I love gazpacho in the summertime. And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough. This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.
I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor. It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly. So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things. That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made. Read more...(788 words, 10 images, estimated 3:09 mins reading time)
Remember that outdoor concert I went to? The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes? Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too. My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since. Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe. Read more...(589 words, 10 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.
Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky. I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler. Read more...(1315 words, 12 images, estimated 5:16 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(1025 words, 12 images, estimated 4:06 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(644 words, 10 images, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(1065 words, 9 images, estimated 4:16 mins reading time)
I have notoriously bad luck with banana bread. Every time I try to bake a loaf, it’s either overbaked or raw in the middle. Despite that, I haven’t given up trying to make a decent loaf, and when I realized the bananas on our counter were brown and spotty, and wouldn’t be going anywhere, I decided I should give a new recipe a try. Read more...(998 words, 11 images, estimated 4:0 mins reading time)
I think it’s here, folks. For real this time. I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again. I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time. I really do.
A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots. The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available. It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious. They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try. Read more...(864 words, 10 images, estimated 3:27 mins reading time)
I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding. You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through. So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.) Read more...(824 words, 9 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
Every year after Easter, I run into the same predicament…what to do with all of this leftover ham? This deliciously light and fluffy quiche took care of a bit of it last night. This may be my new go-to quiche base as it baked up so nice and light. My girls, who are admittedly quiche-wary, even gobbled up their slices and openly discussed how much they were enjoying it. What’s up with that? It seems the copious amounts of chocolate eggs and jelly beans put them in a good mood. Read more...(779 words, 11 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)