In the spring, it feels good to wash away the dirt and grime of the muddy season. It’s time to shake off the dull and put a fresh spin on everything. For me, I usually have a project or two around the house to finish. Last season, it was making a slightly bigger deck so we could lounge and dine outside. This year, we are retiling two bathrooms.
Once the projects are under way, there is an added layer of carpenter dust to remove, but in the end it’s so nice to have a fresh space in the house. Unfortunately, this year the spring cleaning is possibly going to hit a major speed bump: 12 inches of snow in April! I know it’s not uncommon to have a late winter storm or two, but we have just seen the first peek of flowers coming up and bits of green grass here and there. It seems so unfair to cover it all with a blanket of snow. Let me just say this for everyone: uggh!
Don’t get me wrong: I love snow, in the right season. Christmas just isn’t the same without a covering of white, sparkling snow. Even the New Year ball drop wouldn’t be the same with brown grass surrounding the night, but by mid-April I think we are all about starting our preparations for summer. I like getting out the deck chairs and raking the flower beds. It makes me feel as if the long, cold winter is finally over. Time to ditch the snow pants and pull out the capris. I even wore sandals one day last week. Time to pull out the snow boots one more time: uggh!
Spring snowstorms also cause a physical and mental reaction. If you’re like me, don’t you feel just a little bit cheated when it snows after several days of spring weather? We felt the sun on our pasty faces and now we have to pull on the coats and boots from the closet one more time. It seems so unfair.
Well, my remedy is that we ignore it. Let’s pretend we don’t see it. I say there is nothing better than grilling to wipe away the winter blues. Grab some chicken or asparagus or burgers, and get the smells of outdoor cooking in the air. Put on those rose-colored glasses and that snow will all look like cotton candy. Who’s with me on this?
Peace and good weather to you. Sandy
“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.”
Rosemary Ranch Grilled Chicken Kabobs
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
In a mixing bowl, stir together ranch dressing, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, sugar, lemon juice, white vinegar, and black pepper.
Add your chicken pieces to the marinade and stir to coat. Let marinate in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
Thread your chicken pieces onto skewers, metal or wooden. If using wooden, be sure to soak them in water during the marinating time so they don’t burn on the grill.
Preheat an outdoor grill to a medium-high heat.
Grill your chicken on a well-oiled grate, about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, flipping every few minutes so that all sides receive grill marks. Serve immediately.
1-pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat grill for high heat.
Lightly coat the asparagus spears with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Grill over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or to desired tenderness.
Grilled Bacon Burgers
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
5 bacon strips
5 hamburger buns, split
Leaf lettuce, tomato slices, and onion slices, optional
In a small bowl, combine the egg, cheese, onion, soy sauce, ketchup and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into five patties. Wrap a bacon strip around each; secure with a toothpick.
Grill patties, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Discard toothpicks. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato and onion if desired.