Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta

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Crunchy broccoli chopped into bits and updated with dried cherries and feta.  If you love the old version, you will flip over this updated Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta.   Most of you, my favorite internet friends, are out of high school....and even college.  I know how old most of you are.  :-)  Does that make me a stalker?  It's a little weird to know that websites I visit collect that kind of information.  But it's helpful when coming up with ideas, recipes and stories … [Read more...]

Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade Cherry Pie | The Suburban Soapbox

Real Cherry Pie....made with fresh cherries, not from a can.  This pie is as American as pies get and the flaky crust is super easy....almost fool-proof!  So.....I did it.  I made a double crust pie.  My first ever on the blog.  It looks beautiful....with all it's flaws and shrunken crust.  I have never been so proud of a pie.  Ever. It wasn't without it's challenges.  Challenge #1, that crust.  It still shrunk up a bit and I have trouble with getting everything centered and … [Read more...]

Easy Classic Lobster Rolls

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Skip the overpriced restaurant version and make your own Lobster Rolls at home.  A much more cost-effective way to enjoy this classic New England treat.  Lightly dressed in lemon mayo and melted butter, served on a toasted roll and sprinkled with chives....this is what summer is all about. I LOVE the beach.  I, seriously, think I was born with sand between my toes.  There's nothing more relaxing to me than a beach vacation.....the food, the sand, the ocean and a good book.  But mostly the … [Read more...]

Cherry Almond Clafoutis

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A super easy skillet cake filled with cherries and a hint of almond. The simple, blender batter bakes into a creamy, custardy dessert that you will make again and again. I bought a million and one cherries. To bake a pie. If you recall, you know how I feel about making pies. The crust. It scares me to the bone. It's always a nightmare to work with and I always either a) take the easy way out and make a crostata, galette or fruit crisp or b) eat all the fruit and pretend that's the way I … [Read more...]

Boozy Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie

Boozy Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie | The Suburban Soapbox

Cool off with a Strawberry Sweet Tart Slushie for grown ups.  You will not find these at your local convenience store because (besides the alcohol) this version has just four ingredients and no refined sugar or corn syrup.  Healthy and fun, you can whip these up in just a couple of minutes for an impromptu party anytime. Landon loves to go to Wawa.  For those of you not in the mid-Atantic region, Wawa is a gas station/convenience store that sells everything...even freshly made sandwiches … [Read more...]

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

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A beet salad that's as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over … [Read more...]

Open-Faced Pulled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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These easy to make sandwiches require very little prep time!  The chicken is made in the slow cooker and takes only two ingredients....no browning required.  A few minutes of assembly and some time under the broiler make them the best for busy weeknight dinners. You know those days....the days that go horribly wrong and all you want is something comforting to eat.  Those days that you were late to work because you may have overslept but still didn't get enough sleep because that was the … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles | The Suburban Soapbox

Fresh blueberries and mint make for a tasty mojito.....even better when frozen into a chilly treat.  Even better...these popsicles are actually good for you! (Well, if you skip the rum...but who would do such a thing?) I can't think of a more refreshing cocktail than the mojito.  The Cubans knew what they were doing....I guess it was out of desperation since it's as hot as cake balls down there.  Well, cake balls are not hot but my point is it's hotter than here and I complain  talk about … [Read more...]

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata | The Suburban Soapbox

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese top a flaky pastry dough to create a savory crostata.  An easy and light summer dinner ready in minutes.  Pair with a green salad and this dish is great for entertaining. Summer tomatoes are here.  In all their perfect glory, they are finally here.  This is the only time of year I will eat a fresh tomato and I definitely try to get my fill.  Tomato sandwiches.  Check.  Tomato Bisque. Check.  Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata.....checkity … [Read more...]