Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Double Chocolate Yogurt Dip

Double chocolate yogurt dip is a perfect match for seasonal fruit for a healthy and fun snack.

I really love chocolate yogurt. It’s kind of a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate fix. It’s basically chocolate with tons of calcium, probiotics and low fat protein. A win win in my book.

Food Networks’ Summer Soiree series asked a few food bloggers to create a seasonal dip that would be fun and delicious. I have never made a sweet dip before. Therefore, this double chocolate yogurt dip; the perfect recipe for fruit, pretzels or any other food worthy of dunking into yummy chocolate.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Grilled salmon with a fresh avocado salsa with lime and fresh cilantro
I know that some of you may be experiencing cooler, fall like temperatures, but not here in San Diego! We are hitting the unusual high of 90 degrees on the coast and most of us don’t have air conditioning - we rarely need it.  There is no break in sight. Yes, I feel like I am melting and there is no way I am turning on my oven this week!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Granola Bars {Gluten Free}

Pumpkin granola bars drizzled with dark chocolate {gluten free}

Labor day barbecues are grilled, enjoyed and done, so why not move on to pumpkin recipes?! I know it’s only September, but I’ve seen some pumpkin recipes popping up on food blogs - I thought I would join the fun!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy Yellow Rice

This easy yellow rice is flavored with turmeric and is ready in under 20 minutes

We are a big rice family, mostly because I am a big rice gal. Rice is definitely my favorite side, so my family is subjected to it a lot. I can eat rice completely plain. A drizzle of tamari and sriracha definitely brightens it up, but I’m not picky.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Roasted Summer Vegetables with Lemon Tahini Dressing

These roasted summer vegetables are perfect for a family dinner and the lemon Tahini dressing adds a fun Middle Eastern flare.

Summer veggies roasted on the grill and drizzled with a smokey lemon tahini dressing

So my babies went back to school today! They are both attending the same school for one year (high school) and then my son Jake flies the coop and heads to college. It was so fun watching them leave for school together. Jake is driving Eva and her “bestie”. My goodness where did all the time go? They seem so adult!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gluten Free Blueberry Peach Crisp

This beautiful summer blueberry and peach crisp is full of flavor, easy to make and gluten free.

This dessert is truly the ultimate in summer sweetness. Bursting blueberries and ripe peaches baked to perfection with a crunchy crumble topping and a hint of nutmeg, is perfect served warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top Ten Salad Recipes on Pinterest

Virtually Homemade - Easy Sweet and Spicy Mexican Slaw

It’s one week until school starts and I have officially hit the proverbial wall! I have been hit with piles of back to school forms, volunteering requests, sports pick up and drop offs, etc. As well, I have been struggling with my new gluten and dairy free diet restrictions, as well as some other health issues that have come to light. Plus, it’s been a really warm summer in San Diego that keeps me from wanting to cook. A huge problem for a food blogger!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Grilled Shrimp Flatbread with Cilantro Pesto and Goat Cheese

Bake pre-made pizza dough to make the perfect flatbread with grilled shrimp, cilantro pesto and goat cheese.

The most amazing thing happened while I was photographing this flatbread; my 17 year old son said “Mom that looks amazing – so summery”. What? My 17 year old paid me a compliment? That just made my day.

I do agree with him. This flatbread with grilled shrimp and cilantro pesto is super summery.  It’s light, crunchy and herbaceous. Organic cherry tomatoes along with goat cheese help create a beautiful and tasty lunch or dinner.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frozen Lime Margaritas with a Sangria Swirl

This lime margarita with a swirl of sangria is just about the most refreshing summer cocktail I’ve ever had! The addition of Casa Noble tequila takes it to the next level of margarita heaven! #NationalTequilaDay #TequilaDay

Frozen lime margaritas with a swirl of frosty and fruity sangria - the perfect summer cocktail.

Last week I was on vacation in Victoria, British Columbia.  My in-laws own a lake house just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. It’s one of the most relaxing places on Earth. I literally wake up in the morning and have only a few concerns – how much time I should spend on the dock, lying on a lounge chair, soaking up the sun, staring at the water and enjoying my favorite summer novel. Sometimes I throw a hike and dinner prep into the mix.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grilled Corn with Tomato Basil "Butter" {Vegan}

Sweet and tender grilled corn with tomato basil "butter" - vegan recipe

There are three flavors that just sing summer to me; tomatoes, basil and corn. The perfect warm weather trifecta. Not only do I love the taste of these foods, but I also love the smell. Basil is obvious. That sweet herbaceous anis scent suggests wonderful dishes such as Caprese salad or pesto on fresh pasta.

The smell of fresh tomatoes and corn is a little less obvious. The specific aroma of corn silk while shucking the ears brings me back to childhood and performing this simple task on our back step to help my Mom out while making dinner. As well, I don’t love the smell of tomatoes specifically. I love the smell of tomato plants and the warm red fruit plucked on a beautiful sunny day.