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Spicy Grilled Tri-tip

Spicy Grilled Tri-tip overhead

This spicy rub recipe for tri-tip and other cuts of beef is super easy to prepare. Rub the meat and throw it on the grill for a super supper.

Give Spice Mixes as Gifts

spice mixes for gifts

Food gifts don’t need to be complicated, expensive, or commercial. They don’t even have to be baked! Package a variety of homemade spice blends for an easy and economical gift. I’ve always been of the DIY mind when it came to gifts. Not only does it give you the opportunity of adding a special touch, […]

Plain Yogurt is a Good Cheap Eat

Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is a good cheap eat that you can enjoy plain as well as in cooking and baking. It’s a must-have in our kitchen. It wasn’t until we found ourselves buried in debt that I really gave plain yogurt a chance. Previously, I bought the more expensive sugared varieties in individual packaging. Once I […]

Shrimp on the Barbie

Shrimp on the Barbie - Ready for something awesome to come off the grill? This easy and quick grilled shrimp would be that dish.

Ready for something awesome to come off the grill? This easy and quick grilled shrimp would be that dish. I’m sorry, but I did grow up in the era of Crocodile Dundee. I really can’t think or talk about shrimp without hearing Paul Hogan’s voice yapping about a barbecue. What can I say? I’m a […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin - Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin.

Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin. Over the last few weeks since hubby and I have been “watching what we eat,” our meals have become simpler. With a hearty protein at the center and lots of fruits and veg all […]

Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Hamburgers for Freezing

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Great Recipes for the Grill

Great Recipes to Grill - a roundup of 20+ great recipes for the grill.

With hot weather on the horizon, now is the time to fire up the barbie! By cooking outside, you move the heat of meal prep out of the kitchen, helping your home to stay cool. You also add great flavor to your meals. We love our grill, despite the fact that it is breaking in […]

Drunken Brats and Caramelized Onions

Drunken Brats and Caramelize Onions - Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill.

Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill. I don’t recall my parents every serving bratwurst. We were a hot dog family. Hot dogs that my dad burned beyond recognition on the grill. That’s one of the many things that […]

Grilled Balsamic Pork Chops

grilled balsamic pork chops

August is here. That means it’s time to cook outside, eat ice cream, and try to stay cool. Am I right? That’s why it’s so important to have a meal plan, preferably one that is grill-worthy. That’s where these balsamic pork chops come in. This is a super easy recipe that you can pull off […]