Glazed Lemon Bread

Glazed Lemon Bread

This glazed lemon bread is special because it uses the juice and zest of a whole lemon, making the lemon flavor shine through. It is made with butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, milk and chopped pecans (optional).

The lemon glaze is applied warm and soaks in to the bread to make this quick bread recipe absolutely lemony and delicious. Also try this lemon bread recipe for an afternoon snack or as a dessert bread.

If you are like me and go crazy for anything made with lemon, this is a good recipe to try.

Notes For Using Fresh Lemons


If you don’t have a fresh lemon available, you may substitute reconstituted lemon juice instead.

If your lemon is small or doesn’t produce 4 Tablespoons of lemon juice for this recipe you can either use a second lemon, reconstituted lemon juice, or a bit of water to make up the difference.

The best way to get the most lemon juice from a lemon is to microwave it for about 30 seconds. This warms up the lemon enough to allow the most juice to be extracted. Use a lemon squeezer to remove the juice.

Use a lemon zester for an easy way to grate the lemon peel.

Lemon Bread fresh from the oven

Glazed Lemon Bread fresh from the oven

Breakfast and Brunch Serving Ideas:

Serve this lemon quick bread warm or cold for breakfast, brunch, or dessert with butter, honey, or just plain with nothing on top. Try cream cheese as a spread by flavoring cream cheese with lemon or orange juice for even more citrus flavor. Quick breads taste great with orange, berry or banana fruit smoothies.

Find more quick bread recipes like this glazed lemon bread.

Extra Lemony Glazed Lemon Bread Recipe

This recipe is from my mom’s recipe box collection with some modifications.

Extra Lemony Glazed Lemon Bread
 
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This glazed lemon bread is special because it uses the juice and zest of a whole lemon, making the lemon flavor shine through.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • grated lemon zest from one lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (save the remainder for the glaze)
  • scant ¾ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Lemon Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Microwave a fresh lemon for 30 seconds to allow the most juice to be extracted. Use a lemon squeezer to extract the juice.
  6. Using a lemon zester, grate and finely chop the lemon zest from one lemon.
  7. Squeeze the juice from the same lemon with a lemon juicer into a small bowl. Measure out 2 Tablespoons and add to the butter, egg, and sugar mixture.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the lemon zest , flour, baking powder, and salt.
  9. Add in the dry ingredients alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition. Add chopped pecans (optional). Stir just until mixed.
  10. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Place on wire cooling rack.
  11. In a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons lemon juice and ⅔ cup confectioners sugar and heat for 30 seconds to a minute until warm.
  12. After the bread cools for 10 minutes, prick top with fork and pour glaze over top.
  13. Let cool and remove from pan. Cool the glazed lemon bread completely and slice thin to serve.
Notes
If you don't have a fresh lemon available, you can substitute reconstituted lemon juice instead.

If your lemon is small or doesn't produce 4 Tablespoons of lemon juice for this recipe you can either use a second lemon, reconstituted lemon juice, or a bit of water to make up the difference.
 

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Bridal Brunch

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Hosting a bridal brunch soon? Find brunch menu ideas and recipes suitable for your wedding or special occasion. Includes recipes for tea sandwiches, finger foods, and more.

Perhaps you want to have an informal gathering a day or two before the wedding to the families can get to know each other a bit better.

Or you might want to treat your bridesmaids to a special thank you bridal brunch as a show of appreciation for them being a part of your life.


In either case, hosting a bridal brunch is a great idea. Make it a relaxing, informal setting and dress it up with the theme colors from your wedding.

Considering this is more than likely going to be a larger group, I would recommend setting the brunch food up buffet style. Find more brunch party planning tips and ideas.

You don’t have to make them all! Just pick and add a few new ideas in with your existing favorites.

A Bridal Brunch Menu

Main Course Selections

  • Quiche – This quiche is made with flaked crab meat, eggs, Swiss cheese, green onion, and evaporated milk.
  • Classic Deviled Eggs – Always a favorite and an easy to eat finger food.
  • Cold shrimp served with cocktail sauce
  • A meat and cheese tray of your favorite salami and cheeses. You can also add in a port wine cheese spread. Serve with sesame crackers.
  • Chopped Ham Tea Sandwiches

Fruit Selections

  • Pretty in Pink Fruit Salad – It is made with oranges, apples, bananas, pineapple, walnuts, and maraschino cherries.
  • Fresh Fruit Tray and Dip – Choose fruit in season like apples, oranges, strawberries and the like. Serve with marshmallow creme fruit dip.
  • Mini-Fruit Tarts – made with mini pastry shells, vanilla coconut filling, and topped with fresh summer fruits of blueberries and cherries.

