5/4/15

10 Meatless Memorial Day Cookout Recipe Ideas



Memorial Day is coming up soon--and with the holiday, come cookouts and gatherings.  Since it is Meatless Monday--I thought it would be the perfect time to put together a list of 10 Meatless Memorial Day Cookout Recipe ideas that we love in our little corner of the world. We've chosen a little bit of everything for this list!  The odds are great that even your meat loving guests won't miss the meat a bit with these meatless, vegetarian, Memorial Day grilling ideas.

BBQ Seitan Ribs


BBQ ribs are a cookout staple at many Memorial Day events.  This recipe for meatless ribs from Just The Food.com uses seitan to create a lot of BBQ flavor without the meat!

Loaded Black Bean Veggie Burger

This black bean veggie burger recipe is a frequent cookout star in our little corner of the world.  It holds up very well to outdoor (or indoor) grilling and it is our go-to veggie burger recipe.


Grilled Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbread Pizzas


We love grilled flatbread pizzas.  They are so easy to make--versatile enough to suit a variety of tastes--and the kids love them.  This Grilled Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbread pizza from Aggie's Kitchen is one of our favorite flatbread pizza creations. 

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs


I find that the kids will eat anything if served as a kabob--vegetables included.  This marinated, vegetable kabob recipe from Damn Delicious is colorful, loaded with flavor--and perfect for a Memorial Day cookout!


Buffalo Style Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms 


Most of our cookouts involve grilled Buffalo chicken wings--but, this Buffalo style Veggie Stuffed Mushroom recipe is always a hit as well.


Grilled Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

Grilled salads offer a delicious way to serve a salad during a cookout or gathering.  This Grilled Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction from Everyday Tastes combines all of my favorite flavors--and it makes a unique addition to your Memorial Day meatless menu offerings.


Spicy Jalapeno, Bean & Cheese Quasadillas

Quesadillas are another fun cookout menu option when entertaining a variety of tastes.  This Jalapeno, Bean and Cheese Quesadilla recipe is one of our favorite, quick and easy, meatless meals.


Chili Lime Tofu with Avocado & Mango Salsa


Grilled tofu is an easy, meatless dish for a cookout.  This spicy, Chili Lime Grilled Tofu with Avocado & Mango Salsa from goodmotherdiet.com is one of my favorite grilled tofu dishes!

Vegetarian Greek Stuffed Peppers


I serve a lot of Greek and Mediterranean inspired dishes.  This Vegetarian Greek Stuffed Peppers recipe from Nosh On.It is a flavorful and colorful addition to a Memorial Day cookout menu!
http://noshon.it/recipes/vegetarian-greek-stuffed-peppers/

Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese


The girls love grilled cheese--and this Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese from Amy Kay's Kitchen suits both kids and grown ups alike!

Hopefully these suggestions give you a few new ideas to add to this year's Memorial Day cookout!

Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace Book Blast & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


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PrintWe will be hosting a guest post from author Becky Monson in a couple of weeks as part of the book tour for her latest book, Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace.  Until then--we are excited to share details about the book and we encourage you to check out some of the other stops on the book tour and enter to win the $25 Amazon Gift Card book tour prize!

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Quick Summary of Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace by Becky Monson.  If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

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Becky Author PictureBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.  

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5/2/15

Henry Gallant And the Warrior Book Release Day


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Henry Gallant and the Warrior - EbookWe are excited to join the book blast announcing the release of the latest book in H. Peter Alesso's Henry Gallant series:  Henry Gallant and the Warrior.  Last summer, we reviewed Lieutenant Henry Gallant and really look forward to reading this book in the coming months.

Quick summary of Henry Gallant and the Warrior.  In the 22th Century, the people of the Solar System have banded together against an alien invasion. Unfortunately, they’re losing—badly. As the only Natural remaining in the genetically engineered officer corps of the United Planet’s fleet, Henry Gallant has unique mental abilities that have proven essential to the defense against the Titan invaders. Nevertheless his fellow officers lack faith in him, and worse, he has angered prominent men by speaking truth to power.

