Sunday, May 28, 2017

Balsamic Mustard Grilled Chicken





I love finding different ways to flavor my grilled chicken. Frank is not a huge fan of chicken (he'd rather have steak- wouldn't we all?!) but I try to fit it in as much as possible. 

This marinade is SO easy, and it really gives the chicken a great zesty flavor. I bet you already have all of the ingredients in your fridge- give it a try the next time you feel like firing up the grill!



-Ingredients-

1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c dijon mustard
juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced (I use my garlic press)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4-6 chicken breasts

-Directions-

1. Mix all ingredients in a measuring cup. Whisk vigorously to combine.
2. Pour all but 1/4 cup of the mixture into a large zip top bag. Add the chicken.
3. Let marinade 8 hours or overnight.
4. Grill chicken on medium-hot grill until cooked through. Baste with the reserved sauce towards the end of grilling.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Classic Pasta Salad






While I know pasta salad is pretty much a staple that everyone knows how to make, I just wanted to share my version of it. The great thing about pasta salad is you can throw whatever you want in it to suit your own tastes. I have made it before with chunks of cheddar instead of the feta, or sometimes black olives instead of green. However this recipe is my favorite combination!

I really wanted to use whole grain pasta in this dish this time but that got vetoed by Frank- but you could totally do that to make this healthier! I look forward to eating this all week for lunch, maybe even with a little grilled chicken tossed on top. 

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. 

I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend! Welcome, summer!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Maple Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I think everyone can agree that coffee cake is a pretty fantastic way to start your morning. Or end your evening. Or.. well.. ok it's good any time of the dang day.




We don't usually eat sweets for breakfast, not by MY choice, but my waistline and my boyfriend have very strong opinions on the matter.

But this coffeecake makes it all okay. It started with a recipe from a vintage community cookbook I have, and I am here to tell you this recipe has stood the test of time. I just made a couple of additions and substitutions, and this bad boy tastes like a pancake coffee cake supreme.

The thin sugary crust on top complements the dense cake beautifully, the sour cream gives it a distinct tang, the maple flavor will make you think you're slurping up syrup, and the sweet nutty crunch in the middle will make you very loudly go "mmmmmmm...".

I'm not sure why these pictures turned out so sideways and unattractive. I think I was just ready to dig in. Please forgive me. I hope you try this one soon!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Cheesy Broccoli Ranch Casserole

Do you ever have those times, where you're low on cash and low on groceries but happen to have a bunch of random ingredients at your disposal?



That is my life right now, and sometimes to be honest.. it's kinda fun to me. I like just rummaging my fridge and making delicious meals with what I have leftover from other recipes.

This one.. is pretty genius. I mean, when something like this comes together I wonder why I haven't thought of it before?

We all know ranch is God's nectar, and broccoli is good in ranch. And cheese. And broccoli casserole is legit the best.

I could yammer on with my incomplete sentences about cheese and ranch all I want but how about I just share this lovely casserole recipe with you and we move along with our lives, yes?

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lemon and Dill Vegetable Pasta Salad

So I made this recipe probably going on 5 years ago and I've thought about it a lot. Of course I like your standard pasta salad, the one my mom always makes- it's pretty much a summertime staple. But this pasta salad is so refreshingly different.




I always thought that the recipe I used to make this years ago was long gone, but as I was going through my notebook of old printed off recipes.. I found it! I was so excited. 

I almost halved the recipe for the two of us, but decided to make the whole thing and give half to my sister who just had her second child, Darby Leigh!

Um... but.... she never got it. Because we ate it. All of it. And I'm pretty ashamed to say that we ate all but maybe 1.5 servings the same day I made it. And we would have eaten every last bite that day if I didn't hide it so we could have SOMETHING for lunch the next day.

Its crisp, bright and refreshing. It's everything you want in a summer side dish. I'm excited to make it again soon, I already bought all the ingredients- this time with feta cheese!

Oh and Heidi, I promise this time you'll get some....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Grilled Cajun Chicken Wings

I think I have mentioned this before, possibly multiple times, but I LOVE to grill out. I always use charcoal, it gives whatever you grill such a fantastic flavor.



My parents always grilled out in the summer too (they still do.) One of my favorite things that they grilled when I was growing up was Cajun Chicken Wings. 

The seasoning they used was made by McCormick, which they don't make anymore- it was called "Creole" seasoning. I wish they still made it. I'm sure that I would find that it tastes like any other cajun/creole seasoning you can buy in the store but my memory tells me otherwise.

I remember when I was 12 or 13 coming home from school and wanting wings. My parents were still at work so I just pulled some wings out of the freezer, threw them on a baking sheet and covered them in cajun seasoning and stuck them in the oven and hoped for the best. They actually turned out good! Hows that for an afternoon snack!? Other kids were playing sports and eating lunchables and what not and I was just whipping up some chicken wings.

Any who, there's nothing fancy about how I make these wings. Load them up with whatever cajun seasoning you have on hand, or make your own. 

It would be really fantastic if I could figure out how to separate the wing parts but at the time of this blog post, it still frustrates the ever living sh*t out of me that I can't do it. I blame it on my knives.

But I guess the best part is, you can still grill these guys attached together. They just take a little longer to cook through- but I leave my wings on the grill for an extra long time because I like them CRISPY!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sweet Tea Cake with Whipped Lemon Frosting

Here in the south, sweet tea is pretty much a staple. We chug it like it's water and I'm okay with that. 



This recipe just screams summer to me, and surprisingly its not too heavy so you will still feel good wearing that bikini! Just don't eat too much ;) 

This recipe calls for REALLY strongly brewed tea, so don't use any kind of bottled tea that you would drink. You  need it to be really strong for the tea flavor to come through. Steep it as long as you can bear for this recipe.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am.. but GOD it's hot out there. Cool off with a slice of this cake and a tall glass of sweet tea. 

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