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Chiles and Limes go together like Love and Marriage

Chile Lime Infused Dinner for Two

Chile Lime Infused Dinner for Two

It’s been two weeks now since my daughter’s wedding to a wonderful young man.  The wedding was lovely and we were lucky the weather was not hot, nor cold.  The weekend before the wedding the temperature was 106 degrees.  Two days after the wedding the weather turned quite cold-around 65 degrees- and rainy.  This past weekend, the weather was 109 degrees.  The temperature on my daughter’s wedding day was 89 degrees.  God was definitely smiling on this wedding.

Yes!Chef! marries off his only daughter

Yes!Chef! marries off his only daughter (I took this photo with my point and shoot)

The wedding was at a beautiful outdoor location, which suited my daughter and her new husband perfectly.  Yes!Chef! was not allowed to do any cooking and I was not allowed to be the photographer, although I did take a few photos with my point and shoot

Private First Look before ceremony

Private First Look before ceremony

A very private meeting

A very private meeting

Groom waits with happy anticipation to be married

Groom waits with happy anticipation to be married

Groom is elated to be married

Groom is elated to be married

My kidz:  Christopher, Aly and Pat

My kidz: Christopher, Aly and Pat

I didn’t take the above photos, my photographer did, and I love them.

My friends, and photographer, Steve Batz, and his beautiful wife, Sigrid.

My friends, and photographer, Steve Batz, and his beautiful wife, Sigrid.

I did sneak my point and shoot in, though, and I took this photo of the photog, his wife and the bride and groom.

But now, the excitement is over and the happy couple are backpacking thru Italy and loving every minute.  Yes!Chef! and I dream of going to Italy, also.  Maybe next year.

As I mentioned above, the weather has been quite warm in California the last couple of days, so Yes!Chef! and I have been staying in Lake Tahoe.  And even here, at over 6,000 feet above sea level, it has been quite warm.  Not many people have air conditioning up here, so it becomes a little uncomfortable in this warm weather.

When the warm weather hits, Yes!Chef! likes to barbecue.  He says it’s because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen, but I think he just loves to grill things.

So, when I suggested that I make a recipe calling for the flavors of chile powder and lime, he immediately began planning how he could grill something using those same flavors.  I had my eye on a recipe called Chile Lime Roasted Butternut Squash Salad.  It is a Martha Stewart Recipe and can be found here. All of the ingredients looked delicious to me, so I made it, with my own spin – a little Chipotle chile powder for a kick to balance the honey.

Chile and Lime Roasted butternut Squash salad

Chile and Lime Roasted butternut Squash salad

The hardest part of this recipe is cutting and peeling the butternut squash, which is a very hard vegetable. You could also substitute sweet potatoes if you don’t care for that squashy flavor.  Once you’ve peeled and cut the squash, put it in a bowl and toss it around with some olive oil.  Then, lay it out on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the seasoning on both sides.  (Only too late did we realize we had run out of parchment and I was forced to use foil.)

I think my seasoning could have been a little more evenly sprinkled, but it worked out tastily.

20130630-_LS_8185 webThen, I put the squash in a 400 degree oven and roasted it for about 25-30 minutes.  It takes a little longer to cook things at this elevation, so you might want to stick with 20-25 minutes

Chile Roasted butternut squash

Chile Roasted butternut squash

They were quite beautiful when they were done.  Then, all I needed to do was to prepare the salad and the dressing and wait for Yes!Chef! to finish his part of the dinner…the wonderfully tasty chicken.

Here’s the recipe for the Chile-Lime Roasted Butternut Squash Salad from Martha Stewart.

I used this recipe almost exactly as written, but I added about 1/4 teaspoon  Chipotle Chile Pepper powder.

A close look at all the yummy ingredients

A close look at all the yummy ingredients

If you are going to make the chicken (and you should), make sure you make some extra seasoning from the above recipe.  Yes!Chef! tailored the chicken and artichoke recipes to be eaten with the salad, but you can make them on their own.

Barbecued Chile Lime chicken with honey lime cilantro sauce.

Barbecued Chile Lime chicken with honey lime cilantro sauce.

