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.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Homemade Blackberry Syrup

This fresh blackberry syrup can be used on snow cones and an array of other fun desserts

I call this my pretty post. Blackberries are so photogenic and the deep violet color of this homemade blackberry syrup is beyond gorgeous – nature at it’s best.

Every summer my daughter dusts off our snow cone machine and indulges in this refreshing summer treat on a daily basis. Just so she’s not always using sugar laden syrups, I’ll make a few fresh fruit syrups to keep her going all summer long (Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Snow Cones).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Easy Sweet and Spicy Mexican Cole Slaw

This spicy and sweet Mexican cole slaw will brighten up any summer dinner with vivid colors and flavors.

This Mexican cole slaw is lightened up with fresh lime juice and cilantro and takes about 5 minutes to make.

Fresh summer entrees require fresh summer side dishes. This sweet and spicy Mexican cole slaw is incredibly easy to make and a lot lighter than your average creamy slaw. The bursts of Mexican flavor from the cilantro, cumin and hot sauce make a tangy and crunchy dish that highlights any meat, chicken or fish.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Traditional Potato Salad

Traditional potato salad that is perfect for your summer barbecue.

Nothing says 4th of July more than a good backyard barbecue. Hamburgers and hot dogs are always fun and what better accompaniment than traditional potato salad. I know that everyone has their own version of potato salad that they love and adore, but for me this recipe prepared by my Mom is the best.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Grilled Thai Chicken with Coconut Jasmine Rice

Grilled Thai Chicken with Coconut Jasmine Rice is an easy yet daring dinner that challenges your everyday chicken.

Grilled Thai Chicken served with Coconut Jasmine Rice is an easy, healthy and exotic dinner for four #glutenfree

Meet my new best friend – coconut milk. Darn this stuff is versatile. You can use it in sweet and savory dishes and it lends a creamy and decadent texture. It’s dairy and gluten free and can obviously be used in vegan dishes, replacing cow’s milk. However be careful, because coconut milk is high in calories and saturated fats. A good solution is picking up the light coconut milk at your store that cuts calories and fat by two thirds. Overall, it’s just a great alternative, calories and all, for my dairy free diet.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Minty Pina Colada Popsicles

Tropical Pina Colada popsicles with a touch of fresh mint, are a perfect treat for summer - it's hard to believe they're vegan!

5 ingredient refreshing pina colada popsicles with a touch of mint.

I am going to start this post with a disclaimer – I am not the most patient or meticulous person I know. It may come from growing up in New York City; everything I do must get done quickly.  It’s just something that becomes a part of you in the Big Apple. People are rushing here and there, and you get wrapped up in the pace.

These layered pina colada popsicles require patience, time and a steady hand. Plus it’s a good idea to have lots of space in your freezer to maneuver the molds. I had none of the above. Therefore, my popsicles are not perfectly layered like these, but they sure do taste good and I loved the lighting on the photos. Basically, I concluded they were blog worthy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Homemade Strawberry Soda with Lime

Homemade strawberry soda made with a fresh strawberry simple syrup, seltzer and a squeeze of lime.

I know I’ve been making lots of frosty summer treats lately, but this homemade strawberry soda will knock your socks off.  It’s just so tempting to take advantage of bountiful summer produce to make sweet, cold and icy treats.  I especially love working with berries while mixing them with tart flavors or different herbs.  I wanted this soda to be appealing to my kids so I accented this homemade strawberry soda with just a hint of lime.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Shortcakes {Gluten Free}

Chocolate Raspberry Shortcakes - a twist on the classic and stacked with gluten free chocolate cookies.
Chocolate and raspberry are the perfect flavor combination. This twist on the traditional strawberry shortcake utilizes these flavors with silky whipped cream to create a shortcake that rivals the best.

Driscoll’s (one of the biggest berry growers in the country) asked San Diego food bloggers to create their own version of this classic in honor of National Strawberry Shortcake Day this June. I used juicy and sweet organic Driscoll’s raspberries that are the perfect little ruby colored gems. Bursting with summertime flavor, this dessert could become one of my all time favorites.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

These banana coconut chocolate muffins will sweeten your morning and include a gluten free option.

I’ve got a soft spot for banana and coconut, so these muffins are truly heaven for me. Who am I kidding? I’ve got a soft spot for chocolate most of all; especially when it’s for breakfast.  There’s something about chocolate goodness that gets me going in the morning. Essentially, these banana coconut chocolate chip muffins are the perfect morning trifecta. Accompanied by a strong mug of French roast, I am ready to take on the world.

These banana coconut chocolate muffins will sweeten your morning and include a gluten free option.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Grilled Greek Turkey Burger

These grilled Greek turkey burger will dress up your ground turkey for summer cookouts!

This grilled Greek turkey burger is packed with feta, olives and fresh vegetables and topped with a tangy vinaigrette. Perfect for your summer BBQ!
There’s only 3 days of school left for my kiddos.  Eva will be starting high school next year and Jake will be a senior. What??? I can’t believe I just wrote that! I swear just yesterday I was changing diapers and cleaning bottles. For one whole year they will be at the same school for the first time in seven years. It’s kind of nice to end this era with them together.