Steak Balsamic Summer Panzanella

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Well now if this doesn’t scream my husbands name, I’m not sure what does.  This, right here, is one of his very favorite meals…and I have to admit, he has pretty darn good taste.

Lets just start this party immediately, guys.  There’s a lot of celebrating to do, no sense in wasting anyones time.

First, we’ve got grilled bread.  No, wait.  Glazed with olive oil, grilled, crunchy on the outside slightly crisp on the inside bread.  And you know, I don’t eat much bread on the regular.  But this bread right here?  ALWAYS an exception for this girl.  Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Mediterranean Bowls

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Summer is officially halfway over you guys.  Each year around this time I seem to begin easing into fall mindset; it’s a  point of bittersweetness thinking about what’s shortly ahead.

School.  Structure.  Less daylight.  Earlier bedtimes.  More responsibility.  And quite honestly, each time around this year, that all tends to sound slightly appealing to me.  As much as I adore our summers here in MN, the fall brings so much wonderful newness.  The scenery is impeccable.  The crisp air and lack of mosquitos are like a dream.  The kids getting into a new routine and their utter excitement about school is so uplifting.  And schedules…you know I love a solid, predictable schedule 😉

But before all of that comes, while things are still warm and sticky and loosey-goosey, please, please, I beg you, do me a favor?  Celebrate these last days of summer in your kitchen and make this dish.  It’s sheer delight; summer at its very very very finest.  And if you have even the slightest love for Mediterranean flavor, this is absolutely for you. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Summer Clubs with Garlic Mayo Sauce

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Well, folks, my lovely oven is not working…it’s been a sad couple of days.  But you know what?  If my oven is going to go on strike it couldn’t have picked a better week for such a catastrophe.  It’s hot outside.  Like, reeeeaaaaalllyy, really sticky hot.  There is just no way I would be using the oven in this heat, that I can assure you.  So with the heat, and an oven thats waiting for the doctor to arrive, the grill saves the day!

Here we’ve got Grilled Chicken Summer Club sandwiches; start to finish in way less than 30 minutes.  And  these are not just any sammich.  These are little delicious packages that have summer written all over them.    Continue reading

Easy Grilled Pork Chops + Pineapple Salsa

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Wow, we haven’t chatted for a while, friends.  My deepest apologies.  We left for a little family reunion late last week and I had every intention of touching base with you while we were on the road.  But, you know.  A couple of kids, 2 hours of rush hour traffic followed by a 3.5 hour road trip sort of got the best of me.  Then, as we were on our way, I thought, you know what, Ill wake up early one day over the weekend and write a quick blog post before everyone rolls out of bed”.  Haha.  My heart was there, I can assure you of that.  Execution, not so much.   Continue reading

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Lime Sour Cream

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It’s funny.  Sunday, in my brain, is supposed to be for ‘Sunday Meals’.  You know, the fancy, time-consuming meals you can’t get accomplished during the week.  But rarely does it end up being that way around here.  Sunday is typically the day I go out during nap time and get my meal plan/shopping done for the week.  It sounds silly, but that little mission takes time,  so I am always rushing back home to get dinner on the table before it’s too late.  Sunday dinners usually need to be low maintenance and ultra quick for me.  And often times that means firing up the grill to throw steak or fish on and often times it’s paired with these Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges.  Insanely quick.   Continue reading