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MacKenzie-Childs {$500 Giveaway}

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 MacKenzie-Childs is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway from them today! One lucky winner will receive a $500 gift card from MacKenzie-Childs!!

They have so many swoon-worthy items to pick from! Everything from exquisite kitchen accessories to fun and whimsical garden items! 

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I happened to fall head-over-heels in love with their black and white courtly check enamelware,

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as well as all of the lovely Laguiole flatware and servingware! 

Aren’t those spreaders beyond gorgeous and elegant?! 

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Just look at those sweet little bees on each and every knife. Such attention to detail. 

Wait until you see the Flower Market enamelware pitcher. 

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I can’t take my hands off of it! (I’m not kidding) It has the most beautiful shape and smooth surface. And with outdoor entertaining season upon us I am just tickled to have all of this enchanting enamelware to use.

Of course it isn’t only for outside entertaining! It adorns any table with a stunning statement.

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 I love to mix the check print with the floral print. So charming with a casual elegance don’t you think?

 And the serving platters are fabulous! While the round serving platter makes a perfect cheese plate, I like to use the oval one to serve the main course as it comes hot off the grill or sometimes I even use it to serve the drinks! 

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MacKenzie-Childs makes entertaining a breeze! 

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***We have a WINNER!!!!!***

Thanks to everyone who joined in on all the fun for this fantastic giveaway from MacKenzie-Childs!! There has been one randomly selected winner!!

*Drum roll please*

CONGRATULATIONS to Sue who said…

Love Love Love McKenzie Childs! Hello To Summer!” 

Sue, I will be contacting you via email to give you all of the MacKenzie-Childs $500 gift card  giveaway information! 

 

***Giveaway is now CLOSED*** 

How to Enter the $500 MacKenzie-Childs Giveaway: 

*Just leave me a comment below about your favorite summer entertaining tip or just say *hello*.

*The giveaway starts today, Monday April 29, 2013 and ends Wednesday May 1, 2013 at midnight EST

*One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email sometime Thursday.

Good Luck!

~Wenderly

Disclaimer:: (I would like to thank the kind folks at MacKenzie-Childs for providing me with a gift card to buy their product and for sponsoring the $500 giveaway! As always all photos, thoughts and opinions are my very own.)

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Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Nothing pleases me more than making a meal to enjoy with my family. There is something deeply satiating about nourishing those you love with good food and I feel so blessed to be able to do it. But not everybody has this luxury. There are so many people in this world (and in your own neighborhood) who don’t have the ability to put food on their table. So when I was asked to help Ohio’s foodbanks, I jumped at the chance!

And guess what? You can help too!

Each time someone visits Ohio’s hog farmers on YouTube to watch this darling “Pork from Fork to Farm” video, Ohio Pork Producers Council and its partners will donate one pound of ground pork to Ohio’s foodbanks. Do you believe it?  You can help feed the hungry with one little click from the comfort of your own home. How easy is that?

In keeping with the theme of the campaign, I was asked to make a recipe using ground pork. I decided to make Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps. They are perfect for Spring and make a delightful appetizer or a dazzling main meal.

These are some of the flavorful ingredients I used.

And did I mention that these lettuce wraps are a one dish meal?

I’ve got to admit that while I love pork, I have never used ground pork. I’m pleased to say that it is divine!

The only other thing you’ll need to make your meal complete are lettuce leaves and a little bit of your favorite dipping sauce. Personally, I didn’t even use the dipping sauce. The flavors were so vivid and delicious I just didn’t need any.

We enjoyed the sweet & spicy pork filling wrapped in Boston Lettuce leaves because I happen to love their buttery flavor, but any ol’ lettuce will suffice!

Just spoon the filling into a lettuce leaf,

and top with Daikon sprouts,

or crispy rice noodles.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps are easy and affordable not to mention delicious. I know as I feed my family this evening I shall count my blessings and be ever so grateful for the opportunity to do so. Please join me in the effort to help feed others who are hungry. You’re help is just a click away.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the kind folks of the Ohio Pork Producers Council, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Be sure to stop by and visit these other four Ohio bloggers with whom I have teamed up to check out their delicious recipes!

