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 recipe....it'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 year...weather 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...]