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August 27, 2014

Cobb Salad

What does summer mean to you?

Summer to me means grilling and corn on the cob and light and refreshing meals like salads and fruits and veggies. Summer is Cobb Salad.

Grilled Cobb Salad at that.

It's one of my fave things. 

And this Cobb has grilled corn on the cob and juicy grilled chicken, cuz grilled food always tastes better. For reals... baked chicken? or GRILLED chicken?!??! There's no question, right? Grilled = major flavor + grill marks.

And grill marks are everything.

Seriously, I've been watching this show called American Grilled on the Travel channel. I'm obsessed. It's got me wanting to grill everything! Really, they do everything on the grill! Pasta, pizza, duck, giant cuts of beef, and lots of other local ingredients like frog legs, hog's head, crawfish, Cracker Jack's, and wild boar. It's one of my favorite things to watch lately. And I feel like I'm learning a lot when I watch it... even simple things like being sure to oil your meats and veggies before putting on the grill so they don't stick. And even the simplest of marinades and rubs. I'm so intrigued and hope to learn a lot more about grilling with other methods than a gas grill, grilling different kinds of meats, more about marinades and rubs, and learning how to perfect that gas grill method of grilling, too.

I'm itchin to buy a charcoal grill reeeeeeeeeal soon.

Anyways, now that I've got that outta my system, grill everything. While you can. While summer's still here. Not that you can't grill when it's not summer, but summer and grilling just go together. And nobody wants summer to end. So let's take a stand... grill everything you can get your hands on. Starting with some chicken and corn on the cob for this delicious Cobb Salad.

Cobb Salad
adapted from Meg's Everyday Indulgence

  • romaine hearts, chopped
  • grilled corn on the cob
  • hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • avocado, diced
  • bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • grilled chicken breast, diced
  • crumbled bleu cheese
  • dressing of your choice
Assemble salads with lettuce on bottom, topped with grilled corn kernels removed from the cob, egg, avocado, bacon, chicken, bleu cheese, and dressing of your choice. 

May I recommend Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch, or Meg's Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette also sounds amazing.

Printable Recipe

As you can see, I don't really have perfect, exact measurements for this recipe, because really you can't go wrong with any amount! There were two of us, and I think we used 1-2 romaine hearts. I think we only used 1 ear of corn but again, can't go wrong with more. I'd say at least 2 hard-boiled eggs. 1 avocado is probably enough. Probably like 4 strips of bacon, or more if you plan on eating most of it before it makes it to the salad, like me. I'd probably say 1 chicken breast per person. However much crumbled bleu cheese looks right, Meg suggests 1/4 cup. You'll love this (grilled) cobb salad no matter how much of each ingredient you use. 

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Peace, and bacon grease!

August 18, 2014

Grilled Mushroom-Crusted Steaks

Happy Monday! 

And Happy Secret Recipe Club day!

This month I was assigned to Kate's blog, Kate's Kitchen. She and Connie are the cutest couple! It was so fun stalking them all month. I was intrigued by so many of their recipes, like their Steak Sandwiches with Creamy Shallots, Pineapple-Chili Margarita, and Baked Deviled Eggs

BUT.... me being a steak kinda gurl, had to go with their Morel-Grilled Rib Eye... only we didn't use morels because, honestly, they were $13!!! We used dried steak blend mushrooms instead.

Annnnnnd we didn't use rib eyes because PJ requested a filet (both of our faves) and this porterhouse was calling my name instead.

Morale (morel... get it?) of the story? You can use ANY steak and ANY kind of dried mushroom! 

(We halved the recipe since we only grilled 2 steaks, 1 for each of us!, but I kept the measurements below for 4 servings).


Grilled Mushroom-Crusted Steaks
adapted from Kate's Kitchen
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried mushrooms (preferably morels)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 (1-inch thick) boneless rib eye steaks
Grind the dried mushrooms in a food processor.  

Mix everything but the steaks together to make a paste. 

Coat both sides of the steaks with the paste, pressing firmly. Allow steaks to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.  

Grill on direct heat, turning once.  Remove the steaks from the fire and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes to allow to rest.

Printable Recipe

We served these delicious steaks with the grill master Chris' Thai Chile Compound Butter. It was the perfect topping for the steaks... sweet, spicy, buttery goodness seeping into that charred perfectly-seasoned steak. 

What more could a steak lover ask for??

Check out my past Secret Recipe Club posts!

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Peace, and bacon grease!

August 13, 2014

S'mores Galore!!


I missed National S'mores Day on Sunday. What the?

In honor of the ever-so-delicious summer treat we all love so dearly, I bring you a collection of s'mores recipes you'll be rushin to whip up before the summer's over!!

Prepare for s'mores overload!

Graham Cracker S'mores Candy

S'mores Clusters

S'mores Bites

S'mores Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly S'mores

And how about some s'mores in cake form?!?!

S'mores Cake

S'mores Cinnamon Roll Cake

S'mores Coffee Cake

S’mores No-Bake Icebox Cake

Inside-Out S'mores Cake

S'mores Ice Cream Cake

And lots of other s'mores creations from food bloggers around the web!

Smoreo Ice Cream Sandwiches from This Silly Girl's Life

S'mores Buttercream Frosting from Wine and Glue

S'mores Ice Cream Popsicles from Smells Like Home

Sinful S'mores Parfait from The Pinning Mama

S'mores Pop-Tarts from A Cozy Kitchen

S'mores Scones from A Kitchen Addiction

S'mores Milkshake from White Lights on Wednesday

S'mores Cheesecake Bars from Creme de la Crumb

S'mores French Toast from Creme de la Crumb

S'mores Pops from High Heels & Grills

S'mores Truffles from High Heels & Grills

S'more Rice Krispies Treats from A Pumpkin & A Princess

S'mores Ice Cream Cupcakes from A Pumpkin & A Princess

S'mores Ice Cream from Add a Pinch

Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores from Cooking Classy

Are you all s'mored out now? Nah... me neither.

Now go get your s'more on!!!

Peace, and bacon grease!