Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Five: Word Associations

Friday Five: Word Association

Songbird says:

It's been a busy week for me, trying to get back into the routine after a post-Easter vacation. (How did it get to be Easter 3?) So to keep it simple, here's a Word Association Friday Five, with a bonus twist for those feeling creative. First, for each of these five words -- all of which remind me of my *most* excellent vacation -- share the first word that comes to mind when you read it.

1) Airport

Ugh! I really hate airports. Usually because flying is a hurry –up- and- wait experience. And invariably the gate I am presently at is on the other side of the airport from where I need to be.

2) Baseball

Ho-hum. Tx didn’t have a major league team when I grew up. Sometimes we would go to a minor league game on a hot summer’s night but I never got into baseball like so many in the North. Football is the game here and I feel bereft after the Superbowl.

3) Art

We joined the local art museum when we moved here. I am so amazed that the DFW area has such wonderful museums now. And they get rather amazing traveling exhibitions. In just the 10 months that we have been here I have seen several really good showings of people I would not normally know about. And the local art museum has a wonderful series of events for its members.

I am not one who paints or doodles or even crafts but I enjoy the work of others.

4) Chocolate

I am trying to stay away from the stuff. But we still have Peeps from Easter.

5) Grill

Interesting you should ask, Songbird. One of today’s chores is to go and buy a gas grill.

We have a nice back yard with a glass door on to the patio. And the weather has been wonderful for almost a month now. I love BBQ and love to make it. I have been a bit of a purist with my Weber kettle. I make my own sauce. I smoke brisket like a real Texan and have been known to smoke chickens and turkey. I even have some Cornish game hens in the freezer for just that purpose. I don’t think I have done hamburgers or hot dogs on a grill in ages. But I am getting tired of the charcoal routine especially since we have had such high winds with drought conditions.

Our new house does not have a good broiler in the oven. It makes it difficult to do chicken or steaks right. And since both J and I need to eat broiled meats rather than fried and saut├ęd, I am off to Lowes to find a gas grill. Nothing fancy but hopefully one with a rotisserie.

Have any of you had beer can chicken?

Can I get a bonus for a recipe?

Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Get your butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb or buy a boneless one from Sams. Make sure that the meat will lay flat and approximately the same thickness. Marinate in one part good Italian dressing (I use Good Seasons) and one part white wine overnight. If using a charcoal grill prepare coals for indirect cooking and place a drip pan under the place where the lamb will cook to catch any drippings from going on to the coals and causing flare ups. Cook for almost an hour depending upon preferred doneness.

There is also a marinade that uses plain or Greek yogurt and white wine that is also scrumptious. (Now I am hungry)


Unknown said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Kirkepiscatoid said...

I haven't played for a long while, so here goes...


I hate airports. Especially with the TSA regs. I hate the lines, I hate the crowding, I hate the cattle car mentality. I take Amtrak whenever possible.


I grew up on the St. Louis Cardinals. My grandmother had been a fan since the 1926 World Series. We always had Cardinal baseball on the radio at night. I think I thought I knew Jack Buck and first, Harry Caray (till he defected to Chicago) and later, Mike Shannon, on a first name basis. I remember trying to stay up late for the west coast road games with the radio in my bedroom.


I didn't really appreciate art as a kid. I wasn't that good at it, and I was more into science and reading and writing stuff. But it became an acquired taste to me in college, when I had to take an Art Apprec. class for a humanities requirement. Now I like it, although I am nowhere near an expert at it. I use art to enhance my blog, and it now has spiritual dimensions for me.


I will eat it if someone offers it, but really, I could take it or leave it.


Meat meat meat. Any kind of meat. I love meat. I could be a "carnitarian" waaaaaay before I could be a vegetarian!

Crimson Rambler said...

double thumbs up on the beer can chicken, my son in law cooks it that way and it is a delight.

Anonymous said...

I have a similar butterflied leg of lamb recipe only I cover the entire laid out lamb with onion slices and then cover that with 8 oz garlic salad dressing and 1/2 cup soy sauce for about 4 hours; grill meat and carmelize the onions all on the gas grill - lovely and delicious. Thanks for your recipe!