Posts Tagged ‘Lemon’

My Grandma’s Soft Lemon Chocolate Marble Cake

Cakes and Cookies

When I was little, I used to love spending time with my grandma. She used to come visit us every summer for a couple of weeks, make sure we have fun, eat well and don’t miss out on anything, all while slightly getting on my mom’s nerves 🙂

She used to take us to her house, about a 2 hour drive from ours, and give us the best and most memorable summers ever. Ice skating, swimming pool, beaches, movies, made sure we meet new friends, sweets, chocolates and her oh-so-delicious food.

After a few years she moved overseas to be able to spend more time with my cousins and aunt there, and I remember missing her terribly. She used to write to us and just lately I found one of the letters. Needless to say that seeing her handwriting and reading the lines, imagining her voice, brought me to tears and I found myself thinking about her more than ever.

You see, she was one of my best friends, she was the strongest and most stubborn person I have ever know, she was the most consistent and target oriented person I’ve met, she was a great cook, a wonderful accordionist, pianist and teacher, she was  the biggest heart and soul, she was my “Omama”. I knew that no matter what, she will always tell me the truth, tell me what she really thinks even if I didn’t always like it. She called me every second day (of course the timing was off most of the times but she was my granny) and made sure I’m well, that I have money, food and that I’m happy.

Sometimes smells and tastes trigger memories in us, and this is exactly what happened with this cake.

I remembered that she used to make the most delicious marble cake. I remembered it was full of flavour and soft yet not too soft nor dry, it was perfect.

So the other day I called my mom and asked her to send me the recipe. Of course, II made it the same day, and indulged over it for the entire weekend. Yeah – I let other people taste as well, they all loved it and so I decided to share my grandma’s recipe. And although it will not be accompanied by sweet memories for everyone, I’m sure you will create your own sweet memories around this amazing and simple cake.

The best lemon chocolate marble cake

The best lemon chocolate marble cake

My Grandma's Soft Lemon Chocolate Marble Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft, easy and flavorful marble cake. Perfect for a cold winter day with a cup of tea or in the sun, with a refreshing glass of ice tea.
Ingredients
You will need:
  • 9.5/10 inch round pan OR 10X14 pan
For egg foam:
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ½ Cup Sugar
For the lemon cake batter:
  • 1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • Juice from 1 whole lemon
For the chocolate cake batter:
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 65gr Butter - Cubed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Prepare preferred baking pan covered with parchment paper (cover edges/walls as well)
  3. Start by beating the egg whites using a stand mixer on medium-high speed until white foam starts to form
  4. Add in the ½ cup sugar gradually and continue beating until stiff peaks form (about 3-5 minutes). Set the bowl aside.
  5. In a small saucepan combine the chocolate batter ingredients except for the butter and mix well
  6. Heat saucepan with cocoa mix over medium heat while stirring constantly until you get a smooth chocolate paste
  7. Turn heat off and add in the butter. Stir constantly until the butter melts completely and set aside to cool to room temperature (I usually pour the batter into a big coffee mug to cool)
  8. In a separate bowl mix the lemon batter ingredients well until fully combined. You should get a batter that resembles a dense pancake mix.
  9. Slowly fold the egg foam into the lemon batter until fully combined. Make sure to do this slowly and actually fold in gradually.
  10. Remove ⅓ of the lemon batter into a small bowl and add in the chocolate batter
  11. So now you have a bowl with ⅔ of the lemon batter and a bowl with the other ⅓ mixed with the chocolate.
  12. Pour ½ of the white colored batter into the baking pan, then pour in the chocolate batter (making sure you cover the white layer or at least most of it) and finally finish with another layer of the other half of the white batter.
  13. Using a toothpick “draw” some gentle circles or lines along the cake to create the marble-like look at the end. Don’t make too many swirls or the darker color will take over the entire cake.
  14. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until the top of the cake is golden and a test toothpick comes out dry after you poke the cake with it.
  15. Store covered to avoid a dry cake

The best lemon chocolate marble cake

When I was little, I used to love spending time with my grandma. She used to come visit us every summer for a couple of weeks, make sure we have fun, eat well and don’t miss out on anything, all while slightly getting on my mom’s nerves 🙂 She used to take us to her […]

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Fresh Salmon in Herbs and Walnuts

Home Made Cooking

A few years ago, after deciding we are moving to Canada we had a few months in which we lives at my parents’ house. It wasn’t easy let me tell ya, it’s pretty hard leaving your fully independent lifestyle behind and moving to your parents’ house with your family.

