I’m publishing this just as my (no longer little) bundle of joy arrives by plane, rather than stork; but anyone that knows me knows that I am a sucker for pregnant women and babies, so naturally I lurve a good baby shower!

Jerry Hall, Yasmin LeBon
My baby shower in July 1986
I was in my element a couple weeks ago at the one thrown for my friend Lia in Huntington Beach. Baby Brandligt is due to arrive on the fourth of July. Whether he will be punctual remains to be seen…
Nanny Stell, Nanny 911
Stella and Lia
… but I’m sure Lia and husband Bruce will have plenty advice on how to train the little whipper snapper from Nanny Stella if he tries to rule the roost.
The stage was set for a scrumpdillicious feast of …
… classic chicken salad on flaky croissants, succulent meat balls, tangy pasta salad, cole slaw, tossed greens with watermelon and red onion, fresh fruit salad, and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Sweet whimsy

Clever centerpieces of Skittle filled vases sprouting bright colored lollipops adorned the tables, but the it was the whimsical angel food cakes straight out of Alice in Wonderland that stole the show.
Lia and Bruce with the bounty
Then it was time for momma and poppa to be to get down to business, and oh my how things have changed since my shower! Today babies have their own gym to keep fit, so they look good when they dress for dinner,
Jewels in fashion plate baby heaven

Lia doesn’t look sure about Everyone Poops

… and instead of learning about the animals in Old MacDonald’s barnyard, they learn what the animals do (including you)!
Not exactly the most appetizing lead-in, but this Pink Grapefruit & Herb Chicken would make a delicious, healthy addition to the shower buffet sliced on top of the salad; or it would work well as one of the most useful gifts you can possibly give new sleep-deprived parents – a refrigerator stocked full of your own delicious culinary creations upon their return from hospital. All they need to do is heat and heat.


Jewels Pink Grapefruit & Herb Chicken

Some of the best new recipes come about by mistake. I meant to make Lemon Herb Chicken for dinner one evening, until I realized the only citrus I had on hand was pink grapefruits, so I gave it a try, and decided it was a keeper.
Servings: 2

Ingredients
 

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tablespoon pink grapefruit zest
  • 1 tablespoon green peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste

Directions:

1). Preheat a hot grill. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch, thickness all over for even cooking. Set aside.

2). In a medium size deep dish or bowl, add zest, juice. Using the back of a spoon, carefully press down on just a few of the peppercorns to partially crush and release flavor. Add minced garlic and brown sugar. Stir until brown sugar dissolves. Add parsley and thyme. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil. Add chicken breasts and turn a few times to ensure they are well coated. Cover and refrigerate. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

3). Remove chicken from marinade, disposing of leftover marinade. Season to taste, and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Garnish with grapefruit segments if desired.

Serving Suggestions: Serve hot with cauliflower mash (or mashed potatoes) and steamed or grilled green vegetable of your choice; or cold on a bed of peppery arugala tossed in Champagne vinaigrette with sliced heirloom tomatoes.

Note: Nothing is written in stone when it comes to marinades. If you see a herb or spice you do not like, either omit it or replace it with one you do.

PS. Happy 55th wedding anniversary to my parents! Will see you soon to celebrate!

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  • June 25, 2010
    11:08 am

    I hope you two have a wonderful time out there in sunny USA :Dbtw, those cakes look amazing….i think my next soiree would benefit from a couple of those ; )Lorraine

  • June 25, 2010
    2:39 pm

    I think I am going to have to try that chicken recipie……..always on the look out for something different

  • June 26, 2010
    5:32 pm

    Hey JT… our hostess told me she just bought angel food cakes in the grocery store, sliced them across a couple times, made the filling, threw a few berries in, and poured some glaze over the top. Sounds crazy easy and I loved the way they looked!

  • June 26, 2010
    5:32 pm

    I have a 21 month old and I know my husband thinks I'm crazy when I say I want one more!Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • June 26, 2010
    5:33 pm

    They're even better when you can give them back!! — Just kidding. I know EXACTLY what you mean!!Shawn Gordon-Crane

  • June 26, 2010
    5:33 pm

    Precisely why I am looking forward to being a grandmother Shawn!

  • June 26, 2010
    5:35 pm

    Ooh, I have a few ripe grapefruits growing on my backyard tree! I'll give this one a go.Since I probably won't have a baby shower for my 2nd (due this December!), I'll have to find another excuse to have those cakes!

  • June 26, 2010
    6:40 pm

    I'm sure Tatjana is THRILLED to hear that bit o'news. Trust me when I say DON'T rush it!! LOLShawn Gordon-Crane

  • June 26, 2010
    6:43 pm

    I forgot to mention, our 21 month old was a HUGE surprise…we also have a 22 year old and an 18 year old…..yes crazy!Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • June 26, 2010
    6:45 pm

    OMG … you have Tatjana married off with kids already? Sorry but LMAO!!Justine Owls

  • June 26, 2010
    6:47 pm

    I mis my kids being so small. They r 15 n 16 n cause me grief n heartache n love em. Im 40. Cnt imagine havng a lil one again. Maybe sumday ill b a grandma n gve the kid bk. LolShannon Marie Moyer

  • June 26, 2010
    6:49 pm

    I've thought about having another Denise, but tend to end up agreeing with Shannon on that one. Yes, I dream about being a grandmother, but I'll probably be 99 before it happens. Tatjana is a work-a-holic.

  • June 26, 2010
    10:41 pm

    Hmmm … wonder where she gets THAT trait from?? *cheeky grinJustine Owls

  • June 26, 2010
    10:41 pm

    Lol. XoShannon Marie Moyer

  • June 26, 2010
    10:42 pm

    After changing diapers for seven straight years, I'm in no hurry for another round of that, lol! My youngest just potty trained this past February! My husband keeps reminding me that our 22 year old could change that mindset, however!Jodi Silverman Zulueta

  • June 27, 2010
    3:15 am

    That was Kirsten's favorite book when she was little!Laura Dodd-Hodges

  • June 27, 2010
    3:16 am

    It would definitely have been Tatjana's, but I don't think it was around yet in her era… that or her parents were too prudish to buy it for her.

  • June 27, 2010
    6:16 am

    My mom is still waiting to be a grandmother lol

  • June 27, 2010
    8:21 am

    Just looking at that little pink gorgeous beauty you are holding makes me want another girl….oh how Mia would love another princess in the family. Perhaps in the next year we may go for a second child, who knows.Those cakes look so good to eat but so, so bad for the waistline. Love the chicken recipe.I cannot wait to make it.Aussie Mum

  • June 27, 2010
    11:30 pm

    Oh oh… sounds like Aussie Mum is as broody as me!

  • June 27, 2010
    11:31 pm

    YummyShannon Marie Moyer

  • June 27, 2010
    11:36 pm

    blog looks amazing…pix are awesome!Cat Lincoln

  • June 27, 2010
    11:36 pm

    Thanks Cat!