101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: May 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Simply Martha - Buttermilk Grilled Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast

A very simple Martha Stewart inspired buttermilk brined breast. Very good taste and not spicy if that is what you're looking for.

I have done buttermilk brined (or marinaded?) chicken before and it seems to always be something special but always for oven or fried. When Chris over at Nibble Me This did a grilled buttermilk chicken it looked really great but today (and maybe today only) I just didn't want spicy. Use call me demographically impaired today.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fajita Parmasan Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Fajita Parmasan Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin from 101 Cooking For Two
Very nice fajita flavored pork tenderloin with a crust of Parmesan on the grill.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Grilled Garlic Broccoli

I'm always in search of a grilled side vegetable. Excellent and simple. Not much else to say.

Inspired by a CI recipe that is oven based. Well if you can bake it in the oven then you should be able to cook it on the grill. Yep you can with great results.

Rating: 9.2 Taste 9.2 Tenderness 9.5 Simplicity 9.2

Notes: The stem of the broccoli was really good. Tender and tasty. I usually end up throwing it away.

1 medium head of broccoli
1/4 olive oil - I used regular olive oil not EV since it is on the grill. If you use EV it may smoke.
2 T crushed garlic
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper


1) Clean and trim broccoli. Cut stem off. Remove outside of stem and cut into medallions about 1/2 inch thick. Cut top into 4-6 pieces.

2) Mix all other ingredients together in mixing bowl.

3) Add broccoli and mix well, coating as well as possible.

4) Add to oiled grill safe pan. I used grill PAM.

5) Place over direct low heat. Stir at about 5 minutes. Remove when broccoli is beginning to brown. About 10 minutes.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Fresh Spinach Salad - summer favorite

This is a rescue mission. You are looking at the only copy of a long time family favorite.

Fresh spinach salad, a simple and wonderful compliment to almost any summer fare.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones

First a quick update to a favorite recipe. My buttermilk blueberry scones were a big hit but my wife wanted more. Specifically she wanted cream cheese. So with my daughter and son-in-law visiting, a modification was needed. And just enough changes that it is easier just to do a new post and recipe link.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Grilled Cayenne Garlic Green Beans

A fast side with a little bite. About 5 minutes prep and 8-9 minutes on the grill as your main course is finishing up.

Rating 9  taste 9  ease 9.5

Notes: The 1/4 t of cayenne was a touch to much for us, so we will cut to 1/8 t next time.

Tools: Grill proof pan with solid bottom

1 lb fresh trimmed green beans
1 small to medium red onion cut into petals and seperated
2 T pre-minced garlic or 4-6 cloves of garlic minced
2 T oil- Not EV olive oil - use regular olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/8 - 1/4 t cayenne pepper

1) Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
2) Prep a grill pan with a small amount of oil or Grill Pam. This should be one that has a solid bottom not a mesh type.

3) Place over direct low heat about 10 minutes before needed. Stir at about 5 minutes. Cook until beans are starting to brown.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quick Garlic Lemon Marinaded Grilled Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast

Yep, it tastes as good as it sounds. Quick and easy. A marinade of butter, lemon, garlic and spices. Cooked over direct heat for speed and a little bit of "crunchy".

This was our standard grilled chicken when the kids were young. The components are always in the house so not much thinking ahead.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chicken Baked Ziti

Very Italian. A little heat and great taste that will warm you to the bone.

"It was a cold and rainy night." Not really, but it is cold and rainy today and I have been working on combining some recipes this week and needed to just dive in and do it. Ever since my "Chicken Italian Bake" which was a modification of a Giada De Laurentiis recipe, I have needed to "fix it". Here it is and it worked very nicely.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Whole Wheat Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

A Mother's Day offering for my wife. A blueberry scone can break her will on any diet. So what would be better for her Mother's Day breakfast.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

This is a replacement for potatoes. If you want low carb for whatever reason, this is for you. I can't tell it from real garlic mash potatoes, and really good ones at that. A good and very healthy side dish.Well maybe you should cut the butter a little to call it healthy.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Memphis BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Memphis BBQ Pork Tenderloin from 101 Cooking For Two
What do you get if you take a Memphis rib dry rub, put it on a brined pork tenderloin, give it some time, grill carefully and top with Memphis BBQ sauce?  You get the absolute best meal I have ever grilled.

I'm claiming a dream sequence for this one. I had a pork tenderloin in the frig for tonight but no plans. I should do another one for my grilled pork tenderloin series but I had done no research. No PDF's saved. I only had a few hours of sleep the night before and I lay down for a few minutes.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bourbon Street Sirloin Steak a la Applebee's

I have always wondered how a relatively cheap piece of beef got so good. An obvious target to recreate. If this was a throw down, I'd win. Better taste, very  tender and definitely more moist. A simple marinade for 2 hours then 12 minutes on the grill. Grrrrreat!!!!! This one goes in my repeat over and over file.

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Spicy Broccoli Saute

This is just one of those recipes that I randomly saw on TV while cooking. Big Daddy's House with Aaron McCargo Jr was on Food Network. I have never seen him before and I'm demographically impaired (well past 50) in that just the title of the show puts me off but my hand were dirty so it stayed on. He is really quite good. I'm now a fan. So I looked up the recipe and saved a PDF for later use. Later is now.

This is just a different and spicier way of to cook broccoli. I cut the recipe in half but that really wasn't all it needed. So here is my version of a nice recipe.

Rating 8 Good taste and nice for a change.
Time about 7-8 minutes.

Notes: Cutting the original oil and spices in half left too little in the pan to do much so I only decreased them some. I also decrease the heat some in the second part of the recipe to allow it to steam longer.

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