Brick Chicken Recipe

The weather at the beach as cooled to a delightful 68 degrees this morning and I am soaking up the feeling of fall until the sun peaks out. Coffee in hand, Nat King Cole radio playing and a candle lit. What better ambience to write about a hearty home cooked recipe?

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This is the kind of chicken recipe that will make your friends and family look at you and ask themselves if you’ve been abducted by aliens and magically replaced with a culinary genius, no I’m serious.

Brick Chicken has been our go to meal for a few months and is always a crowd pleaser. Pair it with some braised brussel sprouts and a beautiful loaf of french bread, beyond!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

2 tablespoons very finely minced garlic (4 cloves)

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Grated zest of 2 lemons

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken (breast, thighs, quarters – whatever floats your boat)

2 tablespoons canola oil

Here’s where it gets fun, you will also need 2 bricks. Yes, you know like from Home Depot. Or use anything you have on hand that resembles a brick. No joke, the first time we made this recipe we pulled up our dogs memorial stones from the yard and used those. This chicken is that good people!

Let’s get cooking!

Combine the olive oil, rosemary, sage, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and lemon zest. Pat your chicken dry and then rub this heaven all over each piece before placing it into a baking dish. Cover and let refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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Wrap your bricks, or dog stones, in a two layers of foil.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the canola oil, then add the chicken skin side down, and weight it down with the bricks. Now don’t touch the chicken! Let it sit and simmer and char for a good 10 minutes, you want it to be crisped and deep mahogany in color. You know your stove if it takes 20 minutes, so be it. Then remove the bricks, flip and do the other side.

Now if you really want to impress, once all the chicken is cooked and removed from the pan, quarter some lemons and char those bad boys. You end up with the beautiful yellow crystallized zesty heaven. Serve on top of the chicken, just make sure your guests don’t eat them (yes, this has happened in our home)

And…. blogger fail, we were all too hungry and I forgot to take a picture of the end masterpiece. As much as I wish I can credit this recipe as one of my own, it came from the Chrissy Teigen’s book Cravings so here is the picture of her masterpiece.

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I hope you share this meal with your loved ones and enjoy it as much as we do.

xx

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Well, better late than never!? It’s no secret that the entire wedding process had me pulled in every direction under the sun and my sweet blog was left in the dust. But because the post wedding activity depression is upon me, and I want to relive every moment and also perhaps since the end of my sweet sweet summer is eminent, let’s go back to June and party with my Flock of Beezy’s shall we?

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We’re Married!

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We are married and the chaos this year has brought with all of the wedding planning is finally behind us!

Desi and I were married in my childhood home in the yard on July 22 with 250 of our nearest and dearest. The entire day was a dream come true and the only words we can use to describe the day are: perfect & epic. I may or may not have ended up in the pool with my dress. Like I said epic.

The honeymoon is officially over as Desi headed back to work today and we are ready to get into our rhythm and continue our fairytale.

I’ll leave you bums with just a little sneak as I patiently await more pictures along with you.

We have felt your aloha throughout this ride, we are truly blessed.

xx Kels

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Memorial Day Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and allowed yourselves to reflect on the sacrifice so many before us and after us make to ensure we live in a free country that stands by the Declaration of Independence and allow us a holiday weekend to officially kick off summer.

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What do I want?

I want to be fulfilled.

I want a job that I love.

I want a job I can be creative in.

I want a job I can help people in.

I want a job I know I am a impacting others with.

I want a job thats fun.

I want a job that screams, me.

For me, I am feeling like this dream job can become a reality through this blog. For a while I have just felt off and for a while every post on here where I really open up and lay it all out, there is a bit of sadness mixed in.

So what do we do to fix this?

I have had so much positive feedback on my writing and what I have been creating and absolutely nothing makes me happier. So I am going to embrace this full force!

I am going to dive in deeper into my blog. I am going to make this page a much bigger priority than I have been.

I am going to just take the damn picture. You all know what I mean. I want to do more fashion style posts or photos of me in front of some super dope graphic wall and tell you all a story to go along with it, but I have been too scared. I am scared because I don’t feel worthy enough to “pretend” to be a rad blogger. But ya know what!? Let’s look at the list I just wrote out, about what I want. So girl, if you want it, ya gotta go be it.

What I need, is your help. What do you want to see? How can I help you? What do you want to hear about and what do you get excited about? Tell me what you love about your favorite blogs and why you keep going to their page time and time again!

I love you all and I am so glad you are on this journey with me.

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I am so excited to share with you all, my salty bums, that our proposal story was selected to be featured on HowHeAsked.com!

My hope is that our story warms someones heart, and gives them hope that their prince charming is out there waiting for them. It wasn’t too long ago that I was reading posts on How He Asked, daydreaming about a boy I met in high school and what he was up to now.

Click here to be linked to our post.

In the midst of the stress of wedding planning and the routine of everyday life, it was refreshing to relive our special day and get excited for the events to come.

I am truly blessed.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year bums! I truly hope you had the most magical holiday season full of family, love, and that holiday libations always filled your cup.

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2016 was just a weird year for me, full of excitement and joy yet entangled with me not feeling like myself. Mixtures of gaining weight and lack of self confidence but having the promise of the man of dreams committed love to me left me feeling all outta whack.

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