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So I have this story.

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The scariest thing that happened to me yesterday. I am still so drained from it that just the thought of trying to explain it to you all, is well, exhausting.

And yes, I am being slightly dramatic because apparently that’s what I do, but really, almost losing all of my photos (so like a month’s worth of work) is the scariest thing for me. Yup. That almost happened, but ALMOST is the key word here. I am happy to say that I now have all my photos (and they are all backed up too!) as well as my sanity, back. But man, there were a good two hours yesterday that I thought I was really going to lose it.

There were most definitely tears, plenty of my famous growls (the ones that I do when I am frustrated), more tears…and then vast amounts of jumping for joy when everything was finally worked out!

Thank God for technology, and especially for tech people who can take over your computer and fix everything. Really, THANK YOU!

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And since we are on the subject of photo things, I get a lot emails about my photography and such. People looking for tips, advice and camera recommendations, but honestly, I still don’t understand why. I swear, I am the worst person to ask. I never know what to say, I feel like I give the worst advice, BUT I try to do the best I can and I do love the sweet as ever emails! Today though, I actually need YOUR advice.

If there are any file storing whizzes out there, please tell me, what’s the best way to organize all my photos??? My current system, while it works, is kind of a mess and totally unorganized. I feel like I could save so much time if I just organized everything, but then that takes a lot of time too, and I am a little bit short on that right now, but who isn’t?

Kind of just rambling out loud here, mostly because my little scare yesterday had me thinking, I really do need to keep things better organized. UGH. Do they have professional computer storage organizers? If they do, I need one.

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On to better news, I have some delicious bowl food to share with you guys today.

You all know I love a good rice bowl, but today’s bowl is just kind of different. And I don’t mean different in flavors, I just mean different for me. I kept things simple and went with classic summer flavors. To me, there is not much better than some BBQ chicken, grilled corn and rice. It’s kind of the picture perfect dinner. Everyone in the family will eat it (even the corn – the ONLY vegetable EVERYONE will eat!!) and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

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I guess I did add a few semi unusual items, like avocados and grilled peaches, but those only enhance these awesome flavors. Ok, and maybe I just could not resist adding at least a little summer fruit. I mean, the fresh berries and peaches are only here for so long, got to eat em (and eat them ALL) while you can, you know??

Also, let’s talk about that corn???

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It’s maybe, just maybe, the best corn to pair with BBQ chicken.

I slathered it with a herbed BBQ butter and it kind of just rules. For one, butter and corn are like french fries and ketchup or a peanut butter and jelly, they just go together. But the butter is what makes the corn extra special. It’s just so good – salty, spicy and a little smoky.

Total perfection.

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Oh, and I also added some goat cheese, because now that we have goats, I am mildly obsessed with all goat products. Cannot wait to get fresh goat’s milk…and then make all that cheese!!

It’ll be oh so good.

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BBQ Chicken and Grilled Corn Rice Bowls with Berry Smashed Avocado.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 820 kcal

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Ingredients

Chicken + Rice

Corn

  • 4 ears corn husk on
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon worcheshire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro + basil chopped

The Rest

  • 2 ripe avocados peeled + pitted
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries (I used blueberries and raspberries)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Make the rice. Add the water to a medium size pot, bring to a low boil and add the rice. Stir to combine and place the lid on the pot, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely. Let the rice sit on the stove, covered, for another 20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!). After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in the basil + cilantro. Note that rice can cook differently for everyone, this is just what works for me.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken to a bowl and toss with the BBQ sauce, apricot preserves and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Thread the chicken on the skewers (or leave the chicken whole). Toss the halved peaches in the remaining olive oil.
  • Grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side, gently flipping 2-3 times until chicken is cooked through and has light char marks. While the chicken is grilling, grill the peaches for about 2 minutes on each side, or until tender, and grill the corn for about 10 minutes, turning 2-3 times during cooking. You can also use a grill pan or just cook everything on the stove.
  • Remove everything from the grill and let cool 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the butter, worchestire, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne and a good pinch of salt + pepper to bowl. Mix well to combine. Stir in the cilantro and basil. Shuck the corn and rub the herbed BBQ butter all over the corn.
  • Add the mashed avocados to a bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, basil and salt to taste. Mix well and fold in the berries.
  • To assemble the bowls, divide the rice among 4 bowls or plates. Top each bowl of rice with equal amounts of chicken. Slice the peaches and add them to the bowls. Next add the buttered corn and a large dollop of the avocado/berry mix. Top with the fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Serve with any remaining BBQ butter. EAT!

Notes

*If using skewers: at least 30 minutes before grilling, soak your skewers (if they are bamboo) in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from charring.
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For now, I’ll settle for these BBQ chicken and grilled corn rice bowls. Kind of lovin’ them too.

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  1. 2 tbsp of cilantro and basil COMBINED, or 2 tbsp of each?

    Want to make sure I don’t end up with too much greenery!!

    1. Hi Drew! It is 2 tablespoons each of cilantro and basil. sorry for the confusion. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I have made (and loved!) a number of your recipes, but this one might be one of my favorites! Thank you for all of the kitchen inspiration – you are amazing at what you do! Can’t wait for the release of your cookbook!

  3. I used to work for a photographer…. the way we organized files was each shoot got its own folder titled with date & then name. .. in your case it would be something like 7.01.2015.lemon.bars & then we would download that shoot prenamed like that into that folder. It kept everything nice & neat, dated & sorted. You could probably do some category folders to to further organize the photos. Love your recipes!

  4. I have an account with Geek Squad. I just call up and they help me over the phone. If they can’t help me, they tell me who can. They will come out to your house, but they can really do a lot over the phone, or chatting back and forth on line. They have saved my life numerous time! Tell them what you need, what you are looking for. See what happens!

  5. I am having chest pains just of the thought of loosing all my pics and I as this happened to me once before now I am like obsessed with double sometimes triple keeping them safe and in different places, just in case.. whew! glad you got them back!
    I can just imagine all the flavors and textures in these bowls and sounds amazing to me!

  6. I always love your Mexican-inspired recipes. These bowls look so delicious, and I love how you spiced up the corn!
    -Claire, tallgirlbigworld.com

  7. These bowls are so summery and gorgeous, love them! I would have freaked out too! I could probably be more organized with my storage, but basically I have each post in a file, and organize the files by months and years. I back up with an external hard drive, though not as frequently as I should. Now that’s on my to-do list tonight!

  8. I have been freaking out for no reason about losing all my photos! How can I trust my back up hard drive?! Do I get another one or do I back it up on the cloud? Oh the decisions. As for organizing…I don’t know if mine is organized but I load all my photos in folders with the date and name of the post. Then have a Hi Res folder with in that along with my photos sized for the blog. Then any items that go with that post go inside as well! And all that is on my hard drive.

    As for this bowl…it has my tastebuds jumping! I need it.

  9. So glad your photo situation was sorted out…I can relate, its so stressing just the thought of, what could have been…
    I am always lost for words when it comes to your recipes. They always look so amazing and always taste just as good. Your recipes never disappoint. Thank you for such an awesome blog always.

  10. I am very old-fashioned and could never be of any use when it comes to advising someone on their use of technology so won’t even try.
    Again, this sounds and looks like a delicious dish to try. I love avocado and goat’s cheese (with some beetroot thrown in) and raspberries must be a taste of heaven. I am seriously intrigued though – are those YELLOW raspberries? Or a similar fruit with a different name? Looking to learn something everyday.

    1. Hey Gina!

      Those are yellow (or golden raspberries I think they are called) raspberries! I found them at the store and had to buy them! 🙂

      Thank you!