Aimee of Shugary Sweets

Caitlin of Cooking with Caitlin

Lucrecer of Lucrecer

Tara of Unsophisticook

Here’s the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Makes 8-12 small wraps

Here’s What You’ll Need :

For the meat filling :

1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 pound ground pork
1 shallot, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup water chestnuts, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce (to coat the finished pork filling before serving)

 For the sweet & spicy sauce: 

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2  teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce

Here’s What You’ll Do:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute shallots until they become translucent. Add red bell peppers stirring occasionally until they become soft, about 5 minutes, add garlic and stir before adding the ground pork. Add salt and red pepper flakes. While the pork is browning, put all ingredients for the sweet & spicy sauce into a bowl and whisk until everything is incorporated. Once the pork is fully browned pour the sweet & spicy sauce into the pan stirring until all liquid has reduced. Add water chestnuts and for the last finishing spicy touch, pour in 2 Tablespoons of Sriracha sauce and stir until all of the ground pork is coated. Spoon into freshly washed and dried lettuce leaves and serve.

Enjoy!

~Wenderly

 

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Harry & David Holiday Tower of Treats Giveaway

It’s December! Can you believe it?

It’s that magical time of year when we all seem to make the time to show family, friends and colleagues just how much we care and appreciate them. To me, there is just nothing as glorious as the gift of giving and knowing I’ve put a smile on somebody’s face. When I was asked by Harry & David if I’d like to receive one of their gorgeous gift baskets as well as give one away to one lucky Wenderly reader, I was beyond thrilled! Harry & David has always been a family favorite at my house.

After pouring over all of their fabulous gift baskets I selected the Holiday Tower of Treats.

In no time flat I was greeted by this on my doorstep…

The moment I opened the door a smile instantly spread across my lips. Even their mailing boxes are superbly detailed and full of charm.

I was then reminded again of why Harry & David gift baskets are such a delight.

Not only are they packaged impeccably, in the most beautifully designed boxes and ribbons,

but each individual box is brimming with beautiful fruit,

decadent sweet treats,

and only the finest quality.

Each individual box is a delight to savor each time you open it.

 

*Giveaway is now closed*

 We have a WINNER!!

Congratulations to Catherine who said…

My favorite gift to give are ones that I make myself…pretzels dipped in almond bark, homemade cocoa mix with homemade marshmallows, or homemade granola. They take time, but come from the heart and are always appreciated!”

I will be in touch with you via email with details!

 

*Closed* One winner will receive a Holiday Tower of Treats gift basket that contains…

  • 5-6 Royal Riviera® Pears (2 lbs. 3 oz.)
  • Milk Chocolate Moose Munch Popcorn (10 oz.)
  • Mixed Nuts (4 oz.)
  • Original Baklava (5 oz.)
  • Raspberry Galettes (5.25 oz.)
  • Chocolate Cherries (3 oz.)
  • Assorted Truffles (4 oz.)

 

 

 How to enter: *Closed*

To enter leave me a comment below telling me your favorite gift to give or just say “hello”.

* Giveaway starts today December 3, 2012 and will end Wednesday December 5, 2012, midnight EST. One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email sometime Thursday.

* Open to US residents only.

* You can have the gift basket sent to you or someone else living in the US. 

 

 

For additional entries:*Closed*

* Share on twitter about the giveaway and leave me a separate comment that you did so.

 
* Share on facebook about the giveaway and stop back to leave me a comment that you did so.
 
* (That gives you THREE chances to win this gorgeous Holiday Tower of Treats gift basket!!)
 
 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy gift giving!

~Wenderly

(I would like to thank the kind folks at Harry & David for providing the giveaway and my gift basket to review! As always all photos, thoughts and opinions are my very own.)

 

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Tiramisu Affogato and the Syntia Focus Espresso Machine

In case you didn’t know this…Coffee is like air to me.

Coffee and I have had a longtime love affair. So you can only imagine my ecstatic state of mind when I received this gorgeous Syntia Focus Espresso Machine  made by Philips Saeco to play with and review a few weeks ago. I mean isn’t she a beauty!?

