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...]

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...]

Ricotta Turkey Meatballs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic Asiago Cream Sauce

Sun dried tomato ricotta meatballs

Creamy ricotta cheese is blended with ground turkey and sun-dried tomatoes to create the most flavorful meatballs ever.  Ricotta Turkey Meatballs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic Asiago Cream Sauce make a great topping for pasta or just eat them with a fork for a low-carb meal. We've had a ton of rain lately.  A lot.  Like my yard makes the squishy sound when you walk around.  It's kind of weird too because they're all those horribly, scary thunderstorms with buckets of rain falling … [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...]

S’mores Cannoli

Smore Cannoli

These are not your mama's cannoli! S'mores Cannoli are like no other, with an ethereally light marshmallow cream filling and added crunch with a quick dip in some crushed graham crackers...you'll never want to stand over a raging fire to toast marshmallows again. Here we are again with the cannoli.  I know, I'm obsessed but there are just so many things you can do with those shells.  And I intend to reinvent the cannoli over and over again until some Italian mom comes and whacks me over … [Read more...]

Red White and Blue Berry Tiramisu

Berry Tiramisu

Light and creamy tiramisu is given a summer twist!  Strawberries and blueberries replace the traditional flavors making it the perfect dessert for warm weather festivities.  (And there's no baking involved!) Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are able to enjoy the warmer days.  I took a quick drive to the Jersey shore yesterday where I'll stay until Friday while my house is being painted...yet again.  Apparently, my husband and I are terrible at picking paint … [Read more...]

Sweet Onion Marmalade

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Thank you Breton for sponsoring this post and providing us with Breton Gluten Free crackers! This simple spread maximizes the sweetness of caramelized onions with a hint of orange flavor.  Sweet Onion Marmalade is easy to make and perfect to have on hand for last minute parties, whether it's a party of 1 or 10.  I like to get my friends together to gab.  That's right...gab...just talk all night long about anything, kids, clothes, spray tans, Thor.  Anything and everything is game when … [Read more...]

Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Fajita Turkey Burger

Finally, a heart-healthy burger packed with flavor!  Fajita Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup are easy to make and loaded with protein.  A great way to kick off summer without blowing your diet! I've been bitten by the bug.  The running bug.  I've been trying to get into running for years now....not really digging it most of the time because, let's face it, it can get boring.  But throw a little competitive element in there and now I'm there.  I ran my first race ever this past … [Read more...]