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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes | The Suburban Soapbox  #RonzoniSummer #pmedia #ad

Disclaimer: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Ronzoni, all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RonzoniSummer  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV   Light and healthy, Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes are stunning and delectable.  A great dish to serve when hosting a lunch or playdate, kids will love it too! I've been eating all the things lately.  You know...ALL the things.  Pizza, hot dogs … [Read more...]

Tomato Upside Down Cornbread

Tomato Upside Down Cornbread

Crispy, butter, soft, tangy...this Tomato Upside Down Cornbread has it all.  A dramatic presentation of the humble cornbread, this recipe will elevate any barbecue or cookout to a fine dining level.  It's also incredibly effortless to make, as well. So....I will refrain from announcing, once again, that summer has arrived.  I'll let the produce speak for itself.  I told a story long ago when I first started this blog about how I hate winter produce, peaches and tomatoes in particular. … [Read more...]

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Asiago Dipping Sauce

Grilled Artichokes

Simple grilled artichokes are surprisingly decadent when served with a savory Garlic Asiago Dipping Sauce.  Easy to make and healthy, this summer side dish can be served right off the grill or at room temperature making it a great make ahead dish for parties. So, summer is off to a roaring start.  I hope you're all enjoying it so far!  I just returned from a week at the beach while my house was being painted and boy, was that relaxing.  A little chilly at the beginning of the week but … [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...]