June 9, 2011

It's June 9. How did this happen?

I am in awe of how quickly the year has passed! I'm thinking about making a weekend trip to somewhere nearby. Maybe Tulsa? Maybe Dallas? Hmm...

Tonight's dinner:

Balsamic grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and loaded mashed potatoes!

Balsamic grilled chicken (courtesy of thefarmerwife @ Tasty Kitchen

* ⅓ cups Balsamic Vinegar, Or More To Taste
* 3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
* 1-½ Tablespoon Soy Sauce
* 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
* 2 Tablespoons Sugar
* 2 whole Cloves Of Garlic, Minced
* ⅓ cups Olive Oil
* 1 dash Fresh Ground Black Pepper
* 6 whole Chicken Breasts

Mix all ingredients but chicken in a bowl. Taste it, then make additions as you see fit. Then, put your chicken in a bag, pour the marinade in over it, and close the bag. Squish it all around, to make sure all the chicken is covered. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours. Then, grill it up! (we are short of barbecue grills here, so I'll be utilizing the George Foreman.)


-1/2 cup sugar
-3/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
-healthy dash each of seasoned salt, black pepper, cumin
-bay leaf, if you wanna
-spoonful of minced garlic (3-4 cloves worth)
-2 tbsp butter

Fill a good-sized pot with water. Add all ingredients, heat to a boil. Add corn, boil until tender (about 5 minutes). Eat it up. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

loaded mashed potatoes:

6 medium-sized red potatoes, washed and cubed (I imagine Yukon Gold would be good too)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1.5 cups plain yogurt, unsweetened
6 pieces of bacon, crunchy and crumbled
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 green onions, diced
heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard (Trust that it will work, sounds crazy, but it adds a tangy flavor)
heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Boil potatoes until soft. Drain off the water, then mash potatoes using a hand mixer. Add yogurt and butter, mix until combined. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

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