It’s Summer Picnic Time- Share Your Recipes, La Vergne!

Let’s stop dwelling on the bad and think about the good, like the fact that it’s summer which means grilling out and picnics and all kinds of other fun stuff. I recently found out that making potato salad and devilled eggs is not the ordeal I once thought it was, thanks to my pal Debbie Heughan. So, let’s hear your summer picnic recipes, kids!

In exchange, I’ll give you my awesome Cilantro-Lime Taco recipe:

Serves: About 4

Prep time: 30 minutes (if you’re crap with a knife, as I am. Faster if you can use a knife decently fast)

Cooking time: 15 minutes




1.5 lbs of chicken breast tenderloin

Some: Nature’s Seasons, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper

small amount of oil (I used peanut oil, but you could use anything)

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, cut finely

2 limes, cut into 8ths

1 tomato

1/2 cup green onions

1/2 cup mexican blend cheese

Flour tortillas


Put the oil in a largish frying pan and heat it up. I set my stove between 6 and 7, but whatever works for you. While that’s heating up, start cutting your chicken into really small chunks. Mine were like a quarter inch thick or so. Once you have that all cut up, toss it into the pan, which should be hot enough by now. Turn it up to, say, 8. While the chicken is cooking, whip out your Nature’s Seasoning and put a goodly amount on the chicken. (For people on special diets, low-sodium or no black pepper- the main things that make Nature’s Seasons so tasty, I think, is garlic powder and celery seed. When I cook at my mom’s, that’s what I use in place of it because my dad is on a low-sodium, no black pepper diet and Nature’s Seasons is salty and black peppery as all get out) Do the same with the other seasonings above. The chicken should cook up in no time, so just keep tasting once the chicken is cooked, until you get the amount of heat you want in your chicken. Turn your stove down to its lowest setting.


Then, wash up and cut up all your vegetable type stuff. Put it in separate fancy little bowls so you feel like you’re at a fancy Mexican restaurant. Take 2 of your little lime wedges and squeeze over the chicken. Serve. Accept compliments on your fabulous cooking.


**Now, you can cook the cilantro in to the chicken, but in my household, there are people who will cry about this because they had the tremendous misfortune to have genetics that make cilantro taste like soap to them. Not wanting to make folks in my house eat lime-soap chicken tacos, funny as it might be, I don’t cook the cilantro in. But you *can*, if you want.**


7 comments for “It’s Summer Picnic Time- Share Your Recipes, La Vergne!

  1. Adam Frazier
    June 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Jello cake

    ingredients: 1 box of Angel food cake, 1 box of Jello (any flavor) and 1 tub of Whipped Cream

    Make Angel food cake as per directions. When baked and cooled poke holes in top of cake with toothpick. The more holes you poke the more Jello that will be absorbed. Now prepare jello of your choice as per directions and poor over the top of prepared angel food cake. Put in fridge for a few hours to allow Jello to set and gel. Take out and top with cool whip, slice and serve cold. This is a delicious and refreshing summer dessert that if used with a low-fat whipped cream will be low in fat and calories! Enjoy!!!

    • Sherry
      June 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Wow, that’s an oldie! My grandmother used to make Jello cake when I was a kid back in the 60’s and I loved it. Good memories. 🙂

  2. June 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Boring post. I can’t believe I just wasted two minutes of my life reading this stuff. I could of been beating on my husband.

    • Ivy
      June 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Well, it sucks to be you, then, doesn’t it?

    • June 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Must have been worthwhile for you because you read it all then posted a comment.

    • Skeet
      June 28, 2011 at 12:24 am

      Oh how nice. Badgering someone for their hard work. If you thought a post on recipes was boring why did you read it. Also seriously, if it took you 30 min. to read this post you really need to read more. Hmmm, or maybe, just maybe, you are a troll! Yep, think I figured this one out.

    • Angie
      June 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Was your husband forcing you to read the post?? Is that why you are wanting to beat him??? Somehow I think the title of the post was pretty clear what it was going to be about. If the topic is something you’re not interested in why would you waste your precious time not only reading it but commenting on how “boring” you think it is?

      It may have not been fun for you but reading the replies to your comment sure has made my day! So thanks!! 🙂

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