Monday, June 24, 2013

Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

I hope you had a fun weekend! I was so happy yesterday because I was able to get my hubby to take a day off! He never does that, and it was much needed. We even went on a lunch date. I appreciate that is a such a hard worker, but sometimes I need him all to myself!

This is one of my new favorite chicken dishes, and it is so easy! If only I had a real grill..... A girl can dream right? If you have a real grill, don't take it for granted and make this dinner!

Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp Green Tabasco
1/4 tsp kosher salt
4 chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
Zest lime, chop cilantro.
Stir together butter, lime zest, cilantro and salt.
Place butter on a sheet of plastic wrap.
Twist the edges together until it becomes a cylinder. Place in the fridge for a few minutes to harden.
If you are using chicken breasts, butterfly them. If you are using chicken tenders, pound with a meat mallet until very thin.
Place chicken in a shallow dish or plate. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. 
Allow chicken to sit and marinate for at least 10 minutes.
Heat grill pan or grill until very hot. Drain chicken from marinate and cook for about 5 minutes per side.
Remove butter from fridge and cut a pat for each piece of chicken.

Plate chicken and immediately top with pats of butter. I served with my cilantro lime rice, so yummy!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bacon Roasted Peaches over Vanilla Ice Cream

Whoa, I just woke up from a 1 1/2 hour nap, or should I say Coma! My dream was so strange, there were even some high school friends there and I could not wake myself up! Now if I could get myself out of this cloud and get on with my day...

Here is a recipe some of my Instagram followers have been waiting for! I have had this recipe posted on my Pinterest for 2 years, but never got around to it! I can't wait to make it for my 3Bs, they will love it!

Bacon Roasted Peached over Vanilla Ice Cream
4 slices bacon
3-4 ripe peaches
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 springs fresh rosemary
vanilla ice cream
preheat oven to 450
Mix together the 2 sugars.
Cut peaches in half and remove the seeds. Sprinkle some of the sugar on the flesh side of the peaches.
In a heavy cast iron skillet, fry bacon until crispy, remove and set aside.
Season fresh side of peaches with salt and pepper.

Drain most of the bacon grease from pan, leaving only a thin layer. Save bacon grease for later.
Heat cast iron skillet on medium high. Place peaches fresh side down onto heated skillet. Set rosemary sprigs around peaches.
Cook for 5 minutes, until golden.
Sprinkle remaining sugar over tops of uncooked side of the peaches.
Drizzle with a couple of tsps of the reserved bacon grease.

Cover with foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and turn peaches over.
Recover with foil and place in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.
They are ready to serve however you like them! I prefer to serve with ice cream. Or you could sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese and go with the savory flavors.
I crumbled the bacon over the icecream too, YUM!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cilantro Limeade

I had a spectacular day! I was invited to the Beach Club in Santa Monica with some lovely ladies. We sat in beach chairs digging our toes in the sand. Mostly I listened to the words of wisdom that these ladies poured out and soaked in the sun. It was a glorious beach day. I don't know why I don't do this more often. This is my summer resolution- go to the beach more often! In the meantime, here is a delicious summer drink.

Cilantro Limeade
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cilantro
1 cups seltzer water
1 cup fresh lime juice

Make a simple syrup with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Heat until becomes clear.
Remove from heat and add cilantro.
Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. 
Strain cilantro from syrup.

Add lime juice to the syrup.
Stir in seltzer water. Taste and add more until you get your desired tartness.

Serve cold with lime wedges!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Brown Butter Tilapia with Basil Breadcrumbs

I have been so busy lately looking for a new apartment, that I have been neglecting the blog. It's been a long hard struggle looking for a place that is up to our (Jeffrey's) standards. I looked at my 13th place yesterday! The good news is, 13 was a lucky # for us and we liked it, now we wait and see if they like us....
Today was really fun as a close friend who moved away earlier in the year came in town for a visit. Krista, asked my friend Brook and I to lunch so we could catch up. I love when relationships can by pass distance. It seems I have a lot of those in my life and when we are reunited it is like old times! Here is a cute pic of us 3. PS: My hairstylist cut my hair too short yesterday, dang it!

Brown Butter Tilapia with Basil Breadcrumbs
2 Tilapia Filets
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
3 Tbsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried basil

Toast bread crumbs in a skillet until golden.
Heat butter in a small saucepan on medium. Stir until brown specks begin to form, then remove from heat.
Minced garlic.
Add minced garlic and basil to the bread crumbs, stir into the bread crumbs and remove from heat.

Remove from heat and set aside.
Season both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add fish to the pan and cook for 2-3 minute per side.
Remove fish from a pan. Drizzle brown butter onto fish.

Sprinkle with basil breadcrumbs.