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Center Stage: Searing Grill Vegetable Salad and BBQ Ranch Dressing with Cook the Story, everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeachChristine Pittman of Cook the Story loves to provide recipes for quick weeknight meals so home cooks can have more precious time with their families. She also loves to create easy appetizers, quick desserts and simple dishes for entertaining, so readers can spend more time having fun and less time doing prep work. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Vegetable Salad and BBQ Ranch Dressing with Cook the Story, everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

One of the first things we bought when we moved into our small basement apartment in Toronto was a counter top electric grill. We didn’t have much outdoor space for grilling and we knew we didn’t want to give up grilling quick dinners. A year later we bought a small house with a yard and I assumed our counter top grill would go to the basement to collect dust. I was wrong. We tried to shovel our back patio whenever it snowed, but after a couple of storms we gave up and our grill was buried. So I dusted off that counter top grill and we were cooking again in no time.

Recently, Hamilton Beach sent me the Searing Grill to test out. It brought back good memories of the first years living with my husband. We quickly discovered this new grill is far better than the one we had back in Toronto, and it’s dishwasher-friendly, which makes cleanup simple. It can get up to a really high temperature which is perfect for burgers, steaks and chicken. It’s that intense heat that gets you great grill marks on the veggies and cheese in the salad I’m sharing with you today.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Vegetable Salad and BBQ Ranch Dressing with Cook the Story, everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

The thing I like best about this grill is the non-stick cooking surface. It’s perfect for grilling cheese.

Do you know about grilling cheese? There are certain varieties of cheese that get soft but not messy, drippy or gooey when heated. The two I use most often are halloumi, a Greek variety, and queso para freir, a Mexican frying cheese. It’s always a bit risky to put these cheeses on your regular outdoor grill as I’ve had them stick and leave a coating behind on the grates. But they don’t stick at all to the Searing Grill grate. They cook perfectly with beautiful grill marks on the outside and a soft, oozing texture on the inside.

For this salad, I grilled summer vegetables and let them come to room temperature on the counter while I grilled the Mexican frying cheese. To serve, just pile the veggies onto some greens and add the dressing and fried cheese. To make the dressing, mix bottled ranch dressing with bottled barbecue sauce. The barbecue sauce adds an extra summery touch to the salad.

This salad is so good. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to come up with it. I know we would have been eating it weekly from our Toronto days until now. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to start today!

Center Stage: Searing Grill Vegetable Salad and BBQ Ranch Dressing with Cook the Story, everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

To enter to win a Hamilton Beach Searing Grill of your own, visit my blog, Cook the Story today. Here’s my Salad with Grilled Vegetables and BBQ Ranch Dressing recipe for you print and use all summer long.


Salad with Grilled Vegetables and BBQ Ranch Dressing
SERVES: 4

This salad has grilled vegetables, Mexican frying cheese and a BBQ ranch dressing. It's perfect as a side dish or appetizer in the summer! Note that you can substitute Italian dressing for the ranch for an equally delicious twist.
Ingredients
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
12 asparagus spears, trimmed
6 large cherry tomatoes
1 small summer squash sliced in ¼ in. rounds
2 portobello mushrooms, stem removed
8-½ inch slices of queso para freir (Mexican Frying Cheese)
6 Tbsp. ranch dressing
2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
8 cups of salad greens
Instructions
Preheat Hamilton Beach Searing Grill to SEAR temperature. Mix red wine, olive oil, dijon, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the asparagus, tomatoes, squash and mushrooms, and stir with tongs to coat evenly. Transfer the vegetables to the preheated grill. It’s okay if things overlap a bit. Add the queso slices to the remaining vinaigrette and turn to coat, then set aside.
Grill the vegetables until there are grill marks on the underside, about 3-5 minutes. Flip, and cook until more grill marks appear, another 3-5 minutes.
Mix the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce together in a small jar or bowl.
Remove squash, tomatoes and asparagus from the grill and set aside on a plate. Flip the mushrooms again and let them continue to cook.
Put cheese on grill just until it has grill marks on the underside, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook until grill marks appear, 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each slice into 5-6 pieces. Remove mushrooms from grill and cut them into ½ inch slices. Cut tomatoes in half.
Put 2 cups of salad greens on each plate. Drizzle each with 2 tablespoons of the BBQ ranch dressing and top with ¼ of the veggies and grilled cheese.
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Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In Kenyan culture, there are many different indigenous people with a variety of ethnic traditions. Kenya has had a long-standing relationship with foreign settlers for decades. This makes the food quite exciting as we draw our cooking methods, flavors and presentations from different regions, most commonly Arabic and Indian influences.

Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

While nearly all Kenyan tribes have their own staple foods, there are certain meals that continue to be present at every function, no matter the tribe. Growing up, it was not a gathering unless there was pilau, chapati and some kind of curry. These foods bring all tribal cultures together.

It was no different in our household. My siblings and I lived for those special occasions when we had guests, because we knew that we could have all three dishes as part of the same meal.

Perfecting the art of making these foods took me a long time. My sisters and I started out as helpers in the kitchen. As young girls, we were allowed to crush ginger and garlic using the pestle and mortar. (Today, I use a chopper, but the taste is definitely not the same. Mom always said the flavors are well drawn out when you crush ginger or garlic instead of chopping them.) Then, we learned to use knives safely and could peel potatoes and cube meat. By the time we were teenagers, we were able to cook the meal perfectly and let mom enjoy her guests without worries about what was going on in the kitchen.

Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pilau is a rice dish that sometimes had beef in it. Whether we made it with or without meat, there were a couple of secrets mom and the neighborhood women taught us if we wanted the perfect Pilau rice that didn’t stick together. “If it sticks together, people will be able to tell an amateur cook made it,” Mom would say. The first secret was to make sure the rice was well coated with olive oil before adding the water. The second was to let most of the water absorb into the rice, and then introduce low heat both above and below the pot.  Traditionally, that means using a Jiko and taking half of the hot coals to put on top of the cooking pot lid, which would then provide the heat from above. In modern day, we use convection baking or a rice cooker to allow uniform absorption of the liquid into the rice.

Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

While my family always preferred chicken curry (mainly because the Pilau rice often had beef in it), variations include beef, lamb, fish, beans or eggplant. The key to curry is to let it simmer slowly so all the flavors are assimilated into the dish. You should not be able to taste the ginger, the garlic, or the spices distinctly. Rather, they should marry to create the curry flavor.

To this day, I make pilau, chicken curry and chapati when I have guests. If there are vegetarians in the group, I substitute the chicken for beans or eggplant, and it’s still delicious. These dishes will always be a major part of entertainment for me, thanks to my Kenyan heritage.

Heritage Dish: Kenyan Chicken Curry and Pilau Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 


Kenyan Chicken Curry
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3 garlic cloves
2 oz. fresh ginger
1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 cup coconut milk
1 chili cube
1 Tablespoon curry paste
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
Instructions
Place garlic and ginger in pestle; press with mortar to make a paste. Add to slow cooker crock.
Stir remaining ingredients into paste until well blended.
Cover and cook on HIGH 2 1/2-3 hours or LOW 4 1/2-5 hours.
Serve with Pilau Rice.
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Pilau Rice
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 ½ cups Basmati rice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Pulao masala
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Place rice in rice cooker pot. Stir in olive oil to coat.
Add garlic, ginger, masala, cumin, turmeric and salt. Stir until well blended.
Add 4 cups water to cooking pot.
Cover and cook. Serve with Chicken Curry.
Notes
If using the plastic rice measurer included with the Digital Simplicity™ Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, 2 measures of rice will equal 1 ½ cups. When adding water, fill to the 2-line mark inside the pot.
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37536The Digital Simplicity™ Rice Cooker and Food Steamer cooks perfect rice every time, but it does much more than that. Besides preparing all varieties of white and brown rice, the Digital Simplicity™ Rice Cooker steams food to perfection and cooks prepackaged pasta & rice mixes as well as nutritious, flavorful beans.



Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken Thighs recipe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach everydaygoodthinking.comTandoori chicken is a popular dish in India, normally cooked in a cylindrical clay oven called a tandoor. Since a tandoor oven can be a little hard to find in the U.S., we adapted the recipe for the grill to give it the traditional charred barbecue flavor.

Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken Thighs recipe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach everydaygoodthinking.com

The best things about grilling chicken thighs are the crispy skin, the slight char and the super moist and juicy meat. Tandoori chicken brings out all these tasty benefits, plus a flavorful yogurt marinade and curried spice blend that goes great with vegetable biryani, raita, cucumber salad and naan.

Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for an exciting Searing Grill giveaway. Just post or tweet a photo of your grilled meals using the hashtag #grillit to enter. Winners will be chosen on June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd and June 30th. You can enter once each day, so get grilling and show us what you make!

Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken Thighs recipe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach everydaygoodthinking.com


Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Thighs
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled, cut into pieces
6 to 8 garlic cloves
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 (about 3 pounds) chicken thighs, bone-in
Instructions
Place yogurt, ginger, garlic, vinegar, cumin, chili, turmeric and salt in food processor bowl. Process at HIGH speed until well blended.
Place chicken and yogurt mixture in a large zipper-lock plastic bag; seal and shake bag. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat grill to MEDIUM heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
Drain chicken and grill chicken covered 15 to 20 minutes; turn and continue cooking 20 to 25 minutes until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink or until meat thermometer registers 165°F.
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The GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill will enhance your grilling experience with its SmokeStation™ wood-chip drawer, perfect for giving steaks, chicken, ribs, and fish that authentic smokey flavor.