My parents were amazing and we are grateful and forever will be, for having the privilege for this temporary solution, for having the safety net we needed at the time. Other than having a free babysitter 24/7 (which was awesome) I also had the opportunity to help my out here and there. If it was cleaning the house,. tidying up, helping with chores and errands and cooking.

Now, cooking may sound like an easy chore for a food lover and blogger like me, but making food and having my dad actually enjoy it, now that is a whole different league.

One day when my mom was away working late in one of her many jobs, it started getting late and I knew somebody needs to make dinner soon; that somebody was me.

I found Salmon fillet and decided to top it up with greens and bake it. So I chopped and I cut, I grated and I mixed and 35 minutes later I served my Salmon with herbs to the table, anxiously waiting to see the reaction on my dad’s face.

Imagine how happy I was when he said it’s really good and that I should make sure I leave a copy of the recipe for my mom. That night I knew – This recipe was a keeper. And I’ve been making it ever since. It always impresses my guests and really it involves minimum work and maximum flavor.

True, it’s not dietetic but it’s full of greens – It’s good for ya 🙂

Fresh Salmon with herbs and walnuts

Fresh Salmon in Herbs and Walnuts
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Recipe type: Fish
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Impressive and easy with a unique and delicate flavor, you will fall in love with this recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 Large Fresh Salmon Fillet (I used 1kg Fillet)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 ½ Cup Chopped Parsley
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • ½ cup Chopped Basil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Finely Diced
  • Lemon Zest from ½ Lemon
  • ½ Lemon - Juiced (use same half)
  • Lemon Slices from ½ Lemon (the 2nd half of the lemon)
  • ¾ Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Tbsp coarse Salt (Kosher Salt)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Prepare a deep baking dish (could be Pyrex or any other pan that will fit the fish size)
  3. In a medium bowl combine the chopped cilantro, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and walnuts. Mix well just like you would with a salad.
  4. Place the Salmon fillet in the baking dish and completely cover it with the herb mix.
  5. Carefully pour the whipping cream on top, pouring from one end of the fish to the other, covering the entire fish.
  6. Sprinkle the kosher salt on top of the herbs. Sprinkle evenly on top of the whole fish.
  7. Place the lemon slices on top for decoration.
  8. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on the fish size and thickness).
Notes
**This dish tastes even better the next day so keep those leftovers**
** Decorate with cherry tomatoes and you'll have the perfect Christmas themes dish**

Fresh Salmon with herbs and walnuts

Fresh Salmon with herbs and walnuts

A few years ago, after deciding we are moving to Canada we had a few months in which we lives at my parents’ house. It wasn’t easy let me tell ya, it’s pretty hard leaving your fully independent lifestyle behind and moving to your parents’ house with your family. My parents were amazing and we […]

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Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

T’is the season for baking, or so they say, but really every season is a season for baking.

I know, I know it’s a tradition thing, but I don’t need a specific season to bake, or more specifically bake cookies.

Everywhere you look there’s cookies for the holidays, if it’s online, in-store, on brand websites, social media, it’s all over the place. But really, I think that the season of baking was made up because there was nothing better to do in this cold 🙂

Take me for example, it’s Sunday today and I can finally rest and basically do nothing, but what do I do? bake. And why? for 3 main reasons:

1. The kids

2. I like it

3. It’s so cold out and utilizing the oven seems like a nice getaway from the cold

Three weeks ago I bought a Lemon & Lime Marmalade from Pete’s Frootique in Downtown Halifax. It was on sale, and the best part was that it was all natural. No colors, no nothing, I had  to grab it.

When I bought it I had a cookie idea in mind, a simple idea that might end up looking like a million dollars. Today, three weeks later, I changed my mind last minute and ended up with an even better result.