Vegetable Selections

  • Raw Veggies and Dip – Fill a plate with crisp baby carrots, sliced of avocado, red, green, and yellow pepper slices and bite sized pieces of cauliflower.
  • A fresh green salad made with Arugula or Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, slices of avocado and sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese and pepper.
  • Easy Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Classic Taco Salad
  • Veggie Pizza

Bread Selections

Beverage Selections

  • Mimosa – Classic Champagne and orange juice with a splash of Grand Mariner.
  • Bellini Cocktail – It is made with peach nectar, peach schnapps, and a dry sparkling wine.
  • Bloody Mary – A brunch favorite. Tomato juice, seasonings, and a garnish of your favorite vegetable.
  • Sangria – An easy sangria recipe made with orange juice, lemon juice, dry red wine, and club soda.

Also include coffee, tea, milk, and orange juice.

Dessert Selections

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All-American Cheeseburger Pie

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All-American Cheeseburger Pie is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with eggs, hamburger, cheddar cheese, and onion.

This is a no crust quiche that is a nice choice for a low carb diet.

Are you on a low carb diet? This is a good breakfast or brunch recipe for low carbohydrate diets because there is no crust and no biscuit mix used in the recipe. This keeps the carbohydrates to a minimum. For those of you that are not on a low carb diet: don’t pass this one up!


This is a very tasty quiche recipe made from basic ingredients that you usually have on hand. You and your family will enjoy this quiche for any meal.

Breakfast and Brunch Serving Ideas

Serve with toast, jam, and jelly. Also, try this recipe for popovers. A fresh fruit compote or melon and grape salad makes a nice side dish as well.

cheeseburger pie ready for the oven

cheeseburger pie ready for the oven

 

A slice of cheeseburger pie ready to eat.

A slice of cheeseburger pie ready to eat.

All-American Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

All-American Cheeseburger Pie
 
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All-American Cheeseburger Pie is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with eggs, hamburger, cheddar cheese, and onion.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped sweet yellow or green onion
  • 1-pound hamburger, thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 10" oven safe quiche pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat, add 1 Tablespoon butter.
  4. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add hamburger. Crumble and brown the hamburger meat and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drain off extra fat and cool slightly.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, cornstarch, salt and eggs.
  8. To assemble:
  9. Evenly spread out the crumbled hamburger on the bottom of the quiche pan.
  10. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the hamburger.
  11. Pour the egg and milk mixture evenly over everything.
  12. Bake for 35-40 minutes until it is golden brown and set in the center.
Notes
This quiche recipe serves 6.
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Ice Cream Sundae Ideas

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A homemade ice cream sundae is a special treat that brings back happy memories of childhood. Find creative ice cream sundae ideas for building your own sundae masterpiece.

Is there anything quite as tempting as a big dish of your favorite flavor ice cream, or if you are lucky enough, multiple flavors of ice cream topped with chocolate, caramel, or a fruit sauce?

Perhaps you go all out and add whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. Below are a few creative ideas to get you started builiding your own custom sundae creation.

Homemade Ice Cream Sundae Ideas


If you are in need of some ideas to make a sundae, here are a few to get you started. Some are quite traditional, while a few are a little more eclectic.

Unique Ice Cream Sundae Recipes – Some fun concoctions of my own making! Find recipes for a Dusty Road Sundae, an Independence Day Sundae, Apple Cinnamon Delight Sundae, Chocolate Peppermint Sundae and more.

Make Your Next Party an Ice Cream Sundae Party – Are you looking for a unique family friendly party idea? How about throwing an ice cream sundae party? Find ideas and tips for toppings and sprinkles. It doesn’t have to be only for the kids.

Ice Cream Topping Ideas

Here are a few ice cream topping ideas to get you started along with links to selected products.

milk chocolate sauce
King’s Cupboard espresso chocolate sauce
King’s Cupboard bittersweet chocolate sauce
Ghiradelli Black Label chocolate sauce
Ghiradelli caramel sauce
Designer fruit sauces like strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry
Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Sauce
marshmallow creme
light corn syrup
malt powder
vanilla flavored coffee syrup
Trader Joe’s raspberry chipotle sauce

Now, for the fun stuff! Mix and match to your heart’s content. Start with your favorites and then get creative and try something new.

