The Best Recipes of Summer

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Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!
Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!

Summer is a funny time for me. I absolutely love the abundance of fresh produce. One of my most favorite activities in the world is strolling through the farmers market.  Just yesterday I must have spent over $200 just on produce! But, as much as I love those summer flavors, I usually want to be out playing in the sunshine rather than cooking.  Its sort of a catch 22.  My most favorite time to cook is the fall because the days start to get shorter and cooler, the kids are busy with school and soccer, and there’s nothing like a good holiday to motivate you in the kitchen. Well, your kids might be back in school already, but summer ain’t over yet, so take advantage of the abundance of glorious summer produce and make these recipes!

Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!

Lemon Lime Layer Cake – A Dash of Sanity

Lemon Lime Layer Cake {A Dash of Sanity}

 

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake - all the flavors of the infamous Boston Cream Pie in a quick and easy ice box cake. Great for those hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven, or when you just don't want to do all the work!

 

Summer Corn Chowder – Culinary Ginger

Summer Corn Chowder {Culinary Ginger}

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars – 365 Days of Baking

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars {365 Days of Baking}

 

Grilled Chicken Berry Salad – Big Bears Wife

Grilled Chicken Berry Salad {Big Bears Wife}

 

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler – Let’s Dish

Old Fashion Peach Cobbler {Let's Dish}

 

Mini S’mores Brownie Bites – White Lights on Wednesday

Mini S'more Brownie Bites {White Lights on Wednesday}

 

Strawberry Pie Dessert – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Strawberry Pie Dessert {That Skinny Chick Can Bake}

 

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Pizza – My Suburban Kitchen

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Pizza {My Suburban Kitchen}

 

Sausage & Potato Summer Vegetable Skillet – Wishes and Dishes

Sausage and Potato Summer Vegetable Skillet {Wishes & Dishes}

 

Blueberry Cobbler – Kleinworth & Co

Blueberry Cobbler {Kleinworth & Co}

 

Skinny Bruschetta Chicken – The Domestic Superhero

Skinny Bruschetta Chicken {The Domestic Superhero}

 

Carrot Cake – Mom on Timeout

Carrot Cake {Mom on Timeout}

 

Grilled Stuffed Peppers – Fake Ginger

Grilled Stuffed Peppers {Fake Ginger}

 

Southwestern Steak Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing – Wine & Glue

Southwestern Steak Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing {Wine & Glue}

 

Granny’s Monkey Bread – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Grandma's Monkey Bread {Self Proclaimed Foodie}

 

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles – Love Bakes Good Cakes

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

 

Grilled Mango Curry Chicken Skewers – Cooking and Beer

Grilled Mango Curry Chicken Skewers {Cooking and Beer}

 

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl – Yummy Healthy Easy

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl {Yummy Healthy Easy}

 

Zucchini Noodle Greek Salad – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Zucchini Noodle Greek Salad {Cupcakes & Kale Chips}

 

Mojito Poke Cake – Lemons for Lulu

Mojito Poke Cake {Lemons for Lulu}

Caprese Chicken – Dinner at the Zoo

Chicken Caprese {Dinner at the Zoo}

 

Angel Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Whipped Topping – The Love Nerds

Angel Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Whipped Topping {The Love Nerds}

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Caprese Polenta Bites

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Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

I am so fortunate to live in the great state of Oregon. I didn’t grow up here, but had enough sense to make it my home as a young adult. I honestly can’t see myself living anywhere else. In addition to being close to the coast, the mountains, and the desert, not to mention the abundance of the color green and endless rivers and waterfalls, I am proud to live in a state that produces the best high quality foods. We are truly a farm to table state and every single person here will tell you how Oregon brands produce high quality products.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.Pacific Foods is one of my favorite Oregon brands. I’ve been enjoying their products for years. From soups (their tomato soup is a regular on our family dinner table) and stocks to awesome convenient sides like this polenta, they are a well loved brand in our household! Founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon, Pacific Foods is dedicated to sourcing simple ingredients cultivated through sustainable practices, making products that nourish, and increasing access to healthy, wholesome foods. It offers a wide variety of organic products, including flavorful soups, sauces, broths and stocks, as well as the broadest range of non-dairy beverages and a growing collection of dips, meals and sides. Pacific’s delicious, nutritious foods are inspired by traditional recipes made convenient for busy, health-conscious consumers. The company’s products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada in mainstream grocery and natural food stores.

