Almost Summer.

There is something about living in a city that has really shitty weather for a good part of the year.

Once the weather turns, the sun comes out, and the coats come off, it’s pretty amazing.

And it makes all the bundling, freezing, frost-bitten fingers worth it, in a way.

It’s sort of like lobster. If you ate it every day, you wouldn’t appreciate it as much.

My point is, I’m listening to emotional music on Pandora at the moment and it’s making me sentimental, so let’s move on.

I love Chicago.

And I love my grill.

Welcome back, old friend.

Here, let’s make a meal.

Asian Marinated Grilled Chicken
serves 4

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or whatever cut you like)
1/4 c soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
3 large cloves garlic
1 T sriracha (or to taste)
2 inches fresh garlic

1. Cut chicken into 4 portions, or into tenders if you’re short on marinade time. 2. Using the flat side of your knife, crush garlic cloves. Slip the skins off.
3. Using a knife or spoon, scrape skin off ginger and roughly chop. Place in a plastic bag with all other ingredients and allow to marinate in fridge for at least a few hours, or overnight.
4. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
5. Place chicken on grill and discard marinade.
6. Grill on each side for 5 minutes (depending on thickness) until completely cooked.

Simple, kick-you-in-the-mouth flavor, minimal clean up.

I love grilling.

I’m glad it’s back in my life.

13 thoughts on “Almost Summer.

  1. I really love your view…so pretty.

    And if we could have a bbq in our building we would. But it violates rule # 109475. Or so they’ve told me.

  2. Ah, rooftops in Chicago, the best!! Grilling is something we luuuhve to do, even in the snow. So many tasty recipes, including this one!

    • I’m not opposed to grilling in the winter, either, actually! The only problem is that my balcony gets really windy and it takes forever to cook the food. Oh, well. 🙂

  3. I can totally see how living where it got that cold would make the summers even sweeter. I love summer so much.

  4. One day I will have a grill. But first, I need to live in a place where I actually have somewhere to put it. Until then, I use my George Foreman by the window and pretend. It’s not the same.

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