Colored Sprinkles
Colored Sugars
Chocolate chips
Chocolate Vermicelli Sprinkles
Chopped Walnuts
Pecans
Peanuts
Yogurt Chips
Shredded Coconut
Nonpareil seeds
Peanut Butter Chips
Mini M and M’s
English Toffee chips
Butterscotch Chips
Crumbled Brownie bits

and of course…Homemade Ice Cream. No ice cream sundae is complete without the real thing…homemade ice cream. Indulge your taste buds in the rich, creamy pleasure of ice cream you made yourself.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Extra Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding Ice Cream

Delicious and Easy Triple Chocolate Ice Cream

Malted Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Cookie Chunks

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Recipes Cookbook

Ice Cream Recipes CookbookLearning to make old-fashioned homemade ice cream is not as hard as it seems. The recipes in this cookbook are clear and easy to understand. Many of the recipes do not even require an ice cream maker. If you love homemade ice cream, you won’t be disappointed in the large variety of recipes in this cookbook dedicated to ice cream. These old-fashioned ice cream recipes are just what you remember from your childhood. Click here to purchase.

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Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

crab stuffed deviled eggs

Crab stuffed deviled eggs are hard cooked eggs stuffed with a delicious crab meat mixture and lightly seasoned with chives and parsley.

Serve this deviled egg recipe for breakfast or brunch or an anytime snack. Bring them to a picnic, housewarming party, or for an office pot-luck. You can make them ahead in the morning or even the night before.

Crab stuffed deviled eggs are just as quick and easy to make as regular deviled eggs and are high in protein due to the crab meat and eggs. They make a perfect food for those on a low-carb diet.


NOTE:  One of the keys to working with canned crab meat is rinsing and draining it thoroughly with cold water before using it in any recipe. This removes the “fishy” flavor while still retaining the delicate flavor of the crab meat. If you do this step, make sure you use a fine mesh strainer and a large spoon to push out ALL of the excess liquid. Otherwise your egg mixture will turn out runny.

Make Better Hard Cooked Eggs

One of the biggest helps I have found in making any type of deviled egg is using an egg cooker instead of cooking eggs in a kettle. They turn out consistently better when you use an egg cooker. You can take a look at the one I own below. This is one piece of kitchen equipment that is worth the investment and shelf space.

One of the things I like best about using an egg cooker is being able to peel the eggs while they are still warm. Often, when I have made hard cooked eggs I have had to refrigerate them for a few hours before they would peel well. Now I can cook the eggs in my egg cooker and peel them about 15 minutes after they are done. It is a great time saver and I find the shells peel much better. This is what I use at home and love it! You get consistent hard cooked eggs that peel easily.
Chef’s Choice 810 Gourmet Egg Cooker

You might also like these other recipes for deviled eggs too.

Classic Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs with Relish
Basic Deviled Eggs with 3 Variations

Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs Recipe

Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs
 
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Crab stuffed deviled eggs are hard cooked eggs stuffed with a delicious crab meat mixture and lightly seasoned with chives and parsley. Serve this deviled egg recipe for breakfast or brunch or an anytime snack.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 12 hard cooked eggs
  • 1 (7-1/2 ounce) can crab meat, drained and flaked
  • 3 Tablespoons finely snipped chives
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Hard cook the eggs per your usual method. Chill them and peel the shells.
  2. Cut eggs in halves lengthwise and place the yolks in a separate medium sized bowl.
  3. Rinse and drain the crab meat in a fine mesh strainer. Be sure to use a large spoon to push out any excess moisture from the crab meat. Do this a couple of times. Do not skip this step or your egg mixture will turn out mushy and runny.
  4. Mash the egg yolks with the well-drained and flaked crab meat, chives, parsley, mayonnaise, and salt.
  5. Using a small teaspoon, place the crab meat mixture into each of the eggs.
  6. Sprinkle with additional chives for added color (optional).
  7. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Notes
Makes 12 servings (24 pieces).

You can substitute ¼ cup green onions instead of the chives, but you need to chop them very fine and may want to use a bit less. Chives have a mellower onion flavor than green onions and I think they work better with crab meat as they are not as overpowering. It depends on your personal taste.
 

