Savory Tri-Tip Marinade

For a large cut of meat, tri-tip might just be the best bang for your buck and the possibilities are endless when it comes to seasonings, marinades, and preparation. My family usually prepares it one of three ways: in our rotisserie oven, slow cooker, or the old fashioned way... over the flames of an open grill. No matter… Continue reading Savory Tri-Tip Marinade

Recipes · summer

Easy Baked BBQ Chicken

This is the easiest BBQ chicken recipe around, and the tastiest too! I’ve also included a tutorial on how to brine chicken, which makes the average chicken breast super moist! Enjoy!

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If you’ve followed some of my recent posts, you’ll notice that most of my recipe titles begin with the word “EASY”… like my Easy Chicken Chili for example, or my Easy Breakfast Casserole.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a simple cook… You won’t see many fancy words like Fondant, or Consomme lingering in my recipe titles. I learned to cook from my Mother, who learned to cook from her parents. Her Father (my Grandfather) was a Chief in the United States Navy, in charge of the kitchen. He was a fabulous cook. What I loved about his meals were their simplicity. He could take the simplest ingredients and transform them into a comforting, delicious meal.

To learn more about my Grandfather, please read the following true story that I wrote in his memory, A Heroic War Story: Remembering Grandpa Bill.

And so it seems that I’ve…

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Recipes · summer

Best Ever Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Hey Friends! Just popping in to share a favorite stuffed burger recipe for your Summer BBQ… Enjoy!

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I’m passing this recipe along from my husband (Wes) because well, it’s delicious! These burgers… let me tell you! Each patty has the sweetness of BBQ sauce paired with a savory blue cheese center, then topped with sauteed onion. Layer that in between a soft, garlic toasted potato bun and, “WHAMMO! Get ready because your tongue will want to beat your brains out!”  That was an actual quote from Wes. 😂 I gotta agree, this recipe is packed full of flavor to say the least. And easy enough for even the novice cook. A favorite recipe of ours for casual entertaining, my friend Marion described them earlier like so:

“Dude. Those. Burgers.”


Wes’ Stuffed Blue Cheese Burgers

(Makes 4 Steakhouse Style Burgers)


2 Lbs Ground Beef

1/4 C BBQ Sauce (We like KC Masterpiece or Jack Daniels)

2 C Blue Cheese Crumbles

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion…

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