Ah, summer, the season that should be a time of rest and relaxation. The reality: most of us spend our summer trying to cram in sightseeing “vacations,” concerts in the park, a few days at the beach, hiking in the mountains, a weekend in the Gorge and so on. And if you have kids, then even more of your relaxation time is devoured driving them around. This frenetic pace not only leaves us dizzy, but depleted of energy for making dinner. And guess what, your in-laws called and they are coming for dinner tonight. What are you going to make?
During the warm summer months, most people answer the question, “What’s for dinner tonight?” with “Let’s throw some chicken on the grill.” Boneless, skinless breasts are purchased, pounded flat, seasoned with salt and pepper, brushed with olive oil, and grilled over direct medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Now what?
Take your boring grilled chicken breasts in one of these easy and delicious directions for a quick summer meal.
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Sake Sangria 8 quart batch | Serves 4 4 cups Momokawa Diamond sake 1 cup Oregon Pinot gris 1/3 cup cane sugar 4 ounces brandy 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice 1 1/2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce lime juice 1 pint Oregon blackberries 3 peaches, sliced Spice bag: Lay one Indonesian cinnamon stick, one crushed nutmeg berry, one star anise, four cloves, two green cardamom pods on a cheesecloth. Gather all ends, tied with kitchen string. Place all ingredients in a medium non-reactive container with a lid. Refrigerate for twenty-four hours. Serve.