Posted by: Hil | July 4, 2008

Barbecued Chicken with Ras Al Hanout

Last night was a simple dinner:  barbecued chicken thighs marinated with lemon juice and ras al hanout and a chopped salad of cabbage and arugula with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.  We also munched on red grapes while dinner was cooking (not pictured).  Ras al hanout is a Middle Eastern spice blend that contains coriander, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and lots of other good things.  We mixed up our own, but you can also buy it.  It tasted so good on the chicken!  I really recommend chicken thighs for barbecuing.  Boneless white meat always dries out on me, but the dark meat stays nice and juicy.  And they are usually extremely cheap.

For dessert, we had a special 4th of July treat:  It’s-its! 

I think that these may be a local specialty:  they are ice cream sandwiches made of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between oatmeal cookies dipped in dark chocolate.  They are one of my favorite things, and I always eat one on 4th of July.  We were planning on eating them for the actual 4th, but we were craving them really badly, and we decided that they would be better appreciated after a light dinner than after a big 4th of July feast.  So we broke them out of the freezer and ate them while we watched the Olympic trials. 🙂



  1. oh my gosh. that dessert looks amazing. where are you from because i am willing to travel to that part of the world to get one!

  2. I’m a California girl. They’re pretty ubiquitous Northern California (where I grew up), but I think you can find them pretty much anywhere on the West Coast.

    This may be helpful:

  3. i almost, almost just ordered a case. But then i thought about it a little more. a case is 24. if 24 of those amazing guys show up at my door, i will proceed to eat 24 it’s-its in oh, i dont know—2, maybe 3 days. Probably not the smartest idea.

    I’m a northeasterner but went on vacation to san fran last summer and LOVED it. i hope to move out there someday so i guess now i just have even MORE of a reason to : )

  4. You could have an it’s-party! It’d be a hit. You know you want to… ::fiendish grin::

    And yes, it’s-its are one of the many culinary perks of California living. I love it here.

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