Thursday, May 21, 2015

Marinated and Grilled Chicken Thighs

There's nothing quite like crispy skin on chicken, where the skin is crispy from the top all the way to the bottom of the chicken skin. That is what Graham Elliot was looking for in last nights Master Chef competition. So I know that if he had my marinated and grilled chicken thighs that they would meet that criteria. Come find out how I did it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crispy and Sweet Pineapple Rings

Pineapple happens to be a favorite fruit of mine and I jump at the chance when they go on sale in our local store. When you first bring a pineapple home from the market allow it to sit out on your counter and give it a few days to ripen. As it ripens it emits its wonderful aroma and once you can begin to smell it, do not let days go by until you use it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Celebrations Recipes


Starting off in May we celebrate and honor those who have fought for the freedom we have here in the United States. Then in June we celebrate those who have worked their way through school and graduate from High School or College earning a diploma which allows them the opportunity to seek out a solid career and establish themselves in the adult world. Also in June we take a day to pay homage to the Dad's in our life - men who raised us, mentored us and provided for us. July we celebrate Independence Day and end the summer season of picnics and parties with a Labor Day celebration that includes spectacular fireworks displays.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blackberry Oatmeal Bars with Streusel Topping


Blackberry Oatmeal Bars with a Streusel Topping and sprinkled with some chopped walnuts is the perfect bar dessert to pack in school lunches, for an after school snack, or to bring to a party or picnic this summer! Planning a day at the beach? Well pack them in your picnic basket. They are so easy to make and they taste really, really good.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Green Bean and Bacon Salad with Vinaigrette

Memorial Day is coming soon and it has me thinking of days gone by and the many picnics we attended at family and friends homes. My thoughts turned to the dishes of old and one was the green bean salad that was typically made with green beans and waxed beans and sometimes had kidney beans in it as well. As a kid I shied away from those salads and stuck with what I knew I liked - basically potato salad and pasta salad.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lemon and Parsley Orzo Risotto

Have you ever had an item in your pantry for a while, well okay for a very long time and you just knew that it was calling out to you, "Please use me!"? This was the case with my small box of orzo pasta that has been in the pantry cupboard since the dawn of time. Well, not that long but it's been quite a while. So I decided to use the orzo in some fashion and came up with the idea of cooking it like risotto. It worked beautifully.

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