Wow — she agreed! It was like a miracle. She loved the family thing (it was her family, not my Dad’s) so I was really surprised. Maybe she was looking for an excuse not to go? Maybe all the little, noisy kids were too much for her? Maybe the traffic was a hassle?
In any event, after that our family went solo with our own cookout and that’s the tradition I follow with my own children. It’s raucous enough just with us!
We change the menu from year to year, but it’s always something on the grill plus a few veggie and grain salads and maybe potato salad.
I just bought some beautiful beef ribs for Sunday. And some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Here’s the recipe I’m going to use (it’s for the chicken, but you can use the same marinade for the beef ribs).
Grilled “Korean Style” Chicken
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup agave or honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 thick scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 large skinless and boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, optional
Combine the soy sauce, agave, brown sugar, vegetable oil, sesame seed oil, garlic, scallions, ginger and black pepper in a dish large enough to hold the chicken breasts. Mix the ingredients well. Immerse the chicken and turn them a few times to coat all surfaces. Marinate for 2-3 hours, turning the meat from time to time. Preheat an outdoor grill or oven broiler. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill the breasts, brushing occasionally with the marinade, for about 8 minutes, turning once or twice, or until the breasts are cooked through. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds if desired. Makes 4 servings