Archives: Summer

Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry Muffins

September 29, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry Muffins | Filed in Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cakes, Chocolate, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Muffins, Recipes, Snack, Summer

It’s not every day that you find a recipe that combines fruit, a veggie AND two kinds of chocolate into a delicious breakfast treat. Did I mention two kinds of chocolate? These muffins are super moist, chocolatey, not overly sweet, and pretty as a picture. I made them for a friend for her birthday breakfast gathering. Consequently, one […]

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Blackberry Moscow Mule

August 30, 2017 by andrea | Comments Off on Blackberry Moscow Mule | Filed in Beverages, Cocktails, Recipes, Summer

A few days ago I decided to meander down the nature trail behind our house to pick some blackberries to add to a Moscow Mule, a cocktail made with vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. My blackberry search, however, was almost a bust. Being vertically challenged (I’m almost 5’2″), most of the purple-y ripe fruit was out of my reach so I […]

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Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs

July 26, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs | Filed in Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Salad, Summer, Vegetable

Who can resist a good Cobb salad? The combo of smoky bacon, perfectly ripe avocados, tomatoes and blue cheese mixed with salad greens is an American classic!. The updates in this version come from the use of grilled chicken, pine nuts, fresh herbs, and a tangy Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette. The salad is hearty, flavorful and makes […]

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

April 24, 2013 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Comfort Food, Dessert, Recipes, Spring, Summer

Classic Strawberry Shortcake is one of those recipes you need to know how to make: easy-to-make biscuits layered with juicy strawberries and freshly whipped cream…heaven! It’s the perfect dessert for Spring and Summer! My biscuit cutter is a little smaller than 2 1/2″ so I got a few more biscuits out of the batch. I like to use coarse […]

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Corn Salsa

August 24, 2012 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Recipes, Southwestern, Summer

This Southwestern-inspired recipe is a perfect weeknight meal: marinated chicken breasts are grilled and topped with a tangy corn and pepper salsa…simple, fresh and super easy! Fresh corn would be great in the salsa instead of frozen corn. If using fresh corn, shuck 2 ears of corn and discard corn silk. Cook the ears of corn […]

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Grilled Vegetable Platter with Picnic Vinaigrette

August 20, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Grilled Vegetable Platter with Picnic Vinaigrette | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

It’s time to seek out your nearest farmers’ market or farm stand and load up on fresh produce! This versatile recipe for grilled veggies is a perfect way to take advantage of the wonderful summer harvest, and can be served as a side dish to any grilled meat, or added to pastas and paninis. Simple flavors, but oh so tasty! The recipe […]

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Summer Wheat Berry Salad

August 17, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetarian

This simple summery salad is packed with fiber and flavor, and was the perfect lunch on a recent picnic at the beach. I especially love the texture of the chewy wheat berries. It’s also a versatile salad that you can build on — Feta or goat cheese would be great additions, as well as green […]

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Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes

August 8, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes | Filed in Breakfast, Kid-friendly, Recipes, Summer

And the gold medal for Ultimate Summery Breakfast goes to this recipe for Blueberry-Buttermilk Pancakes! These easy-to-make hotcakes (as my Grandma used to call them) are tender and fluffy, and dotted with juicy, freshly-picked blueberries. Dang, they’re good! We had them most recently for one of our camping breakfasts last weekend. The dappled morning sunlight of the forest and the crackling campfire […]

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Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012

July 20, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Oregon Berry Festival – July 20 & 21, 2012 | Filed in Fresh Produce, In Season, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Summer

Today, a friend and I trekked downtown to the Pearl for an outing with the kids and happened upon the Oregon Berry Festival on the corner of NW 10th and Johnson in the Ecotrust parking lot. This family-friendly event features a potpourri of vendors selling berries and berry-related products like ice cream, pies and other baked goods, […]

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Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce

July 14, 2012 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings, Products I Love, Summer

In Portland, we’re surrounded by great food and excellent locally-made products…and Big Tony Brown BBQ Sauce is absolutely one of my favorite local finds! My family loves it so much that they use it in place of ketchup now (I’m not kidding!). The sauce has a great balance of flavors — slightly sweet with a little […]

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