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Grilled Fruit Cobbler #BBQWeek

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Today wraps up #BBQWeek, and I'm offering up dessert!  With the warmer weather, I rarely turn my oven on.  Sometimes my family complains about the lack of sweet treats, so I've been trying to stockpile some to try.  

This one is from Pillsbury.  I used 3 kinds of fruit instead of just blueberries, and I could only find the Grands biscuits.  I cut one row's worth in pieces, and next time I'd do all of them that way.   I also sprinkled the tops of the biscuits with raw sugar before the final grill.

The end result may not be beautiful in the pan, but it is delicious!  The raspberries kind of disappeared, and the strawberries sunk to the bottom, but the 8x8 pan did not last long here at all.   Some had it with vanilla ice cream, some with whipped cream.   Both were great.  

What's the most uncommon thing you've ever grilled? The summer I was pregnant with my son was long and very, very hot.   We lived in an older house that the ACs popped the breakers all the ti…

Brats with Grilled Corn Relish #BBQWeek

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Brats are summer staple here and there are so many varieties now.   I tend to buy the links that are 6 to a pack and just need to be heated through because they make for a nice quick meal.   When I saw this recipe created by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, I knew that I had to make some of that grilled corn relish.

Unfortunately, grilling weather arrived and there wasn't any decent corn to be found, so I had to improvise and use frozen, which I defrosted.  I am not a fan of jarred roasted sweet peppers.  I bought a small red pepper and diced it about the same size as the corn.   I couldn't locate my grilling basket, so I had to do the corn and pepper mixture in a disposable 8x8 pan.  I didn't get quite the char I was looking for on it that way, but I was fine with that, this time.  Instead of green onions, I used dried chives.  For us, these must be served on a New England style roll that's been slathered with butter and then grilled to the perfect golden brown.   Even…

Caesar Burgers- Taste of Home Tuesday

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It's getting to be that time of year when most of my cooking is done outside.   The guys can get sick of the same old burgers and hot dogs pretty quickly, so I'm always looking for new ways to dress them up.   I pinned these Caesar Burgers while back, and waited patiently for the rain to stop so I could make them.   

Didn't change a single thing for this one except the roll- I went with the classic sesame seed.   I loved the texture of the burger, the egg and crumb almost makes them "meatloaf-y", plus the cool crunch of the romaine and the creamy dressing.   These definitely will be a part of my regular burger rotation.

Lots of great recipes being shared this week from my fellow Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editors!  I think I'll have one of everything  :)   Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the post! Want to be a Taste of Home Volunteer Editor? Check out the requirements and apply here!




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Grilled Citrus Chicken & Asparagus Packets #BBQWeek

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This post is sponsored by Michigan Asparagus. All opinions are my own. I was compensated for writing this post. #BBQWeek

Here's my confession- up until a few years ago, I hated asparagus.   My exposure to it was limited to canned, overcooked, horrid colored stalks.   I was participating in a community that issued weekly challenges, and I thought, why not?   I bought a fresh bunch and grilled it and fell in love.   What a difference!  I've been a fan ever since.


We've had some great weather lately, perfect for grilling.   Asparagus is amazing right now, and I decided to match it with a few more of our favorite things- chicken & orange.   Since I have tons to do in the yard of our new home, I thought a foil packet meal would be just the thing.

I thinly sliced an orange and layered it with some boneless skinless chicken breast and asparagus.  I combined the juice of one orange, dijon, butter and tarragon and brushed it over everything.   I cooked it over a medium hot gril…

Puff Pastry Danishes- Taste of Home Tuesday

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Have you ever heard the saying "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant"?  Yesterday was one of those hydrant days.  I printed out this recipe for Puff Pastry Danish weeks ago, and planned on making them over Mother's Day weekend.   Instead, I went seaglass hunting (I found a marble!) and greenhouse hopping and antique shopping instead.   That left me Monday afternoon to throw together the recipe.  

I was rushing and doing all the stuff I'd neglected all weekend and I missed a key point- to roll the puff out to 12" square.  I'm not sure if that caused what ultimately happened, but I'm sure it didn't help.  I used lemon curd and seeded raspberry jam, hoping to imitate my husband's favorite "Figure 8" danish.    I had a gut instinct to fold them over into triangles and crimp them, but ignored it and followed the recipe.

First sheet out of the pan was a horror show.   The puff rose in the middle and didn't stay…

Bacon Cheddar Chicken- Taste of Home Tuesday

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How can you go wrong with bacon and cheese?  You can't, not at my house!   There are just some recipes that you know will be a hit with your family, and this was one of those.  I had all of the ingredients on hand except the green onions, so I substituted dried chives.   As written, it's a stove top to oven meal, but I had my oven in use for dessert.   I used my countertop grill, and it cut the cooking time down because both sides of the chicken get cooked at the same time.  To melt the cheese, I held the lid partially closed.  Both guys had seconds, so that sends it directly to the family favorites file.  Thank you so much to Trisha K for sharing her recipe!

