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The first in series Jack Fields and Amber Reyes adventure novel is available at all major e-book retailers.


If you can shop ahead or pick up a coupe items on the way home from work you can  prepare an easy family meal of  BBQ chicken, sausage, rice, and broccoli. This recipe is super easy to make and results in a wonderful home cooked chicken dinner for the family or friends.

Servings 4


4 chicken legs

4 chicken thighs

1 lb. chicken apple sausage (or other mild sausage)

5 oz. package of saffron yellow rice

1 broccoli crown

1/2 red bell pepper – sliced in one or two sections

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup Madieira ( or sweet white wine)

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp Italian Seasonings

1/4 tsp sage

3 dashes of Tabasco sauce

2 cloves garlic – minced

salt and pepper to taste


BBQ Sauce:

In a medium size mixing bowl combine olive oil, orange juice, Madieira, cayenne, Italian seasoning, sage, Tabasco, and garlic. Mix the ingredients.

Pre-heat BBQ.


Make rice per instructions on package – will likely require 20 minutes or so cooking time.


Wash broccoli, and prepare a large steamer pot with water just below the insert – do not start steaming broccoli until about 8 minutes prior to dinner.


Brush sauce onto the chicken legs and thighs and place them on the grill pre-heated to medium high.  The chicken will cook 8 minutes or so on each side (when done poke to make sure the juice runs clear).  As they cook brush the chicken pieces with more sauce. When chicken is cooked discard any leftover sauce.

At the same time place the sausages on the BBQ and cook them for about 8 minutes on each side.

Place the red bell pepper slice on the grill and cook it until it is seared. Remove the pepper and set aside for plating.

When chicken and sausage are close to being done bring the water in the steamer pot  to a boil add the broccoli, cover and reduce the heat to a strong simmer (just want to keep the steam going). After 6 to 8 minutes of steaming remove the broccoli.

That’s it, you’re ready to plate.  Slice the sausage into a number of pieces.  Plate the rice, and broccoli, chicken and sausage on a large serving platter, or on individual plates. Julienne slice the broiled red pepper and add to the plate as a garnish.


Last Sunday my son had a lacrosse game scheduled for 7:oo P.M., and She Who Must Obeyed had to be at LAX by 3:30 P.M. for her flight to London.  So, it goes without saying the rain started pouring around noon.  I do not know how much it rained, but is was pretty much non-stop all day.  The coach e-mailed that lacrosse is really fun in the rain.  Probably is, but I will personally never be able to verify that. So, the day was compressing.

I drove Sue to LAX in the downpour, and she had the good idea of my checking out the field on my way home. So, I popped by the field, and sure enough the earlier games were being played in the down pouring rain and with water puddles covering much of the field.

Later, while making my son an early light meal, the rain stopped. On our way to the game there was virtually no rain, and the sky actually started to clear. The game went off without a hitch, and after an hour my son’s team was victorious.  And then, just as they were celebrating on the field, the clouds which had been inching closer and closer throughout the game, unleashed a new torrential downpour.

Again, I don’t know if playing lacrosse in the rain is fun, but I do know that running to the car with a folding chair over your head is kinda neat. Turned out to be very nice Sunday.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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