I’m embarrassed to admit that I…lover-of-coffee…have never even owned an espresso machine. I have always brewed my own coffee the in a basic coffee pot and then relied on my favorite coffee house for my *real deal* cup of coffee later in the day. Well I am here to tell you that my coffee drinking life has changed forever! I have hopelessly fallen in love my espresso machine! I was a tad bit intimidated to try it out at first but after reading the manual *ahem* (and by that I mean My Yanni reading the manual and then describing in every little intricate detail what to do and not to do ), I put on my barista hat and I was ready to go. Once you understand the different sequences, and remember to pay attention to the illuminated  prompts, making the perfect cup of espresso or coffee is just a simple button push away!

My Yanni and I have been enjoying all sorts of fantastic coffee drinks lately. My kitchen smells of divine robust coffee and I’m finding that I don’t need to make daily trips to my favorite coffee house any longer. We  have even swapped out our beloved coffee maker for the gorgeous espresso machine! Something that I never thought would ever happen! Its sleek rich design and ability to whip up a fantastic cup of coffee 0r espresso in minutes makes keeping it out for all to enjoy a no-brainer.  This past weekend we took our coffee loving experience a step further and made a decadent dessert to accompany our after dinner espresso, we made Tiramisu Affogato.

Such a stunning and delicious specimen.

And it was a total cinch to make.

This is a perfect dessert to dazzle guests with at any dinner party!

We just made a double shot of espresso,

placed a few lady finger cookies in the bottom of a bowl.

Plopped a big dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on top,

shaved some dark chocolate,

then poured the hot espresso all over the top.

Creamy, dreamy, rich and coffee-chocolatey…

It was a match made in heaven!

Here are my thoughts about the Philips Saeco Focus Espresso Machine…

Pros –

* We get to enjoy coffee house quality coffee drinks in the comfort of our own home.

* The machine takes minutes to prepare each drink.

* The sleek beautiful design of the Syntia Focus looks stunning on my kitchen counter.

* We can enjoy espresso as well as a long coffee (espresso with more water) that both taste incredible!

* We are saving money buy indulging our coffee habit at home rather than driving to our favorite coffee house.

* We can use any coffee/bean that we like and are not restricted to those packets/pods of coffee.

 

Cons –

* The machine can be loud while it prepares to make a drink.

* You must remember to push the buttons in proper sequence or the machine will dump the coffee before it has been used.

* The small opening and flip lid over the coffee hopper makes it tricky to get the coffee grounds dumped in without spilling some.

I must state for the record, that My Yanni and I give the Syntia Focus a two thumbs up! We really love the fact that we can easily replicate and enjoy delicious upscale coffee drinks in the comfort of our own home!

Here’s the yummy recipe!

Tiramisu Affogato

(serves 1)

What you’ll need:

3 lady finger cookies
1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
1 Tablespoon shaved dark chocolate
2 shots hot espresso

What you’ll do:

Place lady fingers in the bottom of a bowl, plop a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top, sprinkle shaved chocolate and pour hot espresso all over the top.

Sit back and enjoy!

Happy Caffeinating!

Wenderly

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Tangy Orange-Glazed Grilled Chicken & Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

This time of year is bittersweet for me. Summer is winding down, the kids are back to school (my house is painfully quiet) and the days are slowly getting shorter. But you know what? That isn’t going to stop me from savoring summer for one last long weekend! Labor day is coming up and I plan to savor every last glorious drop of summertime by firing up the grill and enjoying some scrumptious food with friends and family! AND I’ve got a fun giveaway to make your Labor Day even more wonderful thanks to the kind folks at Bush’s Beans!

But first I’ve got a mouthwatering recipe that you can put together in minutes! Tangy Orange-Glazed Chicken breasts that will tickle your tastebuds!

It begins with a glaze that is full of fresh flavor. Here are a few of the star ingredients…

Orange juice, garlic, fresh cilantro and a mix of cumin, coriander and paprika. The glaze also includes ketchup, brown sugar and hot sauce (not pictured) for an added sweet & spicy kick.

This glaze smells as glorious as it tastes.

It’s like no other glaze I’ve ever tasted. The hot sauce, brown sugar & ketchup give a deep rich & spicy flavor, while the orange juice & cilantro add a tangy fresh punch and the spices give it a warm finish that just lingers on your palate. My Yanni developed this recipe and I would like to state for the record it’s #3,256 why I love him so.

