I was lucky enough to grow up during the time when we did not have cell phones, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media distractions. I spent summers at our lake home on the Lake of the Ozarks. Lucky me! Weekends were filled with All-American fun such as picking blackberries from a wild field, my mom making her famous cobbler and laughing with friends as we “played on the lake” all day long. The memories that I have stored in the memory safety deposit box in my mind will last for my lifetime and for that I am eternally thankful.
A fond food memory of weekends on the lake includes my dad at the grill. He was always in his happy place when he was at the lake. One of the recipes that he would grill throughout the summer was beer can chicken. Beer can chicken would be served with corn on the cob, plump, ruby red summer tomatoes and peach or blackberry cobbler. Are you getting the picture? This truly was heaven on earth and as close to any Norman Rockwell painting that you have ever seen.
Years have flown by since weekends were carefree and spent at the lake but recently when the Hen House Market CSA included a fresh, free range local chicken all those memories surfaced and if I am totally honest, a few tears, too. I declared to my family that it was beer can chicken for Sunday dinner and they were as excited as I was. [Read more…]