After my son tasted these he gladly declared that I no longer need to make him lemon meringue pie, I can always just make these Lemon Meringue cookies. I also made them with homemade raspberry jam and although it tasted a bit sweeter they were so good. So good that it only took the kids and hubby about 2 hours to completely devour 45 cookies. Lucky for me (and you) I was able to snap some pictures.

So there you have it. The perfect lemon/raspberry meringue cookies. Whether it’s that season or not – these will always be a hit.

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Pastries
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 45 Cookies
 
Lemon Meringue Pie in a cookie. That's right! Butter cookies with lemon or raspberry and meringue. A surprisingly fun and easy recipe that ends up looking like a million dollars.
Ingredients
For the Cookies:
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 125gr Butter
  • 1 Cup Icing Sugar
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 5 Tbsp Water
For the filling:
  • Lemon Marmalade
  • (And/ Or) Raspberry Jam
For the Meringue:
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • ¼ Cup Icing Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and layer a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To quickly soften the butter, grate or cut into small cubes into the mixing bowl.
  3. In a stand mixer bowl combine the flour, butter, icing sugar and egg yolks. Mix until you get a crumbly mix (that resembles sand).
  4. Gradually and while mixing, add one tablespoon water at a time until the dough turns into one soft ball and everything is fully combined. Careful not to over mix it. Stop mixing once it’s all combined into dough.
  5. Using a teaspoon, scoop the dough one teaspoon at a time and roll each scoop of dough into a small ball. Place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet making sure the balls are about 1 inch apart.
  6. Gently press on each ball using the back of your palm to create a disc shaped cookie.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-9 minutes. Bottom of cookies should be golden when they are ready.
  8. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, spread a thick layer of lemon marmalade/ raspberry jam on each cookie and place back onto the baking sheet..
  10. Prepare the meringue by whipping the egg whites and icing sugar together on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. You should get a firm and sable meringue.
  11. Using a piping bag (or a Ziploc bag with a cut opening on the bottom), pipe a bit of meringue on each marmalade/ jam covered cookie.
  12. Place the cookies back into the (still) preheated oven for 5 minutes or until meringue is golden.
  13. Remove from the oven, let cool and serve.
  14. Store in an airtight container in one layer.

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Butter Cookies and Raspberry Meringue Cookies

T’is the season for baking, or so they say, but really every season is a season for baking. I know, I know it’s a tradition thing, but I don’t need a specific season to bake, or more specifically bake cookies. Everywhere you look there’s cookies for the holidays, if it’s online, in-store, on brand websites, […]

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Fresh Mint Lime & Cookies with Lemon Drizzle

Cakes and Cookies

What’s your favorite ingredient in the summer? For me it’s definitely lemon, or lime, or just generally sour and refreshing.

Yesterday I decided that the limes in my fridge were there for too long and that I need to put them into proper use. So I did, I made cookies, and to make them even better I added my second favorite ingredient which is fresh mint leaves.

The mint is actually one of my favorites year round. It goes really well in salads and smoothies in the summer and also goes wonderfully in my tea on a cool autumn or winter night.

To make my cookies even better I decided to give it some more lemony flavor and drizzled with lemon glaze. The result? Well…2 baking sheets full of cookies, 2 happy kids and as of this morning, 1 ½ baking sheets gone missing….hmmm.

So give this a try, you’ll love it, it’s so easy and just refreshingly good!

Fresh Mint and Lime Cookies Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

Fresh Mint and Lime Cookies Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

Fresh Mint and Lime Cookies with Lemon Drizzle
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies, Sweets
Serves: 54 Cookies
 
