Summer Cooking in Wisconsin (Guest Post by Randi Hartwig)
- 3 TBS. soy sauce (use Tamari sauce for gluten-free)
- 1 TBS. honey
- 1 TBS. oil
- 1 tsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. garlic minced
Marinate 4 chicken breast at least a couple of hours or overnight. Grill 6 to 8 minutes a side- Don’t overcook! Chicken is best when the juices still run.
For an easy side dish we had Smashed Potatoes.
Pick out some nice small red or white potatoes from your Farmer’s Market (Isn’t the Farmer’s Market just the best? I marvel at the selection and perfection the vendors offer!)
Drizzle a little olive oil on potatoes and roast in oven at 375 on cookie sheet until fork tender
Using another cookie sheet gently smash the potatoes by pushing down on them
Drizzle again with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with your choice of herbs- I like rosemary. Add a little garlic and some grated parmesan cheese. Put back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes until heated through.
Along with this we had a wedge salad- what could be easier? We sprinkled the wedge with diced bacon, blue cheese, and chopped tomato. Gretchen made a homemade ranch dressing (John’s favorite), but any dressing would do.
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (Modified from The Pioneer Woman)
- 1 cup Light Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
- ~1/2 cup Buttermilk (I believe I added a bit more to reach a thinner consistency)
- 1/4 cup Italian Flat-leaf Parsley
- 1-2 TBS. Fresh Chives
- 2 TBS. Fresh Dill
- 1/2 tsp. White Vinegar
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire
- 1/4 tsp. Paprika
- 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Fresh Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
- Dash Tabasco
Whisk all ingredients to combine, adding more/less buttermilk to reach the desired consistency.
Dinner was great, easy to put together and we all had fun working together. Great job on the grill, guys!
Finally, to celebrate Gretchen and John’s first year together, we indulged in a Braley Wedding Cake from 2510 (the B is slightly smudged due to our dog smashing the box on the way up).
One last weekend before summer truly fades into fall- so ends another summer filled with memories and good food!