8.19.2011

Citrus Glazed Grilled Chicken


3 T Orange/Pineapple Marmalade
2 T Honey
3 T pineapple juice
2 T olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic - minced
6-8 chicken thighs (I used bone in skin on, but you can do skinless/boneless too.  Just takes less time to cook)
Kosher salt and fresh pepper - to taste

In a small bowl, combine the marmalade, honey, juice, olive oil and garlic.  Whisk until well incorporated. 

Prepare your grill before you fire it up, by spraying the grill with Grilling Pam.  Make sure your grill is nice and hot.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Place seasoned chicken on grill, skin side up.  Baste the skin with the glaze.  Grill the chicken for about 4 minutes, until nice grill marks are present and skin is golden brown.  Continue to baste during the 4 minutes.  When ready, turn the chicken and grill again for an addition 4-8 minutes, basting the other side with the glaze.  

When chicken is done, remove from grill and pour the remaining glaze over the chicken.   

8.18.2011

Magic Squares

Yummy Magic Squares - often called 7-layer bars.
First put out by Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk


I first discovered these treats when I was living in Rockland County New York and working as a nanny.  A nanny friend of mine made them for a party.  I was surprised I had never had anything like them, considering all of the sweets my mother baked throughout my 23 years, thus far.

These 7 layer squares are what they are - seven layers of sugary goodness.  You can substitute crushed oreo cookie crumbs for the graham cracker crumbs; you can change out the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips; walnuts for the pecans or a variety of nuts; but really, it is what it is and it is very very yummy!





Magic Squares:

1/2 c melted butter
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (can use vanilla wafer crumbs or Oreo cookie crumbs)

Melt butter.  Add crumbs to melted butter and mix thoroughly.  Pat the mix into a 9 x 13 baking pan sprayed with Pam.

1 6 oz pkg chocolate chips (can be semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
1 6 oz pkg butterscotch chips (can substitute white chocolate, peanut butter, etc)
1-1/2 c flaked coconut
1 c chopped pecans (walnuts can be substituted)

On top of crumb mix in pan layer the following, in this order:  Chips, coconut, pecans.

Now open a 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and drizzle over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until top is bubbly and golden brown.
COOL completely.  Chill if desired.  Cut into bars.  Serve.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week or frozen (once cut into bars).  Allow to thaw completely before serving.

MAGIC SQUARES PRINTABLE RECIPE