Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Orange Ginger Garlic Glaze

So cooking yesterday was what I would refer to as a comedy of errors.  It was 80 degrees and humid here in the Northeast.  I took some chicken out in the morning and all day I was thinking about what I should do with it.   Now I love a good baked chicken just like anyone but it was way too hot.  So grilling became the obvious choice.  I envisioned a moist chicken with a sort of sweet and sticky glaze. I had some cherry preserves but thought that would be a little too sweet so I opted for orange, soy and ginger.  

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Savory Cream of Chicken Soup with Wild Rice and Vegetables

I love a good home-baked chicken as much as anyone, but sometimes it can be challenging to find the time to make it, which is why I am perfectly fine with purchasing rotisserie chicken from the local market. And let’s face it, they taste pretty good too!  There are so many things you can do with them, including making some really delicious soup.  This recipe is quick, simple and leverages the chicken to its fullest, resulting in great flavor and lots of freshness from the vegetables.  As always, do enjoy!

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Mary Ann’s Moist Delicious Cornbread

When I began this blog my original intent was to post, not only my recipes, but those of others as well. Here’s one from my dear friend Mary Ann that I’m sure you’ll love, I call it Mary Ann’s Moist Delicious Cornbread.  If you’ve ever had a piece of dry cornbread you know it’s a less than pleasant experience, and there’s no amount of chili or soup dunking that can make it better!  Mary Ann’s recipe is quite the opposite and oh so delicious.  It will complement your favorite soup or chili recipe wonderfully, so be sure to give this one a try!  Many, many thanks to Mary Ann for allowing me to share for all to enjoy!

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Grilled Roast Beef Panini with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

The past couple days I’ve been craving a grilled cheese sandwich.  Although my taste buds were seeking something slightly different from the traditional American cheese and white bread combo.  Roast beef happened to be on sale at the deli today so I paired it up with some blue cheese and caramelized onions.  What an absolute delight! 

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Simple Summertime Strawberry Tart

Last week the weatherman forecasted a gorgeous Sunday.  In anticipation of that I purchased some strawberries not really knowing what I would do with them, but feeling really excited about the idea of sitting on my patio enjoying their sweetness in the sun.   Unfortunately the weatherman could not have been more wrong.  Despite the rain and the chill I decided I was not going to let the dreariness get in my way.  I landed on this very easy strawberry tart that took me all of twenty minutes to pull together, including the crust (as I’ve shared in prior posts I prefer homemade pastry, but store bought will certainly work).  I used  2 lbs of strawberries, and given they cooked down quite a bit during the baking process I’m thinking I’ll reduce to an 8” tart shell next go-round or add more strawberries.  You’ll like the simplicity of this tart but will love its taste even more!  If you enjoy strawberries this recipe is definitely for you; I only hope it lasts longer in your home then it did in mine.

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