If there was ever a time that I try to incorporate more fish into my diet, it's summertime. Even though I don't live on the coast there's something about the summer air makes me crave fresh fish and seafood. Maybe it's the heat or maybe it's the fact that I have to put my bathing suit on, but I really do love fish dinners in the summer.
This recipe for grilled shrimp came from Cook's Illustrated. I grilled it on my Big Green Egg and added the Charmoula Sauce for flavor.
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2- Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1/4 teaspoons sugar
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 red pepper, diced small
1/2 red onion, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
I served my shrimp with a side of jasmine rice and a sprig of fresh thyme. Ahh - summer.
I saw this idea for rainbow gelatin orange wedges on pinterest and I immediately knew I wanted to make them for my daughter's pool party.
I'm kind of obsessed with these rainbow colored jello slices. Obviously they're a big hit with kids but the truth is, adults love them just as much as kids.
Rainbow Gelatin Orange Wedges
6 boxes of jello (I used lemon, lime, strawberry, berry blue, grape and orange.)
Cut each orange in half.
I used a pairing knife to cut around the edges of the orange and then I scooped out the inside with a spoon.
Refrigerate the jello for at least 4 hours. Slice each half into thirds.
The rainbow gelatin orange wedges were so pretty that I couldn't stop taking pictures of them. (I got a little carried away and I went a little overboard on the photography.)
These gelatin wedges would definitely brighten up any party table.
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School's out for the summer! I am so excited to have the kids home. I'm looking forward to spending some time together as a family. (In between wrestling, soccer and cross country camps of course.)
½ cup butter 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
½ cup shortening 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups sugar ¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs 2 Tablespoons sugar
2 ¾ cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Mix 2 T. sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar.
Bake 8-10 minutes at 400.
Snickerdoodles and milk - what a great way to start the summer.
Just in time for Memorial Day, I am sharing my recipe for Spice Rubbed Picnic Chicken. If you are planning a cookout or a picnic to celebrate the upcoming holiday, you need to try this delicious grilled chicken.
I used bone-in chicken breasts for my family but you can grill your family's favorite skin-on chicken parts. The key is to salt the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Salting the chicken really helps to keep it moist and cooking chicken pieces with their skin on helps to seal in all of the delicious juices inside the chicken.
I started with a recipe from Cook's Illustrated but I hesitate to claim that as my source because I changed it quite a bit. I guess I'll just say that it was my inspiration for this recipe.
Spice Rubbed Picnic Chicken
5 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts
2 Tablespoons kosher salt
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Remove from heat, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. I let mine get too "charred" but the beauty of cooking chicken with the skin on is that it peels right off and no one is the wiser. (Let's just keep that little secret between us, shall we?)
I didn't really get very good pictures of this chicken but trust me, it's delicious. I would be a great addition to any Memorial Day picnic.
It's probably no surprise to anyone that my newly licensed 16 year old son put a car at the top of his birthday list. Not just any car, he picked out a red Ferrari as his vehicle of choice. (I think he might be a little confused about who his parents are.) It shouldn't surprise you to find out that we did NOT buy him a red Ferrari for his birthday - but we did eat one. Car cakes are definitely not my area of expertise and since my fondant skills are completely self taught, you will have to use your imagination to see this as a red Ferrari.
My family really knows how to draw out a birthday celebration for as long as we possibly can. A full 10 days after his birthday, we are still celebrating my 16 year old son's birthday with burgers and cake.
Yesterday was a perfect afternoon to fire up the Big Green Egg and cook some hamburgers for lunch.
If that doesn't make your mouth water for a juicy hamburger - something's wrong. I made a double batch of burgers and I put half of them in the freezer to save for another day.
Italian Meatball Burgers
8 ounces sweet turkey sausage
1 pound ground sirloin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Divide beef into 6 equal portions and shape each into a patty.
These burgers were quite tasty. My husband said that they had a little "kick" to them - must have been the sausage.
After our protein packed lunch, we headed to Atlanta Rocks to do some rock climbing.
We all had a lot of fun on the rocks.
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