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...]

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...]

Blueberry and Grilled Corn Salsa

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Two of summer's best treats blended together to create this sweet and spicy Blueberry and Grilled Corn Salsa.  An excellent dip to serve at your next summer gathering or use to top grilled chicken for an easy weeknight dinner. If you haven't noticed, I like blueberries.  I like to put them in just about everything from this Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce to my "famous" Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Coffee Cake.  Or this Blueberry Feta and Quinoa Salad and these Blueberry Mojito Popsicles. … [Read more...]

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Sweet blueberries are the star in this easy to make barbecue sauce.  Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is ready in just 30 minutes and has a slight kick from the chipotle peppers.  The perfect twist to your summer barbecue recipes. Anyone super excited to see that blueberries are not so expensive right now that you have to leave your first born at the local grocery store in order to enjoy them?  Well, I am!  I don't think Katie would be too thrilled if I traded her for a pint of berries, … [Read more...]

Easy Radish Green Pesto

Radish Green Pesto

Put those radish greens to good use.  This easy to make Radish Green Pesto is made in just a few minutes and with 5 ingredients. The perfect condiment or spread for grilled beef, fish or a slice of bread.  Serve as a dip with veggies or smear a bit on a slice of radish for an extra peppery bite. I'm trying hard to waste less food.  Kinda like the chefs that market themselves as nose to tail...I'm going to do that with my vegetables.  Simply because 1.  I'm tired of cleaning out my … [Read more...]

Spicy Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips

Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips

Not your ordinary tortilla chips!  These Spicy Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips take minutes to make and are a great way to spice up your chip bowl.   Freshly made tortilla chips are like a gift from the heavens.  Really.  Once you've had them you will never go back to the commercial variety again.  This is a warning....because you are now going to be frying up batches of tortilla chips whenever you have a hankering for chips and guac.  Or whenever you have corn tortillas that are going stale … [Read more...]

Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie

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All the tropical flavors of a Pina Colada blended into a quick and healthy smoothie.  This Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie is ready in minutes and will keep you feeling full for hours. The weather hit 70 degrees the other day and all I wanted to do was sit on the beach.  I was peeling off layers of clothing as the morning wore on because I forget how to dress for warmer weather. It's so amazing to me how 70 degrees in early April feels like a sweltering, sweaty day.  BUT 70 degrees in … [Read more...]

Blueberry Power Smoothie

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Thick, creamy and delicious, this smoothie is packed with antioxidants and will keep you energized all morning.  Easy to prepare and perfect for an on-th-go breakfast or snack. I'm "training" for an 8K.  It's a really tough thing for me, starting a new routine because I'm a creature of habit. And I'm running on a treadmill because it's so cold outside right now that my lungs would immediately freeze and I would probably pass out on the side of the road to be found later by one of my … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Spiced Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal

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There's nothing more comforting than waking up to a hot, creamy breakfast and this Slow Cooker Spiced Coconut Oatmeal is a cinch to prepare.  Just a few ingredients tossed into a slow cooker the night before and you'll wake up to a sweet and cinnamony start to your day. I used to eat steel cut oatmeal every day.  I'd pack in a ziplock container in it's frozen muffin-tin form and heat it up in the microwave once I got to work.  Every day....steel cut oat day.  Every day....steel cut oats … [Read more...]

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]