Blueberry and Grilled Corn Salsa

Blueberry and Corn Salsa 2

Two of summer's best treats blended together to create this sweet and spicy Blueberry and Grilled Corn Salsa.  An excellent dip to serve at your next summer gathering or use to top grilled chicken for an easy weeknight dinner. If you haven't noticed, I like blueberries.  I like to put them in just about everything from this Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce to my "famous" Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Coffee Cake.  Or this Blueberry Feta and Quinoa Salad and these Blueberry Mojito Popsicles. … [Read more...]

Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Fajita Turkey Burger

Finally, a heart-healthy burger packed with flavor!  Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup are easy to make and loaded with protein.  A great way to kick off summer without blowing your diet! I've been bitten by the bug.  The running bug.  I've been trying to get into running for years now....not really digging it most of the time because, let's face it, it can get boring.  But throw a little competitive element in there and now I'm there.  I ran my first race ever this past … [Read more...]

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Sweet blueberries are the star in this easy to make barbecue sauce.  Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is ready in just 30 minutes and has a slight kick from the chipotle peppers.  The perfect twist to your summer barbecue recipes. Anyone super excited to see that blueberries are not so expensive right now that you have to leave your first born at the local grocery store in order to enjoy them?  Well, I am!  I don't think Katie would be too thrilled if I traded her for a pint of berries, … [Read more...]

Easy Salads for Outdoor Entertaining

Blueberry Feta Quinoa Salad | The Suburban Soapbox

Picnics, barbecues and cookouts don't have to be gut busting.  Offer some healthy, light salads at your next gathering to give your guests options or to keep your own waistline in check.   When the weather gets hot, I lose my appetite.  I just don't have a hankering for heavy pasta dishes or a giant slab of grilled ribs. As tasty as they sound and as delicious as they are (I DO LOVE ribs!!!), when the temperatures creep into the 90's....I crave something light and refreshing.  Fruit … [Read more...]

Grilled Honey-Habanero Chicken Wings

Grilled Honey-Habanero Chicken Wings | The Suburban Soapbox

Crispy, grilled chicken wings smothered in a sticky, slightly spicy sauce will help you kick off grilling season with a bang.  Don't be afraid of the Habanero in this's the perfect amount of heat! I'm kicking off grilling season now.  I think the "official" start is Memorial Day weekend but why wait?  The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the Pollen Vortex has landed smack dab in the middle of my yard.  Itchy eyes will not keep me from my grill. … [Read more...]

Grilled Lemon and Herb Lamb Chops

Lemon and Herb Lamb Chops

Labor Day is almost here. It's bittersweet, don't ya think? It's the unofficial end to summer and if the kids where you live are not back in school yet....they will be very soon. Unless there's the unfortunate teacher's strike. But let's not go there. I like to grill all permitting of course. My new neighbors will not see me outside in the middle of the winter flipping burgers in 2 feet of snow. I'm not a fan of snow, unless it's on a mountain and I'm hurling myself down it … [Read more...]

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Jalapeno Poppers

I love spicy food and jalapeno poppers are no exception.  My favorite poppers are those filled with cream cheese....I'm not a huge fan of the cheddar.  Not sure why, it's just one of those things that I have a thing with.  You know what I mean? Now we all know the usual recipe for a popper calls for some deep frying...and we also know that I don't shy away from deep-fried things.  BUT when I saw Bobby Flay make his Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos on one of his shows on some random Saturday morning, … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Dirty Grill? Clean it up!


You can clean and oil a grill grate with just an onion. Cut a large yellow onion crosswise in half.  Spear the root end with a grill fork. Pour about 1/4 inch of canola oil into a shallow bowl just slightly larger than the onion. Heat the grill to high, dip the cut side of the onion in the oil, and rub it against the grate. It will smoke as it cleans and coats the grill. Once it is clean, set the onion aside, and adjust the heat as needed. As soon as you finish grilling, quickly repeat the … [Read more...]