Entertaining this summer? Looking for a refreshing treat? You got it. These fresh mint and lime cookies are the best!
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 200gr Cold Butter – Cubed
  • 2 Cups (300gr) All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup (185gr) White Granulated Sugar
  • Zest from 1 Fresh Lime (you can use lemon)
  • ⅛ Cup Fresh Lime (or lemon) Juice
  • ½ Cup Fresh Mint Leaves (About 7 Sprigs – Just the leaves)
  • 3 Tbsp Water
For the Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
Instructions
Prepare the Cookies:
  1. Place the flour, sugar, ½ of the Butter (100gr), the lime zest and the lime juice in a large mixer bowl.
  2. Place the other ½ of the Butter (100gr) and the Fresh Mint Leaves in a food processor (or Chopper) and grind until combined (you will have butter with tiny green pieces in it)
  3. Add the mint butter to the mixer bowl and mix well
  4. The mixed dough will have coarse sand texture, so add 3 tbsp water one after the other
  5. You should now have well mixed dough the separates from the bowl sides
  6. Divide the dough into 2 balls and roll each until you get a 10 inch long roll
  7. Take the 2 rolls and place in the freezer for 20 minutes
  8. Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and prepare 1-2 baking sheets layered with parchment paper
  9. After 20 minutes remove rolls from freezer and quickly (you don’t want them to completely thaw, when they are frozen it is much easier to slice) slice them into round cookies about ½ inch thick each and place on parchment paper layered baking sheets.
  10. Make sure the cookies are placed at least 1½ inch apart
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies begin to get a golden brown color on the edges
  12. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Do not move the cookies until they are cool. When you remove them you will notice they are soft, that’s fine, they will become nice and crispy after they’re cooled.
Prepare the Lemon Glaze:
  1. Whisk (or stir well using a fork) all the ingredients together until smooth.
Glaze the Cookies:
  1. After the cookies are cool, pick up some glaze with a fork and drizzle on the cookies.

Fresh Mint and Lime Cookies Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

 

What’s your favorite ingredient in the summer? For me it’s definitely lemon, or lime, or just generally sour and refreshing. Yesterday I decided that the limes in my fridge were there for too long and that I need to put them into proper use. So I did, I made cookies, and to make them even […]

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National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini

Tips and News

News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website.

FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?!

You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what the heck”, well here’s what; Meal Exchange is a national youth-driven, registered charity that engages, educates and mobilizes youth to work with their communities to alleviate hunger locally, achieve food security, and develop solutions that attain sustainable food systems. And every year they celebrate National BBQ Day!

What is National BBQ Day?

Well, that’s when hundreds of grills across Canada are being fired up in support of Meal Exchange’s (now 4th) annual National BBQ Day which is a backyard celebration of local food. The first and only national event aimed at raising the profile of locally sourced foods, National BBQ Day encourages all Canadians to host a BBQ in their own backyard (or deck) with family and friends, using as much local food as possible; so if you are sitting there thinking this is awesome, you can actually participate by having a BBQ with friends and family and register your event on the National BBQ Day website (HERE).

You can then share your National BBQ Day experience through social media (#NationalBBQDay) and even win prizes (goes without saying that you will raise awareness of local foods available and where people across Canada can get them).

So now that I blabbed all that, the only last bit of information left to spill is WHEN.

Well, mark your calendars, Saturday, July 13th, 2013.

As for me, I’m pretty sure I’ll be around to fire up the grill. It’s summer and if you’ve been reading my posts for the past year or so, my favorite accessory in the summertime is my BBQ!

I decided to re-post an oldie but a goodie this time and remind everyone that there are vegetarian grilling options J. Here’s a wonderful recipe for Grilled Lemon Zucchinis. I can already taste them. Yum!

National BBQ Day and My Grilled Lemon Zucchini
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
 
Grilling in the summertime! Why go with meat and chicken when you can grill veggies? Here’s a super easy recipe for fresh lemony zucchinis
Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Sized Zucchinis (you can use large ones too)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ lemon – squeezed (you need the juice)
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional – 1 tsp Chopped Dill
Instructions
  1. Slice the Zucchinis length wise. Every slice needs to be about ½ cm thick (or ⅓ inch)
  2. Prepare the marinade: Mix all other ingredients well together until combined.
  3. Pour the marinade over the sliced zucchinis and make sure they are all covered in it.
  4. Place marinated zucchinis over a preheated BBQ wire rack; Heat over medium heat, covered, for about 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Zucchinis are ready when they are semi-soft.