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Cherry Coffee Cake

cherry coffee cake

Cherry coffee cake is made with sweet cherry pie filling, sugar, egg whites, butter, and milk and finished with a crumb topping. Serve for brunch, breakfast, or dessert.

Try this delicious cherry coffee cake recipe for breakfast or brunch this weekend and enjoy the compliments!

Whipped egg whites give the coffee cake volume and keeps the cake light and fluffy. This recipe is quick and easy because you use canned cherry pie filling. You can also use any other fruit flavor of pie filling for this recipe such as blueberry or apple.


Serve the cake warm with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream for a fun dessert. Find more coffeecake recipes like this cherry crumb coffee cake.

This cherry coffee cake recipe is from my Grandmother’s recipe box collection.

Cherry Coffee Cake Recipe

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Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping
 
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A cherry coffee cake made with sweet cherry pie filling.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 egg whites, beaten stiff
  • 1-21 ounce can cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9" square or 7" x 11" pan.
  3. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Soften butter and cut in to flour mixture until crumbly. A pastry cutter works well for this. Reserve ½ cup of mixture for topping.
  5. Separate the eggs into two different small bowls.
  6. Combine the 2 egg yolks, beaten and milk. Add to remaining crumb mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  7. Beat the 2 egg whites until stiff. Carefully and slowly fold into batter mixture.
  8. Spread mixture into a greased baking pan or dish.
  9. Over this mixture, evenly spread the cherry pie filling.
  10. Top with the remaining ½ cup of crumbs.
  11. Bake 45-55 minutes until lightly golden brown and set in the center. Let cool slightly.
  12. Top this coffeecake with sweetened whipped cream if desired, and serve warm.
Notes
You can also substitute any other flavor of pie filling instead of the cherry in this coffee cake recipe.
 

Six Layer Grilled Chicken Burritos

grilled chicken burritos

Try these six layer grilled chicken burritos for a fun family dinner. Made with grilled chicken, flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, Spanish rice, and cheese, these burritos will be a favorite.

If you are always on the search for new family dinner recipe ideas like we are it can be tough to find something that tastes great and pleases everyone. I thought this recipe turned out so well we immediately added it into the recipe rotation.

In fact, the first time I made them they disappeared so quick that I didn’t have a chance to photograph them! We made these burritos about a week later and I finally got my photographs for posting on my website.


I love grilled chicken and if you own a grill this is a great way to serve chicken. If you don’t own a grill there are other ready-made options in the prepared frozen food section.

Here is an easy how-to for cooking chicken breasts on a charcoal grill.

Six Layer Grilled Chicken Burritos Recipe

ingredients for grilled chicken burritos

ingredients for grilled chicken burritos

grilled chicken breast meat

grilled chicken breast meat

layering the burrito ingredients

layering the burrito ingredients

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Six Layer Grilled Chicken Burritos
 
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Try these six layer grilled chicken burritos for a fun family dinner. Made with grilled chicken, flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, Spanish rice, and cheese, these burritos will be a favorite.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grill chicken on a gas or charcoal grill or purchase frozen grilled chicken.
  2. If grilled, slice chicken crosswise into thin strips and set aside.
  3. Prepare Rice-a-Roni exactly as directed on package.
  4. Dice tomatoes and place in separate bowl.
  5. Shred cheese and place in a separate bowl.
  6. To Assemble:
  7. Warm a flour tortilla 20 seconds in the microwave. Spread a thin layer of guacamole down the center of the burrito. Add rice, chicken, tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  8. Fold and enjoy!
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How To Cook Chicken Breasts On A Charcoal Grill

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Do you love grilled chicken breasts? Find out how to cook chicken breasts on a charcoal grill. Use the chicken in salads, wraps, and burritos.

One of the best things about summer aside from the warm weather and sunshine is getting out the charcoal grill and making something tasty for dinner. But often you find yourself grilling the same items like hamburgers or bratwurst over and over.

That is why I love grilling chicken. You can enjoy it straight from the grill with some side dishes for a meal on its own or you can use the grilled chicken meat in a variety of other recipes. This is why it is such a versatile meat.


Rather than only eating the plain grilled chicken, using it in other recipes is a way to get creative.

You can also slice and freeze the grilled chicken so you have some available later for other recipes.

