Old, passed down recipes are the best, aren’t they? I have my fair share of fancy cookbooks, but I love looking through my old recipe cards and seeing food memories reappear right before my eyes. I have my recipe cards stored in a large photo album, because my recipe box was bursting at the seams. It makes finding that perfect recipe just a little less frustrating, and when I look through it the way it’s organized now, it’s like revisiting an old vacation photo album. I find torn pieces of paper with recipes scribbled in “I don’t have time to write it exactly” code, beautifully written recipe cards, and tattered magazine clippings. I find notes from friends and family who are no longer with us, and the beaten up corners and over-folded fold lines in cards that have been passed on from generation to generation. It’s food memory after food memory, tucked away for me to rediscover every once in a while.
If my kids ask what’s for dinner, and I say “Chicken and pasta”, I’m usually safe from the “Uuuuuuugh! Noooooo! WHAT? Eeeeeew!” that would have accompanied scarier responses for them like “We’re having fish” or “I’ve decided to experiment with tofu today”. I can mix other things in with the chicken and pasta, things that they don’t usually like, and they won’t complain a whole lot because they just focus on the chicken and pasta. Those are their comfort foods…their no complaint foods. So, I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up the ordinary and introduce them to new and exciting flavors and variations on their favorites.
I love a good Caesar salad, and I have to say right off the bat that while this salad is awesome, this is not your everyday Chicken Caesar Salad. The dressing is not creamy, it’s a tangy vinaigrette, and it’s served warm over the salad. The chicken is coated in tangy lemon pepper seasoning. And, it’s minus all things slightly anchovy-like…which is the mark of a true, traditional Caesar salad…and something that I love, but a lot of people don’t. If you’re not an anchovy person, THIS is the salad for you!
This is one of those recipes that I’d pinned to my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it. Now, I’m bugged that it took me so long! This easy, healthy, baked quinoa dish makes for an absolutely delicious side, or in heftier portions, a super satisfying meatless main dish. It’s chock full of fresh summer flavor, and takes just minutes to throw together.
I started by cooking some quinoa. One cup of dry quinoa yields about three cups of cooked grain. You need about two and a half cups of cooked quinoa for this dish. So, while that was cooking on the stovetop, I prepped my other ingredients.
That’s all you need to make this amazing, surprisingly light, deliciously tasty summer dessert.
I had a feeling this would be good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out exactly how seriously good it really was. There’s just enough chocolate to keep the chocolate fans happy, it’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down after a big meal, and it’s different enough to make people think that you’ve spent a ton of energy on it. Only you need to know that it’s actually pretty simple!
Do you use your slow cooker in the summer? Not every slow cooker meal has to be a rich, wintry stew or chili. Summer time is actually the best time of year to bring your slow cooker to life! Not turning on the stove or the oven means less heat in your kitchen. And, when you’re chasing little ones around the pool during the day or carting kids from activity to activity, or camp to camp, having dinner ready to go and practically just waiting for you to dive in can make life a whole lot happier!
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It was Monday, and I had a problem. I was craving Mexican food. The problem with that was twofold. Our evening was busy enough that we couldn’t spend time going out for dinner. Plus there was the fact that we’re leaving for a beach trip in a little over a week, so binging on tortilla chips and queso dip while sipping on a margarita, and then chasing it with enchiladas isn’t exactly what I need to be doing a week before I spend a few days in nothing but a swim suit.
Mmmmm…summer food! It’s one of the best parts about summer. Summer food is all about fresh and fun flavors, bright and lively dishes, and ways to celebrate a wonderful season.
Here are ten of my favorite go to recipes that can help anyone kick summer into gear! Enjoy! Just click on the titles to take you to the recipes.
This fresh, tasty salsa is always a hit at any summer party when served with tortilla chips. Not in the mood for munchies? Serve it over grilled chicken!
This meal is, simply, summer in a bowl.
It’s light, and fresh, and so easy to throw together…because who wants to think when the weather is beautiful and you’d rather be hanging out by the pool? This amazing summer meal can be put together in the time it takes for the kids to take showers after swimming so their hair doesn’t turn green.
I put a pot of water on the stove, and started heating it up to a boil. As it was heating, I was busy prepping my fresh asparagus, slicing a red onion, and whisking together a quick, but super tasty, dressing of lemon juice, fresh dill, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a hefty dose of feta cheese.