Organic, non-GMO, gluten free Pacific Polenta, made with ingredients with integrity, is fabulous for so many countless reasons. You can create your own delicious recipes with their organic polenta including a versatile appetizer like I did, or create a side dish or meal anytime of the day. As a gluten free alternative to pasta, rice, or potatoes, polenta is pre-cooked which makes it super convenient – simply heat & enjoy. Their BPA-Free innovative packaging is shelf stable with a 24-month shelf life which allows for anytime, anywhere consumption and the easy to open carton, made from 65% renewable paper uses 30-40% less retail shelf space than traditional cans. They offer four tasty flavors of polenta: Original, Roasted Garlic & Herb (which is what I used for this recipe), Jalapeno Cheddar (yum!) and Chipotle Cheddar (extra yum!).  Their Certified to the Source™ program tracks the origin and history of every ingredient they use to make their products, all the way back to the source, to ensure the quality and safety of everything they make.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

I needed to find an easy recipe that I could share with friends during our outdoor summer BBQ, and this really couldn’t have been any easier. All I had to do for the polenta was slice it up, coat it with a thin layer of olive oil, and grill it up. To make this recipe even easier, you can totally grill the polenta ahead of time and store it in a container until you’re ready to use it. Perfect if you’re planning on taking it on an outdoor adventure like a picnic or camping.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

I was going to use mozzarella like I would with any other traditional caprese salad, but I happened to already have whole milk ricotta on hand and I figured it would help keep the tomatoes from rolling off the polenta. That was a good call! Not only did it do the job, but it was so creamy and delicious!

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.This time of year, gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil are easy to come by. Just slice them up and toss them together.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

Voila! Top with some freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of Jacobsen Black Garlic Salt and you now have the most mouthwatering two-bite appetizer perfect for enjoying outside in the sunshine.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

Pacific is partnering with Finex and Jacobson Salt Co. to help encourage fans to get outside and cook something delicious! Be sure to visit the sweepstakes entry link for your chance to WIN a case of Pacific Foods adventure-ready sides, a National Parks Pass, a Finex Cast Iron Skillet, and Jacobsen’s Sea Salt!!!  Also, be sure to follow Pacific Foods on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.

 

 

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Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (17 ounce) package Pacific Foods Polenta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into small chunks
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
  • Jacobsen Black Garlic Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Remove polenta from package and use a sharp knife to cut 12 slices.
  2. Coat each slice with olive oil and grill over medium high heat for about 5 minutes each side. This can be done ahead of time or just prior to serving.
  3. Add ricotta cheese to a plastic bag and snip off the corner to easily pipe a layer onto the grilled polenta squares.
  4. Mix the tomato with the basil and spoon on top of the ricotta cheese.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

 

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Grilled Caprese Polenta Bites are a tasty and simple appetizer that is not only easy to make, but perfect for your next summer cookout or outdoor adventure.
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Mango Mint Mojito

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Altos Tequila. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with  silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.

Do you like to travel? I love to travel, but I don’t do it nearly as often as I should. My ideal vacation is somewhere close to the equator and it involves white sand, warm water, and tropical fruits. Whenever I mix a drink with any kind of tropical juice, I’m instantly transported to a deserted tropical island. Even if that euphoric feeling only lasts a few minutes, its worth it. Not to mention the fact that something like mango juice tastes incredible in a cocktail.

This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. I used Altos Tequila Field Notes for this recipe. Not only is it smooth and delicious, but it’s 100% Blue Agave and goes perfectly with the intense flavors I incorporated into this cocktail.This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.A mojito is typically made from rum, but I’m a firm believer that mixing a high quality tequila with the right ingredients creates a perfect drink, so I went with it. the base of this drink is lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint, and mango juice. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.That combination alone makes for a tasty treat, but when you add the tequila and top it off with some bubbly club soda, a refreshing adult cocktail is what you get. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. I consider this drink the perfect summer cocktail because not only does it have the fresh flavors of summer, but its easy to make and is incredibly refreshing. Enjoy! This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.

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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Altos Silver Tequila
  • 3 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 1/2 oz mango juice
  • 1 splash club soda
Instructions
  1. Muddle the mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice in the bottom of a tall glass.
  2. Add mango juice and stir.
  3. Add tequila and stir.
  4. Add ice cubes and then top with club soda. Enjoy!

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This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.
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Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers

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I can’t think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

Summer means a lot of things to me. It means warm sunny days where I can soak in as much Vitamin D as my body can store. It means bike riding, camping, hiking, and swimming with the kids. Maybe best of all, it means delicious meals cooked on the grill and eaten outside.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

This shrimp recipe is particularly wonderful because it’s so easy to pack in so much flavor with very little work.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

The marinade is made of a few simple ingredients and you might even already have them on hand! I like to heat up the marinade so that all the flavors come together. Since the marinade has to cool completely before smothering the shrimp, you can easily make it ahead of time and just store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to give that shrimp its “flavor bath”, as my kids like to call it.

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

The heat from the spice nor the sweet from the honey overtakes the flavor of the shrimp. This is one of those recipes where everything compliments everything and it will leave everyone asking for the recipe! Shrimp gets extra bonus points, in my opinion, for only taking a few minutes to cook. 

