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…

What to Make for the 4th of July: Recipe Round-Up!

Grill outs, fireworks, beach volleyball, parades, popsicles, and anything else you associate with the fourth of July!  The holiday is supposed to be a day of relaxing with family and friends, not slaving away in the kitchen.  So lets all spend more time with our friends and fam this holiday.  And here’s what to make for your 4th of July weekend celebrations! Main Course Grilled Curry Coconut Milk Pork Skewers Savory and sweet coconut milk, curry, and turmeric marinaded pork shoulder.  Inspired by Thai street food but without the firey spices!  To the recipe…. Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers Balsamic, olive oil, a mixture of fresh herbs, and other spices make…

What to Make – 4th of July: Peanut Butter Cookie Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

The fourth of July is about warm weather and fun.  It is definitely not about fussing over food.  So, when I posted my absolute favorite chewy peanut butter cookie recipe earlier this week and hinted at a follow up recipe later in the week, here they are folks those same soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with a big scoop of salted caramel gelato in the middle.  Voila! Cookies to snack on AND a festive summery dessert! 5 minutes of prep folks.  5 minutes.  Plus, you can make these little guys hours or even a day ahead of time! You can use any ice-cream or gelato you like, but have…

What to Make for Father’s Day: Flank Steak Korean-Style

I rarely take issue with the timing of a holiday but I have to say… Father’s Day probably is one of the worst. Graduations.  End of school.  Class parties. Beginning of summer.  Too. Much. Happening.. From what Google says, the first Father’s Day occurred in 1910 after a woman was inspired to honor her father during a Mothers day church sermon the year prior.  Ironically, some form of Mother’s day has been celebrated since Greek and Roman times!  How do you think dad feels about that?   Mother’s day is pretty uneventfully placed in the middle of May.  On paper, it sounds logical to place father’s day a month later.  I’m sure…

What to make for Father’s Day: Rhubarb-Strawberry Blondies with White Chocolate Chunks

I can’t think of a recipe that remind me of my dad more than these rhubarb filled blondies!  That may seem weird.  Rhubarb and strawberries don’t exactly scream dad’s day to me.  Nor do blondies or white chocolate.  Yet, here we are. You see, my father loves just about any fruit dessert whose flavors resemble a pie or a crumble. And, this blondie batter isn’t your typical blondie batter.  The cinnamon and brown sugar infused blondie tastes like the flavors in an amazing crumble topped crisp or pie recipe.  Which makes it PERFECT for this recipe, and his taste-buds. My Dad’s ideal ratio of topping to fruit in a fruit…
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