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Monday, August 8, 2016

Bacon Epic Failure

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Me and Sammy the Cooks
The Cooks for the day!


Well today you are not going to find a great recipe, just a fun story about our bacon epic failure.

 The picture is myself the foodie with this blog, and my son Sammy who graduated from culinary school and is a pretty good cook. So you might ask yourself how could they burn the bacon?

 Our son, his wife, and our two beautiful granddaughters came last weekend for a visit, to attend Sammy’s class reunion.

Whenever we have everybody together it’s a tradition to cook a huge family breakfast. When we're all together my son and daughter dub our house “The Hotel Monaco” and feel it’s a must to post our happenings to Facebook.

It was a beautiful cool, sunny morning here in Western New York. I like to cook the bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven, I find this so much easier. On this morning I decided not to use the oven so I wouldn’t heat up the kitchen.

So I proceeded to line a cookie sheet with tin foil and place the bacon on it. I took this out to the deck and fired up the grill on the low setting. 

Fran was out there playing with our four grandchildren. I asked her to watch the bacon, and she did for a while.

While Sammy and I made the pancakes, eggs, and sausage in the house, Fran was watching the bacon, at least we all thought so. 

Just about the time everything was coming together, Fran yelled from the deck “the bacon is burned”.

The burned bacon!
 The moral of this story is, don’t put your bacon on the grill and expect your wife to watch it while she is playing with the grandchildren.

Needless to say “The Hotel Monaco” got some very bad reviews for the day. I hope you enjoyed our bacon failure.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grilled Zucchini

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Grilled Zucchini and Squash


An easy and healthy veggie side dish to compliment any meal.  While shopping last week Fran had picked up a strip steak for me and a turkey burger for herself.

 Fran eats much healthier than I do. While I was heating up the grill and grilling the steak and burger she prepared some zucchini and yellow squash.

Here is how she did it:

Sliced the zucchini and squash length wise about ¼ inch to ½ inch thick.

Brushed olive oil on both sides.

Seasoned with some Italian seasoning.

Then layered with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

After the steak and turkey burger finished cooking on the grill, I took the zucchini and squash slices and placed them directly on the grill surface on the medium setting.

Quickly grilled these for about a minute per side, just enough to show the grill marks, you don’t want to over cook them, as they will turn out too soft and mushy.

They came out perfect, and made a tasty veggie side dish. Quick and easy is the way that I like it.

Here is another great idea for grilled veggies, one of my earlier posts: Grilled Stacked Veggies, this one you can really make a meal out of.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grilled Rosemary Ranch Chicken

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Grilled Rosemary Ranch Chicken


Here is another one of our summer grilling favorites. Our daughter Jamie found this recipe and has been making this for a couple of years now.

This was part of our 4th of July weekend menu, along with our Grilled Leg of Lamb, and I couldn’t resist posting it. Here is the recipe that Jamie uses for this delicious grilled chicken:


The chicken breasts are cut into about 1” cubes and marinated overnight. Of course Jamie did all of the work all I had to do was Skewer the chicken and grill it to perfection.

Chicken marinated and on skewers
Marinated overnight and on the skewers
 I had my Huntington Gas Grill set on the medium setting, and grilled the chicken for about 10 minutes turning the skewers frequently.

It turned out to be juicy and packed full of flavor, as this recipe always is. If you’re going to have guests over for a cookout, you’ll for sure impress them with this recipe. This Rosemary Ranch Chicken will disappear very quickly, and your guests will be asking for the recipe. I can honestly say this is a must add to your summer grilling list.

As always Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy