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Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Foods - Fun summer dinner

Well, what's summer without the use of a grill? The most iconic symbol of summer is cooking over a charcoal or gas grill. Everyone has done it or been invited to a party where the host was doing it at some point in their lives. So I'm going to share with you one of my favorite summertime meals.

(Picture courtesy of allrecipes.com)

Honey Chicken Kabobs
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. black pepper
8 skinless, bonless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic
5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces (2 large onions works too)
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces (you can use green, yellow, orange, whatever color you like)

1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while cooking. Place all remaining ingredients in the marinade and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (the longer the better).
2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
3. Drain marinade from chicken and vegetables. Discard used marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers. (If you're using bamboo skewers, I always recommend soaking your skewers in water first.)
4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Rotate frequently, brushing the reserved marinade over the kabobs with each turn.

(Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com)

Potato Salad
2 lbs. russet potatoes
1 c. mayonnaise
4 tsp dill pickle relish (you can use sweet pickle relish if you prefer)
4 tsp white sugar
2 tsp chopped onion
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp white vinegar
1 T chopped celery
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Peel and cook potatoes until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, and chop.
2. In a large bowl, mix together potatoes, mayonnaise, and everything else until potatoes are coated. Chill and serve.

(Picture courtesy of allrecipes.com)

Rich S'mores
8 large oatmeal cookies (I've used chewy chocolate chip cookies, and chewy molasses cookies)
4 oz. milk chocolate
8 large marshmallows

1, Preheat grill for high heat.
2. Place 1 oz of chocolate on flat side of four of the cookies. Skewer the marshmallows and cook, turning frequently until golden brown.
3. Slide two marshmallows off onto the chocolate and top with the other cookie (flat side down). Give it a couple minutes to melt the chocolate and then enjoy.

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