We paired the Tangy Orange-Glazed chicken with Bush’s® Sweet Mesquite Grillin’ Beans.

I recommend that you do the same. The black beans simmered with pieces of red peppers & onions in a sweet & smoky sauce complimented the chicken in the most beautiful way.

It was a match made in culinary heaven. *insert angels singing*

Here’s wishing you and yours a most wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with fun and glorious food!

And now it’s time for…

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

You ready???

Drumroll please…

The lucky winner is Cellabella who said…

“I’d make a my signature Rosemary Garlic Flank Steak recipe served with Bush’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar Baked Beans. My flank steak has been my go-to party dish because I marinate it a day before with olive oil, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, rosemary and onion. After a quick grill or broil, the steak is done with the cooked marinade as a sauce. The sweet baked beans complement the saltiness of the steak perfectly!”

Congratulations Cellabella! I’ll be contacting you about your prize details!

The Giveaway!

Now it’s time for the fun giveaway from Bush’s Beans! Wait till you see the great grilling package these wonderful folks put togther for you!

Next time I make Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs I need to have some of these gorgeous cast iron skewers from Sur la Table on hand!

The Prize includes:

*Cast Iron Skewers, set of 6
*LED Triple Grill Light
*Barbecue Spatula
*Barbecue Fork
*Barbecue Basting Brush
*Bush’s Grillin’ Beans

 How To enter…

Please submit the name of a grilled chicken, steak or chops recipe and favorite flavor of BUSH’S Grillin’ Beans you’d serve with recipe along with a one sentence description of recipe or one sentence why you chose it (e.g., it is a recipe I’ve served at family cookouts for 10 years) The giveaway begins today Monday, August 27, 2012 and will end on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. EST and is open to all U.S. residents. One winner will be randomly selected and announced sometime Friday after 6:00 p.m. EST. Please make sure to leave a valid email address so that we can notify you about prize details! 

Disclaimer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Here’s the recipe!

Tangy Orange-Glazed Chicken

(Serves 6)

Ingredients:

Seasoning:

  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Coriandor
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Lime’s juice
  • 1/2 Tsp S+P
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Glaze:

  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 Tsp S+P
 First prepare the glaze. Finely dice garlic clove, then mix 1 tsp course salt pressing carefully with the knife until the constancy of a paste. Mix all other ingredients in a sauce pan. Let simmer on a low heat stirring frequently until reduced by about 1/2 (about 20-30 min).

As the glaze is reducing, season chicken with Cumin, Coriander ,Paprika, chopped Cilantro, Lime juice, hot sauce, and S+P to taste.  Place on grill on high heat to quickly sear both sides, then turn again, this time glaze chicken at each flip. Cook until internal 165° F (about 20 min depending on heat settings).

When done, baste chicken with glaze one last time then let it rest for 5 min. Serve with additional side of glaze and Bush’s Sweet Mesquite Gillin’ Beans.

Enjoy!

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Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

I have finally slipped into a summertime-state-of-mind. With all of the busy 4th of July festivities now but a memory, I find myself yearning to delve into all that summer has to offer. I want to covet the long, lazy, steamy days and saunter through them with a moment by moment mentality. I love to rise with the sun and quietly sip that first exquisite cup of coffee before the rest of the world wakes up. As I move onto my second cup I relish in the ritual of watering my thirsty garden. Watching the cool water bring my beloved flowers back to life I make a mental check list of what I’d like to accomplish in the precious hours that lay patiently before me. More often than not, my mind wanders to food.

What meals will I prepare for my family today?

Nine times out of ten I visualize a meal made for the grill as the perfect way to eventually end the day.

Wouldn’t you agree that grilling is the perfect way to end a summertime day? And in my mind, the less complicated, more flavorful, the better I always say.

Wait until you see how easy these sweet & spicy pepperazzi steak kabobs are to assemble! You’ll need top sirloin steak, hickory smoked bacon, red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers, an onion, fresh sage and dried rosemary (and paprika and S & P that didn’t make it into the photo).

