Grilled Potatoes in Foil

cubed potatoes topped with melted cheese and bacon in an open foil packet

Side Dish | July 18, 2019 | By

Grilled Potatoes in Foil ~ ranch seasoned diced potatoes and onions grilled in foil until tender and browned, topped with bacon and gooey melted cheddar cheese then finished off with a dollop of sour cream. This easy hobo pack is ideal for camping but can also be made in the oven.

Today we’re going old school to a recipe I used to make years ago so often we burned out on them. I resuscitated the potatoes later on a camping trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My friend added onions to the foil packet and from that day forward they were dubbed Fletcher Potatoes after our friends.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people won’t search Google for Fletcher Potatoes so even though I’ve added even more goodness to an already delicious side dish, I went with a basic name that spells out exactly what they are: Grilled Potatoes in Foil because why overcomplicate things?

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Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

3 chicken taquitos on a plate drizzled with avocado crema and topped with fresh salsa

Dinner | July 12, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos ~ better than fried ~ spicy shredded chicken and cheese packed into corn or flour tortillas air fried until golden and crispy.

We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house but we’re creatures of habit, usually going with enchiladas or tacos until we stumbled on an out of the way, authentic Mexican restaurant in Florida and ~ gasp! ~ threw caution to the wind and ordered . . . Taquitos

Beef, chicken, cheese ~ we devoured every last one with total abandon. I had them again recently at a wine stroll they served with a fruity Spanish wine. Maybe you’ve seen them on the menu as flautas. Deep fried and delicious but if you’ve been trained to think that’s the only way to flavortown, think again. 

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10 Minute Summer Berry Galette

Close up of baked galette showing browned crust with coarse sugar

Dessert | July 2, 2019 | By

10 Minute Summer Berry Galette ~ easy, rustic pie with fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries baked in a single free-form crust sprinkled with coarse sugar.

In full disclosure, the name of this 10 Minute Summer Berry Galette is a little misleading. It definitely takes just 10 minutes to assemble, but the baking time adds about 25 minutes. 10 minutes hands on; 25 minutes relaxing time to pour a glass of  dessert wine you’ll pair it with, grab plates and forks and take out the ice cream to soften.

This impressive Summer Berry Galette makes an ideal entertaining dessert. It’s (A) simple and (B) practically foolproof ~ oh and did I mention the aroma? You can’t beat it. Serve it alone or topped with a scoop of ice cream because really, isn’t everything is better with ice cream?

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Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken

grilled chicken breasts with honey sriracha glaze and a side of grilled asparagus

Dinner | June 29, 2019 | By

Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken ~ starts with a bold, sweet-spicy marinade and basting sauce and includes tips for how to grill juicy chicken.

This easy Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken recipe is making a comeback – for a simple reason: it’s that good. It’s from way back in the day – so far back I had forgotten about it until a reader made it and posted photos on her Instagram page. Thank you!

A little sweet, a little spicy and some fresh citrus flavor equal seriously deep, bold flavor + tips for how to grill juicy boneless chicken. Bonus: a quick and easy (optional) mango salsa recipe to top the chicken with or just serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer. A bright, festive

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Smores Cookies

smores cookies cups baked with toasted marshmallow

Dessert | June 26, 2019 | By

Smores Cookies ~ bite size graham cracker cups filled with toasted mini marshmallows and Hershey’s chocolate. The ultimate, easy summertime dessert treat.

For many of us summertime means going up North, swimming in icy cold lakes and toasting marshmallows in a blazing bonfire.

A batch of Smores Cookies means you can enjoy this nostalgic treat anytime ~ but make extra because they’ll almost disappear on sight. 

Classic Smores are toasted (or burnt in my case) marshmallows and a piece of Hershey’s chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. Gooey, sticky marshmallow, sweet milk chocolate and crispy graham crackers. Mmmm. 

Smores Cookies are a simple version of a campfire smore in a bite size cookie cup. This all American treat travels well making it the ultimate dessert for picnics, barbeques or any pot luck gathering.

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Sauteed Corn with Bacon

Sauteed Corn with Bacon ~ cooks in 10 minutes ~ sweet corn, crispy bacon, bell peppers and fresh basil for an easy summer side dish.

Side Dish | June 20, 2019 | By

Sauteed Corn with Bacon ~ cooks in 10 minutes ~ sweet corn, crispy bacon, bell peppers and fresh basil for an easy summer side dish.

Once corn is ‘in season’ here in the Midwest, it’s literally everywhere. Driving up north you’ll come upon one roadside stand after another selling this delicious piece of summer for literally pennies an ear. You can’t beat it.

This side dish incorporates sweet corn with crispy salty bacon and fresh herbs in an easy corn recipe you can enjoy all summer.

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Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

thin sliced grilled flank steak on a cutting board with bright colored grilled bell peppers

Dinner | June 17, 2019 | By

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak ~ tender, juicy and loaded with flavor this marinated steak grills in under 10 minutes!

I love the simplicity of summer and laid back entertaining. Potluck is always fun (and delicious) because let’s face it, it’s always our goal to bring an A-game dish to share.

The host (you and me) handle what may look like the heavy lifting (meat and fresh fruit sangria) but the reality is that this part is actually easy and effortless because this flank steak grills in under 10 minutes.

Today I’m not only sharing a marine recipe that leaves you with melt in your mouth flank steak loaded flavor, but my best grilling tips and I’m taking the mystery out of  “slicing against the grain”. 

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Italian Pasta Salad

italian pasta salad ~ tortellini antipasto salad overhead view in colorful bowl

Side Dish | June 2, 2019 | By

Italian Pasta Salad ~ this easy recipe combines cheese-stuffed tortellini and bursting with flavor from all your antipasto favorites: salami, pepperoni, cheese, peppers, olives and onions dressed in a simple homemade vinaigrette.

Even if the weather hasn’t officially said summer, this salad does. We’ve had our fill of cold days and plates loaded with comfort food.

It’s time for summer fare, dips in the lake, toasted s’mores, staying out after the streetlights come on and Italian Pasta Salad with tortellini and the BEST Italian salad dressing.

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Easy Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Sauce

sliced of pie drizzled with red raspberry sauce on white plate

Dessert | May 10, 2019 | By

Easy Key Lime Pie ~ the best, authentic recipe starts with fresh squeezed lime juice blended with a few other ingredients and baked in a simple graham cracker crust. Tangy-sweet with a little texture from slivered almonds. It doesn’t get much better . . . until a simple raspberry sauce is drizzled over the top.

Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix grocery store in Florida. No joke. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family and soak up some sun. Publix pie is one of the first things we buy. Smooth and creamy ~ slightly sweet with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor.

Here in the Midwest, there isn’t a Publix within several states so when I get a craving for Key Lime Pie, I make this one. It reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music and the sun on my face. The raspberry sauce is my own spin that takes an already delicious pie to the next level.

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Margarita Chicken Fajitas

Dinner | May 1, 2019 | By

Easy 30 Minute Margarita Chicken Fajitas ~ tequila-lime marinated chicken seared and served up with caramelized vegetables. Grill or sauté the whole meal in one skillet indoors.

Today started as many do in our house with my husband asking shortly after breakfast, “what’s for dinner?”. When I said Margarita Chicken Fajitas he asked, “well, is it chicken or a margarita?” Everyone loves a comedian.

The fact is, it’s chicken marinated in the ingredients of a margarita (including tequila!). There result is deep, rich delicious flavor. So naturally, a batch of margaritas is the perfect sidekick for this dish.

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