Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Garlic Lemon Marinade

I love any excuse to grill, anytime of year.  Just because fall has rolled in, does not mean that you should put away that grill! For some reason the thought of grilling always makes me really excited to cook.  This is my "go-to" marinade. It makes the most delicious chicken.

After you take a bite you will be hooked. 

My friend Jenny gave me this recipe and it became my favorite as soon as I took that first bite. Using this marinade, you will be constantly making amazing chicken.  I like to cook up extra to use in salads and other meals I make throughout the week.  Make sure and peek at our great grilling tips post  and you will be ready to go.

Garlic Lemon Marinade

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix ingredients together and pour over chicken and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Grill according to the type of chicken you are using.

*** I really like to grill with chicken tenderloins.  I know they are smaller than chicken breasts but they are more forgiving with grilling and stay "tender" even if you overcook a little.***
 Happy Grilling

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Easy Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

Summer is the perfect time for a salad! As summer winds down, I always try to get all of my favorite recipes packed in before I start my fall cooking. Salad is the perfect warm weather dinner and Girl and Her Kitchen loves our salads! Chrissy's Shrimp salad sort of puts me over the delicious edge and this Tex Mex Salad is so colorful, you hate to ruin the rainbow and eat it! I could eat a salad every day in the summer if my kids would go for it. They are particular about the salads they like though. This one just happens to be one of their favorites!

You really don't even need anything to go with this-it has everything.

Well, bread...but that is another story. I mean...everything goes better with bread. Lucky for you, this salad comes covered in croutons! I have a recipe for my homemade croutons coming, but in the meantime, your favorite store bought ones will do!

I can't take the credit for this dressing either. The brains behind it is my friend Jill. I had dinner there once and could not get enough of her insanely delicious caesar salad. We are friends that share recipes, so I had it in my possession soon enough, and could make it whenever I wanted. Score!

It pays to have friends that are fabulous cooks!

This salad dressing is creamy and flavorful, but is seriously so easy to make you will never buy a bottled dressing again!

Best yet, this can all be thrown together in your food processor and whizzed together so it is even easier!

Some crisp greens, crunchy croutons and shaved parmesan cheese are all it takes to make this the perfect salad.

Easy summer dinner, easy summer clean up=more time for summer fun!

Easy Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

2 garlic cloves
1 tsp anchovy paste (optional-I LOVE this addition, but I leave it out when making it for kids)
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup Parmigiano reggiano cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor, chop garlic cloves. Add all other ingredients and pulse until smooth and creamy. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve over crisp greens, top with croutons and shredded parmesan cheese. This also works great for a tasty dip!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Perfectly Grilled Barbecue Chicken

As Labor Day weekend rolls in and signifies the "end" of summer, many of you are firing up that grill at least one more time. If you are looking for the juiciest, most delicious chicken recipe to serve your guests or grill up for just your family, this is the one. It is that perfect mix of juicy chicken, sweet and smoky barbecue sauce and fresh grilled flavor.

The recipe takes some prep ahead of time, but it is all worth it in the end. For this recipe, and so many more great features, check out my Kids in the Kitchen With Girl and Her Kitchen post on Little Lake County. 

Happy End of Summer!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

French Bread Pizzas { Super Easy Summer Dinner! }

During the summer months, dare I say, I don't enjoy cooking as much. It is not that I don't like making food and eating it, it is that I just don't want to have to spend so much time on it. I want to be doing other things...playing with the kids, going to the pool, enjoying the beautiful weather.

Easy, throw together dinner like this are what I strive for! I am sharing this with you because I want you to have the same! Go out, enjoy the weather! Come in, throw this together-then bring it outside and eat. No slaving away in a hot kitchen forever.

Can I even call this a recipe though? I may be cheating just a bit by pawning this off to you as a recipe. That is how easy it is! I CANNOT even call it a recipe people!

I love my classic pizza recipe, but who in the world has time to make a dough, let it rise and make pizza like this in the summer? Not me.

A few ingredients, a little creativity, and a tiny bit of your time.


French Bread Pizzas

Makes 4 Pizzas

2 loaves of fresh bread, halved lengthwise


Cheese Pizza : Favorite marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese

BBQ Chicken Pizza: Leftover Barbecue Chicken, Barbecue Sauce, Cheddar cheese

Italian Sausage Pizza: Favorite marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced, fully cooked Italian sausage

Margherita Pizza: Fresh mozzarella, basil, Sliced tomatoes

Or...get creative! Make your own combination!

Top your bread, throw it in the oven on a large cookie sheet for about 15 minutes and then broil the top until browned and bubbly for about 3-5 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and slice. Serve with a green salad or some cut up raw veggies and dip. Easy as can be!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Southern Style Cole Slaw

Cole slaw is that sort of ... overlooked recipe.

It really shouldn't be, but it is. Stay with me here. I mean, have you ever heard anyone talking about a cole slaw recipe that blew their mind?

 It just doesn't happen.

The thing is, it deserves some credit. It is filled with vegetables. It's good for you! It is tossed in what could be (if done right) a delicious dressing and it is chilled to let all those flavors soak in.

Really, it could be very good. If, IF, it is done right.

I think the time has come.

I have a recipe that will bring cole slaw to center stage. Really, I know, stop laughing at boring old cole slaw...this recipe will really change its reputation!

Along with cabbage, I combine green pepper, carrots and sweet onion to really up the crunch factor. The dressing, arguably the most important part, is the perfect mix of salty and sweet with a unique ingredient that really takes the flavor to the next level.

Did you see that? I used the phrase "next level" to describe cole slaw. You must be curious about this recipe now.

Oh, one more thing. A disclaimer. I am not southern. I just combined about a million cole slaw recipes to make my favorite and I thought since one of them was called southern cole slaw, it might have a touch of the south intertwined between the cabbage and carrots.

Ok y'all?

Southern Cole Slaw

2 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
2 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
2 tblsp sweet onion, finely grated
1 green pepper, finely diced
1 cup mayo
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 1/2 tsp celery seed

Combine all the veggies together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and celery seed. Drizzle over veggies and toss lightly to combine. Chill for an hour before serving.

Hint: Leave out about a cup of the mixed veggies and toss in right before serving. This will add a little extra crunch.