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Two Easy Grilling Recipes For Beginners

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Today we are happy to have Monica Henin from Addonkitchen as our guest blogger.
Thank you, Monica!

Having an in-house grill is always great because it allows a person to cook scrumptious food at will. Moreover, grilling is fun, especially for those who have an immense love for cooking. Placing a juicy piece of meat on the grill and brushing some oil all over the meat gives the feeling that something nice is going to get ready in a few minutes. But, grilling is not that easy, so one shouldn’t just start grilling game meats because a small mistake made while cooking the food can ruin it all. A person who is just making his/her way into the world of grilling should begin with chicken or shrimps, as these are easy to grill and will help build the confidence for the future.

Today we will be discussing two grilling recipes, which are quite easy to prepare and doesn’t take much time as well. Let us start with the first one.

The first recipe that I’ve selected is ‘Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken’. If you love the taste of mustard, then this recipe will definitely make your mouth filled with water.

Ingredients:

  1.   4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  2.   1 tsp steak sauce
  3.   1/4 cup honey
  4.   1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  5.   2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Total Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Two Glazed Chicken Quarter On The Hot BBQ Charcoal Flaming Grill Close-up.

Method:

  1. Preheat the grill on medium heat. I hope you have bought a branded grill such as Traeger Renegade, as it ensures uniform and safe cooking. You can check more about this brand by going through Traeger Renegade Elite reviews.
  2. Take a large bowl now and add mayonnaise, honey, steak sauce and mustard. Mix all the ingredients well, and you will get the honey mustard sauce. Save some sauce for basting and use the remaining for marinating the chicken.
  3. Dip chicken pieces into the honey mustard sauce. Make sure that each and every corner of the chicken is coated in the sauce.
  4. Brush some oil on the grill grate followed by placing the chicken pieces on the grill, but make sure that no direct heat is given to the chicken. Cook the chicken in the indirect heat for 18-20 minutes and keep flipping the sides occasionally. Use the reserved sauce to baste the chicken in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  5. Keep a close eye on the grill because you don’t want chicken getting burnt.

That was all about ‘Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken’, so let’s discuss the second recipe, which involves shrimp!

The name of the recipe is ‘Grilled Shrimp Scampi’ and it is great for those who love the flavors of garlic, lemon, and parsley. You can use this dish as an appetizer or main dish. This dish is light on the stomach, but will definitely excite your taste buds. You can replace shrimps with scallops if you want, but let’s just discuss the one with shrimps.

Ingredients:

  1.   1 ½ lbs. medium shrimp, deveined and peeled
  2.   1 tbsp. minced garlic
  3.   ¼ cup lemon juice
  4.   3 tbsps. parsley, chopped
  5.   ¼ cup olive oil
  6.   Red pepper flakes
  7.   Ground black pepper

Total Cooking Time: 36 minutes

Servings: 6

Method:

  1. Take a large bowl and add garlic, lemon juice, black pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Mix all the ingredients well and then, add crushed red pepper on top of the mix.
  2. Add shrimps to the mixture and make sure that the shrimps are properly immersed in the mixture. Marinate the mixture in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Now, it’s time to preheat grill on high heat. Take skewers and thread shrimp onto those. You will have to pierce each shrimp once near the head and once near the tail.
  4. Brush the grill grate with some oil and place the skewers on the grill. Grill each side for 2-3 minutes and then, flip the side over. The shrimp will become opaque when fully cooked.

You can now enjoy grilled shrimp with mayonnaise. The taste will be simply amazing, plus it is not bad for your health, so you don’t have to restrain yourself from eating this super-delicious dish.

Happy Grilling!

Author Bio: Monica Henin is the author of this blog post. She is an expert in the field of cooking, especially when it comes to providing cooking tips. She also writes on healthy recipes because she wants her readers not to eat just delicious food, but healthy food as well.

Find more about her work on Addonkitchen.com.

