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My favorite combo – easy as pie, beautiful to serve, and so delicious; grilled chicken halves with grilled lemon.  All you do is split small chickens in half, lengthwise, of course.  Place them in a resealable plastic bag with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and zest (as much or as little as you like, and some rosemary.  Marinate for a half hour or so and then season with salt and pepper and throw them on a hot grill – or, if you don’t have an outdoor grill, a hot stove top grill pan.  Grill for about 30 minutes, turning frequently, or until nicely charred and cooked through.  Just before ready, add a few lemon halves to the grill, cut side down.  Serve the chickens drizzled with more extra virgin olive oil (preferably a tart green one) and a good healthy dose of hot lemon juice.  Add a tossed green salad and, in this case, some warm cherry tomatoes, and some crusty bread and a perfect meal is on the table – an everyday one or a guest-ready one.

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I was cleaning out the fridge the other day and came upon a couple of bunches of scallions.  They really are the unsung heroes of the kitchen.  Whole scallions laid out in the hot grill pan and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, citrus zest, and sea salt make a tasty side dish for grilled meats and poultry.  Chopped scallions can be the lovely garnish for any number of things and add just the gentlest hint of freshness when mixed into potato or rice dishes.  I always try to keep them on hand but, sometimes I forget about them and find them shriveled and dying it the back of the bin.  Then, I have to apologize to the kitchen Gods for wasting food.  Often, I will just put them in a little glass vase on the table to enjoy their greenery which Steve has captured in this photo.

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