Summer Salads and Sides: Sesame Soy Ahi Salad

Sometimes, I get a food itch that I just can’t quit.  This summer ahi tuna has been one of those. Partially because it takes about 12 seconds to prepare, but mostly because it tastes fresh, amazing and makes me feel like I could be on a tropical island. And to be honest, in exactly 9 days, I will be!  Kauai to be exact.  I plan to eat ahi poke by the bucket, hit-up fish markets like its cool, and order “catch of the day” on the daily.  So I’m giving myself a mini head start this summer. In this case, a sweet-tangy-soy-glazed head start…  Ending with “Mmmmmms” and lots of…

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…

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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