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Marinade Recipes & Blackberry Cobbler Too!

It’s grilling season and blackberry season too, here in Kentucky. I’ve come up with 2 marinade recipes that work great on the grill or in the kitchen. I’m going to share those as well as a recipe I developed using leftovers. For a great ending, I’ve included a link to a homemade blackberry cobbler recipe.

Marinade Recipes

All marinades should include an oil and a citrus. These are what helps break down the fats and tenderize the meat.

First up is a marinade for chicken. I made this one last week:


  • 2 1/2 lb boneless chickenmarinade recipes
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 1/2-2 tsp. dry ranch mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lime juice

Place the chicken in a large zippered baggie. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together and pour over top. Seal the bag, letting out the air. Turn the bag every once in a while, making sure the marinade covers all the chicken. Marinate for several hours or overnight. When you’re ready to cook, throw the chicken on the grill.

I served this with alfredo broccoli fettucine and peas.

The day after we had the chicken, I made a marinade for beef kabobs:


  • 1 lb. stew meatbeef kabobs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. lime juice

Just like above, whisk and pour the ingredients over the meat in a large baggie. When you’re ready, place the beef cubes on wooden or metal skewers and grill. If you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak in water for a few hours to keep them from catching fire on the grill.

These would have been great with veggies too, but I didn’t have anything appropriate for a kabob, so I served corn and pasta salad with ours.

Leftover Recipe

So the third day, I had leftover fettucine, corn, and peas. I incorporated these into a hamburger helper-type dish:


  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover pasta (I had cooked 2 pouches of pasta sides the first day and used what was leftover)
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 sm. can mushrooms
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt, pepper, garlic, minced onion, red pepper flakes to taste

Brown the hamburger and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes or so.

This was pretty darn good. I love to find ways to use leftovers. I don’t like to be wasteful.

Homemade Blackberry Cobbler

I found this recipe in Kentucky Living magazine. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it’s delicious. Here’s blackberriesthe link to the recipe and article about Berrylicious Orchard in Woodburn, Kentucky.

Speaking of blackberries, my farm is full of them and I’m thinking about picking and selling them this year. They’re almost ripe enough to pick.

If you have any tips or ideas on how to make these marinades even better, please comment. Or share your own marinade recipes, leftover hacks, and dessert ideas.

Recipes for dinner on a budget

I want to share some recipes and leftover hacks I’ve come up with. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do feel pride when I come up with my own recipes and the family likes it. Hopefully you and your family will love these.

Easy Hamburger Pasta Dinner

It was way past supper time and I hadn’t even thought about what I was going to cook. I went in the kitchen thinking I’d make chili dogs with homemade chili. Well, I found the recipe and I didn’t have all that I needed, so I thought I’d make tacos but the tomato was rotten and I didn’t have lettuce, sour cream, etc. Can you tell my cupboards are pretty bare right now? 🙂

I went to the pantry and looked around. I had dry onion soup, chicken broth, a jar of mushrooms, and some pasta. In the fridge I had hamburger and broccoli. Hmmm, what could I do with all that?

Well, I recipesbrowned the hamburger, drained it and added the soup and some broth. It cooked together for a few minutes and I added the mushrooms, juice and all, and some rotini. Then broccoli florets, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a splash of milk. I let it simmer about 20 minutes. It was still a little runny, so we ate toast with it to sop it up.

It was unbelievable how good this stuff was; very rich, but comforting and savory. I was so pleased with myself. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough! And I was so excited I forgot to take a picture for the blog. Lol

Ideas & Leftover Hacks

I often come up with hamburger meals like this, similar to Hamburger Helper, just throwing in whatever we’ve got available. I also do the same with chicken at times. It helps to use up things that are going to go bad otherwise.

It’s hard for me to give measurements because a lot of the time I come up with new recipes on the fly and just add whatever is on hand. Sometimes I’ll add frozen peas and corn to the hamburger and pasta, and some type of cream soup.  Here’s a link for some recipes I came up with for pot pies.

I found a recipe online for an Italian sausage dish the other day. I wanted to share the link, but of course, now I can’t find it. There wasn’t any Italian sausage in the fridge, but there was breakfast sausage, so I used that instead. The recipe called for a box of frozen spinach, which I’ve had in the freezer forever, so this helped out. I love using leftovers and saving money in the kitchen! Here’s a post on ways to save money around the house too, if you’re interested.

And vegetable soup, I’m sure you guys can relate.  I never make my soup the same because it depends on what I’ve got on hand. One day I had leftover creamed corn and mashed potatoes. I went ahead and added those to it and it was great!

I’d love to hear about some of the recipes you have come up with and tips on saving money and/or time in the kitchen!

Happy Monday!