 

 

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Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect food for watching football (and by football, we mean World Cup soccer) in front of the big screen, but don’t relegate these delicious sandwiches to just game day. They’re perfect for potlucks, cookouts and weekday lunches. We love how the spiciness of the Buffalo-style chicken is cooled off by the blue cheese slaw, and we think you’ll love them, too.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Best of all, these sliders come together easily after you make the chicken in the slow cooker and the slaw in the food processor. The chicken is a set-and-forget slow cooker recipe, perfect for summer days that call for fun in the sun rather than hours inside at the hot stove. It keeps well in the fridge, so plan on enjoying leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Slaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup hot sauce
3 Tablespoons butter, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Slider buns, split
Blue Cheese Coleslaw
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons hot sauce
Instructions
Combine 3/4 cup hot sauce, butter, salt and pepper in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes or until butter is melted; stir until blended.
Add chicken breasts, turning to coat with hot sauce mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or LOW for 3 to 4 hours or until chicken is fork tender.
Remove chicken from crock; reserve 1 1/2 cups liquid. Shred chicken and return to crock with reserved liquid.
Stir mayonnaise and 4 teaspoons hot sauce until well blended.
Spread mayonnaise mixture on bottom of buns, top with chicken mixture and Blue Cheese Coleslaw.
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If your Buffalo chicken recipe calls for 4 hours on low, but you’ll be out of the house for 8 hours, the IntelliTime™ 6 Quart Slow Cooker will adjust accordingly. This way, your food will be perfectly cooked when you want to eat rather than when the recipe says.

Blue Cheese Slaw - goes great with Buffalo chicken! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Blue Cheese Coleslaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small head green or red cabbage, shredded (about 5 cups)
1 container (8 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seeds and pepper in a large bowl until well blended.
Add cabbage and blue cheese, stirring until cabbage is coated.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
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Center Stage: Mountain Mama Cooks with on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Kelley Epstein of Mountain Mama Cooks is a blogger, personal chef, wife and mother. She lives in Park City, Utah and enjoys her high-altitude living surrounded by the outdoors. Kelley is not only a fantastic chef, but a fun-loving person who loves butter and mayonnaise as much as we do. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Mountain Mama Cooks used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Pineapple Chicken Sandwich Burgers on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit

Tis the season for grilling and al fresco dining. And as much as I love having dinner on the patio and cooking outside, I detest cooking on our grill. It cooks unevenly, is a bugger to light and don’t get me started on cleaning the darn thing. It’s a hand-me-down, a little on the dated side and never worked very well in the first place. My excitement at checking out the Searing Grill might have been a little over the top but the thought of having a grill that actually worked did just that. What can I say, I’m easily excitable.

Mountain Mama Cooks used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Pineapple Chicken Sandwich Burgers on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit

This Searing Grill is the BOMB. No really, it’s the bomb-dot-com. A nonstick grill plate where you can control the temperature and throw it in the dishwasher for cleanup? Be still my grill-loving heart. This thing grills like a boss, offering great grill flavor and makes beautiful searing marks. It didn’t smoke out my house and was an absolute breeze to wipe clean. I’m giddy!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be on the back porch with a glass of wine, enjoying my sandwich and feeling every bit like the grill maven I now am.

Mountain Mama Cooks used the @hamiltonbeach Searing Grill to make these awesome Grilled Pineapple Chicken Sandwich Burgers on everydaygoodthinking.com #grillit


Grilled Teriyaki and Pineapple Burgers with Spicy Lime Aioli
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3 (2-3 lbs.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
Zest of 1/2 lime
1 pineapple, skin removed, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
6 deli slices of provolone cheese
Romaine leaves
6 sliced buns
Instructions
Prepare Searing Grill by preheating it to 400 for 10 minutes.
Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise and marinate in 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce for 2-3 hours.
Prepare the aioli by mixing together mayonnaise, garlic chili sauce and lime zest.
Grill pineapple slices, with the lid open, for 2-3 minutes per side, or just long enough to get grill marks and heat the pineapple through.
Next, turn the grill to SEAR and wait for Ready light to come on. Grill the chicken with the lid open for 3-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through.
Top each chicken breast with a slice of provolone and close the lid for 1 minute, or until the cheese is melted.
Spread a thin layer of aioli on each slice of bun and top with romaine lettuce, grilled chicken and a slice of pineapple.
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The high temperature of the Searing Grill makes it possible to get outdoor flavor indoors. Plus, the hood, grill plate and tray are removable and dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze.

 

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