Note:  The type of chicken breasts you choose makes a lot of difference. There are many less expensive store brands that lack flavor so choose a good quality chicken breast for grilling. We happen to have an Amish market near us and they have the best tasting chicken I have found. The other brand I like is Gerber Amish chicken breasts. It makes a lot of difference in the end result.

Scroll down to get detailed instructions.

Need a recipe? Try these awesome 6-layer Grilled Chicken Burritos.

Never again worry about ruining a meal by over or under cooking.

Stay safe – Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken on the grill. This is one of the models I recommend:

Instant Read Meat Thermometer For Grill And Cooking.

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Grilling Instructions

Note:  The following instructions are for a Weber 22″ Kettle Charcoal grill – which makes a great gift by the way! As you might notice ours has been used quite often!

Cut Apple Wood chunks in half if necessary. Prepare the Apple Wood smoking chips by placing about 10 -15 chips in a bowl filled with hot water. Do this first and allow them to soak until your grill is hot.


To prepare the grill place 15-20 briquets on each side of the grill. This is called the “indirect method”. Apply charcoal starter fluid and allow it to absorb into the briquets. Light the grill and allow the coals to become white hot and you have a good hot fire.

Place half of the apple chunks on each side of the grill on top of the heated coals.

Place cooking grate on the grill. Using a tong, place the prepared chicken (coated with olive oil to prevent sticking) evenly on the grill. Close the grill lid cover and open the vents on the top of the lid.

Grill for about 25-35 minutes until the juices run clear keeping the lid on except to check occasionally. Flip twice or more often while cooking to get nice grill marks on the chicken. Cooking times will vary depending on how hot your grill is and the amount of chicken you are grilling. Use a meat thermometer to check for proper temperatures.

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When done, remove chicken from the grill and allow to stand 5 minutes. Close down your grill properly.

Slice chicken crosswise into thin strips and it is ready to serve or use in other recipes.

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How To Cook Chicken Breasts On A Charcoal Grill
 
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Do you love grilled chicken breasts? Find out how to cook chicken breasts on a charcoal grill. Use the chicken in salads, wraps, and burritos.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare the chicken by thawing it if necessary in the refrigerator the night before.
  2. Lightly coat each chicken breast with a small amount of olive oil and set aside while preparing the grill.
  3. Cut Apple Wood chunks in half if necessary. Prepare the Apple Wood smoking chips by placing about 10 -15 chips in a bowl filled with hot water. Allow them to soak until your grill is hot.
  4. To prepare the grill place 15-20 briquets on each side of the grill. This is called the "indirect method".
  5. Apply charcoal starter fluid and allow it to absorb into the briquets.
  6. Light the grill and allow the coals to become white hot and you have a good hot fire.
  7. Place half of the apple chunks on each side of the grill on top of the heated coals.
  8. Place cooking grate on the grill.
  9. Using a tong, place the prepared chicken evenly on the grill. Close the grill lid cover and open the vents on the top of the lid.
  10. Grill for about 25-35 minutes until the juices run clear keeping lid on except to check occasionally.
  11. Flip twice or more often while cooking to get nice grill marks on the chicken.
  12. Cooking times will vary depending on how hot your grill is and the amount of chicken you are grilling. Use a meat thermometer to check for proper temperatures.
  13. When done, remove chicken from the grill and allow to stand 5 minutes. Close down your grill properly.
  14. Slice chicken crosswise into thin strips and it is ready to serve or use in other recipes.
 

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Mediterranean Chicken Recipe

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A flavorful Mediterranean chicken recipe served on a bed of Orzo pasta with Feta cheese. Chicken breast simmered in tomatoes, white wine, and garlic with Kalamata olives and fresh herbs.

If you are looking for a great date night dish so both of you can cook, this one fits the bill. It is also a fun family meal for a weekend when you have more time to prepare dinner.

The flavors of this dish come through with Kalamata olives leading the show. If you have never tried these Greek olives they have a completely different flavor than a black or green olive. You might just fall in love with them. The only brand I buy is Mezetta Greek Kalamata olives. They are delicious!


I understand sometimes using dried herbs is much easier and fresh herbs may not be available, but if at all possible I wholeheartedly recommend taking the time to purchase fresh herbs for this recipe. Fresh herbs are delicate, but as they go in at the end of the cooking time all of the flavor holds up.

