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

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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.

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.