A Few Thoughts on Cool Summer Nights and Warm BBQ Chicken


Tonight I changed a few things from Giada’s cookbook.  Sorry Giada and sorry Giada’s editors.  The recipe that I had chosen to create for this evening was sliced grilled tenderloin and citrus slaw from page 192 in Feel Good Food.  However, I decided to BBQ some chicken instead of the pork tender.  It’s not that I don’t love the juicy succulence of a pork tender; as a matter of fact, it is one of my favorite things! But, I was checking Facebook today and stumbled across Ree Drummond’s BBQ chicken.

Well, it got my mouth watering and my mind wondering.  Ree is from Oklahoma; I am from Oklahoma.  Ree is the wife of a rancher in Oklahoma who happens to be a relative of a good friend of mine.  Isn’t that how it always works?  We all know someone who knows someone.  I call these connections your red threads.  Anyway, Ree got me thinking of my daddy.  He was a farm boy during the depression in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  He grew up threw the war and went to college, then to med school at The University of Oklahoma.  He became one of Oklahoma City’s finest doctors.  Well, I like to brag and say he is one our countries best doctors, but he would tell me, “Now Molly Sue, you’ve gone too far.”

Not only was he a great doctor, but my daddy makes the best BBQ chicken this side of anywhere. As a matter of fact, the last time he went to visit my sister, she made him make it right there in Spring, Texas! Ree should have a taste of that deliciousness.  She would probably have him on her show! So, with my daddy in mind, I decided that I just had to make that for dinner. Still, I did stick in Giada’s slaw, and it was amazing.  As we took a bite of the chicken we scooped the slaw on the fork and the combination of flavors was a symphony in my mouth.  Giada hit this slaw out of the park. It will now become my go to summer slaw, especially when I hit the grill to BBQ the way my daddy taught me.




More Reasons to Love Trader Joe’s

Remember how I said I needed more basil? Well, Trader Joe’s to the rescue!! And really, how could I resist getting flowers and cupcakes while I was there?


DC Jazz Festival 2014 Starts this Week!

DC Jazz Festival 2014 Starts this Week!

My husband and I love the summer in DC! Throughout the warmest months of the year, you can find us crawling all over the city, lugging around picnic baskets filled with delicious fruits, cheeses, wines, and treats. We love seeing all of the tourists flocking here from everywhere in the world, wandering around the monuments as they’re lighting up at dusk, and catching every free show that’s available to us. If you live in the metro area, you might be interested to know that the 10th annual DC Jazz Festival is officially beginning tomorrow. While many of the events hosted by the non-profit cultural organization will be ticketed, you will have plenty of opportunities to catch free shows! I know without a doubt that I will be at Yards Park this Friday for the free Jazz at the Capitol Waterfront performance by Frederic Yonnet and Akua Allrich. Akua is a DC-native, so be sure to attend and support the local music scene! Don’t forget to check out the website for a list of all of the Jazz in the ‘Hood events as well. There will be 66 shows this week at a variety of venues, ranging from Twins Jazz to Tryst to Children’s National Health Center. Click the title of this blog post for more information on the events. Maybe I’ll run into you there!