Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pickled Peaches
Portland, Oregon: Lisa and Leo flew back
to Los Angeles this morning. Whoosh! Our week with Leo was over. Leo was so
happy to see his Momma last night (and his Momma was so happy to see Leo). Such
a joy to see so much joy! Little guy was up so late, he barely was able to get
up, scarf-down a bowl of cereal - and an entire massive peach - before heading
off to Portland International.
Leo had a Big Surprise waiting for him at home. While with us this past week,
Lenny and Lisa used the time to over-haul Leo's toddler bedroom to a room fit
for a student. Even if the student is only entering Kindergarten. A new dresser
in his closet and desk installed in his bedroom. (The desk was our gift to Leo
for his 5th birthday). A new study lamp and chair.
I cried. A little.
Later this evening, Leo did a video chat with us and thanked us for the new
I cried. A little.
Leo's birthday celebration has lasted nearly as long as my birthday
celebration... and that, Dear Readers, is saying something.
Happy Birthday, Dear Boy. We miss you so much already.
Not sure if you know, but, at this time, Leo is vegetarian (but
will eat fish, mainly sushi). We have the same conversation weekly:
Leo: Bubbe, do you eat animals?
Me: Yes. I eat cows, chickens and sheep.
Leo: Do you eat pigs?
Leo: Why don't you eat pigs?
Me: Because I am Jewish.
Leo: Hey! I'm Jewish too!
It's our Grandson-Bubbe bonding moment.
Yesterday, while Leo was stuffing and rolling vegetarian
lasagnas, I was pickling peaches and brining chicken thighs in preparation
for our dinner tonight.
I saw the
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pickled Peaches recipe in the August 2016
Food & Wine magazine while on the plane down to Los Angeles on July
30. It seemed intriguing.
Peeling peaches, pickling them in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, lemongrass,
ginger, peppercorns, allspice berries, cloves and cinnamon stick... and then
making a brine of molasses, salt and water for the chicken. It didn't seem
like that much work, but it did take a bit of time and a few of the
ingredients were not normal pantry items. Everything rested overnight in the
fridge and DT grilled, according to the instructions, this evening.
The peaches grilled up okay, but the chicken thighs blackened
very quickly. Still, the chicken was really good, but the peaches were a bit
I am giving this a "happy I made it once, but will not make it again" rating.
VERDICT: Make this if you just happen to have allspice berries, cloves and
cinnamon sticks hanging around in your pantry. I did.
Until my next update, I remain, your pickled correspondent.
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