Posts Tagged With: Grilling

Blackened Salmon

I love grilling Salmon and have tried several recipes. Salmon is probably a little healthier than what I usually grill. Grilling salmon is quick, easy and very delicious. The most important tip is not to overcook. This blackened seasoned Salmon is my favorite and I have used it many times.

Blackened Seasoning:

1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil

Combine and mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Brush the salmon with the canola oil and rub the entire salmon filet with the blackened seasoning. Over medium heat, place the salmon on the grill, skin side down. Close the grill (to get even cooking) and grill for 4-5 minutes; then gently turn the salmon over and grill for another 4-5 minutes. Take the salmon off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Remove the skin and serve with lemon slices. Enjoy.


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Grilling Pizza

I absolutely love pizza- it is one of my favorite foods. I also love grilling, so why not have both at the same time? It can be very easy to make your own pizza, and there are thousands of recipes to refer to. Now if you want to get serious, you can even make your own pizza crust. While I took the easier path and bought grilling flatbread for pizza at the supermarket, I still enjoyed selecting the items I wanted on my personal pizza. As seen from the Pinterest board below, there are many, many possibilities in creating your own original pizza.

After building your pizza, grill over medium heat. It only takes a couple of minutes and you are ready to enjoy your creative meal.


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Grilled Broccoli

I probably would never fire up the grill just to do broccoli, but if I am looking for a good side dish to compliment my main fare, then it is a good choice.  In fact, just the act of grilling broccoli, or almost any food, makes it better, right?

I like to use just the spears, tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and a little garlic power.  For best results, put in a grill basket over direct heat on low.  Shake or toss a couple of times until done – what you end up with is a delicious, slightly charred flavor. You can also grill on a pan as shown below, or foil, using a medium heat.



Another way to enjoy grilled broccoli is on kabobs along with peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, or any other vegetable you like.


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Making S’mores

Ever wonder why this delicious treat is called s’more? It is because everyone wants some more. Enjoying s’mores, made over a campfire, is a backyard tradition in North America. The tradition of making s’mores goes back to the early part of the twentieth century, and some think may have started with the Girl Scouts. The original s’more recipe is very simple with just toasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between pieces of graham crackers. Today you can find hundreds of variations of this time-tested tradition to try with ingredients like Reese’s Cups, Nutella, lemon, and even bacon. Someone in our house recently tried peppermint patties and loved it.

So what do you do when you don’t have a fire pit or a place to build a backyard fire? Well, there are tons of indoor s’more makers but that doesn’t really suit for the veranda.  I recently received a s’more maker for the grill – what a quick and easy way to enjoy dessert. Just simply put the graham crackers on the top plate, cover with chocolate or whatever your imagination desires, roast the marshmallows on the rods provided, cook over medium heat until ready, and enjoy!

Grill-top Smore Maker

There is even a National S’mores Day – August 10th.  Try out some of your own recipes and let us know which is your favorite!

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July 4th on the Veranda

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th is the ultimate holiday for life on the veranda. Good food from the grill with delicious sides, patriotic brews, home-made ice cream, time spent with friends and family, and fireworks all help to make this a special day. Twelve members of our family along with close friends spent the evening playing cornhole, jumping on the trampoline, and reliving old memories and making new ones while hanging out on the deck. Our menu included traditional fare – burgers and hotdogs, bacon-hotdogs (hotdogs wrapped with bacon), mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, green beans, bean salad, and topped off with red, white, and blue cherry cheese pie and banana and vanilla ice cream.

The patriotic beer for this holiday celebration was Sam Adams, Yuengling, and Pabst Blue Ribbon; Sam Adams because he was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; Yuengling because it is the oldest brewery in America, and Pabst Blue Ribbon because it is an American classic. For the under-21 crowd we had alcohol-free layered patriotic drinks.

Patriotic Brews

Homemade Ice CreamHome-made ice cream is one of my favorite summer dishes and banana is my favorite flavor to make. Here is the recipe I like for an easy, no-cooking version of vanilla:

4 eggs
2 cans condensed milk
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla (I always double this to 4 tablespoons)
½ pint whipping cream
Dairy milk
¼ teaspoon salt

Combine eggs, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, and condensed milk in bowl and mix well. Pour in can and add milk to fill line. Churn in freezer per instructions. Makes about 4 quarts.

For the banana, I use the same recipe but add 6 or 7 very ripe bananas. I puree the bananas with milk and a little sugar, then add to the rest of the mixture.

The alcohol-free layered drink recipe consisted of:

– 1 Cup Red CranApple juice
– 1 Cup White Sobe Piña Colada flavored drink
– 1 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
– Ice

Fill your glass 1/3 of the way full with the CranApple juice.  Fill the rest of the glass to the top with ice.  Slowly pour the Sobe drink directly on top of a piece of ice, followed by the blue Gatorade.

*Note: You MUST pour SLOWLY, DIRECTLY over the ice!  Also, if you cannot find these exact drinks, you can use substitutes, just make sure to put the drink with the highest sugar content in first, followed by the middle and then the lowest.

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