Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…

Girls’ Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Poke

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. I’m mentally prepping for our trip to Kauai next month with these Girls Night in 5 recipes!  Light, delicious and with nearly limitless flavor combos, poke is one of my favorite easy, healthy dishes!  Who else loves poke? Last time we were in Kauai, almost every corner market has a deli case with a couple different varieties of…

Summer Sides and Salads: Lightened Up Goat Cheese Dip with Pistachio Basil Pesto

There are few things I like better than a really good cheese dip. So the other week, I was scanning some of my favorite food blogs and ran across a to-die-for looking whipped goat cheese dip with pesto. I pinned it (which is how I save everything that looks delicious). When I finally got around to reading the ingredients and realized that the 1 cup of goat cheese was whipped with 2 cups of whipping cream, I was a bit horrified. 2 cups? I love goat cheese because its tangy and delicious, but also because it tends to be healthier than a lot of other cheeses. But adding 2 whole…

Love People Well: Best Banana Nut Muffins

I do promise that the Love People Well series won’t just be a million different types of muffins.  As soon as a few more things start to ripen in the garden, I have some spicy and crunchy ideas of the vegetable variety.  But in the mean time… if I’m being truthful, muffins have been the name of the game around here.  Knee surgery? Muffins.  Family members taking solo road trips? Muffins.  Brother moving to New Mexico for the summer?  Muffins. Anyone want to guess which muffins this summer have been the summer’s most requested?  Yup, these.  They truly are the best and most moist banana nut muffins ever – almost…

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…
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