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Greek yogurt chicken

This food is a grilling type of food, but for some reason it reminds me more of the fall. If the weather was nicer I’m sure we’d do more outdoor cooking, but we get by.

This chicken can be cooked on the grill or inside, in a pan. If you wanted to, I’m sure you could even bake it. Enjoy! You could even grill the whole chicken breast if that’s more your style.

We also made some side dishes to go along with our meal. We chose to go with zuchinni and cinnamon-pineapple. It was so good.

Ingredients: 

1/2 pound chicken breast (cut up)
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 containers of plain greek yogurt
3-5 cloves of garlic, minced

For the Pineapple:

Cinnamon
Pineapple chunks 

Recipe:

1. Put the yogurt in the bowl.

2. Take the chicken and either cut it up or don’t, depending on your preference, then stick it in a bowl.

3. Mince the garlic.

4. Add cumin to the bowl.

5. Add the minced garlic.

6. Coat chicken in all ingredients.

7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

8. Leave in fridge for 6-12 hours.

9. Remove bowl from fridge.

10. Either skewer chunks of chicken for grilling, stick in a pan for frying, or place whole chicken breasts on grill. Scrape most of the excess yogurt off.

11. Cook thoroughly. If you want to, during this time you can also grill the zuchinni and pineapple dusted with cinammon.

12. Done! You can work through this recipe the same way with the pineapple and the zuchinni, which you cook in a pan with a little bit of oil.

Photos by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook
Post by: Melissa Rook

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Seasoned Summer Steak Frites

Summer provides so many great opportunities for grilling. Even if the morning is cloudy it often clears up right around dinnertime.

This is a quick and easy meal for a summer day. 🙂

The steaks were seasoned with a dry-rub consisting of black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and smoked paprika.

Then, we stuck them on the grill.

Grill marks!

After they were cooked we plated them and finished them off with store-bought fries. Yum!

What do you like to eat with your steak? How do you season it?

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz


Beef + Pork Combo Meatballs

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share a recipe for beef and pork meatballs. These can be used in a variety of ways, including on top of spaghetti (all covered in cheese…), served plain, on top of rice, or with a variety of sauces. I used whole grain thin spaghetti and Classico spicy tomato and basil sauce. This is a perfect summer food for those cooler days, but it reminds me of fall. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2.5 T cumin
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (depending on preference)
1 T black pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T chili powder

Optional: Spaghetti noodles and sauce, or other additions to your meal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure meat is entirely thawed ahead of time.

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine spices in bowl.

3. Mince garlic cloves.

4. Knead ground pork sausage and beef together in bowl.

5. Add minced garlic and spices.

6. Continue kneading until thouroughly mixed.

7. Grab a meatball-sized piece of mixture.

8. Roll the mixture between your hands into a spherical shape.

9. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet or pizza tray.

10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then flip and continue cooking.

11. Continue cooking for 7 minutes or so, checking every so often. (When I cooked these they were done after 35 min.)

12. Remove from oven and prepare for serving.

13. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade meatballs? What is your favorite way to serve/eat meatballs?

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook


Just Getting Started

Hello everyone!

I have been cooking/baking (if you want to be specific) since I was about six years old. This is despite the fact that I may have done little of the actual work and been supported heavily by my mom. The first thing I ever remember baking is cupcakes, perhaps fostering my love of all things sweet and delicious. We then decorated the cupcakes as various bugs and insects, with licorice and M&Ms, to impress the kids in my class.

Since then I’ve become a bit more self reliant, but I always find cooking is more fun when done with someone else. I always prefer being able to speak with others and ask for opinions when making something new, though it can be more rewarding to make something entirely by yourself.

In August I will graduate from college, which makes this the perfect time to compile several recipes for the future. No matter what happens. The name of my blog “couple cooking” refers to myself and my boyfriend. He has taught me to enjoy so many  foods that I would never have even looked at before. He has agreed (and we’ll see how this goes because he’s super busy most of the time) to take pictures if I will cook the food.

Stay tuned.

P.S. I’m thinking about doing Meatless Monday and Thrifty Thursday… but any other ideas? I already have some specific recipes in mind.