Summer Salads and Sides: German Potato Salad

So, when I started this Summer Salads and Sides series… I wanted to give alternatives to the typical beige and mayonnaise laden salads and side dishes we see so frequently at BBQs.  In truth, I wanted to steer clear of the potato/macaroni salad realm entirely.  And then I remembered this zingy little number: packed with fresh dill, bold flavors, and a mayonnaise-free red onion and apple cider vinegar vinaigrette… This is no typical potato salad.  No sir.  This zestier spin on German potato salad is summery, fresh, and ADDICTING (thank you apple cider vinegar!). You guys, this is ridiculously good.  We are trading in heavy and starchy for light and…

Girls’ Night in 5: Grilled Peaches with Balsamic and Blue Cheese

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. Summer fruit, summer bubbles, and a grill.  A grill?  That doesn’t sound like a girls’ night in to me.  But, stay with me ladies….  We are talking grilled peaches! *Cue the nodding of heads from everyone familiar with the wondrous flavor and luxurious texture of a grilled peach.*  You absolutely do not have to be grilling genius to…

Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

Summer Sides and Salads: Garlic and Ginger Chicken Udon Noodle Salad

I know that I have said this before but summer is not the time of year when I want my oven cranked up… Aside from the heat factor, its also the TIME!  So, I have been falling back in love with one of my old faithful cheats:  ROTISSERIE CHICKEN! Yes, its a bit more expensive, but for a ready to eat deli item, its still not bad.  For a smaller sized chicken, I can usually get at least 2 dinners plus a 2-3 of the husbands’ sandwiches for lunch.  The man LOVES his daily sammich and apparently hates lunch time variety.  He claims that minimizing variables is what geniuses do.…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…
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