Summertime, time, time, Child, the living's easy
Thank you, Janis Joplin for your version of that old song; I've been humming it for weeks. Now that summertime, time, time is here, the first week has been about restoration. I am taking the dusty, stiff, and dried out parts of myself and bringing them back to life. When I work hard--which I love to do--the price of saying yes to work is saying no to writing, afternoon naps, and reading in the sweet sunshine of our deck. It is pure bliss to discover the nuances and secrets that our back yard holds for us. The chickens have their routine, and Wilson and I get moving slowly in the mid morning warmth. What abundance I feel in the early afternoon as I have finished some chores, the house is tidy, the flowers and plants and chickens are cared for, and there I am with nothing before me except the expanse of an afternoon--the truest form of wealth.
This weekend, Adam and I made some new dishes that are perfect for an evening on the back deck.
Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken
Mix together the following ingredients, add chicken thighs, and vacuum seal to marinade in the fridge for the afternoon. Then, Grill.
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1 bunch of cilantro, finally minced
1 onion, minced
1 jalepeno, minced
5 avocados, sliced in the peel, then scooped into bowl
Salt to taste
2 tbls olive oil
There is nothing better for the soul on a hot summer day than a bowl of gazpacho (Check out the Cooks Illustrated recipe). We started making this recipe a few years ago, and scorching hot days haven't been the same since.