Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kabob your head.

I’m noticing a trend here…most of my posts begin with an Atlanta weather recap that probably no one cares about, ha! Well, I’m not just making small talk in a “sooo, how’s the weather” sort of way. I started thinking about defines our lives in a lot of ways (at least mine anyway). It has a lot to do with my weekend plans, and has a good deal to do with what we’re cooking! Hmmm.

Speaking of weather, Chris and I are so completely devastated for all of the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We’ve been keeping track of the recovery process and the unbelievable pictures.

I’m a summertime, warm weather junkie, so this past Saturday’s Indian Summer-esque weather was so amazing! I thought winter was here for good! Silly me, this is Georgia. I’ve had many a short-sleeved Christmases in my 24 years. We took full advantage of the wayward November day and pretty much stayed outside all day long.

On Saturday, we went to the 10th Chomp and Stomp in Cabbagetown, which is a cool little neighborhood next to ours. Every year, Cabbagetown businesses and community members put on an awesome Chili and Bluegrass festival, complete with a cook-off and a 5K. 
Chris, Meg, and I did the 5K in the morning, and then we gathered a few more folks and headed back for the Chili and the music. Local restaurants and residents set up booths and handed out little sample cups of their best effort chili. Eaters paid $5 for a spoon, which got us unlimited chili while supplies lasted. Chili is generally gluten-free, so this girl was excited. I asked a few questions regarding gluten content as I went down the line, but for the most part, I chowed down without issue. Among the group of us, we were all pretty torn on our favorites.

After our mouths were sufficiently on fire and our bellies were filled, we settled in the grass for some bluegrass! Our amazingly talented friend Kyle Tuttle came all the way from Nashville to perform with Plectophilia. He and his banjo never cease to amaze.

Fun, fun day.

Just when we thought our grill was put away for the season, we decided to whip it on out for one last (or maybe not) hoo-rah before we’re too cold/lazy to stand outside and cook. This brings me to the kabobs!

I think kabobs are one of those great forgotten meals that we’re reminded of every so often, and we vow remember them in the near future…and we never do. There are so many different ways to make them; it really is such a shame to forget. And just like all of my favorite meals to cook at home, kabobs are cheap, easy to make, and even easier to clean up.

We've used this website for ideas in the past, so we figured it would be a good place to start this time.
This time, we consulted the sale ad, and creativity ensued. Here’s what we used:
 Sale Kabobs
  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 4-5 red potatoes
  • ½ a yellow onion
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-part Dales
  • 1 part Olive oil
  • 1 part Honey
  • A dash of Garlic, Salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning
Preheat grill on high heat, and then prep your skewers if needed.
 We used wooden skewers, so we soaked them in water for about 20 minutes before putting them together.

Chop all of your veggies into bite-sized pieces.
Quarter the potatoes, slice the squash and onion, and tear the florets off of the broccoli.
 Mix all of the veggies together with the marinade in a bowl and put it in the fridge for as long as you have/want. We let everything marinate for an hour.

Shakin' it up!
 In the meantime, trim and cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.

Thread the skewers in whatever order you want. We switched it up with each skewer.

 Grill the kebabs, turning, until the ingredients are charred and cooked to desired doneness, 3 to 15 minutes. We cooked ours for about 5 minutes on each side, which was pretty perfect. 

Chris and I especially loved the char-grilled taste of the veggies.
After letting the kabobs cool for a bit, we de-skewered them.
We watched Gossip Girl while we ate, and in true Chuck Bass form, we ate off of the china. And drank La Croix.

Our sale kabobs were delicious, but there are so many different ways to go with these. Hopefully we’ll have another warm day this month so that we can try another version. Maybe with a Mexican flair? Or Asian? OHHH the possiblities.

In other news…someone dropped her Blackberry like a bad habit, and traded up for an iPhone 5! This someone is in love.

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