the baker upstairs

8.12.2016

Best Ever Chicken Marinade

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This delicious simple chicken marinade results in flavorful, juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken breasts every time!

These long, hot, end of summer days are just made for easy meals! Who has the energy to make any sort of complicated dinner after struggling to entertain children who are rock solid bored all day long? Or maybe that's just my kids. :) Because we moved about halfway through the summer, my kids lost all of their friends and activities at the same time, and now they just wander the house whining, "Mom, I'm so bored..." while I try to think up games we haven't played in a while or art projects we haven't already done in the last few days. We've been spending a lot of our evenings at the park, and I love the opportunity to let the kids play while I have a little time to read by myself (always supervising, of course). The kids are always in a hurry to get to the park, so we are loving simple and easy dinners. This chicken marinade is one that I've made multiple times before, and it is always a winner! The chicken turns out so flavorful and juicy and all-around perfect. It makes fantastic leftovers, and I often toss the leftover chicken in a salad or pasta dish for another easy meal. If I had a grill (or access to a grill) I would definitely grill this chicken, but for now I'll stick with my broiler pan. :) No matter how you cook it, it's always delicious!
Best Ever Chicken Marinade

2 pounds chicken breast, trimmed and cut into strips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic

Whisk together the brown sugar, oil, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. Add the chicken pieces to a large ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and gently toss the chicken to coat in the marinade. Refrigerate at least one hour, or as long as overnight. Cook chicken on the grill or under the broiler, and enjoy!

This delicious simple chicken marinade results in flavorful, juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken breasts every time!

8.10.2016

Peach Sprite

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This delicious and simple peach Sprite is the perfect cold drink for a hot day!

Are you on the flavored soda bandwagon yet? It's all the rage in Utah, and it was kind of funny to come up to Portland and realize that there are almost no soda shops here.  I'm not going to debate about whether soda is healthy for me (I'm pretty sure it's not) but as someone who doesn't drink coffee, I definitely need the caffeine in a Diet Coke to get me through a tough day. And I'll be honest and say that most days during the summer are tough days in which I need a Diet Coke. :) Anyway, after seeing me make my millionth dirty Diet Coke of the summer, my kids were begging to try a flavored soda of their own, and I realized I had never introduced them to peach Sprite! It was the first flavored soda I ever tried, right after my husband and I got married, and it brings back great memories for me. It's tart and sweet and the perfect combination of flavors! As a rule, I only let the kids have soda on special occasions, but it was fun to watch how excited they each got over their tiny cups of peach Sprite. This stuff is magical!
Peach Sprite

12 ounces lemon lime soda, chilled
2 tablespoons peach syrup
1 lime wedge
ice

Fill a tall glass halfway with ice. Pour the peach syrup over the top and squeeze the lime wedge over the peach syrup. Pour in the lemon lime soda, then stir with a straw until blended. Enjoy immediately!

8.08.2016

Perfect Corn on the Cob

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This tender and buttery corn on the cob is so delicious and ready in 10 minutes!

Corn on the cob is a staple at our house during the summer! When it's on sale, 4 or 5 ears for a dollar, we load up and eat sweet corn every night with dinner for days. It's a favorite with the whole family, and one of the few vegetables neither of my children will ever turn up their noses at. Last week we visited the farmers market near our new place and picked up some fresh sweet corn, and I was excited to make it for dinner. I knew I needed a good recipe, so I hopped on Pinterest for inspiration and found multiple posts suggesting I cook the corn in milk. I tried it, and I have to say - it is truly the best corn on the cob I've ever had. Every morsel of corn was tender and buttery and so flavorful. I don't think I can make corn any other way ever again (except, maybe, this Mexican street corn). Give this corn a try and see how perfect it is!
Perfect Corn on the Cob

4-6 ears fresh corn
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Fill a large shallow saucepan halfway with water. Add the milk and butter, and bring just to a simmer. Add the corn carefully (I used tongs to prevent splashing) and simmer 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the corn is bright yellow. Remove the corn carefully and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve hot and enjoy!

This tender and buttery corn on the cob is so delicious and ready in 10 minutes!
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