Ricotta Ice Cream Filled Cannoli

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Creamy, sweet Ricotta Ice Cream Filled Cannoli taste just like regular cannoli but are a chilly treat that's a spectacular summertime dessert.  A surprisingly easy ice cream snack that's great for entertaining. Raise your hand if you like ice cream?  Well, I can't see you but I know your hand is waving frantically in the air...and if it's not, well....I just don't know about you. :-)  I kid...a bit, I just don't know anyone that doesn't like ice cream unless their lactose intolerant but … [Read more...]

Lobster Pasta Salad with Lemon Tarragon Dressing

Lobster Pasta Salad

Sweet lobster and charred corn are the stars of the show in this easy to make Lobster Pasta Salad.  Tossed with a light and bright lemon tarragon dressing, it's the perfect light lunch or stellar side dish for your summer gatherings. Is it summer where you are yet?  I know summer doesn't officially start until the 21st but really...we all know it starts when the kids are done school.  When the yellow busses no longer slow down morning commutes, when gaggles of children are no longer … [Read more...]

The Very Best Macaroni Salad

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Summer would not be complete without the very best Macaroni Salad.  This version is light and creamy with a surprise ingredient that will just make your mouth say "wow".  Or say nothing at all, because it's full of food and your mom taught you better than to talk with you mouth full. I've been to barbecues without macaroni salad.  I know, gasp!  The horror!  Some people are getting all fancy these days making side dishes like Blueberry, Feta and Quinoa Salad or Soba Noodle Salad with … [Read more...]

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Grilled Margherita Pizza

Fresh, simple and classic, Grilled Margherita Pizza is easy to make and has an amazingly crispy crust.  A great summer recipe that comes together in just a few minutes. Happy (unofficial) summer, friends!!!  What did you do this weekend to kick off the season?  Did you go to the beach?  Did you have a picnic or host a barbecue?  I ate all the pizza.  All of it.  Well, maybe not all of it...but I definitely ate my fare share of slices this weekend while at the beach.  There's nothing … [Read more...]

California Cobb Sandwich

California Cobb Sandwich

Everyone's favorite salad turned into a gigantic sandwich fit for a crowd.  This overstuffed California Cobb Sandwich is loaded with chicken, blue cheese and avocado.  Perfect for a picnic or toting to the beach for a surf side lunch.  Just watch out for the seagulls. It's beach season.  I'm absolutely giddy about it, minus the fact that I did not get bikini ready what-so-ever.  But really, how could I when I make things like Monte Cristo Breakfast Casseroles and Strawberries and Cream … [Read more...]

Chilled Strawberry Soup #BrunchWeek

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Inspired by the version served at the majestic Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney, this Chilled Strawberry Soup is a little lighter but tastes even better than the original.  Easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll be whipping it up all summer long! Let's talk about Walt Disney World for a moment.  I absolutely love it there.  It is the happiest place on earth.  At least the memories you keep are always that it's the happiest place on earth.  While you're there, it's fun...and … [Read more...]

Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad

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Light and refreshing, cucumber noodles made using a spiralizer are tossed with fresh vegetables, kalamata olives and feta cheese to make a great summer salad.  Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad is a wonderful addition to any barbecue or picnic. This is the most wonderful time of the year.  When the weather is around 70 degrees and you still can wear jeans but have long ditched the winter coat.  That giant, puffy, cumbersome coat.  When you have to run an errand or two and can just slip on a … [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...]

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...]

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...]