Here’s Yes!Chef!’s recipe for the chicken:

Chile Lime Chicken

Makes 4 thighs (2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. chopped cilantro plus a little more for finishing
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbs. rose’s lime juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. chile spice mixture from butternut squash salad recipe
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco

Directions

  1. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels and sprinkle evenly with 1 Tbs. Chile Spice mixture.
  2. Put on grill and cook until done.  Do not overcook.  Remember it needs to rest a little.
  3. Meanwhile, place the garlic, 1 tbs. chopped cilantro, chicken broth, lime juices, honey, 1/2 tsp. chile spice mixture and Tabasco in a pot and mix together well.
  4. Heat the pot to medium and allow to reduce a little until thickened.
  5. When the chicken thighs are done and rested, pour sauce over the top of the thighs and sprinkle with more chopped cilantro.

The artichokes are fairly simple.  Cut them in half and trim them up and boil for about 45 minutes until tender. Brush some olive oil and sprinkle with the above spice mixture plus about 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika.  Grill cut side down until water has leached out and it has a nice color. Flip and grill until a little color shows up. This should take only about 10-15 minutes.  You can put the chicken thighs on the cool side of the barbecue to finish off while you are cooking the artichokes.

Grilled Chile artichokes

Grilled Chile artichokes

See how easy and these recipes do not really heat up the kitchen (aside from some oven roasting of the squash and boiling of the chokes.)  The tang of the lime paired with honey and a kick of spice (Tabasco, Chipotle Chile Pepper Powder or Smoked Paprika) makes this a summer meal worth making. It’s especially good for relaxing after all the hub bub of being involved in a wedding.

Enjoy!

Yes!Chef! makes a toast to the B&G

Yes!Chef! makes a toast to the B&G

Yes!Chef! makes a toast while the bride (his daughter) pays rapt attention

Yes!Chef! makes a toast while the bride (his daughter thumbing her nose at someone) pays rapt attention

Yes!Chef! commented on the above photo when I showed it to him, “This is why I don’t do these types of things.”  I told him, “Well, thank goodness you only have one daughter.”

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16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful wedding! Good for your daughter for banning your camera and making you totally present. And beautiful meal later, too.

    July 6, 2013
  2. Such great photos! Happy to hear the wedding was a success and that you were all blessed with good weather. I love chili and lime too, especially in the summer – it seems that the flavors are made for the grill.

    July 7, 2013
    • Thank you and the wedding was lovely. You are so right that those flavors just scream for the grill and a summer evening on the deck or patio.

      July 7, 2013
  3. Beautiful photos — best wishes to the newlyweds! These recipes sound and look divine! Love using lime (or any citrus) in summertime dishes, both sweet and savory!

    July 7, 2013
    • Lime is one of my favorite flavors (and also lemon), so I loved these recipes. To be honest, I would rather use yams in the salad because the squash was a little squashy, if you know what I mean.

      July 7, 2013
  4. sylviadewy #

    Beautiful photographs.. Best wishes to newly weds! Simply loved the last photo where she is thumbing her nose to someone.. that’s really cute! :P

    N the recipe was awesome too.. You know I usually gather recipes either from pinterest or
    http://www.knorr.com/recipes This looks great… Thanks for Sharing! :) :)

    July 9, 2013
    • Thank you so much. I love that photo of my daughter because it says so much about her personality. I will check out the Knorr recipes. I also use pinterest. http://pinterest.com/karen_schmautz/

      July 9, 2013
      • sylviadewy #

        I am following you now there … :)

        July 9, 2013
  5. I would say that right behind olive oil and garlic, the most frequently used combo in our kitchen is lime – cilantro – chili (usually Thai bird peppers). Aromatic, spicy, tasty! ken

    July 9, 2013
    • Our cuisine is not quite as exotic as yours, but the flavors you use are very familiar.

      July 9, 2013
  6. Karen–just reread this post (looking at the chicken recipe) and realized I forgot to congratulate you: first, on your daughter’s wedding (a very special day); and second, on your decision to sit back and enjoy the day instead of doing their photography. Obviously you HAD to pick up a camera once in awhile, but even so, very wise move. Ken

    July 14, 2013

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