Fresh summer corn is definitely one of life’s simple, old-fashioned pleasures. I will drive way out of my way to a local farm stand to buy farm fresh corn in the summer. This simple summer salad is easy to make but full of fresh seasonal flavor: sweet, crisp-tender corn, fresh basil, plus a little zing • Read More »
Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion VinaigretteJuly 10, 2018 | By andrea | Comments Off on Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette | Filed in: Fresh Produce, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.
This recipe for Summer Bean Confetti Salad with Pickled Red Onion Vinaigrette is a great example of simple summertime cooking: it’s fresh, it’s easy to make, and it tastes good! The recipe would also be really easy to double or triple if you needed more than four servings. The only type of beans I could • Read More »
Chocolate Zucchini & Raspberry MuffinsSeptember 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 • Read More »
Blackberry Moscow MuleAugust 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 • Read More »
Cobb Salad with Fresh HerbsJuly 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 • Read More »
Classic Strawberry ShortcakeApril 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 • Read More »
Grilled Chicken Breasts with Corn SalsaAugust 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 • Read More »
Grilled Vegetable Platter with Picnic VinaigretteAugust 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 • Read More »
Summer Wheat Berry SaladAugust 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 • Read More »
Blueberry-Buttermilk PancakesAugust 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 • Read More »