Herbed Grilled Chicken Over Wilted Spinach

Everyone in my house really likes chicken.  So, we eat it at least once a week.  During the year when it is nice outside, we grill most of our food.  This recipe is easy and really showcases the fresh herbs from my garden.

Herbed Grilled Chicken

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
Herb Marinade

For the marinade:

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all ingredients to form a marinade (will be paste consistency).  Generously coat chicken and all to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours.  Remove from refrigerator and allow chicken to return to room temperature.

Heat grill to 375 degrees.  Place chicken on the grill skin side down.  Turn every 10 minutes.  Cook until chicken is cooked through; juices run clear, not pink (temperature of 180 degrees).

I love to serve this chicken over a bed of Wilted Spinach

1 package baby spinach leaves
6 slices center cut bacon
salt and pepper to taste

Dice bacon and cook in pan until almost done.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.  This will take approximately 5 minutes.  Season to taste.


I'm linking up with

Lark's Country Heart

It's a Keeper

Grilled Oysters LouLou

Our oldest daughter arrived home this past weekend from New Orleans with an ice chest containing several dozen oysters.  I was so excited!!  Oysters are a real favorite of mine.  I completely love the chargrilled oysters from places like Drago's, Acme Oyster House, and Royal Street Oyster Bar.   I thought that it would be a fabulous treat.  Now, I can't say that my husband was all that excited.  He was the one that I volunteered to shuck the oysters.  So we got out our no-cut glove (because the shells will cut your hands) and our handy oyster knife and (he) went to work.

Grilled Oysters LouLou

2 dozen oysters on the half shell
2 sticks butter
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
10 cloves garlic, pureed
2 tablespoons oregano, finely chopped
2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons creole seasoning (I used Tony's)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/3 cup white wine

1 1/2 cups pecorino-romano cheese

In a heavy sauce pan melt butter and add green onion and garlic.  Remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes to harden.  Add seasonings, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, and wine.  Stir until combined.

Heat grill to 300 degrees.  Place all oysters on grill and spoon butter mixture onto oysters.  Let cook for 5 minutes, until starting to brown.

Add 1/2 tablespoon cheese to each.

Allow cheese to melt and add 1 teaspoon butter mixture again.

Remove and place on a heat-resitant platter.  Serve with french bread.


I'm linking up with--

Tuesday Night Supper Club


A New Rockin' Patio and A Tour

My very green-thumbed husband actually went along with my latest idea to expand our outdoor living area.  I suggested that we connect our vegetable garden area with our patio.  He said--"That's a good idea" and off we went.  I was shocked because it definitely involved a lot of back breaking work.  He's pretty awesome, though.  So instead of blogging, cooking, or cleaning the house this week---we did this.

Here is the area before, not bad--

Our vegetable gardens are connected to our patio via a few pieces of flagstone.  We really liked how the flagstone looked and decided that it may be a good idea to add a few more pieces, so we went here--

A little over 2,000 pounds of flagstone and 18 cubic feet of pea gravel later, we got this---

I think that the new patio turned out great.  Here it is connected to our existing patio---We had this patio built about 9 years ago.  The landscaping is an ever evolving process.

My husband's new project is an assortment of air plants--"Tillandsia".  These are really neat.

I'm linked up with--

The Lettered Cottage

Only 39!!!

Today is my 39th birthday.  I must say that I am taking it rather well.  It has already been such a wonderful year and I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life.  So in honor of this happy, happy day-- enjoy a piece of cake on me-- your choice.







Enjoy,  (there may not be cake next year---40--- just sayin.)

New Design Inspirations

I am completely inspired today.  I devoured the new online magazine "Trad Home", a creation by Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine. ---By the way, two of my favorite publications.  I have been a Traditional Home subscriber for years.  Lonny is rather new to me, but I love it.

This chandelier is gorgeous.

The magazine shows beautiful designs from new traditionalists.   Here are a few of my favorites---

I love the candles on the dining room table, and adore the round table in the breakfast room.  The light fixture is beautiful.

How much do you love these dining chairs, and the blue walls!!

I must have subway tiles on my backsplash.  I love the colors.  Again with the lantern fixtures.  I think I am definitely going to have to add a lantern somewhere.

Here is another perspective of the cover shot. Look at the beautiful table.


I think that I might have a designer crush on Erika Powell.  I absolutely love her designs in this magazine.

Featured on Delightfully Dowling

I had quite an honor today---

Check out Delightfully Dowling  for her five favorites this week.  They all look super-fabulous!!!