I was blessed to have received a very special gift and dad. God Bless him...He came into my mom's life at the most perfect time but unfortunately got me at my worst possible time...teenage years. I don't know how he put up with my moods and attitude but thank God he never gave up on me.
He has forever been the most thoughtful, gracious and giving man I have met. Always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needs it and never asks for anything in return.
He is known to my girls as "Papa". Papa has spoiled them with love, memories and special gifts whenever he visits. He gave them their first bright red 3 wheel'n tricycle. He has taken them for visits to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out their very own pumpkins and also experience the petting zoos during Apple Days Festivals. One Easter week he showed up with the most precious stuffed bunnies that moved and told stories...cutest gift ever!
He also introduced them to "Ben Franklin" at a very young age...and I don't mean sharing the history of being one of the Founding Fathers...I mean sharing a $100 bill...with each one of them! They light up like a Christmas tree with smiles from ear to ear. Like I said...spoiled!
One time when my mom was out of town, I tried to be the responsible young teenager lady and make dinner for my dad and brother. I was fairly new to the whole cooking responsibilities and tried my hand at "Shake'n Bake" chicken. Apparently, as the story goes, it was not one of my finest dishes and quite inedible. Well, what can I say, girl's gotta start somewhere....
Grilled Lemon Chicken Flatbread Wraps with Spicy Garlic Sauce
Adapted from thecozyapron.com
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed into bite-size pieces
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
zest of 1 lemon (about 1 Tablespoon)
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. paprika
4 Naan flatbreads (or pita bread
mixed salad greens
crumbled feta cheese
Spicy Garlic Sauce (recipe below)
Place the cubed chicken into a medium-size bowl, and drizzle in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil; add in the garlic, plus remainder of ingredients up to (and including) the paprika, using your hands , toss all the seasonings/spices very well to coat the chicken.
Using 4 skewers, skewer the chicken so that there is equal portions of meat on each skewer, and allow the chicken to marinate for about 20 minutes, or even better, overnight.
When ready to grill, place a grill pan over medium heat (or use your outdoor grill), and drizzle in a little oil; once the oil gets hot, place the chicken skewers into the pan, and cook them for about 6-8 minutes, turning them occasionally so that they get a bit charred on all sides or until cooked through; allow them to rest, lightly covered with foil for about 5-10 minutes; then remove the chicken cubes from the skewers and set aside.
To assemble, add a little drizzle of the Spicy Garlic Sauce onto the flatbread, followed by greens, sliced tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber and one skewer of lemon chicken. Drizzle a little more of the sauce over chicken and top with a few bits of feta cheese.
Truth be told, I could probably take on a sheet pan of those
onion rings, dipped in this sauce and not even apologize for it...
the sauce is that good!!
Spicy Garlic Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2-3 tsp. sriracha (or Frank's Hot Sauce)
1 tsp. salt
pinch of black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Add all ingredients to medium-size bowl. Whisk together until completely smooth and creamy. Let fuse and get those ingredients happy for about 30 minutes, covered in refrigerator before use.
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