| Jun 2020

Big News In the Holderness Family

You’ve probably seen a dozen pregnancy announcements online, celebrating quarantine babies. Well, we have an announcement of our own.

Our new life isn’t as cute but we will get a lot more sleep.  We are discovering parenting is a lot like gardening, in our case — we have NO CLUE what we’re doing. We’re making mistakes, trying our best, and relying on Google way more than we should. I hope these vegetables are as forgiving as my actual children.

Our first tiny harvest of the garden yielded some basil and cucumbers. I love to experiment in the kitchen and incorporate some of our bounty so here’s what we ate last night. I served this with cauliflower rice, wilted greens, and my gorgeous cucumber.

Grilled Herby Lemon Kabobs with Basil Sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour | Cook Time: 30 minutes


Kabob Marinade:

  • ~3 lbs chicken breast, cubed (that’s about 5-6 chicken breasts. We’re big eaters)
  • 1 cup of olive oil 
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil 
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Kabob skewers (wood or metal)

Basil Sauce:

  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • Juice from ½ of a lemon
  • ¼  red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups, firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt


I rarely get my act together to marinate meat until about an hour before cooking (if I’m lucky). This time it worked in my favor because I find if you let lemon soak into the chicken for more than an hour or two, it can make the meat too tough.

Grilled Herby Lemon Kabobs

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat
  2. Cube chicken into 1 ½  inch chunks
  3. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs in a small bowl
  4. Place chicken and marinade mixture in a plastic storage. Place in the fridge for about an hour. 
  5. We use metal skewers, but if using wood – soak them for about 30 minutes before placing on the grill so they don’t burn
  6. Place chicken on skewers and grill, rotating as needed until cooked through

Basil Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until smooth
  2. I’ve heard this addictive sauce stores in an airtight container for about 5 days in the fridge but our family uses the entire amount at one sitting. 

Are you growing a garden? What tips or recipes do you have to share? 

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