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Grillin' and Chillin' in the Summer Time! 
Jun. 15, 2013 11:17 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 10:35 am
When summer rolls around, it is time to cook outdoors. Nix slaving over a hot stove and grill outdoors. My family enjoys eating a sit down dinner, great conversation and delicious grilled food.
     Here are few highlighted recipes from some meals I made this summer.  We celebrated Father's Day the day before Father's Day due to my kids' scheduling issues for work and a baseball tournament. My husband decided he wanted ribs, potato salad, mexicorn, and brownies. Of course he was a happy camper eating all of his favorite foods.
     So, a great fajita seasoning I tried was called Fajita Seasoning

Sorry, no photos of the fajitas, my family ate all the fajitas and I didn't get a photo, but here is a photo of the seasonings.

Review: This fajita seasoning was wonderful. It gave the chicken a great flavor. I added some lime juice, olive oil, and minced garlic. Yum!
     So for our Early Father's Day Celebration we had Pork Loin Ribs using a dry rub suggested by Lobster.<

     I did get many great suggestions on the Buzz from Patty Cakes, Bambam, Lighted Way, Courtney, Don, and Weeble. Thanks Everyone! The suggested rubs seemed all promising.  However, I let my husband choose the Kansas City rub since it was his special day. Thanks, Lobster for suggesting this wonderful rub for ribs.

Review: My hubby loved the dry rub for the ribs. He liked it so much that he wants to use this rub on some other meat this summer.
     In addition, we also had my mom's potato salad. If you love dill pickle you will love this potato salad.<

Review: Of course my family's favorite potato salad is my mom's potato salad. The potato salad has black olives, green olives and dill pickles. (I use Walmart's hamburger dill pickle chips-which seems to be the flavor my family likes.) Believe me when I say, a different dill pickle will give the potato salad a different taste. My mom made this potato salad for as long as I can remember. I am carrying on the tradition by making the potato salad for my family.

    For dessert, my hubby wanted brownies. I made an adapted version of a quick brownie recipe called One Bowl Brownies.<

Since I live at high altitude, I used a High Altitude Baker's One Bowl Brownies that Cammy suggested in her blog. 

They were wonderful! If you don't live at high altitude just use the One Bowl Brownies recipe above.

Review:  Thank you Cammy.  If you live at high altitude you will appreciate someone taking the time to share a recipe for baked goods. Living at high altitude plays havoc with baked goods.  The brownies were delicious. 
     This past week we also had some Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops.

Review: These were very moist pork chops. For an extra kick, I added some jalapeno granules from

     Along with the pork chops we had some grilled baked potatoes, salad and green beans.

Review: I loved these potatoes grilled on the BBQ. After reading some reviews, I microwaved the potatoes for 3 minutes. First, don't forget to poke a few holes in the potatoes before placing them in the microwave. I sliced the potatoes plank style into 4 large slices. Then, I grilled them or 15 minutes on the BBQ. The reviews have so many ways you can make these that you may want to read a few reviews before making.

What have you made on the grill this summer? Do you have any great desserts you have made?

Enjoy Grillin' and Chillin' the summer!

Fajita Seasoning
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Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad
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Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs
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Grilled Baked Potatoes
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Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops
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Jun. 16, 2013 3:44 am
Lela, you make everything sound so very, very, delish. The pictures are lovely. I'm sure you had a very good meal and time with your family. Our daughter for years had got her dad lobster for Father's day, and the year is no different. One of my sister's arrived from Alberta last night, so this will be her first lobster boil with us. I'm glad she is here, as I still don't feel 100%. Happy Father's Day to your husband Lela.
Jun. 16, 2013 5:48 am
Mouthwatering blog for sure! Thanks for posting some great recipe ideas. I have no idea what we are doing for Father's day as the DH has not requested anything. should be interesting to see what we end up with.
Jun. 16, 2013 8:16 am
What a delicious blog! Hmmmm - ribs!
Jun. 16, 2013 8:38 am
Hello Manella! Lobster sounds great. Living in a state of the US that is not near the ocean, we can get lobster, but it is really pricey. I bet your lobster is fresh and very tasty. I hope your Hubby has a Great Father's Day. You take of yourself and rest a lot.
Jun. 16, 2013 8:40 am
Cat Hill- you never know what the DH will want for Father's Day. I wanted corn on the cob. He wanted mexicorn. Maybe, your DH will want to go out for dinner! That would be fun!
Jun. 16, 2013 8:41 am
Hi Baking Nana-Thanks for stopping by. I am still thinking about your beautiful chicken pot pies!
Jun. 16, 2013 10:05 am
Lela, everything looks so good! It is making me hungry!!!
Jun. 16, 2013 10:10 am
Hi, Lela. This is my latest grill endeavor - - - - - - - I used the meat to make Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos. Lots of reviews raved about that marinade. The chicken did make great nachos, but I had to salt the chicken. Your photos are beautiful! I'm sure your Father's Day meal was a hit!
Jun. 16, 2013 11:02 am
Hi Jadedgurl! I ate my fill of the delicious ribs. Thanks for stopping by.
Jun. 16, 2013 11:04 am
Hello, Paula! The fajita marinade sounds like a wonderful way to eat Chicken Nachos! Save the recipe! Thanks!
Jun. 16, 2013 11:34 am
That was one yummy meal! And you did a great job photographing it.
Jun. 16, 2013 12:29 pm
Hi BigShotsMom! It was a tasty dinner and we have lots of leftovers!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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