July 28, 2019

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini recipe – bacon, mushrooms, parmesan

Originally published August 2012, I’m bringing this back for those of you harvesting zucchinis!

How are your gardens doing? If you’ve got a good amount of zucchini popping up, you may want to check out this recipe that re-kindled my love for zucchini.

We started with a recipe from Vegetables from an Italian Garden: Season-by-Season Recipes (Amazon), one of my favorite Italian cookbooks. And we modified it to fit our preferences – including adding bacon and grilling, instead of roasting, because it’s just too stinkin’ hot to be turning on the oven.

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July 19, 2019

15 Foil Meal Recipes – Foil cooking for camping, grilling

Foil-Meals-Recipes-DinnersThis also lives on my Pinterest Board: Grilling and Roasting!

Foil Meal Recipes

If you’re cooking in fire pits and on barbecues this weekend checkout these foil meal recipes. Foil meals – made by cooking in foil packets – can be an easy way to cook on flames, without messes or extra dishes! Using foil you can do one-pot meals, desserts, breakfasts and more.

15 Foil Meal Recipes:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Packs from Life Made Delicious

Warm and Melty Cheese Dip from Echoes of Laughter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Five Little Chefs

Mediterranean Salmon in Foil Packets from The Seasoned Mom

Baked Herb Salmon from The Mommy-Files

Chicken Fajitas from Cook Clean Craft

Barbecued Apple Crisp from Cooking with Jax

Foil Packet Hot Dogs from Growing Up Gabel

Green Chile Cheese Fries from Buried Carrots

Barbecue Chicken and Potatoes from Jamie Cooks it Up!

Grilled Packet Potatoes from Spoonful

Campfire Quesadillas from Dirty Gourmet

Chicken Foil Dinner from Don’t Eat Wheat

Tin Foil Chicken Fajitas from One Sweet Appetite


And one of my favorites – Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers from Queen Bee Coupons!

Do you like to cook using foil packets? Do you have favorite foil meal recipes? I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes using tin foil packets.


Other resources for tin foil meals (from Amazon): 

July 11, 2019

Grilled corn, avocado, tomato salad recipe

Corn on the cob is just coming into season and with sales we’ll be getting it for a great price! This recipe is a great way to make a hearty salad for not a lot of cash! You’ll grill the corn to give it a smoky flavor – mix it up with some avocado, tomatoes, olives and beans and it’s a flavorful salad that’s easy to make.


3 corn on the cobs, grilled

3 avocados, peeled, pitted, diced

2 tomatos, we used On the Vine tomatoes, diced

1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup kalamata olives, diced

1/4 white wine vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Grill corn on the cob. Then cut corn off of cob. We used a fancy tool that I had from my Pampered Chef days that is an actual Corn Cob Kernel Cutter (say that three times fast) but I think a knife will work just as easily.
  2. In a small bowl whisk up the wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin and paprika.
  3. Lightly toss all the ingredients together. The avocados will get mushy – but don’t sweat it, they will still taste good! I think this would be extra special with some bacon sprinkled on top. You could also eat this like a salsa!

This salad is best eaten the day of – because the avocados and tomatos probably won’t sit well overnight in the fridge. The smoky flavor of the corn, with the smooth avocado and the saltiness of the olives makes for a yummy salad. Hope you like it!

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado salad 

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June 20, 2014

16 Turkey Burger recipes

turkey-burger-recipesCheck out this and other grilling recipes on my Grilling Pinterest board

Turkey Burger Recipes

If you’re firing up the grill this summer turkey burgers can be a healthy choice and they are so flexible! You can add all sorts of fun ingredients to make them interesting.

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers from Mom on Timeout

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Turkey Burger from Cooking on the Weekends

Feta Basil Turkey Burgers from Fifteen Spatulas

Mini Turkey Sliders from TrulySimple

Chipotle Turkey Burgers from Pinch of Yum

Spicy Grilled Turkey Burgers with Coleslaw from Simply Recipes

Turkey Burgers from BlogChef

Queso Turkey Burgers from Bev Cooks

Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers from Spend with Pennies

Swiss Turkey Burgers from Tried and Tasty

Mushroom and Turkey Burgers from NY Times

Tex Mex Turkey Burgers from Mom de Cuisine

Bacon, Sharp Cheddar & Roasted Red Pepper Turkey Burgers from Apples and Sparkle

Kentucky Hot Brown Burger from Call Me PMC

Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burger with Goat Cheese from Adventures in Cooking

What are your favorite turkey burger recipes? 

June 11, 2014

15 Grilled Chicken Recipes – Burgers, Kabobs, Fajitas, Gyros, more


Want more grilling inspiration? Check out my Grilling and Roasting Pinterest board.

15 Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled chicken is one of the easiest and most adaptable meals ever. This list could easily be pages and pages long, but I’m sticking to my favorite 15. I think the Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches look especially good – especially with some balsamic vinegar/sugar drizzled over them.

Grilled Monterey Chicken from The Recipe Critic

Lemon Chicken from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Grilled Chicken from Sous Chef

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Burgers from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Spicy Sweet and Sour Grilled Chicken from Gourmet.com

Buffalo Chicken Wraps from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches from The Seasoned Mom

Grilled Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Blackened Chicken Wings from The Art of Comfort Baking

Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs from Two Peas & Their Pod

Best Grilled Chicken Recipe from Freebie Finding Mom

Grilled Chicken Gyros from Melissa’s Cuisine

Balsamic Marinated Grilled Chicken from Rich and Sweet by Bia Rich

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken from Bless This Mess Please


And finally, one of my favorities, Grilled Honey Teriyaki Chicken from Queen Bee Coupons! 

What are your favorite grilled chicken recipes? I’d love to hear from you – leave a comment on this post!


Looking for more, reliable, grilling advice and recipes – check out The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook: More Than 100 Years of Sizzling Food Writing and Recipes. Just released in April, I’ve always been a fan of New York Times recipe coverage!

May 16, 2013

Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers recipe

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Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers

I grew up in Alaska – so we ate a lot of halibut growing up. I think I’ve had it a dozen different ways – but one of my favorite ways is one of the easiest ways to make halibut – Grilled Halibut with Lemons and Capers.

You can prep it and get it on the grill in under five minutes. Really. It’s easy. Then it only takes another six to 10 minutes to cook. Rachael Ray doesn’t have anything on this 20 minute meal. 🙂


Halibut fillet, fresh

Large lemon

Lemon pepper

Capers, drained
Honestly, these are not required. If you don’t have them. It will still taste amazing with the lemon juice and lemon pepper!

Optional: Dried basil, onion and garlic


1.) I like to rinse my fish fillet. I have no idea if this is breaking the rules, it probably is. But often mine comes from the freezer and I like to rinse off any thawed fish slime. I pat it dry with a paper towel.

2.) Place halibut on a big piece of aluminum foil. You want a big enough piece that you can fold it up and cover it all.

3.) Squeeze half a lemon over the halibut. I don’t think you can ever have too much lemon juice. Use fresh, definitely.

4.) Sprinkle lemon pepper on top of halibut, as much as you’d like.

5.) Slice lemons very, very thinly and place lemon slices on top of halibut.

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6.) Sprinkle with capers. If you like onions, add your onion slices (my husband doesn’t, so I only put them on mine). I like to add dried basil or even garlic powder.

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7.) Wrap aluminum foil up and cover the fish. Crimp the sides so the fish doesn’t fall out. We want it to make a little packet – so it steams while it grills. I like to take two long pieces and make a + sign, this seems to be perfect, especially if you have multiple fillets in the packet. Then fold the bottom aluminum foil piece in and then the top piece over it. Crimp it.

8.) Grill on medium heat until the meat is opaque and flakes apart with a fork. I always seem to overcook halibut, since I’m nervous about it being cooked all the way thru. A general rule of thumb is a 1″ fillet will take about 9-10 minutes.

My halibut fillets, since it’s fish we’ve personally caught and filleted, usually has the skin on one side. So I just cook on one side. I think if you use the aluminum foil technique it steams it will enough that you don’t have to flip it. Which works well for this type of recipe, that has toppings. 🙂

What is your favorite way to grill or bake halibut?


And just for fun, here is a photo of me and my son in May of 2009 right after we went halibut fishing in Homer, Alaska. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I love visiting Homer. Ever been to the Salty Dog Saloon there?


I took this photo on the beach near where we stayed. There were bald eagles everywhere.  It was a magical trip with my family!

July 22, 2012

Recipe: Grilled vegetables and couscous

I haven’t been posting as many recipes lately because we’ve been doing a lot of grilling and simple salads – nothing too exciting or worth sharing. But last night we changed it up a little bit by grilling my discount peppers (yay!) and zucchini from my garden, and adding it to some couscous! Total cost was under $5!


1 – 2 colored bell peppers – $0.33 each (discounted)

1/2 – 1 red onion – $0.40 cents

1 – 3 small zucchini – FREE from garden, but probably $1-2 if purchased in store

1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 cup couscous – This is available in bulk $1.78/lb at Winco

1 1/4 cup chicken stock – $0.50 – $1

Salt, pepper to taste

Optional – feta, kalamata olives


1.) Throw quartered vegetables into a large bowl and coat with olive oil, cumin and a sprinkle of salt.

2.) Grill vegetables on grill, about 15-20 minutes, until they are charred and softened slightly.

3.) Meanwhile, cook couscous according to instructions. Basically you boil 1 1/4 cup chicken stock (or water) and once it starts boiling, add couscous, remove from heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.

4.) Once vegetables are done, dice finely and mix in with cooked couscous.

5.) I would have loved to add some feta for a little extra flavor to this dish.

Do you make a variation of this? What would you recommend we add or do to improve this? Here’s a variation of Grilled Vegetables with Couscous and Yogurt Sauce and I am a big fan of this Moroccan Chicken with Couscous which I posted in the past!

Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco – $13.59 (reg. $19.99) from Amazon.

May 29, 2012

Grilled strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar recipe

With strawberries coming into season here in the Northwest this is an inexpensive, easy-to-make, relatively healthy dessert – Grilled strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Served with homemade whip cream (recipe coming tomorrow) – it’s divine!


8 whole strawberries, hulled and left whole

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar (you could use Splenda or brown sugar if you like)

Wood skewers – you can soak in water if you want, but they aren’t on the grill very long

Optional garnishes – toasted almonds, mint, basil, chocolate chips


1.) Preheat grill to high

2.) In a bowl, coat strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar.

3.) Skewer strawberries down the middle.

4.) Grill on high for one to two minutes, until warm. Don’t grill too long, they’ll get mushy.

5.) Serve with homemade whip cream and garnishes of your choice

Recipe adapted from Grilled Strawberries Ala Mode recipe 

What is your favorite fruit to grill? 

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