You’ll also need some skewers. Can’t make kabobs without skewers. I used wooden hickory smoked skewers for added flavor but you can use whatever you like. (If you decide to use wooden skewers just remember to soak before using). Putting the kabobs together is a breeze. Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and pepperazzi peppers in half. Place the steak into a bowl and toss with the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor as the two meld together while grilling. It is magnificent.

Wasn’t that easy? And aren’t they pretty? Just wait until you taste how flavorful they are!

Once assembled, place on the grill and cook (and turn) kabobs until desired temperature.

And while your at it, try throwing some Bush’s Grillin’ Beans into a grill-safe bowl and heat them right beside the steak kabobs on the grill.

I like to take the term “grillin’ beans” literally. And why not? It makes dinner that much easier.

I served Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans. The delicious slow-cooked rich barbecue sauce with pieces of red pepper tucked within the beans was a superb compliment for the sweet & spicy steak kabobs.

It was a match made in heaven.

And it was the perfect way to end my summertime state-of-mind kind of day.

Happy grilling!

~Wenderly

Here’s the recipe!

Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

(makes 8 kabobs)

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak
16 red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers
4 slices hickory smoked bacon
1 onion

For the rub:

1 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup dried rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup fresh sage – chopped
salt & pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

If using wooden skewers, soak in water before using.

Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and the pepperazzi peppers in half. To make the rub for the meat, mix the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper and toss with the cubes of steak. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor.

Place the kabobs onto a preheated grill and cook until desired temperature. Make sure to turn the kabobs for even cooking.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans but as always the opinions stated, photos & recipes are my own.

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Balsamic & Rosemary Chicken

If you’re looking for a mouthwatering recipe to serve your guests this 4th of July, look no further. I’ve got a divine balsamic & rosemary chicken that will make any cookout, picnic or party a CELEBRATION indeed!

My Yanni and I have been grilling up a storm this summer and our new all time favorite has to be this balsamic chicken. It’s just bursting with fragrance and flavor and it’s as easy as can be to make.

You’ll begin with a balsamic vinegar & rosemary reduction.

While the balsamic vinegar, rosemary, brown sugar and smashed garlic are simmering their way into a succulent thick sauce, you can get the chicken breasts washed, trimmed and dried.

When the balsamic reduction has reduced by half, pour it into and a bowl and let cool. Once cooled, whisk in some brown mustard and rice wine vinegar. Slather the eagerly waiting chicken with the heavenly concoction then sprinkle chopped rosemary and S&P to taste.

If you could smell all of the vibrant flavors in my kitchen right now!

Swoon.

Marinade the chicken in the fridge for at least and hour to let all of the gorgeous flavors marry one another. Then grill on medium heat until done.

Is your mouth watering yet? And wasn’t that easy?

To complete the perfect 4th of July celebration, pair the chicken with some delicious grillin’ beans. I mean what could be more all American than serving Bush’s Grillin’ Beans on the 4th of July?

I can’t think of a thing.

I chose to serve the Sweet Mesquite Grillin’ Beans, (my new favorite flavor) alongside the chicken. The black beans are simmered with onions and red peppers in a sweet & smoky sauce. To. Die. For. I tell you. It’s a delicious heat & serve side that packs a big punch. A most perfect compliment to the tangy balsamic & rosemary chicken

So do yourself a flavor …I mean, favor this 4th of July…make your celebrations even more delicious with this easy tasty meal! Your family & friends will thank you!

Have a scrumptious & safe holiday!

~Wenderly

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans but as always the opinions stated, photos & recipes are my own.
Here’s the tasty recipe –

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Balsamic & Rosemary Chicken

(serves 6)

What you’ll need:

6 chicken breasts
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp coarse salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp brown mustard
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

What you’ll do:

Press garlic and salt together until makes a paste consistency.
Put balsamic, garlic paste, 1/2 of the rosemary and brown sugar into a pot and simmer until mixture has reduced to about half, then let cool.
Once balsamic reduction has cooled, whisk in brown mustard and rice wine vinegar and pour onto chicken. Sprinkle the rest of the rosemary and let it marinade for at least an hour.
Grill on medium heat until chicken is done.

Enjoy!

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Orange & Aromatic Herbs Marinated Steak

 

Summertime and celebrations just seem to go hand and hand, don’t they? The golden sunshine, gentle breeze filled days are the perfect setting to make just about any occasion a celebration.

