone if you use a bone-in chicken
  • 2 celery stalks, small dice
  • 1/2 medium red onion, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons leftover barbeque sauce, from Barbeque Chicken recipe
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 rolls
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
In a medium bowl mix together the chicken, celery, onion, mayonnaise and barbeque sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Divide the chicken salad evenly between the 4 rolls, top each with a lettuce leaf and serve.


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