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Iced Coffee: A Summertime Caffeine Fix

Ice Coffee

Iced Coffee: Photo by Jenny Nelson


It’s summertime and nothing sounds better then grabbing a nice hot mug of coffee. Nothing beats inhaling the steam that fogs your glasses and carries the wonderful fragrance up your nose. Sipping the superheated brew brings a warmth to your body and soul.

Wait, you mean it’s hot out and just reading these words is making you sweat? Sure, hot coffee is a great idea right now if you are living in Hobart, Tasmania where it was a cool 4 degrees Celsius this morning or perhaps you are an office drone where they keep it at a temperature more suitable for chilling sides of beef and it is causing your fingers to turn blue.

There are still a few weeks left in the summer and icy caffeinated beverages are much desired. Cola over ice you say? No, we are looking for something classier this time: Iced Coffee.

For coffee lovers, iced coffee is a tough sell, hot coffee is great, but room temperature coffee is gross and cold coffee is an acquired taste. Iced coffee seems like it would be really easy to make, but the most obvious preparation will yield a mediocre result. Simply brewing a pot of coffee, waiting for it to cool and then pouring it over ice meets the definition of iced coffee, but I bet it will taste weak and watered down to you.

There are several easy ways to improve your iced coffee:

Don’t just take my advice though, I’m not the only one with iced coffee on my mind these days:

Visit Amazon’s Buyer’s Guide – Single-Serve Brewing

My Version of the Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich from Starbucks

My Chicken Salad Sandwich

A few weeks ago I tried out the Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich from Starbucks. It was a pretty good sandwich for a premade sandwich and I shared my thoughts about it in this post.

Chicken salad is one of those salads I had never tried to make up before as it involved a bit more effort than I was willing to put in for a salad. I consider it to be a level 4 salad on my salad difficulty scale (soon to be patented)

  1. Tossed salad (greens and veggies)
  2. Tuna salad (no cooking, just assembly)
  3. Egg salad (cooking the eggs then assembling)
  4. Chicken salad (more cooking and cutting, usually more ingredients then egg salad)
  5. Hot German Potato salad (lots of prep work and cooking)

I started thinking about how good the sandwich was and then the light bulb goes off. As I replaced the bulb that went out in the lamp beside me, I realize that I can go to the Starbucks website and get the ingredients off of their full ingredient list on the page for the sandwich. I will reverse engineer the recipe for the chicken salad sandwich!

So I did, check out the recipe below for my interpretation of the Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich from Starbucks.

This was my first ever attempt to create a recipe based on something I ate with only a list of ingredients (but no quantities).

 Ready to Assemble

After I mixed everything together, I let it sit till the next day’s lunch so the flavors could blend further.

All Mixed Up

For my first attempt at something like this it turned out well. I made only two changes to what I did, I reduced the amount of black pepper used in the dressing and added a bit of salt to the dressing as well. The recipe shows these adjustments.

Give it a try and let me know what you think or if you have any interesting variations you come up with.

My Version of the Starbucks Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich
Serves 2
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
  1. 1/2 lb. chicken (1 boneless chicken breast)
  2. 1 large strip Applewood bacon (or 2 small)
  3. 1/4 small tomato
  4. olive oil
  5. poultry seasoning
  6. lemon juice
  7. garlic powder
  8. salt
  9. pepper
  10. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  11. 2 T scallions (green onion)
  12. Lettuce or mixed greens
  13. 4 slices wheat bread
  1. Poach your chicken breast, when done cooking, remove from the water and drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, then lightly dust it with poultry seasoning. Cut it up into bite size pieces.
  2. Fry up your strip of bacon, and crumble when it is fully cooked, set aside.
  3. Roast your tomato until the skin just starts to blacken, chop up and add to mixing bowl, add a splash of vinegar and a dash of garlic powder.
  4. In this same bowl, add the mayonnaise, green onions, 1 t lemon juice, a dash of salt and a dash of pepper.
  5. Add bacon and chicken and mix thoroughly.
  6. Spoon half the salad onto your bread and use as much lettuce or mixed greens as you want.
  7. Makes two sandwiches worth.
  1. You can eat this right away, but you may prefer to let it sit overnight so that the favors blend more fully.
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Homemade Grilled Hamburgers

Homemade Burgers on the Grill

I am visiting my parents this weekend and we decided to have our first round of grilled hamburgers of the season. These hamburgers are not your plain old hunks of ground beef flattened into patties, these burgers are freshly made from an old family recipe that my mom has used for a long as I can remember eating hamburgers.

Back in the day, every other Friday night was burger night, the opposite Friday was always hot dogs up until I was about 14 or so. This recipe was one of the very first recipes I would make once I was tall enough to work the stove. As good as they were back then when they were pan fried, the burgers are even more awesome now when cooked on a grill.

The beautiful burger pictured below is garnished with BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and a Vidalia onion.

Homemade Burger Ready to Eat


Mom's Homemade Burgers
Serves 8
A homemade burger recipe courtesy of my mom.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 2.5 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/3 cup 1% milk
  4. 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  5. 2 1/2 t Lawry's seasoned salt
  6. 1/2 t black pepper
  7. 2 T dehydrated minced onion
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, pepper and minced onion until well blended.
  2. Add all the ground beef stirring until well mixed and all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Divide evenly into 8 burger patties.
  4. Grill or pan fry until cooked to your desired rareness.
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