Monday, May 18, 2015

Celebrate Nancy Drew's 80th birthday with Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

When I was growing up I was a regular patron at the library. The limit was 10 per library so I would ride my bike to our neighborhood library and check out my limit. Then on the weekend my sister and I would take the bus downtown to a bigger library and I'd check out another 10. This was before the time of computers and centralized book keeping (cross checking). This might have been me
My all time favorites included "Little Women", "Betsy Tacy" and "Nancy Drew" series. Often I was lost for hours in the life of these characters. I liked strong female figures who were brave, principled, dared to be different and loved adventure.
At one point in my life I owned all the books in both series and both volumes of "Little Women" but with 5 younger sisters who knows where all those books disappeared to.

Last week I posted a blog on "A Year in the Secret Garden"
from blog jumpintoabook

This week author Valarie Budayr has novel approach to celebrating the 80th birthday of the Nancy Drew series. She is rallying all Nancy Drew readers young and old! She would love to see YOUR Nancy Drew books/collections, learn which ones were your favorites and hear how they have become a valued asset in your life. For the rest of May, she is inviting readers to share photos of their favorite Nancy Drew books along with the hashtag #DrewToYou on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 
 What a fun way to share a piece of your life and your love of books with thousands of like-minded readers!
Here's the link to her post with more information.
Did you know that the first Nancy Drew book was published in 1930? Can you guess the title?  
"Secret of The Old Clock". Do you have a favorite? Mine was" Secret of the Hidden Staircase". 
Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken, a.k.a. Margarita Chicken, is one of those dishes that just screams fun. The marinade — a combination of tequila, lime, garlic and spices is loaded with bright Southwestern flavor. Contrary to what you might think, it’s family friendly: the tequila is mild and the chicken isn’t too spicy. I like to serve it with a corn and tomato salad. 
recipe adapted from  and serves 4
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 TB. oil
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 TB. cilantro
  • 1 tsp. cumin (toasted and ground)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 large chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • Puree the tequila, lime and orange juice, oil, lime zest, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder,salt and pepper in a food processor.
  • Place both the chicken and the marinade in a freezer bag and marinate over night in refrigerator. 
  • Drain marinade and grill the chicken until cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.


  1. "Often I was lost for hours in the life of these characters. I liked strong female figures who were brave, principled, dared to be different and loved adventure." Well said, Susan! Thanks for "showing us your Drew!" #DrewToYou

  2. I loved the Nancy Drew books. Growing up, I didn't own many books as there was little extra money. And there was no library in town. But the county library brought books to the local school in the summer, my source for reading materials. To this day, mysteries remain my favorite type of book.