Saturday, August 21, 2010

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken & a Winner

Congratulations to Ann of The Tattered Tassel! Ann is the winner who gets a choice of a $100 gift certificate or the carved mahogany tea caddy from 09lakedrift.

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

As usual, I double this recipe.
4 chicken breasts or the equivalent in chicken breast tenders 
(I have prepared both ways)
1 cup shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese

1 C water
1/3 C Teriyaki sauce
2 T lime juice (I use fresh juice, juice of 1/2 lime is about 2 T)
3 tsp minced garlic 
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp tequila

Add chicken to bowl, cover and chill for 3-4 hours, stirring every hour or so

Sauce: (this is equally delicious as a dip for tortilla chips!)
1/2 C real Mayonnaise
1/2 C sour cream
2 T milk
1T minced tomato
3 tsp vinegar
2-3 tsp minced onion
2-3 tsp minced canned/jarred jalapeno slices
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2-3/4 tsp Tabasco sauce (I use Chipotle)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried dill weed
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
couple dashes of garlic powder
couple dashes of coarse ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients well and chill until ready to use...and is great as a dip! 

You'll want to fire up your grill and cook the chicken breasts for several  minutes on each side, brushing each a few times with the marinade so as to slightly char them on the outside while leaving the inside tender and juicy, looking like these:

Turn your oven to the broil setting.  Place the cooked chicken breasts in a baking dish and generously cover with the sauce.  You want it oozing with this sauce!

Never miss an opportunity to enlist child labor ;-)  Top each breast with a mound of shredded cheddar/jack cheese blend.

Place the dish in your over under the broiler just long enough to allow the cheese to slightly brown and bubble.

Serve over crushed tortilla chips and top with a little lime zest for color.  This is some seriously good eatin'!  Shawn makes a great black bean and corn salsa we serve on the side.  We've also served Spanish rice and a salad with this dish.  Try it soon, I know you'll love it!

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Until then....
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
William Arthur Ward

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Telephone Table Makeover

This sad little table called out to me.  I saw some potential in it's weathered and worn bones.  Marked $2 at a garage sale, I figured I couldn't lose.

I paid for my purchase and then went to pick the tile up sitting atop and give it the the garage sale delightful (not) to find this was part of the deal and part of the table!  It had been somehow affixed to the table.  Nice, huh?

I decided that for $2 it was worth the effort to get the tile off.  Someone had used two sided, foam tape to stick this thing on.  It took a while to pry it off with a scraper and even longer to pull off the sticky tape and foam.

I let the table sit around the house for awhile until I decided it was time to finish it.  Timing was not my forte' as I chose to finish this baby outside when the heat index was about 113° and that sweltering heat did not leave me thinking to take pictures of the entire redo process.  Despite it being hotter than h-e- double hockey sticks outside, I finished this in a day and am really liking the outcome. 

I did a tad of sanding and then spray painted with an indoor/outdoor black matte paint.  I applied a couple of coats and allowed time to dry in between.    I finished it by accenting with FolkArt 660 Metallic Pure Gold paint.    Both paints were already on hand so I literally just spent $2 and some time.  I had the perfect spot for it and added a few antique books, an antique Aesthetic movement transferware pitcher and a reproduction Staffordshire bunny.  

Don't forget to enter the $100 gift certificate giveaway or choice of this hand carved mahogany tea caddy valued at $100+.

The Want of Write

If only I had sparsely enough time
To study mere words
and then to write-
to understand some articulation
to let a thought flow forth right-
I believe it quite probable 
that I should soar in ever-flight.
Instead, here am I,
trapped in the dead of night.
©Nancy Roberts

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