Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Mediterranean Pita

Soft pita bread stuffed with marinated artichokes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms make this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich the perfect vegetarian meal.  A great option for on-the-go lunches and beach side picnics. Seagulls hate fruits and veggies.  That's my fun fact for the day.  How do I know this?  Well, in all the time I've been hanging out on the beach this summer....I've never been attacked for a peach...or a grape...or a carrot.  Anytime I've had a sandwich with … [Read more...]

The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

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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...]

Fajita Seasoning Mix

Fajita Seasoning

Skip the seasoning packets at the store loaded with preservatives and other unknown ingredients and make this simple Fajita Seasoning Mix at home.  Just a few flicks of a whisk and you're ready to season everything from chicken to veggies. I feel guilty posting this "recipe" that's not really a recipe.  I mean, it's only a few ingredients thrown into a bowl and whisk together to combine.  And that's all.  There's no cooking, no waiting, no eggs.  It's just a seasoning mix.  But what's … [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...]

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...]