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Grilled Lemon Zucchinis

News flash to self, there is such a thing as “National BBQ Day”. Yup, I just learned that a few weeks ago through the Food Bloggers of Canada Website. FBC is working together with Meal Exchange to promote National BBQ Day, how wonderful is that?! You’re probably sitting there starring at the screen thinking “what […]

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Emily Deschanel Greek Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes

Dining Like a Star | Home Made Cooking

Every time we go to a Greek restaurant I enjoy their vegetables; especially the potatoes. They are lighter and so full of flavor; apparently they make it with lemon and that gives the potatoes such an amazing taste. So I decided I need to try and make the lemon roasted potatoes myself. I came up with a recipe and the potatoes turned out so good! But you know what the best part is? The next day, if you have leftovers, you can either heat it up and then it tastes even better or, better yet, heat it up, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and put back in the oven for another 3 minutes. I promise you – you will ask for more. You can also make the same recipe and leave the skin on the potatoes; in fact, you may be interested to know that there is a celebrity that likes this exact dish. If you ever watched the series “Bones” (IMDB info about “Bones”) , the beautiful lead actress – Emily Descanel (Here’s some info about Emily) apparently loves this dish, it is her favorite 🙂 anyway, “Bones” is definitely a show you need to watch, it is awesome! And these potatoes are definitely a dish you have to try, they are even more awesome 🙂

Greek Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes
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Great and refreshingly tasty greek style potatoes. The flavor of great potatoes with the lightness of the the lemon. Perfect.
Ingredients
  • 7 Potatoes – Peeled or Unpeeled
  • Lemon Juice – From ½ lemon
  • Lemon Zest from ½ Lemon (finely grated peel)
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro - Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
  2. Cut potatoes into medium- large cubes
  3. In a bowl, mix all the other ingredients until fully combined
  4. Pour the lemon dressing on the potatoes and mix well together until potatoes are coated
  5. Put in a deep baking pan lined with parchment paper and cover with foil
  6. Place in preheated oven for 50 minutes
  7. After 50 minutes, remove foil cover and let cook for additional 10 minutes

Every time we go to a Greek restaurant I enjoy their vegetables; especially the potatoes. They are lighter and so full of flavor; apparently they make it with lemon and that gives the potatoes such an amazing taste. So I decided I need to try and make the lemon roasted potatoes myself. I came up […]

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Tabbouleh Salad – A Mediterranean Classic

Salads

Most of you are probably familiar with some version of this wonderful salad but for those of you who are not familiar, the salad below is Tabouli salad. You may know it as Couscous Salad as well. It is the perfect combination of couscous and fresh vegetables. The great thing about this salad is not only that it has such a wonderful fresh taste, it only gets better with time. The couscous is basically wheat and as such, it absorbs flavors and fluids so you can only imagine how it will taste like after you mix it with tomatoes, mint and lemon. It goes well with almost everything an if you’re on a diet, I’m no expert but I can safely say that this can be a great side dish for your fish, chicken or even steak. The variety of colors, textures and flavors in this salad makes my belly and mouth so happy 🙂

Tabbouleh Salad - A Mediterranean Classic
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Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
 
A wonderful, refreshing salad. The combination of mint and lemon is the ultimate combination for a salad that goes with anything. A salad that's as nutritious as it is tasty.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Couscous
  • ½ Fresh Tomato – Finely chopped into small cubes
  • 2 Fresh Cucumbers – Finely chopped into small cubes
  • ½ Carrot – Grated
  • 5 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley – Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Mint Leaves- Finely Chopped
Instructions
  1. Before you mix the salad, place the couscous in a small bowl and pour 1 Cup warm water on it. Let stand covered for 5 minutes, mix with fork and place in salad bowl.
  2. Mix the vegetables, the greens, the lemon juice and olive oil with the couscous and serve.

Most of you are probably familiar with some version of this wonderful salad but for those of you who are not familiar, the salad below is Tabouli salad. You may know it as Couscous Salad as well. It is the perfect combination of couscous and fresh vegetables. The great thing about this salad is not […]

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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Home Made Cooking

This Grilled chicken recipe is so easy! I was amazed. I usually make breaded chicken breast on Friday, but this time I decided it’s too hot to fry and stand in the kitchen for too long so I just mixed the marinade, placed in a zip lock, added the chicken and shook the sealed bag until the chicken was coated with marinade. Read More

This Grilled chicken recipe is so easy! I was amazed. I usually make breaded chicken breast on Friday, but this time I decided it’s too hot to fry and stand in the kitchen for too long so I just mixed the marinade, placed in a zip lock, added the chicken and shook the sealed bag […]

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