Yay three day weekend! Plenty of opportunities to cook and eat good foods. The weather for our gathering yesterday was iffy, so I didn’t count on grilling. Instead, I did an all-indoor-made spread. Starting with one of my favorites – a spinach and artichoke dip. I make this different ways, and it’s very easy to adapt to what you’ve got on hand. I went with frozen artichoke hearts and spinach.
I started with about four small avocados and a lime.
Be careful – apparently there’s this new injury called “avocado hand” where you cut into your hand instead of the avocado. I hurt myself in the kitchen now and then, but come on people – so many injuries from avocados that there’s a name for it?!?
Blend with a fork, but leave some good avocado chunks in there. Mmmm. Salt and pepper to taste. I’m sure there are a million guacamole recipes. For me, it’s all about the avocado. I could just do it plain avocado style and be totally satisfied. This is one wholesome, all-the-flavor-you-need kinda food. And good for you too!! But this is one way to guac it up!!
This is a very versatile seasoning. Nice garlic base with Himalayan salt and some other nice flavors. http://www.thespicecave.com. I baked the chicken at 350 for about an hour. Then, I doused it with a delicious BBQ sauce from Tipsy Foods, a Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce. Can’t go wrong there!!
This sauce has a nice tangy sweetness with hints of maple and bacon and can go on anything! www.tipsyfoods.com. Bake for another 20 minutes or so.
Yummm!! The good thing about dark meat, like drumsticks, is that the meat doesn’t dry out and, instead, just soaks in the flavors you add. It’s why I grill with pretty much only the thighs and legs these days instead of the breasts. The bones in drumsticks also help you tell when it’s done – the meat will start pulling away.
The chicken was a big hit. I made enough food to feed an army, so we have plenty leftover for repurposing during the rest of this nice long Memorial Day Weekend!!
Thank you to all the veterans out there! The land of the free BECAUSE of the brave.