Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs | The Suburban Soapbox

Spooky fun for your next Halloween bash.  Deviled eggs stuffed with an avocado filling are a healthy alternative to the usual mayo-based eggs.  Dressed up to look like monster eyes, these will disappear so fast...it's scary! I haven't been to a Halloween party in years.  Like a decade or more.  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween...there's something about decorating the front lawn with gravestones and rotting corpses that is a little unsettling.  I'm a "happy" Halloweener.  I like the cute … [Read more...]

Palmetto Bloody Mary

Palmetto Bloody Mary | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing Bloody Mary ever created.  Slightly spicy with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, this cocktail was created using fresh tomato juice elevating the flavor to something completely incredible.   I tasted something wonderful. In 2008, my mother-in-law, Eloise, (who lived in Hilton Head at the time) picked my family up from the airport and swiftly whisked us away to an amazing paradise.  It was a beautiful resort in South Carolina....The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.  If you haven't been … [Read more...]

No-Bake Banana Split Pie

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All the flavors of a classic Banana Split layered into this creamy, light, no-bake pie.  Topped with chopped nuts, rainbow sprinkles and maraschino cherries, this is the ultimate party pie for any celebration....including the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  :-) I've had some requests for Meatless Monday recipes.  And I have a ton of meatless meals in the recipe tab if you're so inclined to check them out but, honestly, I don't know if they've been posted on Monday.  Which makes the recipe post a … [Read more...]

Almond Coconut Mocha Popsicles

Almond Coconut Mocha Popsicles | The Suburban Soapbox

Almond milk, Cream of Coconut and coffee are all it takes to make these easy, dreamy popsicles. The chocolate shell takes these chilly treats to another level. Savor the last days of summer with one (or all) of these. There are some foods that I'm just so impressed with....like "how do they do that" impressed. Fascinated. Flabbergasted. I never really thought to actually investigate "how" the magic was created. But when I do it's always something so simple. So easy, in fact, I feel a … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]

Bacon “Lettuce” and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo

Bacon Lettuce and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet peaches are the perfect stand-in for tomatoes in this remake of everyone's favorite BLT.  Plain Jane lettuce is also replaced with peppery arugula to make one deliciously easy summer sandwich! I was smacked in the face the other day with the harsh reality that summer is not going to last forever.  What I mean is....I was, literally, smacked in the face with a decorative witch at the grocery store.  Yep...I walked right into it while rushing to the laundry detergent aisle and was … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]