Cooking Up A Storm, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Cooking up a Storm

By Beverly Hicks Burch

For weeks now, Tall & Handsome has wanted to try a recipe he had seen in the Oct. 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine. It was a recipe he saw in an ad that promoted avocados from Mexico. (Remember when avocados were good for you, then bad for you? Well, they’re good for you again!) Now, I like avocados in their proper place and time…mostly in guacamole, but I like them in moderation in other things, too. (On a side note here, I’ve always told T & H that as “white bread” as my little Momma is, she use to make the best guacamole I’ve ever laid my lips on.) T & H loves to just slice up an avocado and eat it…that’s a little much for me. I have this texture thing…but, add a touch of salt and pepper and you might twist my arm…

Anyway, this past Saturday was the day he christened as the day he was finally going to make this recipe. It also just happened to be the day that 2.97 inches of rain were dumped on us and nine tornados ripped through our area. (Poor little Yazoo County, MS took a much worse beating, God bless those people…)

Just as we thought the storms had passed, we whipped this dish up and enjoyed a nice little meal. Not too long afterwards we were enjoying an episode of Dogs 101 on Animal Planet (Miniature Schnauzers were one of the highlighted breeds, of course!). We were oblivious and innocently sitting there watching TV when out of nowhere we heard this deafening, mournful and scary wail.

T & H looks and me and says, “What’s that?”

I jump up and start grabbing my “valuables”…think purse and bling (jewelry) and head toward the basement stairs. In my mind I’m thinking “Do I have time to pack up my sewing machine and get it downstairs?”

Over my shoulder I shout, “That’s the civil defense siren!”

By then Watson the Wonder Dog, also known for his acute intelligence begins to follow his Momma around the house and down the stairs…

T & H then asks, “What does that mean?”

By then I’m doing a good Henny Penny impression and I sweetly tell him, “That means there’s a tornado warning and there’s been a tornado in the area!” The implication was “every man for himself…”

I look at him and he’s just standing in front of the TV and I screeched asked sweetly, “Honey aren’t you coming downstairs?”

He then proceeds to tell me he wants to see what our weather hero James Spann has to say first. In my head I’m thinking, he’d tell you to get the heck out of Dodge and move your tiny hinny downstairs…but, I showed remarkable restraint and said, “Oh, okay.”

Long story short, the warning was for the extreme northern part of our county and we were out of harm’s way. I can say this much, though tornado warnings do not aid in the digestion of food…

Here’s our version of Grilled Chicken breast with Mole Rub and Mango-Avocado Salsa

© 2010 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Mole Rub and Mango-Avocado Salsa

1 ½ pound boneless chicken breast

For the Rub:

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Mix rub in a small bowl, then rub onto the surface of the chicken breast coating well. Set aside. Preheat grill on medium-high heat. Chicken will be grilled 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° when inserted into the chicken.

Meanwhile prepare the salsa.

1 tablespoon fresh lime zest

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon honey

Whisk these ingredients together in a medium size bowl.

Next, add and toss:

1 chopped avocado

1 cup chopped fresh mango

¾ cup quartered grape tomatoes

¼ cup finely minced red onion

4 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Top grilled chicken with the Mango-Avocado Salsa and serve.

Enjoy!!

Chicken with mango avocado salsa

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