Tipsy Palmers

I call my family “the Arnold Palmer’s.”  Not because they are all great golfers. (They aren’t.) But they all love iced tea and lemonade combo known as an Arnold Palmer.  A couple summers ago, I made the mistake of buying the organic jugs of this stuff for BBQs and other functions.  So when the weather starts to even hint at summer, “the Arnold Palmers” start requesting their namesake again. This has become a bit of a problem. First, apparently the fam’s spidey sense get tipped off when Arnold Palmer is in the house.  Undoubtedly resulting in the finding, opening, and consuming of the jugs loooong before the function they were…

What to Make for Memorial Day: Recipe round-up

Have a barbecue planned this Memorial Day weekend?  Kick off the grilling season with these favorites!   Main Course Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers A savory, tangy-sweet, and herb-y marinated chicken that is easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser!  Find the recipe here. Ultimate Black Bean Sliders A vegetarian option that even meat lovers will love!  Packed with southwestern flavors!  I love topping it with mango and chipotle mayo!  Find the recipe here. Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Pork Chops A easy to make sweet, smoky, salty, and spicy rub helps these pork chops get a sweet and caramelized crust when grilled.  Make sure you buy bone-in pork chops to maximize the…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Compote a la Mode

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Spring time goes with rhubarb like April Showers and May flowers.  Seattle usually extends the month designated for showers a bit longer than preferable.  Still the farmers market and the co-op where I buy most of my produce are teeming with locally grown, long, tart rhubarb stalks. Living in Seattle, rhubarb is my metaphorical rainbow or olive branch.…

Ultimate Black Bean Sliders

Ok, these are now possibly one of my favorite recipes on the site! Words just can’t explain how good these are!!!!   I don’t know why I’m even typing when I should be making more!  These Black Bean slider patties are. That. Good. In full disclosure, I don’t throw around terms like “the best” and “ultimate” lightly.  No, sir.  I treat those labels with the respect they deserve.  But, these are the “your search for the best black bean burger ends here” kind of thing. Also, if you have not tried black bean burgers/sliders.  Once you try them, you will realize how much you were missing out on – regardless…
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