Dinner, Grilling, Uncategorized

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 […]

Easy, Grilling, Healthy, Light

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 […]

Grilling, Healthy, Light, Sauce


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. […]

Dinner, Easy, Grilling, Healthy, Light

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 . […]

Drinks, Easy, Grilling, Light, Wine

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 […]

Flank Steak
Comfort Food, Dinner, Easy, Feature, Grilling, Healthy, Light

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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