But add a birthday to the mix…

and a very large beautifully wrapped box to a warm summer day and you’ve got an occasion to celebrate indeed!

 

Especially when that box happens to be holding a new grill!  My Yanni celebrated his 25 birthday (for the 20th time) this past weekend and boy did we have a ball! After showering him with gifts, cards and plenty of love & adoration all day we were left with no other alternative than to break out the grill and cook up a scrumptious summertime meal.

My Yanni wanted steak so we made a delicious marinade with rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, garlic, fresh squeezed orange juice and salt & pepper.

It’s the perfect yummy summertime marinade. Full of fresh mouthwatering flavors.

We paired the steak with Bush’s Steakhouse Grillin’ Beans. The authentic blend of beans with a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar simmered in a robust steak sauce was the perfect side for the steak. You can check out all of the other delicious Grillin’ Beans flavors by clicking here.

It was a meal made in heaven that took no time at all.

Which left plenty of time for more birthday indulgence.

A day full of family, good food and fun…

That, in of itself, is worth celebration in my book!

Happy celebrating!

~Wenderly

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans. However, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Here’s the recipe!

Orange & Aromatic Herbs Marinated Steak

(Serves 4)

What you’ll need:

• 1 (1 1/2 lb) boneless round steak (or your favorite grilling steak)
• 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (or store bought orange juice)
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 tbsp dried rosemary, crushed
• 2 tbsp dried thyme, crushed
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 tbsp kosher salt
• 1 tsp pepper

What you’ll do:

Rinse steak and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place all ingredients except steak in a gallon sized resealable plastic bag and mix by squeezing bag. Add steak and massage meat until all ingredients cover both sides.

Let marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour to overnight. (The longer the better).

Grill steak to desired doneness. Let rest 5-10 minutes. Slice & serve!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Inside-Out Spicy Pork Fajitas

It’s grilling season! And guess what? Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Grilling is an all time favorite activity at our house. We made these Inside-Out Spicy Pork Fajitas recently and they were so fantastic that we plan to make them again for friends and family this Memorial Day. It’s the perfect way to kickoff summer, don’t you think?

This recipe is so festive and easy that I just know it will be one that we will enjoy all summer long. All you’ll need are some pork chops, fresh cilantro, chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce, sun dried tomatoes, onions, yellow peppers, paprika, fresh lime juice and salt & pepper.

First, pound pork chops to tenderize and flatten to wide shape.  Place pork in large sealable bags and pour in fresh lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, paprika and s & p. Mix ingredients evenly coating the pork then let marinade for about an hour (the longer the better).

Next, place 2-3 pieces each of peppers, onions, sun dried tomatoes and chipotle on the flattened piece of pork then wrap the pork around ingredients securing with a toothpick (be sure toothpick is easy to see to later remove). Place the rolled pork chops on medium heat grill until cooked.  Let rest for 5 min then slice into medallions, sprinkle with some leftover chopped cilantro and serve on a flour tortilla.

We love to serve our Inside-Out Spicy Pork Fajitas with Bush’s Black Bean Fiesta Grillin’ Beans . The easy heat-n-serve black beans simmered in a chipotle sauce with corn and red peppers make the perfect pairing with the spicy fajitas!

It’s a party on your plate as well as in your mouth!

*The giveaway sponsored by Bush’s Grillin’ Beans is now closed*

“Grillin’ Bold this Memorial Day? Bush’s has the beans for it. Come join the cookout with Cookin’ Canuck and Hoosier Homemade sponsored by Bush’s Grillin’ Beans. Stop over to link up your recipe for a chance to win! I’m linking up with these yummy Inside-Out Spicy Pork Fajitas! I can’t wait to see all the deliciousness that you all will come up with!

Happy Grilling!

~Wenderly

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans. However, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Here’s the recipe!

Inside-Out Spicy Pork Fajitas

(serves 6)

What you’ll need:

6 boneless pork loin chops (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup sliced sun dried tomatoes
1/2 small onion (thinly sliced)
1 medium yellow pepper
1/2 cup sliced chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 fresh squeezed juice of lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
S+P to taste

What you’ll do:

Pound pork chops to tenderize and flatten to wide shape.

