Bourbon Collins

Bourbon Collins

With summer upon us, it is time to start enjoying some refreshing cocktails out by the barbecue.  Nothing says barbecue like bourbon, so we created a cocktail that is a twist on a classic.  We substituted bourbon for the gin in a Tom Collins and came out with a winner.  If you are looking for a light and refreshing bourbon cocktail, this is your recipe.

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Oven Baked Salmon

Oven Baked Salmon

Dana and I are always on the lookout for easy and delicious weeknight meals.  One protein that we usually never touch is fish.  Mainly because I have had my fair share of bad salmon and other seafood.  Recently, Dana’s mother made an oven-baked salmon that was super tasty.  I had to have her recipe because it was absolutely delicious.  Luckily, she was kind enough to give it to me and now you will benefit from this tasty recipe also.  It is simple and quite scrumptious.  The lemon rich marinade helps remove any fishy taste from the salmon.  This is definitely a must try, especially if salmon is not your favorite dish but you are open to trying it!

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Braided Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers

Lemon Pepper Chicken

I love chicken!  It is the perfect blank canvas for any flavor.  One of my favorite flavors to impart on chicken is lemon pepper. A little tart with a little bite.  The perfect combination.  Lately, I have come up with a new way to skewer chicken that gives you an added oomph of flavor.  It works with any sauce and works especially well with marinades.  The chicken is thinly sliced and then braided onto a skewer.  That way you have little nooks and crevices that allow the sauce and marinade to pool.  Then when you eat the chicken you get flavor bursts that enhance the experience.

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Bill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

Best Sangria Recipe around!

My Father-In-Law Bill is a wine fanatic. When I told him that I needed a new drink for the blog he went right for Sangria. It is a light and refreshing wine based drink that is perfect for this summer weather that we are all having. Bill’s Sangria has a few twists which add to … Read moreBill’s Sangria – Thirsty Thursday!

Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi – Hacked!

Red lobster shrimp scampi hacked

Growing up, my family loved to hit up Red Lobster.  Red Lobster is famous for cheddar biscuits, shrimp scampi and bringing seafood to the Midwest. Who wouldn’t love it.  My favorite thing on the menu was the shrimp scampi.  Not a traditional scampi, but a scampi inspired dish that was pure shrimp and no noodles.  The other day my Father asked me if I could recreate it. I accepted the challenge and here it is.

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Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

I love a nice cocktail.  It has been a while since I have made a cocktail for the blog, but I figured this would be the perfect summertime drink.  Grilled lemonade, vodka and splash of seltzer makes this a refreshing cocktail for those hot summer nights. The Lemonade The basis of the lemonade is simple … Read moreGrilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

Lemon Garlic Grilled Chicken

Chicken is a great meat for grilling.  Chicken is a blank canvas just waiting for you to add a few ingredients to make it pop. This recipe is one of those simple yet extraordinary dishes.  It takes 10 minutes to prep, 1-4 hours to marinate and 16-25 minutes to grill.  Then there is the flavor.  The lemon, garlic and rosemary make this simple dish pop with little to no sodium. This is a great dish.

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Vodka Lemon Sorbet

A couple of weeks ago I picked up an ice cream maker at the discount store.  It was cheap, but it expanded my culinary reach by a lot.  So I made this super simple lemon sorbet.  After tasting it, I knew it would be the base of an amazing cocktail.  So I had a few cocktails and finally came up with the ratio of sorbet to vodka that makes a perfect cocktail.  To my surprise, It was a heck of a lot of vodka.  Hooray for all of us.

Vodka Lemon Sorbet

This can be served in a chilled martini glass, but I prefer to use a stylish chilled rocks glass.  Mostly because my friends break all of my martini glasses.  You know who you are!  All jokes aside, it is easier on my pocketbook to make cocktails in rocks glasses.

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Chicken Limone with Gnocchi

Update: It was a great time competing in foodie fights.  In the end I ended up in 5th place.  I want to thank everyone that voted.  With your help I ended up receiving the 3rd most popular votes.   Thanks again.

The time has arrived for my entry into the Foodie Fights Battle. After you check out my creation below, be sure to go look at the other competitors concoctions. After looking at the the other sites, vote for your favorite. You can vote using the poll at the end of this post or at any of the other competitors posts. It doesn’t matter what site you vote on, as all of the forms are linked to the same poll.

The ingredients that were picked for this battle are: Potatoes and Lemons. So I decided to make lemon basil chicken with homemade potato gnocchi.

Savory Lemon Chicken Over Homemade Potato Gnocchi
Savory Lemon Chicken Over Homemade Potato Gnocchi

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