Despite this, Admiral Collingsworth has given him command of the Warrior, the most advanced stealth warship in the UP arsenal and ordered him to the alien’s main base to spy, intrigue, and disrupt their war capacity. Gallant’s mission leads to risky battles and painful choices, but no choice is more personal, or intimate, than the choice to face your own death.

And for Henry Gallant—a flawed young man, in a hopeless situation, against overwhelming odds—a dreadful decision looms before him. He has only one saving grace—he is unafraid.

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As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

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4/29/15

Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Recipe


Many of the recipes you will read on our website begin as one of my husband's ideas.  Oftentimes, he has a unique dinner idea and relies on me to make the flavors work.  Last weekend, as we faced our usual, "what's for dinner", debate--we considered blackened chicken and rice, Buffalo wings, or black 'n Bleu burgers.  How about Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches?  I have a tried and true blackened spice recipe....and a favorite Buffalo wing recipe--so it was time to combine them into something a little different!

Ingredients for Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches 

Blackened Spice Mix Ingredients
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
2 tsp. White Pepper
2 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tsp. Red Pepper (Cayenne)
2 tsp. Dried Thyme
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Sea Salt (Salt is optional—I actually leave out the salt. There are too many flavors to miss it and it helps keep daily sodium intake in check!)  

Parmesan Garlic Buffalo Sauce Ingredients 
1 1/2 c. Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce (not the hot sauce—the thicker wing sauce variety)
¼ c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
 
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
1 c. Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing
Sliced Red Onions, Shredded Lettuce, Sliced Ripe Tomatoes
Crumbled Bleu Cheese (Optional)
4 Large Buns 

Instructions for Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Preheat the Broiler on low--or preheat the grill or a grill pan.   

Mix up the Blackened Spice Mixture.  Add each spice ingredient to a jar with a lid or a small plastic storage container with a lid. Stir to combine—or simply return the lid to the container and shake vigorously!  This makes several servings of this spice mixture--so make it in something you will be able to label and store for future use!

Prepare the Parmesan Garlic Buffalo Sauce.  Combine the hot sauce, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic powder in a small mixing bowl with a whisk.

Broil or Grill the Chicken.  Sprinkle a teaspooon of blackened spice onto both sides of each chicken breast and press it in slightly.  For spicier sandwiches--add  more blackened spice.  Broil or grill the chicken until it is almost cooked through (about 15-18 minutes or so.)  Then, baste the prepared buffalo sauce onto the chicken and turn frequently until the chicken is cooked through.

Build the Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches.  We toast the buns, spread each top with bleu cheese salad dressing and add the chicken, red onion, lettuce, tomato slices, and bleu cheese crumbles.



These sandwiches are spicy!  We serve Blackened Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with potato wedges and salad.  If we have leftover chicken--we love to serve these in lunchtime Buffalo Chicken Salads or even as cold sandwiches the next day!

Book Tour: Dark Pursuit by Jennifer Chase



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DarkPursuitI am looking forward to reading and reviewing this book a little later during the Book Tour.  For now; however, please check out the latest Emily Stone book, Dark Pursuit, from author Jennifer Chase!

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Quick Summary of Dark Pursuit.  From the International Award Winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES: Vigilante detective Emily Stone has covertly hunted down killers and closed more serial cases than most seasoned homicide cops combined. Her exceptional profiling skills and forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have made her a compelling force that cannot be beat. She has reached her ultimate breaking point and now must face her toughest opponent yet – her biggest fears. With preciseness, the Tick-Tock Killer has taken his next child victim and promised to dump the body precisely four days later, mocking police and the community. Stone struggles to balance her inner demons and ghosts from the past, against the wits of a brutal and cunning serial killer in an all-out battle of psychological warfare. Can Stone save the next child in time? Dark Pursuit is an action-packed cat and mouse game that will take you to dark places rarely explored.

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Headshot_JChase Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored five crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook. Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master's degree in criminology. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.  

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