• smoked turkey thighs
    Dinner,  Grilling,  Thanksgiving

    Smoked Turkey Thighs with Cider-Dijon Glaze

    Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year. We ended up changing our plans this weekend after looking at new travel restrictions. Instead of a big family get together, its just going to be the two of us this year. So, we needed some options for smaller turkey portions. Enter these Smoked Turkey Thighs (this recipe also works for assorted turkey parts). Smoking Turkey Thighs Rob decided to use a work from home day to play around with our Traeger grill and do some turkey on the grill. I will say that having the Traeger has made smoking really easy. But, if you don’t have something like that…

  • shrimp skewers
    Dinner,  Grilling

    Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp Skewers

    Shrimp are probably one of the ingredients that I am most iffy on (I have only tried them once or twice). Maybe it was too many times growing up having over-cooked shrimp. I’m sure you know what I am talking about, those chewy/rubbery examples that don’t taste like anything. Plus, I wasn’t a fan of seafood in general until relatively recently. The key for shrimp for me is a good flavor and the perfect cooking. So some grilled shrimp skewers were a little new for me! One thing I will recommend: if you can just buy the peeled and deveined shrimp. We bought some really good looking shell on shrimp…

  • burger
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Caramelized Onion & Bleu Cheese Burger

    When it comes to Memorial Day, cookouts are probably king and burgers are probably the ultimate in cookout food. A juicy burger piled high with toppings is a great thing and my favorite is this bleu cheese and caramelized onion burger. I did a whole post on how to make perfect soft and sweet caramelized onions a while ago. On a burger with something like a tangy bleu cheese, they are awesome. For the burgers themselves, I actually used home ground beef for this. It was a mix of brisket, sirloin, and chuck. To that I added, some salt, pepper, dijon, and Worcestershire sauce. The burgers are soft, juicy, and,…

  • Thai Grilled Swordfish
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Grilled Swordfish with Thai Glaze

    The credit for this goes entirely to Rob. I had to go on a work trip for a few nights leaving him to fend for himself dinner-wise. He will admit that normally he just gets kind of lazy and will pick up something easy. This time though he decided to experiment with some fish dishes in my absence. The first was a Grilled Swordfish steak with a Thai-style glaze. His focus for this one was getting the grill timing down and for developing flavor. He picked swordfish for one of the experiments since he figures its something I will like because of the firmer texture. Based on his texts when…

  • Dinner

    Peach-Bourbon Glazed Skirt Steak

    This Glazed Skirt Steak recipe is my take on a Tyler Florence recipe.  Recently there was a Tyler Florence episode on TV where he made a Hawaiian Style steak using two different methods.  Grilling both, he marinated one before cooking and added a glaze to the other during the cooking process.  The difference between how the steaks turned out was amazing; the steak with the glaze was cooked more evenly and came out so much juicier than the marinated steak.  Maybe I am just a cooking nerd but I would much rather watch a show demonstrating how to cook then how to make a single recipe.  After watching this episode, I wanted to test…

  • Street Corn
    Side Dish

    Grilled Street Corn

    Street Corn is a fairly new trend that I just love.  The use of compound butter to give corn a lot more flavor in simple ways is what makes it so great!  I’ve seen Street Corn in so many forms from classic Mexican to Mediterranean. Corn is the ultimate summer food to me.  It brings me back to summer vacations spent at the Jersey Shore.  I cannot even begin to think of the number of ears of corn I ate as a kid every summer at back yard cookouts.  It was always the kids’ job to remove the corn husks so before every cookout; so my siblings and I would sit…