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Linguine Carbonara

6 Chopped bacon slices or 1 Cup of diced pancetta
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 Crushed garlic cloves
1/2 Tbsp minced rosemary
1 minced/seeded jalapeno (optional)
2/3 Lb cooked linguine
3 Eggs
3/4 grated Parmesan/Agiago/Pecorino cheese blend
2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
Pinch of pepper

Combine first five ingredients and 1/4 cup of water in a skillet. Cook over medium-high heat so the water evaporates and the bacon/pancetta crisps; about 12 minutes. If using pancetta, you may want to crisp it slightly before adding the water and other ingredients just to give it a head start.

Add cooked linguine to the skillet and toss. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, parsley and pepper together and whisk in 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water. Toss with pasta until creamy.


Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary and Sage

2 Bone-in chicken breasts (with skin)
2 Sprigs of rosemary (or one large one halved)
1 Clove of garlic
1 Sprig of sage
1 Fresh lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 Tsp kosher salt
1/4 Tsp freshly ground black pepper

Prepare the chicken by trimming off excess fat. Slightly separate skin from flesh and lightly brush both breasts on the flesh with olive oil. Add salt, pepper and coarsely chopped garlic. Slice lemon into whole rings thin enough to slide under the skin. Insert rosemary and sage sprigs between the skin and the flesh and then add one to two lemon slices, press the skin and all ingredients to the flesh slightly to secure. Refrigerate for several hours if possible to increase flavor.

Prepare charcoal for medium to medium-high heat or pre-heat your gas grill to medium or medium-high heat. Place breasts on the grill bone side down, positioning the thicker part of the breasts over the hotter portion of the grill. After about 5-7 minutes flip the breasts so they are skin side down and position the breasts so the thicker portion is still over the hotter portion of the grill. The skin should be fine, but in case it creates flare-ups it may be good to keep a spray-bottle full of water nearby to extinguish flare-ups. After 6 Minutes flip the breasts back to bone side down position and continue to grill them for another 8-10 minutes depending on thickness. On average you will need to grill medium sized bone-in breasts for 22-25 minutes. If the meat is charring slightly you can move the meat toward the cooler sections of the grill. Remove meat from the grill and let rest for several minutes. Remove skin before serving, leaving lemon and rosemary for presentation.


Grilled Chicken with Blood Orange and Rosemary Marinade

Similar to many of our recipes, the portions and ingredients below are based on serving two (2) people. You can always increase the quantity of the ingredient list if you need to serve more.

2 Bone-in chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs (boneless works if you prefer, though be sure to adjust cook-time down accordingly)
3 Blood oranges
1 Lemon
2 Sprigs of rosemary
3 Garlic cloves
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Fresh ground pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil

Skin the breasts and slice the top of the breast cross-way slightly to increase exposure to the marinade. Place the chicken in resealable bag or container and wash the cutting board and knife.

In a separate bowl squeeze the juice of the blood oranges and the lemon. Crush the garlic and add to the bowl as well as the salt and pepper. Now carefully remove the rosemary leaves from the stem and coarsely chop by rocking the blade of your knife through the pile several times (mincing); Add rosemary to the juice and pour olive oil in. Use a whisk to stir the marinade and pour over the chicken; cover and store in the refrigerator for several hours (if possible) periodically shake the container to move the marinade evenly around the meat.

Prepare the coals or light the gas grill to a medium-high temperature. Once the grill is ready, place the meat on the grill with the bones down and the thicker portion of the breast positioned toward the center of the grill/hotter temperature; be sure to replace the grill lid to maintain control over the temperature. Grill chicken for 10 - 11 minutes a side; when you flip the chicken, keep the thicker portion of the breast towards the center of the grill/hotter temperature. Remove the chicken and let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. Cut into one piece to make sure it is cooked through; the meat should be slightly pink so if you have any doubt place the meat back on the grill for a minute or two.

Grilled chicken is not the easiest to cook, so if you don't have much experience keep at it and you will soon have a good feel for judging time and temperature.

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