Kentucky Grilled Chicken
This chicken is perfect for an outdoor summer meal, and my family thinks it's fantastic. It takes about an hour on the grill but is worth the wait. I use a new paintbrush to "mop" on the basting sauce.
-Jill Evely, Wilmore, Kentucky
Grilled Beef Fajitas
Grilling the tortillas in this easy fajita recipe makes them have just the right amount of crunch, and the red pepper and cream cheese really makes them feel special.
Sliced Ice Cream
When serving ice cream from a half-gallon brick, I slice off individual servings with a sharp knife. I find this quicker and easier than using an ice cream scoop, especially for large gatherings. —Faye Hogenson, Gresham, Oregon
I am planning to make spice beef, but I'm having trouble finding a retailer who sells crocks. If I can't get a crock, can I use a large plastic bucket instead? —J.S., Surrey, British Columbia
Spice beef—a recipe that marinates beef in wine, cider or another flavored liquid and spices—can, indeed, be soaked in a bucket. Actually, any clean food-safe container made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel can be used. Or place the beef and marinade in a large resealable plastic bag, then in a large pan or bowl, to keep the beef fully submerged in the marinade.
Tasty Turkey Quiche
Looking for a different way to use up extra turkey and stuffing from your holiday meal? I use it to replace some of the ingredients in a typical quiche. Instead of a pastry crust, I press some stuffing into a pie plate to form a crust. Then I substitute chopped cooked turkey and shredded Swiss for the meat and cheese called for in the recipe and bake as directed. It turns out terrific. —Janelle Ogg, Santa Rosa, California
Thyme: Make It Easy
Stripping thyme leaves is cinch. Just hold the top of the sprig and strip downward (against the grain) using your fingers to remove the leaves. This also works with rosemary.