Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…

What to Make for Labor Day: Recipe Round-up!

Recipe ideas to make for your Labor Day weekend grill-outs go more smoothly!  The key is make-ahead components!     Savories Sides, Salads, and Main Courses Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette A stone fruit salad with creamy burrata cheese on a bed of spinach and dressed with my favorite simple vinaigrette (made with champagne vinegar and fresh orange juice!). The vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days head! Did I mention the salad can double as your centerpiece? Once assembled, this salad is as colorful and beautiful as it is delicious!  To the recipe… Lightened Goat Cheese Dip with Pistachio Basil Pesto The lightest airiest goat cheese dip…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Carrots and Green Onions with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Playing around with grilled veggies, have resulted in some of my personal fave meals of the summer.  But its hard to get some male members of our species – the hubs included – super stoked about grilled veggies.  Anytime I’m making space for them on the grill: eye-rolls.  Chock it up as another one of my “wild hippy-dippy ideas.” But sometimes “wild” turns out amazing.  I love roasted carrots and green onions. But, I wanted a different sauce than the perfunctory yogurt sauce with mint leaves.  So while scooping tahini onto a carrot stick one day… I realized that might be was the answer.  And my-oh-my, this sauce was the answer!…

Love People Well: Spicy Asian Quick Pickled Veggies or “Quickles”

While I admit that I gravitate towards baked goods, specifically muffins, as evidenced by the first two posts in the Love People Well series (found: here and here), I am spreading my wings and branching out!  Pull your mason jars!  We are making “quickles!!”  The easiest, tastiest, crunchiest spicy Asian-style quick pickled veggies! No one can argue with the easily shareable/giftable nature of cookies, muffins, scones, etc. but does my single-dude contractor friend who saved our house from falling over this week want a batch of muffins?  I’m willing to wager that answer is “no.”  (Although, he’s never been one to turn down anything with chocolate chips, now that I…

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…
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