Grilling Dinner Menu: Cantanzaro Herbed Chicken

I get gifts! One I got this year was a box of assorted large bottles of spice mixes. I’ve enjoyed each unique blend, especially the Peruvian one, since it’s been a while since we have been able to frequent our favorite Peruvian restaurant here.

Tonight’s menu features the Cantanzaro spice mix. Cantanzaro is a city in Italy.  So there are a lot of herbs this Italian girl recognizes: marjoram, basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano. And garlic, lots of garlic. But the kicker is the lemon and lemon peel.

It’s all very fresh for summer and great for grilling.

On the board tonight:

  1. Grilled Cantanzaro Herbed Chicken Breasts
  2. Grilled peppers and onions (toss sliced onions and favorite mix of peppers with olive oil, salt, pepper and grill in a grilling pan)
  3. Cucumber-Tomato Salad (recipe here)
  4. Gelato (recipes here)

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Grilled Steak w/Spicy Blueberry Sauce

I created this after having it at a restaurant one night, never really had a recipe. Told my mom about it and she asked me to give her the recipe, so then I had to make a recipe.  It’s really good stuff.  Mix it with cream cheese, serve on crackers. I’m sure it would amazing on ice cream, but we never seem to have enough leftover to try that.  😊

I actually tried this on NY Strip tonight and it was very good. I used the last of my sirloin working on a Mongolian Beef recipe.

Grilled Sirloin with Spicy Blueberry Sauce

  •  2 cups frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how hot you want it)
  • pinch of chili powder
  • 1lb Sirloin, cut into 4 pieces
  • Fresh ground pepper (opt)

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Feeling So Pretty!

Katie was long overdue for a trimming and was thrilled when they let the groomers open back up.  MrsJ’s favorite had a new baby and has moved into a new shop and is just now ready for customers.
She followed best practices in this Covid conscious era. She had a cage outside the shop, the dog is placed there by the customer.   The groomer retrieves the dog from there. She was masked and gloved.  When she was finished with Katie she put her back.  Payment was via cash in an envelope left in a ziplock bag.  Sanitizer was available.  Social distancing was observed.

Flour Tortillas, Tortilla Bowls and A Simple Egg Dish

During our stay-at-home and safer-at-home time, I’ve been trying a few recipes that I might not otherwise have time to do. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at tortillas. I knew they were very simple, but I thought too time-consuming without a tortilla press.

I was wrong, by the time I made my second one, I had a nice assembly line going. Roll out, add to pan, roll out another one, flip the one in the pan, continue to roll the one on the mat. Remove cooked one, add rolled one, rinse and repeat. I whipped out 8 in about 30 minutes – that includes mixing and cooking. Continue reading