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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.  […]

Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Fruit Yogurt with Mixed Berries

Flavored fruit yogurt with mixed berries makes a cool and refreshingly light dessert. I love fruit, and it adds a welcome component to any desert.  Fruit is light, refreshing, and a great way to cleanse your palate.  And sometimes it’s all you need after a successful meal, especially in warmer weather when it’s just too […]

Watermelon Feta Salad with Reduced Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic dressing Cool and refreshing, colorful and vibrant, light and delicious… watermelon feta salad is sure to appeal to your dinner guests.  And why not, who doesn’t love watermelon?  It’s such a treat when fresh watermelons arrive at your local grocer; you know that summer is just around the corner.  […]

Mini Pesto Rosso Pizzas with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Mini pesto rosso pizzas combine the flavors of sundried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese I love pizza!  And if you feel the same way, then I have a great recipe to share with you.  First, my mini pesto rosso pizzas are very easy to prepare.  Secondly, they cook on the grill and not in your oven.  I use pocketless pitas […]

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 […]

Panna Cotta Topped with Fresh Berries

Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries makes a light and tasty dessert. And sometimes that’s all you need after a full meal; a light dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It’s a wonderful end to that perfect evening.  Panna Cotta is an easy dessert to prepare.  In fact, it’s even simpler to make than you […]

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. […]

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper

Sauteed Corn with Red Bell Pepper is an easy way to enjoy your corn without the cob. If you love eating corn on the cob, then you’re going to love making this recipe.  Sauteed corn removes the mess of eating corn on the cob, while preserving all the flavor of fresh corn.  And isn’t that why we enjoy corn on […]

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 […]

Americana Fruit Salad; Red, White, and Blue

Americana fruit salad is just the right side to savor your holiday celebration. Its summertime and we love to barbecue.  In preparation for the holiday, I decided to create something special.  Here’s a dessert that is colorful and perfect for your holiday celebration.  It’s easy to make and a great addition to your summer barbeque.  Just combine strawberries, […]

Independence Day Remembered

Independence Day is not just about fireworks and barbecues. Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  Celebrated on July 4, this day is commonly referred to as the Fourth of July.  During the American Revolution the Thirteen Colonies declared their legal separation and their independence from Great Britain.  Thomas Jefferson […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chocolate Dipped Cake Balls

Chocolate dipped cake balls are a sweet dessert for your next holiday party. Do you want something sweet and have a craving for chocolate?  Then I have an idea for you.  Try my chocolate dipped cake balls!  These bite sized treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.  First decide what type of […]

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 […]

Strawberry Banana Pineapple Jello Mold

It’s a light, refreshing retro dessert for your holiday gathering. Want something light and fruity for dessert…something that not only looks enticing, but tastes even better?  Then go back in time with me and try an old family recipe.   Our strawberry banana pineapple jello mold dessert has lasted through several generations, and  I’m certain I’ll pass it on […]

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