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To me, the best food has a lot of different flavors and textures all in one bite, and these Honey Chicken Kabobs are just that. So let's dig out that grill and get cookin'!
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 small sweet onion, grated
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
3 pounds skinned and boned chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
10 (6-inch) wooden or metal skewers
Vegetable cooking spray
Grilled lemon halves
Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in buttermilk, next 3 ingredients, and 2 tsp. salt until blended.
Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and chill for at least 3 hours. All day or even overnight is great too!
Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.)
Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers, leaving a 1/8-inch space between pieces; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.
Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Serve with lemon halves.
A super side dish to pair with your grilled kabobs:
2 cup broccoli florets
2 cups cremini mushrooms
2 cups chopped butternut squash
1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or more, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
Place broccoli florets, mushrooms, butternut squash, zucchini, squash, bell pepper and onion in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine.
Place into oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.*
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Let's not forget this month's events! From the Mammoth Invitational to Easter Celebrations and a Sunset Party at 11,053 feet, there is something for everyone this month. Check out http://www.visitmammoth.com/events for details.
With spring on it's way, there has been an increased buzz about bees circulating in the news and social media. Cheerios offered to send flower seeds out to consumers for free and we have a National Honey Bee Day. If you have read just one of my newsletters, my guess is that you know of my passion for gardening, but what you may not know is that bees are part of that passion too. I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that we now have a local bee colony just outside of town! They are unbelievably critical to our agricultural systems. These master pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off. Please help me and many others save these critical creatures by planting non GMO, organic plants. And you will get the added bonus of a beautiful outdoor space! Just follow the 2 easy steps below:
1. Plant an organic garden without the pesticides that harm honeybees! Go to http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/plant-a-bee-garden/ for the best plants.
2. Provide a water source on your property – bees love clean water to drink.
3. (optional) Become a member of HoneyLove and learn to be an urban beekeeper.
What a beautiful month it has been! After back to back storms in January and February, it was really nice to see the sun a bit and get back to business as usual. The berms are still pretty high around town, but thanks to the tireless efforts of truck and loader drivers, we now have four lanes down Main Street again and some of the business are visible from the streets!
Enjoy this months' newsletter and we hope to see you soon!