Cooking, Food

Favorite Summer Foods

It’s really almost September?

While our tummies keep rumbling for corn, crab and more, let’s review our favorite foods from this summer — all easy to make at home with the freshest ingredients and simple kitchen tools!

What were your favorite summer dishes? Did you make anything gorgeous? Let us know in the comments!

Wishing you a happy, healthy, hearty Labor Day!

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It’s not too late! More summer cooking ideas:

Grilling Tips
Summer Salads
Best Produce Recipes

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Cooking, Food, recipes

The Best Summer Produce Recipes

Yellow, green, blue and red: has your summer been colorful so far? Are you seeing the brightness through the rain?

We’re riding this tasty rainbow as long as possible, with our favorite recipes using summer’s best ingredients.

The good news? The ingredients alone taste so good, you barely have to do any work! The perfect recipe for summer relaxation.

What we’re eating

ACS_0121August is peak time for some of nature’s best delights. Right now our kitchens are full of corn, tomatoes, zucchini, blueberries, cherries, peaches and plums.

What we’re cooking

On days when it’s too hot (almost every day), it’s simple salads and cold soups. On more ambitious days, we start in the morning when the kitchen is at its coolest!

Here are some highlights from our summer menu:

Appetizer

Fried Zucchini Blossoms

An easy crowd pleaser and a great excuse to pretend you’re in Italy! We never need help stimulating our appetites, but if you do snack on these with a Negroni, Aperol spritz or prosecco. Saluti!

Main

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

This looks like a long ingredient list, but you probably have a lot of these things on hand. Don’t worry; no need to make your own pasta sheets (unless you want to!) Hate mushrooms? Leave them out and make the rest as is. If you want, use peeled fresh tomatoes instead of the canned ones.

Or

Avocado-Basil Zucchini Noodles with Chile-Lime Shrimp & Corn

Easy, breezy and a perfect summer dish. Throw the corn and shrimp on the grill to make it even easier!

Or

GZ’s Ultimate BLT

Show off summer’s finest with a classic BLT. Bonus: watch your family and friends’ eyes light up with joy when they realize they’re getting bacon for dinner. Pick up a few beautiful heirloom tomatoes for a hearty thick-cut slice on each sandwich, and buy extra avocado for any veg pals.

Side

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

Once you try Chef Tyler Florence’s trick for corn on the cob, you’ll never worry about boiling again. The easiest recipe makes delicious, slightly crispy corn. Use your favorite seasoning: simple good butter and sea salt; cayenne and sea salt; or cinnamon and sugar.

Dessert

Plum-Cardamom Crumble with Pistachios
We’ll keep saying it until the leaves fall – there’s nothing better than summer stone fruit desserts, and this plum-cardamom crumble is perfection on a plate. The leftovers are great for breakfast with Greek yogurt!

Find out what else is in season and keep your kitchen stocked!

Basics, Cooking, Essentials, Food, Grilling, recipes, Tools

You Can Grill That!

Let your grill do wonders beyond burgers and dogs.

These are easy grilled foods for a party – or just for you! Not only does the grill work its magic in these recipes, but cleanup is super easy too so you can relax and enjoy.

Tip: Keep all your essential grilling tools (tongs, squeeze bottles, pastry brush, etc.) clean and handy for when the grill calls your name!

