At the beginning of the summer I bought the Dinosaur BBQ cookbook. Mid-way through cooking my first Dino recipe I declared to SS, “this is the summer of Dinosaur BBQ. I am going to cook my way through this cookbook. It is going to be fantastic.”
Two weeks ago, and four months after the above statement was made, I cooking my second recipe from the infamous book. I was visiting K and as always, we spent most of our time cooking. We made GDino BBQ Strikes Again! rill-Smoked Salmon with Chile-Lemon Booster Sauce and it was DELICIOUS! We compromised and replaced the Mutha Sauce with a generic barbecue sauce. Dino products aren’t a supermarket staple in her area and there was no way we were going to start making it at 7 o’clock at night. (It takes a decent amount of time!)
Word of Warning: If possible, don’t manhandle the ingredients for the sauce and/or the coating for the fish. My fingertips were burning for two days after I rubbed the jalapeno/garlic/ginger/lemon/lime mixture together.
Today, with nowhere to go and each with a list of in-house tasks to get done, AAA and I decided to break up the day by cooking a meal. So we took the Dino cookbook out for its third, and possibly final, spin of the 2010 summer season. The menu? Oven-Roasted Mojito Chicken!
The mojito marinade is available in stores, and quite possibly in stores near us. However, Trader Joe’s is not one of them, and at the time of shopping it seemed easier to buy the ingredients to make the marinade instead of stop at another store on the way home. And I am glad to say, it actually was. The marinade is ridiculously easy to make. And almost all the ingredients are items you’d likely have in your house.
By the time we sat down to eat, we had accumulated 7 hungry mouths. AAA also made tadig rice and her sister’s potato and onions with Farmer John’s Cheddar Cheese (yes, that fact that it was from Farmer John in Wisconsin is a big deal) and I whipped up some of Francaise Fille’s homemade ice cream for dessert. It was a feast! And a delicious feast if I might say.
My intention to make this the “summer of Dino” may have been ambitious, but the recipes we did dive into came out scrumptious. I think next year I’ll follow through with that Dino-themed BBQ I intended on hosting this summer. Anyone want to throw some dates out?