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go make these… now!

I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.

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I can't think of a better send off to summer than enjoying dinner outside while feasting on these tasty sweet and spicy Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Skewers.
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Blueberry Dump Cake

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It’s a perfect summer dessert!

Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It's a perfect summer dessert!

Oh wonderful dump cake, where have you been all my life? Had I known it could be this easy to throw together such a delicious naughty dessert, I’m positively sure I’d be a good ten pounds heavier than I am today. This was my first, and certainly not my last, dump cake. What is a dump cake, you may be wondering? Well, you basically dump a box of cake mix on your fruit of choice, cover it with melted butter, cook it to golden perfection, and then try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

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Summer Grilling Recipes

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One of the things I look forward to most every summer is cooking outside on the BBQ, so make your backyard your kitchen with these Summer Grilling Recipes!

One of the things I look forward to most every summer is cooking outside on the BBQ, so make your backyard your kitchen with these Summer Grilling Recipes!

With every oncoming season, I look forward to things to come. When fall approaches, I look forward to cooler temperatures at night, shorter days, soccer games, and leaves changing. As winter approaches, I can’t wait for the prospect of snow (we don’t always get it in these parts), the holidays, and baking Christmas cookies. As spring approaches, I look forward to every flowering bulb that pops through the ground, finally seeing the sun again, and watching the days get longer by a few minutes each day. But summer? Oh, there are just so many things to love about summer. Sunshine that lasts longer than I can stay awake, hours at the pool with friends, a schedule so jam packed with fun activities and vacations that I savor the days where nothing at all is planned, farmers market, and cooking in our backyard on the barbecue. Summer cooking is so much fun because you don’t add any additional heat to the inside of your house plus you make all of your neighbors jealous by wafting mouthwatering scents from the grill over to their yard. I love cooking everything from kabobs to steaks & ribs to burgers slathered in homemade sauces. Everyone loves a good BBQ, so I decided to share a couple dozen of my favorite grilling recipes!

One of the things I look forward to most every summer is cooking outside on the BBQ, so make your backyard your kitchen with these Summer Grilling Recipes!

Sweet Maple Barbecue Chicken
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Avocado Turkey Burgers

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Cilantro Lime Chicken
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Copycat Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger
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BLT Ranch Burgers
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Spicy Black Bean Hawaiian BBQ Burgers
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Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce
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Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs

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Grilled Cola Chicken

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Baby Back Ribs

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Homemade Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken

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Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs

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Steak Kabobs

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Grilled Pineapple

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Spiral Grilled Hot Dogs

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Grilled Margherita Pizza

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Chicken Parmesan Burger

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

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Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon

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Grilled Pork Chop

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Spicy Za’atar Grilled Chicken

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Best Chicken Marinade

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Avocado-Peach Salsa

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Smoky Margarita

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Grilled Apple Crisp

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Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

I’m a huge fan of vanilla paste. When you add it to your favorite recipes, you get that intense vanilla flavor without any of the alcohol you get when you add extract. If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, paste is a great alternative. I was at the farmer’s market last week and our local store, New Seasons Market, was giving away samples, along with the recipe, of a blackberry vanilla mocktail. First of all, that little two-sip sample they handed out was so refreshing on that gorgeous sunny day. Second, I watched them prepare the next batch and what were they using for the vanilla? This same exact vanilla paste. New Seasons is a high end grocery store located throughout the Portland metro area, and I knew that if they were using this product, it had to be a good one.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

The base of this recipe is all of the ingredients, minus the seltzer water that gets added just before stirring. Pressing the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer is a serious pain in the butt, but well worth the effort to avoid seeds in your drink. These blackberries were destined to be used for something wonder. We picked them ourselves and my poor son got stung by a wasp on the berry farm! After that, I had to make him a special treat. The sweetened blackberry vanilla puree can be added to ice cube trays and frozen if you’d like. I also took the puree to a backyard party and we mixed it with lemonade. There are tons of options!

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • juice from 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Puree blackberries in blender and strain through fine mesh strainer. I recommend using a silicon spatula to press as much of the fruit through. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice, vanilla paste, and honey to the puree. Stir well and taste. Add more honey if needed.
  3. Store this blackberry base in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days until ready to use.*
  4. To serve, combine in a pitcher with sparkling water (amount depends on how strong you want the blackberry flavor) or allow each person to add puree to their ice filled glass and they can top with sparkling water.
Notes
* Puree can also be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Summer Vodka Fizz

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Sit back, relax, and beat the heat by enjoying a refreshing SUMMER VODKA FIZZ  made with mint simple syrup, lemon, club soda, and vodka!

