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virtual and virtual_spouse were in town seeing her family,… 
6th-Jul-2006 10:21 pm
virtual and virtual_spouse were in town seeing her family, so they came over for dinner tonight. We sat around and chattered and they let us gush about our cats and we played catchup, and it was all around a good evening (one that we hope to repeat soon.)

Dinner was salad and

Our quest to eat less pre-packaged stuff continues apace. Our normal lemon pepper chicken involves marinade out of a bottle, with tons of preservatives and sodium and such, and we wanted to avoid that tonight. So I cracked open a cookbook that I'd purchased a couple of years ago but never actually used (The Complete Book Of Sauces) and found a marinade recipe. I'm normally scared of making stuff like this from scratch, and I'm not sure why; it turned out to be dead easy and quite tasty.

Lemon Pepper Marinade

2 tbs olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary (pulled off our plant on the front porch, num)
freshly ground black pepper (or, really, whatever you have; better pepper would have, of course, been better, but whatever.)
grated zest of one lemon
1/4 c fresh lemon juice

Mix. Marinate. Cook. Yield: About 1/2 cup.

I more-or-less made the recipe times 2.5 (less onion, less zest, since I hate zesting fruit), and had more than enough marinade for 1 pound of chicken. It marinated for half an hour, and the chicken picked up the flavor beautifully. I thought it needed more pepper, but everyone else liked it quite a bit. I think we have another thing we won't need to buy in a bottle again.
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