Caramelized onion, cheddar, and pretzel bun burgers

These are the best burgers by far. When Todd ate one he said, “I’m having a food moment.” That’s the best compliment ever. This recipe makes 4 quarter-pound burgers. 1 lb. ground beef (80/20)   2 Tbsp Worsteshire 1/4 tsp Beefer Upper (beef stock base). If you don’t have this, just skip it. 1 tsp. Sirracha…

Brined Chicken

Brining chicken before you grill it – especially on a charcoal grill – makes all the difference in the world. It makes so much of a difference that my 5 year old niece declared it the best chicken ever, and that she would eat it all herself. To her credit, she had thirds, and she…

Miso Chicken Marinade

I’ve been searching for an easy chicken marinade that will give me enough flavor that I can eat it alone, or with a simple side, like grilled vegetables. The missing link was white (or light) miso paste. Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste, that provides that often sought after fifth flavor – umami. It’s…

Chimichurri

My herb garden has exploded, and I need to make use of it. I’ve been searching for new ideas that aren’t boring, which is harder than it sounds. Nothing tastes better than a grilled steak on a summer night, but it’s better with a fresh and easy chimichurri spooned over top. Add a crusty piece…

Ribs – A Work In Progress

I’m in the process of perfecting ribs. First try: our butcher only had spareribs. They’re nice and fatty but not the cut I’m looking for in this application. (Translation: primarily cooked in the oven. It is February in WI after all.) Next on my list is a combination oven then grill with baby back ribs….

Chicken Two Ways

Lately I’ve been dissatisfied with the standard chicken breast – everything I had been trying didn’t impress me. I’d have a few bites, sure, but out of guilt for being wasteful. Of course I’m a leftover queen, but there’s only so many things you can do: chicken salad, chicken on a salad,  fajitas, paninis ….

Apple, Fennel, & Celery Slaw

This slaw is great for picnics because it’s mayo-free, and pairs perfectly with meats that take a long time on the grill – like ribs or barbecued chicken. Maybe best of all, it doesn’t even require heat, which will keep your kitchen cool on long summer days. Make sure to let this one sit in…

Caprese Crostini with Grilled Tomatoes

On a hot day when you’d like something light for dinner, try these toasts. Get a good loaf of bread, and slice 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick. Grill on both sides until toasted. On a metal skewer, add the cherry or grape tomatoes leaving space between each. Lightly oil the hot grill and grill the tomatoes…

Sauvignon Blanc with Peaches

If you ask me – and you clearly did because you’re here – the perfect summer drink is cool, flavorful, and slightly fruity. A family favorite is a gorgeous New Zealand sauvignon blanc with ample slices of velvety peaches floating in it. If you really want to make it a Riccio classic, you will sit…

Spicy Asian Flank Steak

This spicy asian flank steak is SO good. I do not think I need to sell this recipe any more than that because I know that once you try it, you’ll make it all the time. It is that good. The secret is cutting the finished product correctly: you can see from the photo that…

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