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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Lemon Zest

Grilled yogurt chicken marinates boneless chicken breasts with yogurt and lemon. Here is an easy and simple marinade for chicken that’s especially delicious when cooked on the grill.  It combines plain Greek yogurt and lemon.  Sounds a little unusual?  Not really. Many cooks have been using dairy products, such as buttermilk, to tenderize chicken for years.  […]

S’mores Cookies with Chocolate, Graham, and Marshmallows

S’mores Cookies served warm with melting gooey chocolate and marshmallows It’s just like being at a campfire.  Just take two graham crackers and squeeze melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows between them… Yum!  Only this is less messy, chocolate chunks and crushed graham crackers are baked into the cookie crust.  Then I topped each cookie with more chocolate chunks […]

Ginger Skirt Steaks Marinade with Pepsi

Ginger skirt steaks marinade adds Asian flavor to your beef. One secret to preparing your beef ahead of time… is to just marinate it.  Ginger skirt steaks marinate with only 4 ingredients: ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and Coke (or Pepsi).  To make your prep time even easier, I suggest that you use a disposable freezer bag to marinate your skirt steaks. […]

Grilled Greek Pizza with Lamb, Olives, and Feta

Grilled Greek pizza is a fun weeknight dinner meal. And let’s not forget tasty too!  Lamb is combined with feta cheese and Kalamata olives on a pizza crust.  This best thing… your pizza crust is already made.  Cooking your grilled Greek pizza on the grill makes for a better, crispier crust; something an oven has a more […]

Greek Cucumber Salad with Tomato, Feta, and Olives

A Greek cucumber salad is a healthy light alternative for a summer side. Light and refreshing… that’s what I think of when I eat my Greek cucumber salad.  Cucumbers are combined with tomatoes and onion for a simple yet satisfying combination.  I enhanced my salad with a “Greek” twist by adding feta cheese, kalamata olives, […]

Lamb Burger with Mint and Feta

Lamb burgers are a nice change for your next barbeque. Tired of beef, ready for something new for a change?  Have you ever considered a lamb burger?  Lamb has a unique, rich flavor and that is part of what makes it a terrific burger.  Ground lamb is easy to find at your local grocer and it’s […]

Baked Beans Prepared the Easy Way

It’s an easy way to make baked beans for your next barbeque. Sometimes you just want to make a dish without any fuss or hassle.  You’ve spent time preparing a special main dish and whipped up a few side dishes too… not to mention appetizers, drinks, and dessert.  But you still feel that something is missing and […]

Family Camping at Winding Hills Park

It’s our annual family camping trip to Winding Hills Park. It’s become a tradition in our household to go on a family camping trip on Father’s Day weekend.   In fact, this is our third annual trip.  I’m not sure how this yearly event began or why Father’s Day weekend was chosen, but it just makes […]

Baked S’mores with Cookie Dough

Baked s’mores are an easy treat to make in your oven. Are you ready for some summertime fun?  Try my baked s’mores with cookie dough; they’re a tasty treat you can whip up in no time.  Take all the traditional flavors of s’mores: chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers.  Then just nest them between cookie crusts… sounds good?   You don’t even […]

Father’s Day Remembered; Fun Facts too

Father’s Day honors all fathers Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.  This year it happens on June 16th.  This was a holiday that was delayed in being created through social acceptance, unlike its counterpart Mother’s Day which was well received by public opinion.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official […]

Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

Beef short ribs braised in red wine are so tender that you only need a fork to eat them. I love braising meats!  Just the idea of taking a tougher piece of meat, cooking it long and slow, until it comes out tender and juicy. what’s not to love?  This recipe for braised beef short ribs is easy, easy, and […]

Asian Marinated Chicken Wings

Asian marinated chicken wings are juicy and fall off the bone delicious! Are you in the mood for comfort food?  I have no doubt that this dish will fill the bill…over and over again!  You can believe it when I say that I could sit and eat these wings for days…except they never last long enough.  […]

Mini Pretzel Hotdogs with Bacon

Mini pretzel hotdogs are the perfect kid-friendly appetizer. Just ask my son Jayson!  Let’s face it, kids have their own ideas when it comes to what good food is, and my son is no exception.  In fact, Jayson was the inspiration for this kid-friendly recipe. When deciding which foods to use for this new creation, […]

Lapsang Souchong Tea Grilled Chicken

This black tea from China will give your grilled chicken that smoky flavor. You’re probably wondering if I’ve made a typo, combining tea and chicken, right?  Well read on and I think you’ll agree my recipe showcases this unusual ingredient very tastefully! Lapsang souchong tea is a black tea grown in the Wuyi region of […]

Grandma’s Potato Salad Recipe

This old-fashioned potato salad is going to make a wonderful addition to your summer barbecue. I initially got grandma’s potato salad from my mother-in-law Betsy.  She in turn got it from her mother Betty who in turn got it from her mother, (we’re not sure if that part’s true…but it makes for a great story).  If you’ve ever […]

Grilled Rib Steak with Oregano Marinade

  Go big for your special day with a 2 pound, 2 inch grilled rib steak! Father, Dad, Daddy, Papa, Pop, all of these names describe that special man in our lives.  The one to whom we look up and admire; who we can rely on for guidance and strength; who has always provided for […]

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