For a person who loves food and holidays, August can be a trying month.
Biding my time, waiting for summer's heat to subside, anticipating fall, I feel trapped in culinary limbo.
What to do?
When relatives sprang a surprise visit on me last weekend - relatives who mainly eat chicken - I quickly perused some of my favorite food blogs for inspiration and found Proud Italian Cook's Balsamic and Herb Grilled Chicken.
I changed the vegetables up a bit, but this was an easy dish to prepare for a crowd.
I began by marinating organic, boneless chicken breasts overnight in a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic, Dijon mustard, a dash of salt and pepper - then grilled the chicken along with some fresh asparagus and finished with a squeeze of lemon.
Note: I own a bottle of aged balsamic vinegar, of which my son coyly said while drizzling over his bread, Wow, this vinegar is older than me. And he's about to finish college. Do not waste your money using this type of vinegar as a marinade. The cheaper balsamic from the grocery store works fine here, adding a nice sharpness to the marinade.
If you would like to see more inspiring and beautiful things to eat, go to http://www.prouditaliancook.blogspot.com/.
A bit of a warning however, her ricotta poundcake is weight-gainingly irresistible.
Marie, I hope you don't mind me giving you a shout out(!).