From Frying to Baking to Grilling: 3 Very Different Meals, All Delicious

Welcome to the 623rd Tablescape Thursday!

Since I don’t have access to my dishes, I’m having to get a bit creative with Tablescape Thursday posts. I know many of you have expressed interest in me sharing some of the recipes my awesome daughter-in-love makes during the week. She is such a great cook! As I’ve mentioned before, she’s one of those people who can just open up the fridge, pull out a variety of leftovers and turn them into an amazing meal.

Recently, we had hamburgers on the grill. My dil and son make a great team when it comes to grilling. Nancy preps all the food and my son handles the grilling. Occasionally when we want to have burgers, we’ll pick up burgers already made from Dorothy Lane Market. They have available a “gourmet” selection of burgers available for grilling in their meat department. (If you missed my previous post on DLM, you’ll find it here: Dorothy Lane Market: The Only Grocery Store Where I Look Forward to Shopping.)

To be honest, I prefer the ones Nancy makes best, but the DLM burgers are great if you’re in a hurry and just want something premade. On this particular night, Nancy put the burgers together mixing in some freshly ground salt and pepper, garlic powder and a splash of Worcestershire Sauce.


Next, she added cheese, I think she used grated cheddar.


After mixing it all together…


…she used a handy little burger press to create the patties. (Burger Press is available here: Burger Press for Making Hamburgers.)


Earlier that day I had picked up some veggie kabobs/skewers from Dorothy Lane Market. Usually, Nancy makes them from scratch but it was the weekend so I just grabbed some while I was in the store.


Dinner that night was burgers, veggie kabobs and asparagus seasoned with ground pepper, salt and a bit of Avocado oil. My son grilled it all up on his Big Green Egg.


Later that week, Nancy fried up some chicken wings in her Air Fryer. This is the one she uses: Air Fryer.

The brown rice she cooked to go with it was sooo good! I asked how she made it and she said she used brown rice from Trader Joes and added a bit of Avocado Oil and some of the veggies leftover from our weekend grilling. If you would like more details on how she made the rice, let me know and I’ll share that in another post.

So many of Nancy’s recipes are just instinctual for her so they are sometimes hard to translate down onto paper. Isn’t that the way it is with all great cooks? They just know how to mix ingredients to create wonderfully flavorful dishes.


Sometime during the week, forgotten which night now, I prepared an Italian Chicken Pasta dish. (You’ll find the recipe here: Italian Chicken and Pasta Bake.) I’m a lazy cook and love leftovers, especially those that feel like comfort food so I’m always drawn to casseroles.

This recipe was supposed to make enough to fill a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, but it made much more! I ended up having enough left over to fill another small casserole dish as seen in the picture below. I double-checked the quantity of all my ingredients so I have no idea why it made so much. This would be a great recipe to make when you want to cook dinner for yourself but have enough to take to a gathering or to share with a friend.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the baked casserole that we ate that night. It looked yummy when baked because just before baking it, cheese is added to the top. So when I bake this one below, I’ll add mozzarella to the top and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I’ll try to remember to take a photo to share, will probably bake it this week.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the meals we devoured this past week. In the evenings with two little ones running around and trying to get dinner on the table and them off for baths and bed, it’s hard for Nancy and me to remember to take photos of meals to share, but we’re getting better at it. lol


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  1. Lucky you to have such a talented cooking team in your family! Your reward for helping them out! Thanks for the party Susan, and is there anything better than a grilled burger? I think not!!!

  2. Pat Francoforte says

    We tried your daughter’s chicken recipe, the one marinated in ranch. It was sooooo delicious! Thank you!

  3. Oh yummm – those all look and sound wonderful! Burgers!!! 🙂 Thanks for the delicious ideas! And Happy Thursday!

  4. Snowflake281 says

    As I’m reading this post, it’s almost lunchtime & I’m starving! Yes, you’re right to say that the sign of a good cook is the ability to create a delicious meal out of whatever is found in the fridge and/or pantry on the fly. You seem to be able to have a good grasp on meal preparation but your dil is definitely blessed with a natural capability to do so. Me, not so much so seeing a recipe idea now & then on BNOTP is great! Yuumm!

  5. Susan, those burgers are drool worthy! I have been using Worcestershire sauce lately in lots of meat dishes and it makes such a difference. Didn’t think to try it in hamburgers to thanks to your daughter for the tip! Love it!

  6. The meal with the burgers, veggie kabobs, and asparagus sounds delicious. We haven’t grilled kabobs in a while. Thanks for the reminder. We make similar hamburgers but also add McCormick Hamburger seasoning. One of our sons makes the best burgers using this. I would like the rice recipe when you have time. BTW, I had seen the Talbot’s big sale and ordered 3 things. Unfortunately, they emailed me that one item was out of stock, but one package arrived today.

  7. Thank you for the recipes. During this pandemic, I am trying to learn to cook. Turns out it is not as hard as I thought!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. I always love new ones to try and all 3 of these sound delish! My dear Mom was an instinctual cook like Nancy. Me? I always have to have a recipe to follow (with the exception of a very few things). I would have Mom make a recipe when she was at our house so I could measure and write down the ingredients and amounts! LOL

    • Glinda, I’m the same way…have to write it down. If I don’t make something a lot, I forget how to do it and have to look it back up or I’ll leave out some key ingredient.

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