Place pork in large sealable bags and pour in fresh lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, paprika and s+p. Mix ingredients evenly coating the pork then let marinade for about an hour (the longer the better).
Slice sun dried tomatoes, onions, yellow pepper and chipotle into thin, evenly sized strips about 1/8″ wide and set aside.
After pork is finished marinading, place 2-3 pieces each of peppers, onions, sun dried tomatoes and chipotle on the flattened piece of pork then wrap the pork around ingredients securing with a toothpick (be sure toothpick is easy to see to later remove).
Place on medium heat grill until cooked.  Let rest for 5 min then slice into medallions, sprinkle with some leftover chopped cilantro and serve on a flour tortilla.

Enjoy!

 

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Greek Fetish Hamburgers & Giveaway (Closed)

Last weekend we had a tailgate with friends. We all enjoyed a day filled with food, fun & football. I got busy setting the scene for the festivities and My Yanni who doubles as My Grill Master was in charge of the grill and cooked up a delicious storm. I’ve already shared our fun & easy idea for an everyday bratwurst…

A Brat-Kabob.

And now I can make you wait no longer to share the mouthwatering Greek Fetish Burgers.

These burgers are a crowd-pleaser that are packed with a big flavor punch. My Yanni (who happens to be Greek) and I are big fans of feta. We have an ongoing joke at our house that “everything tastes betta with feta.”

These burgers are no exception.

Greek Fetish burgers are filled with salty crumbled feta, diced sweet onion, tangy sun dried tomatoes and dried oregano.

I told you that they were packed with flavor.

We garnished our burgers with a mesclun mix that included a little (more) feta & red peppers tossed in olive oil & red wine vinegar.

And to take it a step further, topped it all with a dollop of tzatziki.

Oh heavens was that a tasty mouthful.

Can I hear an “OPA?”

We served our burgers with some delicious  Bush’s® Homestyle Baked Beans for the perfect hassle-free game day combination.

The down-home flavor of the Homestyle baked beans in a tangy sauce with specially cured bacon and brown sugar were the perfect match for My Yann’s Greek Fetish Burger.

The Greek Fetish Burgers and beans filled the bellies of all the fans and made our game day tailgate a success! Be sure to make some at your next tailgate!

Now it’s time for a fun giveaway from Bush’s Beans! Enter to win this awesome prize package that will make your game day entertaining even more fun! The giveaway includes the following…

 • One black Bush’s branded cooler with speaker
       Cooler has side zippered pocket with jack to allow for compatibility with MP3 player and front pocket to store accessories

• Two royal blue Bush’s branded folding chair
        Chairs have built in cup holders on each side

• One hamburger press with handles
        Prep two perfect burgers with this two-piece press, an easy way to make neat and uniformly sized patties

• One hot dog/brat griller
        Six-slot stainless steel cooker produces professional-style results while keeping foods from failing through the grill

• Vouchers for Bush’s Baked Beans to serve up to 20 guests (or 5 cans)

We have a WINNER!!!

Congratulations to Joanne who said,

“My favorite game day food is hamburgers cooked on the grill!”

Congratulations Joanne! I’ll be contacting you about your prize! 

****This Giveaway is now CLOSED****

To enter this giveaway, simply leave me a comment below telling me YOUR favorite game day food! The giveaway begins today Tuesday, October 25, 2011 and will end on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST and is open to all U.S. residents. One winner will be randomly selected and announced sometime Friday after 3:00 p.m. EST .Please make sure to leave a valid email address so that we can notify you about prize details!

 

   Disclaimer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Greek Fetish Burgers

(makes 12 burgers)

What You’ll Need:

3 pounds of your favorite ground meat (we used ground sirloin)
3 ounces crumbled feta
4 ounces sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil -chopped
1 medium sweet onion -chopped
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

What To Do:

Mix all ingredients in a big bowl until incorporated. Shape into 12 burgers about 1/2″ thick patties and about 6 inches in diameter. Place on med-high grill (or a skillet) and cook for 4-6 minutes (3 minutes on each side) until cooked through. (Note: heat temperatures, thickness of burgers etc. can effect cooking time.)

 ENJOY!