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Simply Grilled Chicken

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The 4th of July officially kicks off backyard barbecue season. Friends and family gather to feast, make fellowship and catch up on life. The barbecue pit is the place where stories are told, libations are shared and great food is prepared. Grab a brew and enjoy your friends!


Keep it convenient

Fill a few galvanized buckets with ice, great brew and place strategically around the back patio or deck, barbecue pit and tables. Keeping it simple and providing self-serve convenience is the perfect solution to you enjoying your guests and not slaving away in the kitchen or behind the bar.

Don’t be afraid to delegate! 

You’ve invited friends and family and while you may have had good intentions to prepare everything and serve your guests in grand style, sometimes life takes over and time runs out. Look at your menu and be realistic about which items can be prepared before guests arrive, then pick up the phone or send a couple of quick texts out.  You will find your friends and fam are more than happy to participate and share their cooking talents.

This is a simple recipe and the spice mixture can be tweaked to suit anyone’s flavor.

Simply Grilled Chicken

Grilled ChickenIngredients

  • 9 pcs chicken
  • 2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil


  1. The night before:  Mix spices and olive oil until well combined, rub mixture on both sides of chicken, cover and chill overnight.
  2. Day of: Remove marinated chicken from refrigerator.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  4. Place chicken on grill and grill each side for 4-6 minutes depending on thickness, so there isn’t any pink in the middle.
  5. Serve.







Backyard Entertaining; It’s Grilling Time!

Memorial Day 2013The grill has been warming up and we are looking towards a fabulous three day weekend to show off our “Master of the Grill” prowess.  Having friends and family assemble in one space is a joy to the heart, fulfilling to the soul and when everyone brings a favorite dish or two to the party, it completes the long awaited fellowship.

Grilling in the BackyardSummer time gatherings, potlucks and backyard barbecues are so fabulous because anything goes.  When friends bring their own favs, the table is filled with an eclectic combination of tasty cuisine.

Of course a sultry summer day calls for a cocktail, spritzer or cold brew to assist in the cool down process.  A ready made pitcher or “punch” is always a great option and plenty of ice is a must!

Ultimate Cheeseburger Photo: Grandparents Magazine

Ultimate Cheeseburger
Photo: Grandparents Magazine

Ultimate Cheeseburger by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim, featured on Grandparents Magazine.  Our first recipe for this post is basic.  As you have read so many times you have probably lost count, sharing recipes that you can twist and tweak to match your own flavor are our favs to share.   If you are looking for a bit of a “kick” add a tangy or sweet bbq sauce or any other flavor that matches your mood.  Offer a variety of cheeses for your guests to dress the burger.  One rule of thumb we always follow at our backyard gatherings, is to serve a selection ( three or more very different flavors ) of cheeses for your guests.  Another great option to your “dressing” table are Compound Butters, this gives your guests many different flavors to try.  Shopping list for Ultimate Cheeseburger; freshly ground beef chuck, salt, pepper, cheese ( choose a few ), butter and soft rolls.


How to Grill Pizza Photo: The Kitchn

How to Grill Pizza
Photo: The Kitchn

How to Grill Pizza by The Kitchn. Are you looking to wow your friends and fam by throwing something on the grill just a bit out of the ordinary?  If so, this recipe just might be for your backyard menu.  Again, beginning with a very simple and basic recipe.  Follow the directions in The Kitchn’s post, or stop by your local pizzeria and pick up fresh dough from their kitchen.  Your pizza sauce can be basic tomato and basil, sweet, spicy by kicking it up a bit with a few roasted peppers, or perhaps using a light touch of bbq sauce.  Toppings should be kept light, cheese ( again, your choice ) a few greens and a bit of meat, or not.


Korean Grilled Chicken Photo:  Chow.com

Korean Grilled Chicken
Photo: Chow.com

Korean Grilled Chicken by Chow.com.  A friend of mine used to throw an annual summer barbecue and his grilled chicken was out of this world.  Despite many requests for his recipe, he staunchly refused to share. :) I went on the hunt for something similar, I have come across this recipe by Chow.com.  This is filled with flavor and your guests will return year after year just to eat your chicken.  Shopping list; chicken thighs, garlic, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, Korean malt syrup, granulated sugar, toasted sesame oil, ground black pepper and toasted sesame seeds.

More great grilling recipes and side dishes are coming all week.  Be sure and tune in!

Having friends and family assemble in one space is a joy to the heart, fulfilling to the soul and when everyone brings a favorite dish or two to the party, it completes the fellowship.

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Smoked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Occasionally a recipe will come across my desk and it’s a sign it’s time to fire up the smoker and make something delicious.  This always sends me straight into shivers, because three things are happening.  One, the smoker smells divine when it is cooking, two, something marvelous is coming out when the timer goes off and three, someone is cooking for me.

A few weeks ago, I received a link with recipes for a smoker and the Chicken Cordon Bleu jumped out at me. I didn’t hesitate and drove to my local grocer for ingredients.

The recipe is fairly basic and as always, there are a few changes I will make in the future to suit my personal flavors. A bit of tweaking to personalize a recipe to your own tastes of course is common.

Smoked Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • Difficulty: Involved
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Smoker Temp:  250 degrees ~ Cook Time:  2.5 hours ~ Smoking Time: 2.5 hours 


  • Special Blend Bisquettes were used for this recipe
  • 6 halves  Boneless Chicken Breasts – fillet in half
  • 12 slices  Provolone Cheese
  • 12 slices  Ham
  • 30 slices  Non Smoked Bacon
  • Toothpicks ~ approx 24 to 30


Flatten each breast thin, careful not to tear.

Lay out four slices of bacon, vertical ~ lay your fifth horizontal, across, right on top of the four directly in the middle.

Lay out the first breast on top of the bacon, add one slice of ham, on top of that add one slice of cheese, repeat with the ham and cheese, and the other half of breast on top.

Beginning at one end…roll it all up together, and secure the bacon into the chicken with the toothpicks, making sure the toothpicks are into the chicken very secure.  Transfer to smoker rack.

When all six are made…pop them into your smoker for two and half hours, and let your mouth just water while the aroma wafts over the entire neighborhood.  Your neighbors mouth’s are watering as well, they may wander over to see what’s on the menu.   Don’t tell them, make them guess ~ be the neighborhood tease.

We had the smoke running for the full two and half hours and the bacon really seemed to absorb a lot.  One of the tweaks we will be making is having the smoke run for a less amount of time ~ perhaps just two hours.

Each one is absolutely huge and extremely flavorful.  I found that removing most of the bacon was the best way to eat it…as the bacon had absorbed quite a bit of the smoke…but the flavor that the chicken absorbed from it was incredible.  Yes, we will definitely do this one again.