You prepare the Orzo pasta by starting with four cups chicken broth in a stock pot, and then fill the rest with water. Then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to the water and bring it to a boil (this is optional). Add in your pasta and cook to package directions. The turmeric does not add flavor, but adds a nice yellow color to the pasta. Be sure to rinse out your sink immediately after draining the pasta if you add turmeric to the water, as it will stain white ceramic sinks! You can use a product called Barkeeper’s Friend to clean your sink if necessary.

This Mediterranean chicken recipe is one of our family favorites. Try it this weekend!

You can also find more main dish recipes here.

 

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You won’t believe how good this smells! Mediterranean Chicken simmering in the pan

 

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Mediterranean Chicken ready to serve with Orzo and Feta cheese

Classic Mediterranean Chicken Recipe

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A flavorful Mediterranean chicken recipe served on a bed of Orzo pasta with Feta cheese. Chicken breast simmered in tomatoes, white wine, and garlic with Kalamata olives and fresh herbs.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 Tablespoons white cooking wine
  • 1-1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup white cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped Mazetta Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-16 ounce package orzo pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 6 ounces Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preparation:
  2. Pound the chicken breast with a meat pounder a few times. Cut the chicken crosswise into small strips. Cut into bite size pieces and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and set aside.
  4. Chop the tomatoes and set aside.
  5. Pick the leaves off the fresh herbs, chop fine, and place in separate bowls. Set aside.
  6. Pit and chop the Calamata olives and set aside.

  7. Pasta Preparation:
  8. In a large stock pot add the chicken stock. Add enough additional water to boil a pound of pasta (6-8 cups total. Add in turmeric for color (optional - as it can stain your sink).
  9. Bring water to a boil, add the orzo, and cook according to package directions.
  10. Drain and place in a serving dish. Add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the pasta so it doesn't stick together when cooking the chicken.
  11. Cooking Instructions:
  12. Heat the oil and two tablespoons white cooking wine in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. add chicken and saute about 5-7 minutes until mostly cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and place in a bowl.
  13. Add the garlic to the pan drippings and saute for about one minute. Stir in the onion and saute for 3 additional minutes. Add the tomatoes and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  14. Reduce the heat and add ½ cup white wine and simmer for 10 minutes.
  15. Add thyme and basil and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  16. Return the chicken to the skillet and cover. Cook over low heat until the chicken is cooked completely through and no longer pink. Add the olives and parsley to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

  17. To Assemble:
  18. Place a few large spoons of orzo pasta on the plate. Spoon the chicken mixture over the orzo. Sprinkle with Feta cheese and serve. Yummy!
 

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Mini Donut Maker Review – Make Mini-Donuts at Home

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mini donut makerA fun mini donut maker to make homemade mini donuts for your family. Serve them for breakfast, brunch or a special treat.

To think you can have little mini donuts whenever you want them! Yummy!

This is just the best thing for wonderful homemade treats for a movie or family game night.


What a fun gift for someone who likes to indulge their sweet tooth from time to time. Read more about this Mini Electric Donut Maker. icon

What I Like About this Product

In addition to the donut recipe that comes with the product, you can also use cake and muffin mixes and turn out great tasting donuts.

From there you can use your imagination as to what flavors, glazes, and sprinkles you can add to make them your own.

One of the things I really like about these donuts is that they are baked and not fried. Also, there is no smelly frying oil to clean up when you are done.

In one of the product reviews, a reader wrote in that she bought this donut maker because she was on a gluten-free diet and could no longer enjoy her sweet treats from the local bakery. Rather than go without, she opted to buy this machine instead and found a delicious recipe for gluten-free donuts. (Mentioned in her review.)

You are also able to determine your own ingredients and keep the quality in check.

With the Sunbeam electric donut machine you can make delicious homemade mini-donuts at home.

Mornings will never be the same once you switch on this donut machine. It’s so easy to use and pays for itself in just a few uses.

In under four minutes you can enjoy baked donuts that are not deep-fried yet have all the great donut flavor. Impress your friends and family by serving piping hot donuts.

Mini Donut Maker Features

  • Bakes delicious mini donuts without deep-frying!
  • Makes fresh donuts in under four minutes.
  • Easy and convenient.
  • Mini donuts are about 1-1/2″ in diameter, once baked.
  • Makes 7 delicious donuts at once.
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