Category: On the grill

Turkey Legs Brined in Buttermilk and Smoked on the Grill

Turkey Legs Brined in Buttermilk and Smoked on the Grill
Looking for something new? A new way to do turkey for the holidays, for game day or for that special hot date dinner?? These turkey legs brined in buttermilk and herbs and then smoked on the grill are something to DEFINITELY consider. When I brought up this idea, my son, Danny said, “they will never be as good as the ones at the State Fair.” I took that challenge and in his own words…”mom, you won.” 


Apple Wood Smoked Pulled Pork with Maple Chili Sauce

Apple Wood Smoked Pulled Pork with Maple Chili Sauce
Slow and steady on the grill over hot coals and apple wood chips…this is the perfect game day recipe….with leftovers to use throughout the week..(coleslaw and pickle comments)

THIS!!!!  Whether you are watching the game, planning a party or doing yard work and have time to tend to the grill (5-6 hours of time) this apple wood pulled pork with maple chili sauce is worth the 5-6 hours of on the grill time that it takes.  Prep is minimal, the pork shoulder roast is rubbed with spices, placed on the preheated grill and then cooked by simply turning every hour until the proper internal temperature is reached or for 5-6 hours.  We don’t have a smoker at our house, but it is simple to do on your grill by soaking the wood chips in water for at least an hour and then placing them on the hot coals halfway through cooking and allowing them to “smoke”= FLAVOR!!  Let us begin….   (more…)

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Grilled Corn and Red Onions

BBQ Chicken Pizza
I mean…seriously, how good does this look??  If you love BBQ chicken you will LOVE this pizza and so will anyone you make it for..

As I think I have mentioned, we LOVE pizza of all kinds and make different types all the time based on who is asking for what.  This BBQ chicken pizza is the perfect balance of sweet, salty and cheesy.  I love to use fresh corn on the cob whenever possible and on this pizza is no exception.  The chicken breasts and red onion are grilled so throw the corn on as well.  The charred, caramelized flavor that the grill provides to the chicken, corn and onion really make this pizza pop.  Try this one next time it is pizza night at your house OR make a little extra chicken next time  you BBQ to use on this one.   (more…)

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy Seed Slaw

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy seed Slaw
1-1 1/2 bls of beautiful, wild-caught, sockeye salmon..
Grilled Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy Seed Slaw
Cut into portions for easier grilling..
Grilled Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy seed Slaw

Grilled (wild-caught) salmon, seriously,  I could eat this every day !!  Here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area we have lots of options when it comes to getting great fish.  I frequently shop at Coastal Seafood which has locations in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

I also find great selections of fish at my local co-op, Valley Natural Foods.

Finding fish that is raised in a sustainable way is very important.  What does this mean?  Sustainable seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities.  No matter the source of your salmon, incorporate it as much as you can into your diet for it’s amazing nutritional value.  Salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein and vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12), but it is the content of omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy) that receives the most attention.  Stay tuned to for amazing recipes for this wonderful fish.  Here it is grilled with the simple addition of salt and pepper and served with a blueberry, poppy seed slaw.  Cheers!!

Grilled, Wild-Caught Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy Seed Slaw
Grilled, Wild-Caught Salmon with Blueberry, Poppy Seed Slaw..


1 side wild caught salmon, 1-11/2 bls (can be fillets as well)


Salt and freshly ground pepper

Blueberry and Poppy Seed Slaw (


Preheat grill over medium high heat.  Cut salmon into 4-6 equal portions.  I find this easier to grill, but go ahead and leave whole if that works best for you.  Drizzle filets with evoo (to prevent sticking) and season with salt and pepper.  Grill flesh side down 4-5 minutes to and flip for an additional 2-3 minutes. 

*NOTE* Do not try to move the fish before it is ready.  The filets should move with minimal effort (no sticking to the grill) when they are ready to flip.

Serve with Blueberry and Poppy Seed Slaw.  Enjoy!!

Makes 4-6 servings.

Grilled Chicken and Peaches with Corn and Tomato Salad

Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad
Fresh and grilled with a touch of sweet, a touch of sour and a touch of heat…perfection

WE HAVE ARRIVED….it is that time of the summer which is so bittersweet, we are past the halfway point (which in my mind is mid July), but fresh,  sweet corn is appearing everywhere!!  This grilled chicken and peach salad with corn and tomatoes is what summer should taste like.  This salad is so fresh!!  The char from the grill, the sweetness of the peaches, corn and tomatoes, the tang from the lime zest and juice and the heat from the cayenne make this one of the most delicious combinations I have ever tasted.   Not to mention, taking it over the top with the addition of some garden fresh torn mint.  Amazing friends, TRY THIS ONE!! (more…)

Grilled Marlin, Red Onion and Fennel Salad with Lemon, Garlic Vinaigrette


Grilled Marlin, Red Onion and Fennel Salad
A perfect meal to make this summer!