Sit back, relax, and beat the heat by enjoying a refreshing SUMMER VODKA FIZZ made with mint simple syrup, lemon, club soda, and vodka!

Have you ever tried to grow mint in your garden? I’m a firm believer that the secret to everlasting life lies within the DNA of mint. You know what I mean if you’ve ever planted it alongside other herbs, only to find that it spreads and grows beyond your wildest dreams, and year after year it comes back no matter how many times you rip it out of the ground. I have taken to growing my mint in pots and that solution simply makes everyone happy.

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Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob

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Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.

Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.

This is one of those recipes that I hadn’t intended on photographing for the blog. I just happened to be making dinner and quickly realized how freaking good this would taste and I realized it was too delicious not to share.

Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.

I think fresh herbs make everything better. Gimme some fresh basil, thyme, or rosemary and I’ll make something delicious. I typically make my corn on the cob pure and simple – that is, I just throw the whole thing on the grill, husk and all, and cook it until its done. But, since my daughter has braces, I have to cut it off the cob for her so I figured I’d cut all of it off the cob and throw it in some butter and herbs. Boy was that good.

Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.

I served this up alongside some bacon jalapeno stuffed burgers and homemade fries. This probably ranked in my top 5 favorite summer meals!

Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.

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Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.
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Recipe type: side dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ears of corn, kernels removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh minced herbs (I used basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Using a cast iron skillet, saute fresh corn kernels in butter over medium high heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add herbs and garlic, stir, and cook for another minute or two.
  2. Serve hot as a quick and easy side dish!

Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob, but if you want to enjoy some delicious flavor I much prefer Buttered Herb Sauteed Corn Off the Cob.
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Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream

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When you’re looking for a tasty summer treat to help cool you down, nothing quite beats some creamy homemade Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream.

old-fashioned-strawberry-ice-creamWell, I thought I was done posting strawberry recipes for the season. I went a little strawberry-crazy there for awhile, but I just cannot help myself. How could I not make some classic homemade strawberry ice cream? I mean, next to chocolate and vanilla, strawberry is one of those basic must-have must-make summer flavors.

old-fashioned-strawberry-ice-cream-ingredientsThere are certainly easy ways to cheat at making ice cream that don’t require cooking or eggs, but when it comes to ice cream – I really do have a hard time not making it properly. Its really not that difficult, and once I got over the fear of curdling my eggs with hot cream, I realized the process was super simple.

old-fashioned-strawberry-ice-cream-baseHomemade old fashioned ice cream basically consists of an egg yolk and sugar base combined with a hot cream mixture.  Add in a few wonderful extras like some ruby red summer produce and a vanilla bean and you turn something basic (yet still wonderful) into something extraordinary.

old-fashioned-strawberry-ice-cream-panIf you don’t already have an ice cream maker, I highly recommend getting one. Its has been worth every penny in our house. I usually like to freeze the base container in my deep freezer as opposed to the house freezer because it gets that much colder.

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The result?  The most creamy, perfectly sweet, classic ice cream flavor.

old-fashioned-strawberry-ice-cream-sideNow, I have to know… are you a dish or a cone person?  I, myself, am both. When I order ice cream I have them serve it up in a dish with the cone on top. That way I won’t spill a drop plus I won’t miss out on a sweet cookie cone. Enjoy!

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This recipe uses vanilla beans. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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When you're looking for a tasty summer treat to help cool you down, nothing quite beats some creamy homemade Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries, stems removed, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
Instructions
  1. Combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a bowl. Toss until the ingredients are well incorporated and allow to macerate in the refrigerator for several hours to let the natural juice of the strawberry come out.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Add granulated and brown sugars as well as salt and whisk together until lightened in color and smooth.
  3. Pour the half and half, the heavy cream, and the vanilla bean into a medium saucepan, over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally while pressing onto the vanilla beans to extract the flavor and the seeds, and then remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Use a ladle to transfer one spoonful at a time of the hot cream to the egg yolk mixture while whisking the entire time. Your goal is to slowly mix in the hot mixture to temper the eggs but not to cook them. Continue to slowly add the hot cream while whisking until all of it has been thoroughly combined.
  5. Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over medium low heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. For me, this was more of a gut feel thing to know when it was ready, but you can definitely tell when the mixture has thickened. Do not let it get to the point where the eggs begin to cook. You should be able to touch the mixture with your finger without burning it.
  6. Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  7. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours.
  8. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a bowl and set over another large bowl filled with ice water. Stir to cool the mixture down. You want the custard to be ice cold before churning.
  9. Stir the chilled strawberry mixture into the custard.
  10. Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. I was able to process the entire batch at once in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Freeze for a couple of hours to allow the ice cream to harden. Then scoop and enjoy.
When you're looking for a tasty summer treat to help cool you down, nothing quite beats some creamy homemade Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream.
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