Home again after being on the road for two weeks eating in hotels and restaurants three times a day and have decided I would just ease back into into the kitchen by cooking a little and eating out a little until the mood to be back in the kitchen on struck again.
Easing back in was a bit of a challenge as only a few days after we returned our friends Jim and Vilma were coming to visit. I knew that they would be eating out a great deal traveling around Florida visiting friends so I decided to have a home cooked meal waiting for them and just relax on the lanai.
I wanted to make a meal that was both familiar and delicious. Familiar in the sense that it was something I had made many times before and would be easy to prepare. I decided to prepare a main dish that Randy loves and would be deliriously happy if I cooked again. The recipe I choose was the Rock Cornish game hens with rice and pinapple stuffing.
Along with the hens I served a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers sprinkled with McCormick crunchy and flavorful salad toppings to which everyone added the salad dressing of their choice. The side dishes of sweet white corn on the cob and broiled sliced fresh pineapple brushed with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar and ginger were a great compliment to the main dish. We spent the rest of the dinner chatting away as we enjoyed a sweet, cool, creamy English trifle.
The next day we took Jim and Vilma to our very favorite breakfast restaurant Mary’s Place in Belleview, Florida. The visit was too short though as they were heading up to St. Augustine that day to meet mutual friends Don and Ann and we were heading to the airport to pick up our 15 year-old granddaughter Madadlyn.
I was excited about Madalyn’s visit because she loves to be in the kitchen with me and will be helping me prepare meals during her visit. I talked to her about preparing a favorite dish and becoming my first guest blogger. She was very funny when she said hesitantly, “I’ll think about it”.
Madalyn’s first meal with us was very easy indeed. The Publix meat department has made making a quick dinner so easy and economical. It was just too hot to prepare a meal in the house so I went to the store and picked up some prepared chicken shish kebabs from the meat department. I love it! Instead of having to buy a large amount of chicken and vegetables and spend time cleaning, cutting and skewering all I had to do was reach down into the meat display counter and pick up prepackaged chicken kebabs with grape tomatoes, green pepper, and onion. I placed them in a zip lock bag and poured Lawry’s Caribbean Jerk marinade over them and let them sit for a while. Randy then cooked them on the grill. The chicken was very tender and Madalyn loved the marinade. She said, “The chicken is so crunchy taste on the outside and it is so tender on the inside”. Add a fresh green salad, some Jasmine rice and broccoli and you have a great meal.
We always have a great time when Madalyn comes to visit. It is so nice to have a young person around the house. We enjoy going to movies, shopping, getting chai latte’s at Starbucks and playing board games together. Our first movie this visit was MIB3. We both loved the movie. We hope to see at least one a week during her visit. We were lucky this year to have Madalyn come down during the community’s Grandkids Summer Events program. I signed her up for some but not all events. After all she does need her pool time.
Madalyn says that she will prepare some meals and try then her hand at blogging. It should be interesting. Stay tuned.