Kale Chips with Homemade Seasoned Salt

I’ve heard about kale chips from a number of people.  They talked about how good they are.  How easy to make.  How you just want to keep eating them.

I was skeptical.  Very skeptical.

In fact, I bought kale once and let it go bad in the fridge before I tried making them.  Finally, I decided I would give it a go.

They are good.  I don’t have the urge to keep eating them.  But my youngest son did.  He loved them.  This is my pickiest kid.  The list of things he won’t eat is pretty long.  But he loved kale chips.  He keeps asking me to make them again.

Wow!  I didn’t expect that.  When a kid asks for veggies, that’s a good (and rare) thing.

I used my homemade seasoned salt to flavor them.  You can use salt and pepper or any other seasoning you like.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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How to Make Lick-Your-Chops, Gnaw-the-Bone BBQ Ribs

I didn’t think I liked ribs.  I only made them because I had them in the freezer and I knew the men and boys in the house would like them.

But, oh my goodness!  These were delicious.  Perfect summer meal.  4-napkin meal.  Wow!

I asked all of you how to fix ribs back in May.  You came through with all kinds of great recipes and methods.  Check out the comments in that post.  Readers also emailed me and added recipes to Facebook.  Someone mentioned a dry rub from Pig Stand, a restaurant in Oklahoma.  My family was *this close* to making a detour on our Colorado trip in search of Pig Stand.

I took parts of many recipes to come up with this method of cooking the ribs.  It was easy, but does take several hours.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken

We love pasta.  Especially if it’s in a creamy sauce.  This dish cooks in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta.  You can’t beat that.

I made it even faster, by using chicken I had grilled, sliced and frozen.  A quick thaw in the microwave and it was ready to use.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad

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Soccer season is presenting a real challenge to dinnertime.  We’ve been picnicking on the field while we watch the games.  But sandwiches can get old, especially if you’ve packed one for lunch too.  I created this easy pasta salad to take with us one night.  It’s creamy and flavorful with homemade ranch dressing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Garden Rotini with Grilled Zucchini and Chicken

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Oh, my merciful heavens!  This was so very delicious.

Inspired by the grilled zucchini and a container of gorgonzola cheese, I quickly pulled this together for dinner one night.  Five of us were home to eat and we all loved it.  My oldest daughter worked late and came in after we had gone to bed.  She scrounged in the fridge and found the leftovers.  She said she ate some cold before she realized it was meant to be served hot, but it tasted good both ways.

I also used homemade seasoned salt in this dish.  If you haven’t made any of it yet, please take a couple minutes to stir a batch together.  Your taste buds will thank you.

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Grilled Zucchini

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Two things I have been loving lately – our new grill and homemade seasoned salt.  I love the grill because it doesn’t burn everything like the old one did.  And I love the seasoned salt because it makes nearly everything taste better.

Even zucchini.

I like zucchini, but it’s not something that I would normally take a second helping of.  But grilled zucchini tasted so good, I wanted to keep eating it.  And it’s so simple to make.

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Grilled Round Steak with Red Wine Vinegar and Homemade Seasoned Salt

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We rarely eat steak.  It’s more of a money issue than anything else.  Yesterday I bought this round steak at the store.  Sure, it’s not NY Strip or fillet mignon (my fav) but it’s still beef on the grill.

I decided to do a quick marinade and rub with red wine vinegar and homemade seasoned salt.  The steak tasted as flavorful as it was quick to fix.

This is a bit of a tangent, but I’m loving the homemade seasoned salt.  It’s perfect on all kinds of foods.  You’ll see more recipes in the future (like tomorrow) that feature this new favorite seasoning.

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Pepperoncini Pasta with Grilled Chicken

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While I planning a meal for after church on Sunday, my eye spotted a jar of pepperoncini peppers hiding in the back of the pantry.  I had bought them to make Italian Beef Sandwiches, but decided they would be great in a pasta dish.  I decided to go with a very light broth, as opposed to the cream sauces I often make for pasta.  The piquant taste of the pepper added spice and flavor.

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Pepper Patch Pasta with Grilled Chicken

I was zipping through the produce section the other day, tossing things in my basket when I saw a pack of peppers.  Red, yellow and orange.  Not cheap, but they looked so good I couldn’t resist.  They waited in the fridge for a day or two until inspiration hit.

I decided they would be good paired with pasta, tomatoes and a creamy sauce.  I was right.  This dish was a hit with all of us.  It also makes use of the homemade seasoned salt that I posted yesterday. [Read more…]

Barbeque Pepper Jack Chicken

My sister, Gina came up with this idea.  It’s a great way to dress up boneless chicken breasts, making them moist and full of flavor.  They have just 4 ingredients and you can start them frozen on the grill, if you’re in a real hurry. [Read more…]

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