Fire up that grill! It’s a summer cookout round up. #july4th

We’re officially into summer! I don’t know about you, but after the rough winter we had, I’m enjoying this heat and getting outside every day.

One of my favorite parts about summer is grilling with friends and family. Sometimes it starts as a scheduled party, but quite often the grill makes it easy to have a fun, impromptu get-together!

To make your recipe hunt easier, I’ve gathered up a list of yummy-looking grilling recipes.

Summer Grilling Recipes on My Life: A Work in Progress
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  1. Barbecued Spaghetti from Ottawa Mommy Club
  2. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers from Ottawa Mommy Club
  3. Marinated Beef Skewers from Window on the World
  4. Perfectly Grilled Moist Pork Chops from Saving You Dinero
  5. Sweet & Cheesy Burger from Saving You Dinero
Summer Cookout Sides & Salads Recipes- My Life: A Work in Progress
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And because you can’t stop with just the meat/entree, here are several of my favorite sides and desserts from The Fresh Kitchen. These recipes are sure to be a hit at any summer party!

  1. Mexican Corn Salad (Esquites) This is my favorite corn dish. The charred corn flavor mixed with Cotija cheese is amazing! 
  2. Mango, Lime, and Chile Salad
  3. Peach Basil Salad
  4. Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream
  5. Strawberry Ice Pops
Which dishes would you like to make?

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Giveaway: The Original Butter Bell Crock (4/30-5/6)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Where are my foodies and home chefs? This giveaway is for you (and everyone in between). =D

Butter Bell Crock giveaway 4/30/14 to 5/6/14 US only

Did you catch my co-writer Ruth’s review on the Original Butter Bell Crock? The Butter Bell Crocks allow you to keep butter out on your counter or table, soft and spreadable, for up to 30 days without refrigeration! There are all different designs and patterns available, so you’re sure to find one to match your kitchen. Through May 15, 2014, you can buy two crocks and get a third free. Check out their site for more details.

The Giveaway:

One winner (US only) will receive a Butter Bell Crock from the new Stripe Collection. Winner gets to choose the color- red, blue, black, or yellow.

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Buffalo Chicken in 3 Easy Steps with French’s Crunch Time Entrées


 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

French’s sent me some of their Crunch Time Entrées to try out. My favorite was the buffalo chicken flavor, since I love hot sauce and all things spicy.

The Crunch Time Entrées come with the breading and sauce. You will also need an egg (lightly beaten), 2 tablespoons of flour (add to the breading), and 1.5 pounds of chicken breast (cut into strips).

The three steps are easy: coat it, bake it, and top it.

Some notes….

I used chicken tenderloins that I cut into two. I wanted them to be about the size of chicken nuggets, so they’d be more appealing to Baby J (the boy loves chicken nuggets).

Also, in the photos below, I’ve halved the recipe. Hubby is still away for Navy training, so it’s just Baby J and I. Half of the bread crumbs and half of the sauce went into jars that I refrigerated (well, the sauce, not the crumbs) for a later meal.

Finally, I left the sauce off a few of the chicken pieces, because I knew the buffalo sauce would probably be too hot for Baby J.

 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress
 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Simple, isn’t it? It was delicious too. Yes, I like to cook from scratch, but I like the idea of keeping a couple of Crunch Time Entrées in the pantry to have on hand for last-minute meals.

What side should I pair my buffalo chicken with?


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