When The Student Surpasses The Teacher & Blue Apron Sumac-Spiced Salmon

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Sumac-Spiced Salmon
Sumac-Spiced Salmon

Last February my son, Cory, and his wife, Ann, began using Blue Apron, a meal delivery service.   Both Cory and Ann work outside the home and so they share the meal preparation. But Cory enjoys cooking much more than Ann does and so he is the primary cook (and she does the clean-up!)

Cory blue apron boxBlue Apron is a nationwide delivery service (for the most part) that sends a box of pre-packaged meal ingredients, farm to table fresh, with the recipes and complete step-by-step “how to” instructions. For a price of $59.99 Blue Apron delivers three meals serving two people each. So, for less than the price of a meal out, a really nice gourmet-type meal is prepared at home. Like so many 30-something’s, my kids are very busy between their work schedules and the school and activity schedules of two growing boys!

Blue Apron Recipe Cards
Blue Apron Recipe Cards

There are several different companies that are now delivering this type of pre-portioned, ready to cook meals. Cory chose this one because of its reputation for high quality, fresh ingredients and good reviews from those who are using the service.  The day we arrived their Blue Apron box was sitting at the front door.  The box is packed with ice and everything comes out very cold and fresh.  I took some pictures as Cory unpacked the box. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

For The Love of My Family – Tuna Noodle Casserole

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What do you do purely for the love of your family?  Something you would never, ever do except out of love?

quotes-about-life_381041-2Tuna. Noodle. Casserole.  That’s it.  I make tuna noodle casserole because they love it.  If I didn’t want to make them happy I would never, ever make tuna-anything.  Actually, I would never even open a can of tuna if it were left totally up to me.
tuna noodle singleTo say I dislike tuna is such an understatement of gigantic proportions.

But love for my family?  Well, that’s a totally different story.  So, this week I bought 8 cans of white albacore tuna.  For the love of my sous-chef dish-washing mom and my Chief Valentine.

tuna noodle casserole panThe best part is hearing them exclaim “You made tuna noodle casserole?  For us? Thank you!”  🙂

I used a basic recipe from Taste of Home and cranked it up a notch with wonderful Amish-made noodles and a topping of french-fried onion rings.

I ate a bit the first meal.  The other two ate the leftovers several other meals saying “it gets better every day!”

If you and your family like all-things tuna, you are going to really, really love this casserole!

Happy Valentine’s Day With Love,
~Catherine

P.S.  So what do you do purely for the love of your family?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”     John 13:34-35 ESV

For The Love of My Family - Tuna Noodle Casserole
 
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For the love of my family I treat them to this extra-special casserole loaded with all things creamy and delicious cranked up a notch with french fried onions.
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Recipe type: Main Dish Casserole
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups cooked Egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) white albacore tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 cup french-fried onions
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan cook noodles until just cooked, not over-cooked. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the noodles, peas, tuna and pimientos; mix well.
  3. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with french-fried onions.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
  5. Yield: 4 servings.
Notes
Recipe can easily be doubled. Cook time 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

 

Shrimp Bisque With Friends

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The Choir Girls

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants,   for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. ”     John 15:12-15

Is there anything better than hanging out with your peeps?  How about a night of laughter, chatter, and shrimp bisque?

Earlier this month I received an email from Angela (red hair, second from the left) telling me that she was planning a night with her musical friends from the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida.  She wanted to serve a shrimp bisque and wondered about doubling or tripling my Lobster Bisque recipe.

Much to my delight I have received back this lovely picture of the friends getting ready to spend the evening dining on Shrimp Bisque, a tossed green salad and sourdough bread.

Compliments of Brooklynplated.com
Compliments of Brooklynplated.com

Angela says “we are The Choir Girls, “The Peeps” for short.  We are all in the choir (one is in the orchestra) at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.  We try to meet once a month or so to recharge our batteries and share what it going on in our lives. “

Thank you Angela for reminding how much my family adored this bisque recipe.  You have inspired me to make it again soon!

Angela reports, “It was absolutely delicious. I tripled the recipe, but double would have been more than enough for the six of us.”

These winter months are the perfect time to combine an evening for friends, bisque, and lots of fun and chatter!  Check out the bisque recipe here!

Happy Cooking!
~Catherine