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    Sweet and Smokey Salmon with Lemon Pasta and Grilled Asparagus

    Salmon – by far, my favorite fish.  It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s hard to mess up. While I typically bake my salmon, last night I decided to throw it on the grill. This was a wild-caught Sockeye Salmon from Costco, which meant it was a perfectly cut filet, de-boned and great price. Win, win, win! I went for the sweet and smokey flavors of honey and Worcestershire along with some garlic and grilled the salmon on top of lemon slices. It turned out awesome! I paired it with grilled asparagus that I marinated in Worcestershire as well and a lemon angel hair pasta tossed with olive oil, butter and fresh basil. Yummy,…

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    Garlic and Herb Veggie Kabobs

    Kabobs – another summer staple. I grill all year round, but love to make veggie kabobs in the summer when the zucchini is fresh and plentiful. I had been grilling kabobs for years but always felt like they were under-seasoned… when it occurred to me that I should marinate the veggies before I put them on the skewer! Problem solved – perfect kabobs. The marinade I like the most is this one – a mix of garlic, herbs and dried minced onion. Full of flavor! One of my favorite things about this marinade and process is that the mushrooms get a whole lot of the garlic and herbs stuck in the…

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    Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Guacamole Spread and Grilled Tomatoes

    I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of ground turkey. I think it’s a texture thing. But if I’m going to do ground turkey, it’s got to be a burger. With turkey burgers on the menu this week, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to spruce them up… but then it hit me today – add black beans and cilantro and top it with guacamole.  And then, as if that wasn’t crazy enough, add some grilled marinated tomatoes. Now we’re talking. So if texture was my issue with ground turkey meat, the black beans totally fixed that – it was like the best of both worlds…

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    (Homemade) Ranch Grilled Chicken with Skillet Potatoes

    Dinner tonight was two of my favorites – chicken legs and potatoes. Inspired by the ranch dip and carrots that Blake was snacking on this afternoon, I decided to try something different with a ranch marinade for my grilled chicken legs. I used buttermilk and the herbs and spices I use in my ranch dip, and at the suggestion of my in-home chef, I added a little tarragon too. The flavor of the chicken was great, although it’s hard to go wrong when you’re grilling chicken legs. For the potatoes I actually made one of my breakfast time favs – skillet potatoes. These are super, super simple and absolutely delicious.…

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    Scalloped Potatoes and Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

    I love a good side dish. Sometimes, more than the “main course”.  For me, scalloped potatoes have the potential to trump any meat, any day. And while this honey mustard grilled chicken was really good, the scalloped potatoes were great. I’ve attempted these half a dozen times before, but never got it just right. All that practice paid off with these bad boys. Issues I’ve had before – not enough/the right cheese, potatoes not cooked through and overall too bland were solved with using parmesan cheese (and lots of it), cooking it at a high heat (425 degrees) and flavoring it with thyme and green onions. Viola. Awesome potatoes. Scalloped…

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    Asian Pork Tenderloin with Lemon Ginger Rice and Sesame Green Beans

    I’ve been cooking a lot this week, but haven’t had the time to post… so I’ll be trying to catch up this weekend. With Blake being home in the evenings now, I was able to come up with some new recipes. One of the dinners from this week was a grilled Asian pork tenderloin that I served over lemon jasmine rice with sesame green beans. It was a clean-your-plate kind of meal – delish! Asian Pork Tenderloin 1 package of 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs total) 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger…

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    Lemon and Herb Grilled Salmon

    The beautiful weather yesterday had me dabbling into some Spring-ier recipes for dinner- Lemon and Herb Grilled Salmon, Carrot and Lentil Salad, Lemon Sautéed Spinach and some Olive Oil Herb Bread.  All of these were new recipes and I’ll make all of them again… especially the salmon.  All these dishes had a Mediterranean/Greek flare to them and there were a lot of shared ingredients. If I weren’t making the bread (which I rarely do, but it was so good I may do it more often), this could totally be done on a weeknight. But the bread required (according to the recipe) 4 hours of “rising” time, which I just did…

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    Grilled Pork Chops

    How should I describe these pork chops… really freakin’ good. Period. This is what grilled pork chops are supposed to taste like. The Dijon and soy sauce is a great combination that really kicks the flavor to the next level. I’ll be grilling well into the winter to keep eating these things. Yum, yum, yum. Grilled Pork Chops 4 bone-in pork chops 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon) 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp dried minced onion 1 tsp pepper 1.) Add all marinade ingredients into a gallon Ziploc bag and make sure it…

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    Garlic Dill Chicken

    If you’ve never marinaded chicken with Greek yogurt – you should try it. The yogurt adds a richness and tartness to the chicken that really takes the flavor to the next level. I got the idea from a chicken tikka masala recipe, and it seemed like the yogurt would also pair well with Mediterranean flavors – it did. The garlic, dill and oregano makes this chicken very unique and quite tasty. This got a thumbs up from the hubs and the boys ate it pretty well too. Enjoy! Garlic Dill Chicken 3 chicken breasts 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp minced garlic Zest of 1…

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    Rosemary Pork Chops with Mushroom and Herb Orzo

    Last year my husband and I tired to grow herbs. Tried. We had no luck with cilantro, basil, parsley or thyme, but the rosemary has hung in there!  I have not given up hope that (one day) I will have a green thumb, but I realized that growing things that require being fed every day is like having another child or animal, and momma ain’t go time for that.  Rosemary, apparently, will survive on rain alone. So, since rosemary is my only free herb, I experiment with it occasionally.  One pairing that has turned out really yummy with my rosemary is pork chops.  Throw a little rosemary, garlic and olive…