Grilled marlin, red onion and fennel salad may be “the” perfect meal to make this summer, WHY, you ask?  It is quick, super healthy and  popping with flavor! The lemon, garlic vinaigrette has so many flavor components, you will want to use it on everything.   Let’s talk about marlin for a minute.  Tim and I have never had marlin, but it was one of the featured fish at coastalseafoods over the weekend.  This fish was sourced in Hawii where it is in season.  I talked to the kind people at Coastal about the flavor and grilling ability of this fish and was sold that this would be great for the salad I wanted to make.  This beautiful fish is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein and it is low in saturated fat and sodium.  Marlin also provides about 200 mg of omega-3’s (DHA and EPA) per 4 ounce serving of fresh fish.  I can’t encourage you enough to find your local seafood shop, talk to the knowledgeable staff and TRY NEW THINGS!  If you can’t find marlin, I have also made something similar with tuna and you can get that recipe @  This meal is a light, protein packed powerhouse for your next hot date dinner!  Cheers!! (more…)

Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple, Mustard and Dill

Happy Father’s Day to all of you fabulous Dads out there!!  This is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Tim always wants a low-key weekend with GOOD FOOD!!  How great does that sound?!?  We eat as many meals on the patio as we can and try not to get to competitive when the bocce comes out.  I decided to kick the weekend off early with this hot date dinner and what a beautiful presentation it is!!  Grilling a side of salmon on a cedar plank is and easy and delicious way to make your  own hot date dinner.  The rub is 3 ingredients (pure maple syrup, whole grain mustard and fresh dill) along with a pinch of salt and pepper.  It’s MN and the fresh herbs are in our gardens, at our markets or being handed to us by friends and neighbors, let’s USE them! (more…)

Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Perfect for any summer gathering, these ribs will not disappoint!!

Grilled baby back ribs with homemade BBQ sauce, some friends and yard games were the birthday requests from my son this year as he turns 13!!!!!!!  Sounds like the perfect summer evening, right??  It most definitely was and let me tell you, these ribs are THE BEST!  They are fall-off-the-bone tender, charred, sweet and sticky with a hint of spice.  A make-ahead meal, perfect for any summer gathering.  Try these, they will not disappoint!! (more…)

Caulirice with Grilled Onions and Fresh Mint

Caulirice, this is THE WAY to try it!!

Friends this is such a delicious alternative to rice, if you have not tried it, this is an easy and quick recipe to get you on board with caulirice.  It is perfect with any grilled meat, and the addition of grilled onion and fresh mint really take this one over the top.  Here’s to summer!!  Cheers! (more…)

Grilled Tuna, Fennel, Onion and Olive Salad


Happy Mother’s Day to all of you BEAUTIFUL WOMEN!!!!   Tim and I made this last night for hot date dinner and let me say, it was amazing hot off the grill and possibly better cold today for lunch!  You most certainly could use ground fennel, but toasting (to do this put seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally) and grinding the fennel seed gives it a little boost that is really delicious!  Pour that cold glass of Chardonnay, this is patio perfect.  Cheers friends and here’s to all of you great mamas out there, enjoy!!! (more…)

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad with Curry and Lime

Looks beautiful, tastes amazing, packed with healthy foods…give this one a try!

My good friend, Sara, recently asked me for an idea for a “Summer entrée.”  Now, this is the kind of question I LOVE to get and once asked I sat down and chicken, the grill, lots of veggies and herbs started swirling my head and this salad was created.  I have served it twice since it was born and both times received rave reviews.  Try this one my friends, it is not only great for you, packed with nutrition, but it is flavorful and presents beautifully.  Cheers to Summer!! (more…)

Cedar-planked Lake Superior Salmon with Honey and Lime

Tis the season, fire up the grill and put on a side of salmon. A beautiful presentation for your next hot date dinner!

I have been out salmon fishing on that big, amazing lake…what an adventure!  We caught some beautiful fish, but we ate all of our catch breakfast, lunch and dinner during that camping trip.  To my sheer delight, I stumbled upon some freshly, frozen sides of Lake Superior salmon at my favorite store during our last trip and bought all they had.  What a treat!!!!  This could be made with any wild caught salmon filet.  It is a beautiful presentation for your hot date dinner or dinner party.  Cheers!! (more…)