Easy Grilled Entrees For Summer

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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Summer is undoubtedly grilling season, and it’s time to kick the boys to the side and take on the fire! There are plenty of easy ways to incorporate grilled items into your menus while summer lasts. We have two simple recipes thanks to Katie O’Reilly, who will help to take your barbecue or Labor Day party to the next level.

O’Reilly, owner of Chicago’s Kenmare Catering and Events has given us health-forward and delicious grilled entree options that even the most novice chef can master. And she would know! Her company is bringing cooking inspiration to everyone thanks to a fundamental approach of pleasing even picky palettes. Let’s get cooking!

 

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Grilled Romaine Salad

crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, confetti of heirloom tomatoes, slivered scallion, aged balsamic reduction, cracked black pepper

How to:

  1. Cut the romaine head into two parts
  2. Glaze with olive oil, salt and pepper
  3. Place on hot grill for between two and four minutes. The aim is just to char, not to burn or cook the lettuce
  4. Center on serving plate
  5. Top with listed toppings and serve

This dish can be served warm or room temperature. For a fun variation choose Caesar dressing and shaved Parmesan cheese along with the colorful confetti tomatoes. You can also try grilling olive oil glazed French bread for a smokey crouton!

 

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Fragrant Thai sweet chili chicken skewer

with pickled carrot noodle
(Recipe serves 12 skewers)

For thai chicken skewers

  1. Marinate your bite sized chicken pieces  overnight in the following marinade
    1. 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
    2. Grated orange zest plus 2 tbsp juice
    3. 1 garlic clove
    4. 1 tbsp good quality Thai red curry paste
    5. 2 boneless chicken breast or 3 good sized boneless thighs
  2. Soak your wood skewer for about an hour so it does burn prior to grilling
  3. Place a few bite sized pieces of the raw, marinated chicken on the skewer
  4. Grill on high heat until desired char
  5. Remove from heat place on tray to rest

For pickled carrot noodles

  1. Use a vegetable spiralizer (available at most culinary stores for about 30.00) to spiralize raw carrots
  2. Drop carrots into hot boiling water for one minute
  3. Remove them then soak in ice and apple cider vinegar bath
  4. Let set for at least 10 minutes
  5. Wrap around cooked chicken skewer
  6. Serve on colorful summer tray!

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