When my kids are home in the summer time, and it’s a kazillion degrees outside, we spend a good deal of time in the kitchen making “fun food”. Generally, there’s not a whole lot of nutritional value in “fun food”, but that’s OK. It’s for fun, right? This is a recipe that I came across online last year and it has become a summer favorite. Last summer, I should have bought stock in marshmallows, I made so many batches!
The finished product is deliciously chewy, sweet, and tangy, but above all, fun! Plus, from an adult standpoint, it’s pretty cute. Read more...(863 words, 8 images, estimated 3:27 mins reading time)
This salad may go down in history as the prettiest salad I’ve ever made. Even better? It was delicious. If you’re heading to a 4th of July party and have been asked to bring a dish, this is the perfect thing! The ingredients all need to hang out in the bowl and marinate for a while before diving in, so you can put it together at home, hang out with your friends for a bit and then, just have the salad whenever you want. Read more...(833 words, 8 images, estimated 3:20 mins reading time)
I’ve mentioned before that we are big fans of breakfast for dinner at our house. When we do have “Binner”, as my daughter calls it, it’s usually something pretty kid friendly…pancakes, waffles, eggs and bacon. That’s one of the nice things about Binner. Nobody complains! I decided to try this egg tart out the other night on the family, and fully expected the kids to turn their noses up at it. You know what? They didn’t! They loved it. Both of them. I’m still amazed. Read more...(953 words, 6 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
I’m kicking myself. It’s almost the end of June and I haven’t been to our local Farmer’s Market yet. What happened to the hazy, lazy days of summer? We’ve been so busy, I’m hardly able to keep up! The busy days continue this week with a long road trip tomorrow up to the Midwest, for a couple of weeks with our family. We’re really looking forward to being there. The many, many hours in the car, though? Not so much. It’s the price you pay, for a couple of weeks of family fun…and many more busy days! The summer will be over before we know it! Read more...(1102 words, 9 images, estimated 4:24 mins reading time)
Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, so I thought I’d share one of our favorite new dinners that the dad in our house is especially fond of. When we lived in New Orleans, one of my favorite local dishes to order was jambalaya. I’ve had some good jambalayas, some pretty bad jambalayas and some rock star jambalayas. It’s not that it’s a difficult thing to make, it just seems that every place has its own little version of it, some better than others. I guess that since I’d only had a few versions of it that truly knocked my socks off, I’ve been hesitant to make it myself. This all changed when I ran across this recipe in an old, back issue of Cuisine at Home magazine. Read more...(1134 words, 10 images, estimated 4:32 mins reading time)
Is there really anything better than a really good BLT? It’s such a simple sandwich, nothing fancy. But, every time I have one, my first thought is, “Why don’t I have these more often?” They are the unsung hero of the sandwich world.
A friend of mine (who must have read my blog post last week about my inability to grow anything other than basil) gave me an armload of beautiful tomatoes, fresh from her garden, over the weekend. I went into immediate tomato eating overload. I was gobbling up handfuls of cherry tomatoes like they were candy, and figuring out a way to slice up the larger tomatoes to add to every meal. My tomato obsession was a little out of control, but I guess if I’m going to overindulge in something, fresh tomatoes aren’t the worst option! Read more...(576 words, 8 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
When it’s hot and summer-steamy out, we love to break out the blender and whip up delicious frozen drinks when we entertain. One of my favorite “sit by the pool and relax” drinks is a cool, frosty Piña Colada. The tropical pineapple-coconut combo always tastes so fresh and light to me. The problem lies in that Piña Coladas usually aren’t really all that fresh. Most rely on premixed, heavy on the calories drink mixes, which means they aren’t all that light either. They taste great, but did you know that a typical restaurant/bar Piña Colada can pack up to 650 calories and close to 20 grams of fat? That’s more than a Big Mac! UGH! Read more...(1120 words, 8 images, estimated 4:29 mins reading time)
There is really nothing better than homegrown produce, fresh from the garden in the summertime. Beautiful tomatoes, bushels of zucchini, peapods straight from the vine…I love it all. The problem lies in that I have the worst luck EVER when it comes to gardening. I’ve tried, and failed, more times than I can count. This is the first year that I don’t have tomato plants going. I finally gave up. Every year, Aaron shakes his head at me as I plant a couple of tomato plants, knowing full well that nothing will become of them. He’s right. Nothing ever does. The one year I thought I’d actually get something edible from my tomato plants, it turned out that I had some sort of bug living on the plants that leaves the shell of the tomato, but eats the insides completely clean. Imagine my dismay when I went to pick, what looked like, a perfect tomato from my vine and it popped in my hand like a balloon. Read more...(992 words, 8 images, estimated 3:58 mins reading time)
I use my slow cooker a lot on busy nights during the school year, but I’ve found that it can also be a life saver during the hot, summer months when the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove or heat up the whole house with a hot oven. That said, a lot of slow cooker meals are wintery…stews, soups, heavy, heavy, heavy. I’m always on the lookout for something different to try in my Crock Pot, and when I ran across this sandwich recipe, it seemed like it would be light enough make a great summer dinner. Read more...(904 words, 9 images, estimated 3:37 mins reading time)
It’s hard for me to believe, but I’ve been at this food blogging thing for almost nine months now. It’s been such a whirlwind, and has become such a regular part of my life, that it’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t writing about food a few times a week. As the blog has grown in popularity, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a few really exciting things…and I am so thankful! Read more...(1074 words, 10 images, estimated 4:18 mins reading time)