I know what you’re thinking. Stew in July? Stew is a misleading name for this. It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew. It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze. Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.
Ready to give it a try yet?
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Every time we head to the beach with our family, one of our favorite traditions is stopping in at a local spot on the beach strip called Taco Boy. Taco Boy is an eclectic, colorful, Mexican taqueria and cantina. Their tacos and nachos pair wonderfully with their Frozen Screwdrivers and Margaritas, but honestly, the thing that gets us every single time we visit is their Mexican Street Corn.
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Ah, well. Vacation is over. I’m back from the beach. This was the first time I’ve left on vacation since I started this blog and I didn’t bring my computer along with me. As any blogger knows, staying in touch is a key to successful blogging, but I needed to check out for a bit. So, I did. And now, I’m refreshed and revived, and back. Thanks for sticking around!
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For a while now, I’ve been wanting to recreate a scone I found at my favorite local coffee spot. I stumbled across it quite by chance one day when I stopped in to grab a quick cup to go and my stomach happened to grumble at just the right time during the ordering process. I looked to my left and saw a plate of beautiful, fresh, speckled scones, asked the barista what kind they were, and she replied “Lemon-Rosemary”. And from there, a love affair was born.
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Imagine your favorite weekend farmers market. Think of all of the colorful, fresh produce, creamy cheeses and butters, warm baked goods, and local snacks and sweets that you can’t wait to add to your market basket. Pretty great, right? I absolutely love visiting our local markets in the summertime. And I think that knowing exactly where your food is coming from, whose garden it grew in, who baked the bread, or who churned the butter, is increasingly important in this day and age where the divide between where our food comes from and how it gets to our tables has grown steadily more difficult to track.
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Sorry, guys. I know I’ve been a little lax lately in sharing new recipes with you. Summer is TOUGH, though! I’d love to say our summer schedule is nothing but laziness, pool days, and endless time, but anyone with kids knows that it just isn’t. We’re having a great summer so far, but it’s keeping me on my toes, and unfortunately, not in the kitchen (or at the computer) as often as the obsessive-compulsive blogger part of me would like. I know you’re busy too, so I’m sure you understand. Don’t give up on me. I’m still here! Just making my way through the season.
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If you were to ask me what my all time favorite pasta sauce is, I would answer, without hesitation, that it is THIS Bolognese sauce. I posted that recipe a few years ago, and things haven’t changed. It’s still my all time favorite.
That said, it’s a time-consuming sauce. One that’s meant for a day when I have time to spend in the kitchen. On days when I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, this lightened up, chicken-based Bolognese sauce is a fantastic alternative. It came together in minutes, and my family devoured it in just a few as well. It’s fresh and light, and great for a night when you’re craving comfort food, but not so much craving the work involved.
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After being married for close to nineteen years (next week!) to my husband, I’ve gotten to know him and his tastes pretty well. I have to admit, he’s very polite when it comes to dinner time. He never complains, even if what I’m serving for dinner isn’t exactly what he was in the mood for. It doesn’t matter if we’re having cereal or a four course meal, he’ll eat it with a smile on his face. Although, with the cereal, he probably sneaks back into the pantry after dinner. And he’s very patient as I snap picture after picture of dinner, trying to get the right shot, before serving it up. I know that’s not a common problem in most households, but in our house, it’s a “thing”. He’s a trooper, and always has been, even before I started this blogging gig.
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It’s berry season! Berries are officially my favorite dessert fruit, so when early summer rolls around and bright, beautiful, fresh berries are abundant, I stock up and start cooking. I ran across this super simple Raspberry Cream Tart from Midwest Living magazine, and I knew this was the perfect time to give it a try.
The dessert looks perfectly summery and elegant, but putting it together is a breeze, and it gets a little (delicious) help from a convenient grocery store staple…
Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough.
No crust muss and fuss, just a minute or so of pressing cookie dough into a tart pan, and you’re on your way.
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We’re in the home stretch! At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household. Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed. It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up. After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders. One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way? This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year. I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet. After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems. And the youngest moving out of elementary school? Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet.
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