Mesquite Grilled Breast with Sweet Chipotle-Hickory Sauce


Mesquite Grilled Breast with Sweet Chipotle-Hickory Sauce

Mesquite Grilled Breast with Sweet Chipotle-Hickory Sauce

Don’t fret!  This tasty, quick Mesquite Grilled Breast with Sweet Chipotle-Hickory Sauce recipe uses pre-grilled frozen breasts in a bag from Sam’s Club.  Bake it in the oven.  I guarantee you will love it.  However, you will need to make the Sweet Chipotle-Hickory Sauce first (about 15 minutes while the chicken is baking in your oven).

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker


Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker

Yesterday, my doctor told me to quit drinking so much tea and to drink water instead. Normally, I make 3 quarts of iced tea every day using my old Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker.  Before I put it away, I noticed the years of accumulated brown tea stains on the decanter and the tea bag basket.  Normal washing with warm water and liquid dish detergent has never been good enough to remove this stain buildup, and it looked really grungy.

Trying to think of something different, I wondered, “Okay, what would I use to remove tea stains from clothing?”  Answer:  a normal washing machine.

Next, I poured about 2 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent into the bottom of the decanter, filled it halfway with warm water, and proceeded to rub the stains with a sponge.  Lo and behold, for the first time ever, those stains began to disappear, and before long, they were completely gone.  Next, I attacked the tea bag basket.  Using the soapy water in the decanter, I used a long-handled brush with a round head of stiff nylon bristles that I normally use to clean deep drinking glasses on occasion.   After about 2 minutes of scrubbing with this brush, the stains disappeared from this plastic basket, too.

Now I can store my iced tea maker on the top shelf, knowing that the next time I need it, it will look almost brand new.  I love Arm & Hammer laundry detergent!

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent

 

Texas Hash


Texas Hash

Texas Hash

My Texas Hash will never win any prizes at the county fair with its non-descript seasonings, but if you’re looking for an uncomplicated, easy to prepare, and filling dish that satisfies a craving for food, this is the one.

I used to go camping almost every weekend in the 1970s, and this was very popular with all my camping friends.  After a hard day at play, this dish cooked on an outdoor camp stove was hard to beat for filling those growling tummies.  Most of the time, it was a one-dish meal, and we didn’t bother to cook any extras on the side.  It’s got beef, veggies (onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers), and rice.  After a short nap, we were ready to jump back into the lake.

Not bursting with spicy, strong flavors, but very palatable when you’re hungry for something more “normal,” this is sure to hit the spot whether you’re at home or in the woods!

Chunky Chocolate-Mocha Cookies


Chunky Chocolate-Mocha Cookies

Chunky Chocolate-Mocha Cookies

Inspired by my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, this Chunky Chocolate-Mocha Cookies recipe will delight you!  NOTE:  You will need a heavy duty stand mixer with dough beaters, such as my Sunbeam Mixmaster, because the final dough is too dense and thick for most hand-held mixers.

I used McCormick’s Coffee Extract in this recipe, but if you can’t find that, coffee liqueur or Kahlúa coffee liqueur (my favorite) will work just as well.

HINT:  If you’ve got some leftover cookies, but they’ve gotten a little hard, put them in a 800-watt microwave oven for 4-5 seconds each.  They will be warm and chewy, just like they were out of the oven!  You gotta love those chocolate chunks, too!

 

Easy Southwestern Grilled Chicken


Easy Southwestern Grilled Chicken

Easy Southwestern Grilled Chicken

A little of my newly-revised Southwestern Chicken Rub and Marinade, olive oil, boneless chicken breasts, and a grill are all you need for this delicious Easy Southwestern Grilled Chicken.  If you’re like me, you might like some of my homemade BBQ sauce on the side for dipping, too!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast


Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast

After butterflying large boneless skinless chicken breasts for my new Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast recipe, I rubbed them with some of my Southwestern Chicken Rub and Marinade, sprinkled some charcoal seasoning (http://americanspice.com) on both sides, and placed them on my gas grill.  I only recently started using the charcoal seasoning on various meats, and it really does increase the flavor of meats.

About two minutes from finish, I poured some of my new hickory bbq sauce on the top, and then served some additional sauce on the side.  This was so yummy!

Jim’s Hickory BBQ Sauce


Jim's Hickory BBQ Sauce

Jim’s Hickory BBQ Sauce

This sweet, tangy Jim’s Hickory BBQ Sauce is and attempt to create a new and different all-purpose BBQ sauce that was different from all my other recipes.  I believe I’ve achieved a new all-around all-purpose BBQ sauce that is good on all kinds of meat.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inspired by my mother’s Toll House cookies, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is my favorite cookie, and several of my friends and neighbors agree!  You will need a heavy duty stand mixer, such as my old-fashioned Sunbeam Mixmaster, some parchment paper, and at least one large insulated or air bake type cookie sheet.  Oh yes…don’t forget a large glass of milk to wash down these tasty treats!

Quick Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts


Quick Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts

Quick Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts

Similar to my original Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts recipe, this new Quick Caribbean Jerk Chicken Breasts is almost as tasty, without the waiting for hours.  If the grill is already hot, and you’re tired of waiting, try this method.  I think you’ll agree that it’s a welcome substitute!

Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake


Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake

Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake

Well, I just missed St. Patrick’s Day with this Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake recipe, but I proceeded to try it anyway.  The almond-flavored glaze is what set it apart for me, although the mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts in the middle helped quite a bit!

I think you’ll love this different spin on an otherwise common dessert.

Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake with Almond Glaze

Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake with Almond Glaze

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