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  1. Pizza
    Perfect for al fresco summer dining, especially for groups, warm grilled pizza can be equally good and often better than a sad, soggy delivery pizza. That char really works wonders, and it’s super simple! Consider making a veggie one with no cheese for vegan/dairy-free friends and as a nice lighter option for everyone. Pair with a light red (chill it if you want!) or Lambrusco. The pizza can sit out for a bit, as long as it’s not boiling hot outside, so those who arrive late can still enjoy a piece (if there’s any left!) Use your sharpened knife or kitchen shears to slice it!
    Get the recipe.
  2. Grilled Lettuce
    This is an insanely easy way to impress friends and a great side dish for pizza! Channel your inner Giada with a colorful salad of grilled lettuces. All you need is your colander, cutting board, knife, tongs and olive oil bottle. You’ll just want to make sure this hits the grill before any meats, so your veg friends can enjoy without worry!
    Get the recipe.
  3. Avocado
    A quick few minutes on the grill, a little lime juice, salt & pepper creates individual guac bowls you can eat right out of the skin! Spice it up if you want with cayenne, paprika or hot sauce. No need for a huge bowl of guac to sit outside and brown in the heat when you can have a fresh, simple solution. (Also, yahoo for portion control!) Serve with tortilla chips and veggies of your choice.
    Get the recipe.
  4. Stone Fruit
    Warm dessert with no oven action? We’re in! There’s nothing like winding down a summer night with seasonal fruit, a scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream (or whatever flavor you like!) and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy the glory of peaches, plums and nectarines while they’re here!
    Get the recipe.
  5. Grilled Pound Cake
    If you have a cake-loving crowd (the best kind of crowd!) why not throw an already made cake onto the grill? This is basically impossible to mess up because most of the work is done! If you don’t have peaches, try another stone fruit or serve with any fresh berries you have on hand!
    Get the recipe.

 

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DIY Taco Seasoning & Best Cinco De Mayo Receipes

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Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday and I don’t know about you, but tacos give me LIFE! There is just something about Mexican food in general that I just never get sick of. And don’t even get me started on my love for Margaritas (but we will save that for another post).

One of the reasons why I love tacos so much is because of how versatile they can be, ground meat, chicken, pork, shrimp fish – you can never have to get sick of one kind and you can always find a type that you will like. The second reason for my love is how fresh the ingredients are, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and chili peppers, fresh lime juice, ripe avocados, they make you feel like you are beachside at a Tulum resort. The third, all it really takes is a little menu planning and food prepping and you can whip everything up together for a fiesta in no time.

With the warm weather finally here, Tacos and Margaritas are a regular on the dinner rotation so I always mix up a homemade taco seasoning to keep on hand for any impromptu Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Friday or Saturday…OK I think you get my love for tacos now). It is super easy to make and doesn’t go bad and chances are you have most, if not all, of these spices in your kitchen cabinet. Pick your meat (or veggie), grab some tortillas (Team Corn), add in your favorite mix in’s – GUAC, sour cream, pico de gallo, corn, rice & beans or ALL OF THEM if you’re like me and you are ready to fiesta!

    • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • ½  teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
In the meantime, to get the party started early, I have round-up food and drink recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers just in time for you to plan out your Cinco de Mayo menu. Try not to just pick one…its harder than you think!
Cocktails
 Sides
 Entrees
 Desserts
recipes

Easy Make ahead Super Bowl Apps

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Sunday is the Super Bowl. And I didn’t know that because my team is playing. But I knew it because I’m a fan of the Super Bowl for a few reasons, I like to pretend I know how football works, I enjoy watching the halftime show – I am BEYOND excited for JT to perform this year because he is my absolute favorite – but the main and most important reason because of the food. YUP.

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The Super Bowl is another reason to get together with friends and family and have an excuse to make mouth-watering, delicious and fun foods. But to be honest, I’ll find any excuse to do this – no big event needed! #foodie

Side note: You have no idea how badly my mouth is drooling and my stomach is grumbling while writing this post. Writing on an empty stomach probably wasn’t the best idea!

There are a bazillion and one Super Bowl app ideas & recipes flooding the internet this week and unless you have a specific idea in your head of what you want to make, it can be very overwhelming to find the perfect dish. I put together a list of recipes I have come across to save you some of the work. I’m not going to lie, I will be making at least 3 or 4 of these recipes to serve at our little get together. The thing that I like most about these recipes is that each of these is simple to make, can be made ahead of time and can be easily transported if you are taking to a party.

Happy Eating! Go Food!

 

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Easy French Dip Sliders
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Mac & Cheese Cups
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Pizza Knots
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Guacamole
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Homemade Cheez-Its 
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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
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Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Crunchy Taco Cups
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
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Sweet & Spicy Almonds