Summer Grilling

The one thing I love about summer is all of the grilling we get to do and the eating al fresco (that means outside, right?).  Even if you have those indoor grill pans, nothing beats the carcinogens of an actual grill.  I mean the grill marks.

Our dinner tonight was grilled chicken pitas.  I’m going to give you the recipe for the grilled chicken (super easy) then you just assemble with your favorite toppings.  Mine has lettuce, Ranch dressing, and red onion.  Yum!

Grilled Italian Chicken Breast Fillets


  • 4 chicken breast fillets007
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Place chicken in bowl; return to refrigerator. In a separate bowl mix together lemon juice, salt, garlic and red pepper; gradually whisk in olive oil. Stir in dried oregano. Pour marinade over chicken to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, turning chicken occasionally. Preheat grill to medium-hot. Remove chicken from marinade and discard. Grill until tests done.



Grilled Taco Chicken


  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • nonstick cooking spray


Preheat grill to medium high heat. In a small bowl, combine taco seasoning mix, chili powder and salt. Spray each breast with cooking spray and sprinkle with spice mixture. Rub evenly to coat well. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, for 15 to 18 minutes or until no pink remains in the chicken and the juices run clear.


Funny story with this sauce. My college dorm mates and I took turns cooking for each other because we hated eating at the school cafeteria.  A friend had a secret sauce that she used to grill burgers with, and they were delicious!  Naturally, I asked for the recipe.  She said “no, it’s a secret.”  We waited for her to go to the bathroom and set up watches, while I rummaged through her desk.  Two seconds later I found the sticky note with the info.  Devious yes?  Delicious?  Also yes.


1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Bring to a boil slowly. Baste on meat liberally.


Grilled Corn on the Cob

It’s feeling like Fall in the Carolinas!  That means it is cool enough to go back outside, fire up the grill and enjoy a cookout without sweating your fool head off.  When my jokesters wanted a cookout, we headed to Lake Hickory and grilled some chicken.  We brought the fresh corn pre-wrapped at home and put them on the grill to cook with our chicken.  The greatest thing?  We didn’t need to bring any butter, they were already buttered up for us.  Perfect cookout side dish!

Grilled Corn on the Cob


  • 6 ears corn
  • 6 sheets aluminum foil (8 inches long)
  • 6 tablespoons butter


  • Heat up grill.

  • Take each sheet of foil and butter with one tbs where corn will be touching.

  • Roll it and pinch the ends.

  • Put on grill with medium low flame and turn after five minutes to other side.

  • Listen for crackling, whereas it might be burning!

Recipe: Mop and Marinade Sauce

Summertime means Grilling Time!  With this recent heat wave we’ve experienced (112 says my car!) I can’t see turning on the oven for anything.  It just heats up the entire house and my air conditioner runs non-stop as it is.  Time to fire up the grill!  This marinade is sweet and tangy and is perfect with pork. It can also be used for beef and even chicken.  Even more important: I have each of these ingredients in my pantry on any given day.  Try it tonight if you are stumped on what to do with that bare pack of meat.  Original recipe from Boomette

Mop and Marinade Sauce


    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
    • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary


  1. Mix all ingredients and pour over meat as marinade, or use as a mopping sauce on ribs or pork tenderloin, basting fresquently on the grill.

Print this recipe here:  Mop and Marinade Sauce