Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions, grilled quickly and served with corn tortillas make a great weeknight dinner option.  So easy to make and with minimal mess, they are simply the BEST chicken fajitas ever. Have you seen them?  The back to school commercials?  They're starting to pop up here and there during your weekly binge-watching sessions of all things Bravo TV.  Everyone's talking about it and it's going to happen soon...kids everywhere are going back to school and I can … [Read more...]

Easy Seafood Cioppino

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Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

The Very Best Tomato Salsa | The Suburban Soapbox #bestsalsa

Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer's bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible. Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though....it didn't help.) I didn't feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had … [Read more...]

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken will soon become a dinnertime staple for easy dinners on busy summer nights. Skinless chicken thighs are marinaded in tangy ranch seasoning and then tossed on the grill for an easy weeknight meal. Minimal cleanup, maximum flavor. We’re beaching it this week.  I can’t wait.  We’ll be heading down in a few days…for a few days and I’m looking forward to no messes in the kitchen for a bit.  I’ll still be working but dinners need to be quick and easy so I’ve … [Read more...]

Grilled Fajita Nachos

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by VELVEETA®.  All opinions are my own. Smokey cedar planks are the perfect backdrop for these easy Grilled Fajita Nachos.  Chicken, steak, peppers and onions are all piled onto crisp tortilla chips and topped with creamy, melty VELVEETA®.  The perfect snack for summer and tailgating season.   Nachos for dinner.  It’s pretty simple.  I have had a pile of nachos for dinner countless times.  My obsession began when I lived in a tiny suburban … [Read more...]

French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions

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Take your burger to another level at your next cookout!  The French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions is served with a horseradish sauce and savory beef broth much like the classic French Dip Sandwich.  Juicy and flavorful, this is one for the record books. I live with a bunch of picky eaters.  And I can never keep track of their long lists of dislikes because they're constantly changing.  The little guy doesn't like anything anymore, despite being a pretty amazing … [Read more...]

Red Wine Berry Parfaits with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

Red Wine Berry Parfait with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

An easy and elegant dessert that is an excellent ending to a summer dinner party or cookout. Red Wine Berry Parfaits can be made in advance and is easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled to accommodate your growing guest list. After my long days in the kitchen whipping up crazy concoctions for all of you, my lovely internet friends...I like to pop the cork on a bottle of cabernet to celebrate.  This is a daily occurrence and the wine consumption varies depending on how long I've been in the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles

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Tropical, fruity margaritas frozen into cool, refreshing treats.  Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles will be the hit of any summer party and are a fantastic way to beat the heat.  Slightly boozy and made with fresh strawberries, they are a little bit healthy too...I think. A few summers ago, I discovered the Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margarita from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  They are a creamy and addicting concoction with the consistency of a smoothie...a boozy smoothie but less icy. … [Read more...]

Zucchini Tart with Sweet Corn, Basil and Parmesan

Zucchini Tart with Sweet Corn, Basil and Parmesan | The Suburban Soapbox #howisummer

Paper thin slices of zucchini are nestled in a light and airy puff pastry crust creating a beautiful summer tart.  Topped with sweet corn, parmesan cheese and a garlic basil butter, one bite will reconfirm that summer baking is the best. I bet one of you has a zucchini lying around your kitchen...or in your garden...or one will show up very soon from a neighbor who got overzealous with the garden this year.  I always find it hilarious at the end of the summer when I walk into someone's … [Read more...]

Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Kabobs

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Kabobs

Turn your weeknights into a family grill fest. Tangy and sweet, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Kabobs are the ultimate weeknight meal. Quick and easy to assemble, minutes to cook and perfect for the entire family. I hear people talk about the leisurely summer days….the lazy days of summer. I don't know what they're talking about. When you have a toddler that wants to play every waking hour of the day….it's hardly a lazy day. Throw in a little work and you have a full on busy day. And I'm … [Read more...]