Grilled vegetables

Marinated Grilled Vegetable Medley

One thing I love about the summer is all the access to various kinds of vegetables at a reasonable price.  Sometimes on those hot days the last thing that I want is a heavy and large meal.  This vegetable medley is perfect to throw on the grill and is packed with flavor.  This would be perfect to make after a trip to your local farmer’s market and can really be made with any combination of vegetables! Continue reading “Marinated Grilled Vegetable Medley”

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie

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The fourth of July is coming up here in the USA and this recipe is great for any back yard BBQ. I had planned to make something like cupcakes, decorative cookies, or even an ice cream dish using this yummy recipe, but my son asked for a simple chocolate cream pie. How can I say no when he wants to be in the kitchen helping to make something tasty to share with friends and family. Even though we had all of the ingredients for the cupcakes, we ventured to the store and purchased all of the things we needed for the cream pie. Keep on Reading

S’more Cookies

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To celebrate the last day of school, I let my children decide on a dessert. Here is our “concoction.” It turned out delicious and I may have eaten too many myself! The boys first decided they wanted s’mores but, they asked if we could make marshmallows. I try to stay away from corn starch since the corn used can be a GMO, so we used gelatin. The marshmallows were fun to make, and surprising easy! I want to note that the caramel color is because we used coconut sugar instead of white sugar. The taste is slightly different and gives the marshmallows a toasted taste,  that we all loved. If you only have white sugar you can substitute it 1:1 for the coconut sugar. Keep on Reading!

Apple, cheese, and chive salad

Apple, Cheese, and Chive Salad

Do you ever have a dish at a restaurant and think about how great it would be to have it whenever you want it?  This is how I felt the first time I had the apple salad at Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis.  After our small wedding ceremony here, we had a nice dinner with our families here and everyone fell in love with that salad.  Between my aunt, sister, and I, we managed to replicate it as best as we could.  My husband and I recently went back to celebrate our anniversary and of course had to get the salad. While it was still quite tasty, I prefer our version better.  The combination of tart apples, cheese, and lemon dressing make it the perfect light side dish for summer! Keep on Reading!

Quick Cucumber Salad

As Summer gets closer, we spend more time eating outdoors. I love to make this quick cucumber salad for these occasions. Its a staple in my house this time of year and the best part is that I have all ingredients on hand. Its the perfect side dish to make ahead or double and serve at your next BBQ.

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It all starts by heading out to my garden (or farmers market) for some fresh cucumbers, dill and green onions. Growing fresh herbs at home is a great way to add spice to any recipe and much cheaper then buying them weekly at the store. You can grown them indoor or outdoors, so that you can use them year round. Keep on Reading!

Fun at the Farmers Market

I love the calm and relaxation of the farmers market in the morning. All of the beautiful products handmade and/or grown by the people in my community. This is the perfect time of year to start buying local, as produce is becoming available. I know it may seem easier to head to the grocery store but, there are so many reasons that you should try the farmers market. They are a fun way to support your community and see where your food comes from. Plus there is nothing better than truly fresh food and to purchase  a product from a seller who is proud of the hard work knowing that your money is going right back them. Keep on Reading

Favorite Food Blogs

My grandmother was an amazing cook and had several bookcases that were filled with cookbooks.  She would take them to bed and read them before falling asleep at night.  Much like her I am drawn to looking at cookbooks or recipes online. I love getting inspiration day in and day out from different food bloggers that I follow and seeing their beautiful creations they make.  One thing I love is that so many bloggers have made good, wholesome recipe inspiration available for people, especially those with special dietary restrictions. Keep on reading!

Festive Fruit Nachos

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With Cinco De Mayo around the corner, we decided to make fruit nachos at our house.  We eat a lot of Mexican food and, I thought this recipe would be a good treat at the end of the meal. If you have left over tortillas, its a great way to use them! AND who can resist strawberries and whipped cream!?!

I had a little helper in the kitchen while making this recipe and he had fun doing most of the work.  Lastly, I like this dessert because it is easy and adaptable. You can change the fruit out for other berries. Instead of whipped cream, you could do ice cream. You could even add a little lime to the berries to give them a zing. Keep on reading!