When the grill calls your name

The one problem with meal planning in the springtime is that my meal choices match the weather.  If you live in the Midwest, you know that the weather in the spring is anything but predictable.  That means we are eating chili on a sunny, warm day or grilling out in the rain and 34 degrees. 

 As more and more warm days sneak in and we yearn for summer, nothing says summer like grilling!  I’d like to share a recipe with you called “The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat.”  I love to make it for guests in the summer because it takes just as long to make a huge batch as it does a small batch.  For me anyway.  Because my husband does the actual grilling. 😉  Often I will get a very large package of chicken, brine it and then freeze half and grill half.  Leftovers are a must as this is also great on salad for lunch the next day. 

 One teen boy guest once told me, “Well, it is good chicken, but it isn’t really the BEST I have ever eaten.”  (shrug) You can’t please everyone, but you sure can please most with this recipe.  It is from the cookbook WELL FED: Paleo recipes for people that who love to eat by Melissa Joulwan.  Since I bought her cookbook, she has launched a website, so you can get the full recipe here:  https://meljoulwan.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/ 

 One tip I would add is that I cut the chicken breasts into smaller, thinner pieces.  Literally the size and thickness of a deck of cards.  It makes for more even grilling and my guests don’t feel guilty going back for just one more piece… 

 Melissa isn’t my friend, but she sure feels like it when I read her recipes.  She says things like, “You will want to skip this step. Don’t!” or “You know how you can do that?” and my favorite, “massage the chicken lovingly…”  I do.  Massage it lovingly, I mean.  Because usually when I make this it is for my family or guests and I love that we are sharing a meal.   

 Yearning for cookouts, 

 Heather Smith 


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