Cooking with Lawry’s, #TeamRaleigh & a Giveaway

I got an email from the Motherhood asking me if I would like to compete with some of my bloggy girlfriends in Raleigh in a cooking competition for Lawry’s seasoning. Cooking brings me joy and creating recipes is something I seem to have developed a knack for, so I was definitely up for it.

Lawry’s sent me a package of their Seasoning Salt, Balsamic Marinade and Seasoning Salt Marinade and my brain started running a million miles an hour, as did the rest of my teammates! They wanted us to create three recipes, but our Type-A personalities got in the way and we might have had a few more.

Emails flew fast and furious with recipe ideas, planning a date and who was bringing what. When the day came, I couldn’t be in Raleigh, as I had just gotten home the day before from a road trip that encompassed 10 states in 10 days. Driving three hours the next day one way was out — I couldn’t look at the inside of the car.

That is where the genius of social media comes in to play.

Not only was I able to keep up with my teammates as they cooked, laughed and enjoyed a gorgeous evening with a meal that was a little bit of each of us. I felt as if I was part of the process and it was amazing. Seeing the photos made it all real for me.

Team Raleigh Members

Dirt and Noise-Ilina (@IlinaP)

All Things Fadra-Fadra (@allthingsfadra)


Hines-Sight Blog-Leigh (@hinessightblog)

MyMessyParadise-Lynette (@MyMessyParadise)

Mommyality-Lisa (@mommyality)

It also made me hungry. 

I took it upon myself to redo the meals with the recipes #TeamRaleigh created for my own family. I was able to whip up a glorious summer dessert with fruits that are in abundance right now in North Carolina using Lawry’s products and my imaginative taste buds.

My son is 11 and as he’s gotten older, he’s gotten a little pickier. Not over this meal! I went to get napkins out of the linen closet and both he and my husband were in the kitchen, starting to devour supper! They didn’t wait for me to photograph! I’ve been asked to put this entire meal on the menu for next weekend when we go on our family picnic in the North Carolina mountains. Luckily, it’s all easy to prepare in advance so the only thing I have to do when we get to the picnic site is crank up the grill.

Lawry's Summer Fruit Salad with Marscapone Cheese and Ginger Lime Syrup

Lawry’s Giveaway

You could win your own package from Lawry’s and either make Team Raleigh’s menu, or create your own! Here’s what’s up for the win:

  • 16 oz Seasoned Salt
  • Balsamic Herb Marinade
  • Seasoned Salt Marinade

How to enter

Leave a comment below, and tell me what recipe you are most eager to try in your kitchen.  Deadline to enter is Saturday, September 24.
Extra Entry
Tweet the following (1 entry) “Can’t wait to cook #TeamRaleigh #Lawrys Dinner. I entered giveaway to spice up my summer grilling (link) via @Mommyality”
The winner will be selected via on Saturday,September 24.

Recipes from Team Raleigh: 

Five Points Flank Steak

(main entrée)

1 cup Lawry’s Original Seasoned Salt Marinade

½ fresh pineapple, cut into chucks

2 chipolte peppers in adobe sauce

½ cup ginger beer

¼ cup of olive oil

2 cloves garlic

flank steak (about 2 pounds), trimmed of excess fat

Add first six ingredients to food processor (We used the Ninja Kitchen). Pour liquid into a large glass casserole dish, and add meat whole. Turn to coat the flank steak. Marinate at least three hours (turning occasionally) or overnight.  Grill about three to four minutes each side, let rest for about five minutes, and slice against the grain to serve.

Garnish:  Cut up remaining pineapple into slices, marinate with flank steak, grill, and use as an edible garnish.

Vegetarian Option: Marinate portobello mushrooms instead of flank steak using the same recipe above, and grill each side until done, about two minutes per side.

Carolina Corn Salad

(Salad Option)

4 to 5 ears of fresh sweet corn

2 roma tomatoes, diced

¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped

¼ cup of olive oil

2 tablespoons of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade

juice of 1 lime

¼ teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

1 serrano pepper, seeded and dice (optional)

2 ounces crumbled queso fresco (optional)

Cut raw corn off the cob into bowl.  Add diced tomatoes and cilantro and gently mix. In a glass measuring cup, combine ¼ tsp of Lawrys Seasoned Salt, 2 TBS of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade, ¼ cup of olive oil, and juice of one lime. Pour over corn salad and toss well.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Optional, add serrano pepper and/orcrumbled queso fresco cheese to mixture.

Grilled Fennel, Radicchio, and Vidalia Onion, the Raleigh Way

(Side Option)

1 whole head of radicchio, quartered

2 bulbs of fennel, thickly sliced

1 large vidalia onion, thickly sliced

½ cup of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade

1 TBS brown sugar

cracked black pepper, to taste

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, to taste

Combine radicchio, fennel, and vidalia Onion in large bowl. Pour ½ cup of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade over vegetables. Add brown sugar and freshly cracked black pepper, (approximately five good twists of the pepper mill) and sprinkle mixture with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Toss vegetables well.  Arrange seasoned vegetables on grill pan or foil, grill for approximately 15 minutes until vegetables are tender. Brush with marinade during grilling of the vegetables are drying out. Toss gently on a platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

Capital City Herb Butter with Whole Wheat Flatbread

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Clove of fresh garlic, crushed

fresh thyme, ¼ quarter cup

whole wheat flat bread

Combine butter, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, garlic, and thyme. Mix well. Spread herb butter mixture onto flatbread. Stack bread on top of each other, wrap it in foil, and heat on grill. Cut into quarters to serve.

Bloody Marytini

I’ll share the recipe after Ilina shares it over at Dirt and Noise on Friday! She is the Cocktail Queen!

Lawry’s Summer Fruit Salad

1 Cantaloupe
1 Honeydew Melon
1 pint of Strawberries
1 personal sized Watermelon
1 pint Blueberries
1 TB Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade
Ginger Lime Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
Marscapone Cheese

Start making Ginger Lime Simple Syrup (recipe below). Cut strawberries into thin slices and marinate in one (1) tablespoon of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb Marinade. While marinating, finish cutting up rest of fruit into bite sized pieces. Add strawberries. Gently pour cooled ginger lime simple syrup over fruit and toss gently to combine all flavors.

Serve with Marscapone Cheese or Creme Fraiche.

Ginger Lime Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 thumb sized piece Ginger – peeled
1 lime
Add water and sugar to heavy bottomed pot. Put on burner over medium heat. Add ginger and zest from the lime. When syrup bubbles and sugar has dissolved, set aside to cool.
Thanks to The Motherhood and Lawry’s for inviting me to participate in this cooking challenge–I look forward to many more! I was compensated for my time.


  1. Great post, Lisa. You were there in spirit on this day, and we loved having you one tweet away. Great job on pulling it all together.

    Look for an e-mail from me about a date. Leigh

  2. We so missed you in person Lisa but dude your Carolina Corn Salad ROCKS! Loved working on this with you and can’t wait to make the fruit salad and dessert!

  3. I want to try the flank steak, sounds so good. Love Lawry’s products.

  4. I can’t wait to try the Flank Steak Recipe and the Capital City Flatbread. Meat and carbs, 🙂

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