On Tuesdays, I like to share what some of my other Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editors are making.   Shannon at Making the Most of Naptime made this amazing Rhubarb Berry Upside Down Cake, and I can't wait to give it a try!





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                         Bacon & Cheddar Chicken


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Angel Biscuits #DerbyDayRecipes

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There are so many great dishes associated with Derby Day, like Hot Browns and Mint Juleps, that I had a hard time deciding what to make.  I chose these Angel Biscuits, because I love that you can pretty much eat them all day long.  Serve them up at brunch with butter and jam, add some sliced country ham for lunch, pair them alongside Burgoo for dinner. 

I've got a rocky history with yeast.   It never seems to produce the results that I want it to, and every year I claim, this is the year I conquer my yeast fears!   The weather has been all over the place in New England the last few weeks, 80 degrees one day, rainy and 50s the next.  Yesterday was one of the cold, rainy ones.  I preheated my oven to 170 while I proofed the yeast and mixed the dough.   I turned off the oven and let the biscuits rise in there for about 2 hours.  At that point, I was cutting it close to dinner time (totally my fault, you can't rush yeast), so I started baking and hoped for the best.

For a first a…

Graham Cracker Fried Ice Cream #MexicanRecipes

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I've eaten fried ice cream lots of times, but have never attempted making it at home.   I found this recipe on Taste of Home, and thought it would be fun to make with my son.    While it's not a difficult recipe, it does require a lot of chilling time.  We made ours on a warm day, and had to hustle to keep it from melting while coating.  There is a very short window between crispy and delicious and a giant mess when frying, so take the time suggested very literally.    My son requested a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on them after frying, and I set out toppings of honey or hot fudge.   So good! Thank you Kay H for sharing your recipe  :)

Brown food and ice cream are two of my photography nightmares.   This is real life, real food, and as I said, a warm day.   Quick snaps before melting was all I was able to achieve. 



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                      Graham Cracker Fried Ice Cream

  3               cups  vanilla ice cream
     1/4           cup  heavy whipping c…

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies #FilltheCookieJar

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I've started this post about a dozen times.   This is my first Mother's Day without my mom, and I've been struggling a bit.   She was smart, creative and funny.  She made the most beautifully decorated cakes.   There was always food on the table, but she didn't love to cook the way I do.
One of her "specialties" were chocolate chip cookies.  We teased her and called them Hockey puck cookies. Puffy, dense chocolate chip cookies that were practically too hard to eat, but were perfect dunked in a glass of cold milk.  I asked for the recipe and after years of badgering, she told me they were slice and bake Tollhouse from the refrigerated section that she over-baked.   :)  
This is my version of her cookie-  I started with the Original Tollhouse Cookie Recipe.  Instead of the light brown sugar, I used dark, added 1/4c more flour, and 1t baking powder.     Be sure to really let it mix awhile to let the gluten develop.  I replaced some of the chips with Hershey…

Zippy Tortilla Chips #MexicanRecipes

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When life gives you leftover corn tortillas, make chips!  I know, that's not how the saying goes, but that's exactly what I thought when I moved the package of tortillas around the fridge for the 5th time.     I searched for an easy recipe, and up popped these Zippy Tortilla Chips.

I loved the little bit of sweetness the brown sugar gave them, and the heat is easily to control.   They made a great snack with some chips, and some excellent nachos, which disappeared so fast, I couldn't even get pictures.   Thanks so much to Kim S for the recipe!






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                           Zippy Tortilla Chips

     1/2      teaspoon  brown sugar
     1/4      teaspoon  garlic powder
     1/4      teaspoon  onion powder
     1/4      teaspoon  ground cumin
     1/4      teaspoon  paprika
     1/8      teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  4                     corn tortillas (6 inches)
                        Cooking spray

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. S…

Churro French Toast #MexicanRecipes

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Our forays into Mexican cuisine are pretty boring and Americanized- quesadillas, tacos, fried ice cream.   I searched through the Taste of Home site hoping to be inspired and boom, there it was- Churro French Toast.  Been on a big french toast kick lately. It's something we all love and makes a nice filling meal.

The use of the pudding mix was interesting, and I'm always looking for ways to justify my pudding and gelatin collection.  The french toast cooked up so golden and beautiful, and then into the cinnamon sugar mix. 

I searched high and low for the Dulce du Leche.  No luck.   People recommended the can of sweetened condensed milk in the crock pot method (The manufacturers strongly advise against that), or told me to reduce it on the stove.   In the end, my husband saved the day by bringing home a can of Eagle Caramel Flavored Sweetened Condensed milk.    It's probably bad that I know no such a thing exists, because I've now plotted about 15 more uses for it.  It…