Monday, January 10, 2011

Italian Recipe from our "Frankie-Frank-Frank"!

OK, so I know that the title of this post is a bit off-the-wall, but once you know the story, it is just all too-appropriate.  My husband played baseball with a wonderful man named Frank LaCorte (pronounced "La-Cortee"), and his gracious family invited us to their Lake Tahoe home on Labor Day weekend 2009 (how time flies!).  We had an absolute blast!  Karen, Frank's wife, is someone whom you would think you have known your whole life as she is so friendly and funny!  We felt so welcomed and we have memories that will always have the LaCorte signature on them!  Can't wait 'til our next get-together!

Anyway, while we were visiting their Tahoe home, Frank made a delicious dinner of steak and chicken for us!  My kids loved him to pieces and quickly named him, "Uncle Frankie-Frank-Frank", and they couldn't have been more eager to hug-up on him when time permitted!  The LaCortes are just the best family and we are so happy for their newest addition:  "Giovanni Vincent" -- a beautiful, healthy grandchild for them!  It is so funny how when our Giovanni was in the womb, the two names that were up for consideration were both, "Giovanni" and "Vincent". 

The recipe posted for today's entry is not an "exact" recipe, rather it comes from none other than "Frankie-Frank-Frank"!  The kids could not get enough of this as the meat just fell off the bone, and I made it for them in Frank's honor.  They loved it all over again!

Chicken Thighs (one package from grocery store)
Salt & Pepper
Can or bottle of beer
Fresh oregano
Fresh rosemary
Lemon wheels (one for each chicken thigh)

Salt and pepper the chicken thighs and grill them until "almost cooked-through" -- you can flip them often which is different when you are grilling steaks or red meat.  Once almost cooked all the way through, place them in an oven-safe casserole dish, and pour a can of beer over them.  Then place a lemon wheel on top of each chicken thigh and sprinkle generously the fresh oregano.  Sprinkle the fresh rosemary over the lemon wheels and cover with foil.  Then place in a 200 degree oven for about two hours.  These are delicious!!!  (Try to venture away from the "chicken breast" mentality, as I know it is the healthier way to go, but the flavor of this recipe is why it is worth it).  We only live once!  Everything in moderation!

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