I love a good summer cocktail. Something refreshing, not to sweet, and full of ice on a hot summer day. Last year, while on a trip through the Mediterranean, I was introduced to my current summer favorite, The Hugo Spritz (find our recipe here). I’m still searching for my Summer 2019 favorite. Read on for 10 Summer Cocktail Recipes. …
I am a bit of a creature of habit and almost no where is that more evident than in my daily lunch choices when I’m home. I love to make big salads, full of whatever veggies I have in my fridge. The key to making salads really stand out is definitely the dressing. While I do love some store bought options (especially the ones by Salad Girl), I also love to make my own. Lately, I’ve had this Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette on repeat.
Making your own salad dressing really is just about one of the easiest things in the world. All you really need is good oil, an acid, some seasoning, and a jar. I came up with this simple Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette while up at Lane’s cabin this spring. We were testing a lentil dish (coming to the blog soon!) and the flavor I had in my head wasn’t really working out. We had an abundance of lemons and herbs that weekend, so I grabbed some mustard, a little thyme, a fresh lemon and got to work. About 2 minutes later, I had this delicious vinaigrette that was perfect with the lentils and has been on repeat all summer….
Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately and my time in the kitchen has been a little limited, much to my dismay. I love to try new recipes and typically aim to try 1-2 each week. I’m still working away at my #52weeksproject (and will post an update later this summer), and while my recipe trials have slowed down in recent weeks, my list of recipes I am itching to make just keeps growing. I’ve got new cookbooks peppered with post-it notes, recipes pulled from magazines, and blogs and pins saved to my computer. Now I just need to find some time to cook – and some hungry people to eat all of that good food. This Friday Five is all about the Summer Recipes I Can’t Wait To Try!
It’s grill season and I’m absolutely itching to give these Grilled Gorgozola Potatoes a try. Carbs and cheese? It’s a guaranteed winner.
Oat milk is all the rage with the cool kids these days. Here’s how to make your own.
Another grill recipe I think sounds fantastic? Browned Butter Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon “Toast” Brioche Crumbs. I’ve grilled peaches before (check out our recipe for Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad) but I love the idea of the toast crumbs to add texture and a whole other level of flavor!
I’m always a fan of a one-pot recipe. This One Pot Pasta Primavera with Summer Veggies and Ricotta looks awesome and easy!
Coffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie. It’s basically all of my favorite things in one single recipe. The Vanilla Bean Blog always gets it right and I’m certain this recipe will be a new family favorite.
Watermelon is everywhere right now and so fresh and delicious. I’m planning to give these Mezcal Margarita Watermelon Wedges a try next weekend.
How refreshing and perfect for summer does this Smoky Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce sound?
I love a great summer side dish and this Thai Cucumber Salad sounds fantastic.
Hot Honey Butter Bath Corn. Um…what? This one could be a sweet corn game changer.
Are you looking for another new recipe to try? Why not give our Spinach Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing a shot? It’s easy and full of flavor.
What recipes are on your summer to make list? Leave us a comment below!
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to summer entertaining, I want one thing: EASY. No fussy ingredients or long cooking times, no ma’am. I am looking for fresh, simple dishes that don’t take a lot of time or heat.
Our new recipe for Lemon Herb Goat Cheese Spread definitely fits the bill. Using only a few simple ingredients and with no real cooking required, you can have this crowd pleasing number on your table in under 10 minutes!
Despite the fact that it feels like summer just started yesterday, the Fourth of July is nearly upon us! If you’ve been a blog reader for some time, you might know that in my family, the Fourth of July is a big deal. Each year we gather at my grandmother’s lake home for a few days of classic Minnesota lake life. It is hands down one of my favorite times of the year. I love the sun soaked days chasing happy kids around and catching up with my extended family. Oh, and did I mention the food is always amazing? My grandmother is an incredible cook and always makes a fantastic feast on the Fourth. Filled with summertime classics as well as old family favorites, it is a meal everyone looks forward. Over time, and as our family has grown, the meal has become a larger family project, with everyone contributing their Fourth of July favorites. Today, I’m sharing my Fourth of July Favorites including some new recipes that I can’t wait to try this upcoming holiday weekend!
Just in time for the Fourth of July, we are bringing back a favorite recipe from the With Two Spoons archive that is easy to dress up with some red, white, and blue! This Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip is a summer time entertaining staple. With only four simple ingredients, it is ready in just a few minutes and is perfect for kids and adults. We first published this recipe in April of last year and it has quickly become a favorite!
[Originally published April 24, 2018]
Spring has finally sprung here in the midwest and, after surviving nearly two feet of new snow last week, the sun is out and I just went for a run in shorts and a tee shirt. My gratitude for the warm weather knows no bounds after this doozy of a winter! In addition to warmer temps, one of my favorite things about this time of year is that spring means berry season. My kids, who would probably live on berries if I let them, are especially excited about the rapidly increasing abundance of fresh fruit. While we typically just eat berries plain (by the handful or pint!), sometimes I love to serve them with this Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip. It’s a simple recipe, perfect for parties and really makes your average berry feel like a special dessert.
Time for another bookish update here on With Two Spoons. If you follow us on social media (and if you don’t, you should!), you might know that in addition to all things food and cooking, we have a serious love of books and reading. As summer reading season ramps up, I thought it might be fun to share a few of my recent reads in case you’re looking for some new titles to add to your summer reading list!
One of my favorite things in the world is a an afternoon at the beach. Tuck me under an umbrella with a cold drink (like a Hugo Spritz!) and a good book and I’m a very happy girl. My husband and I were recently returned from a trip to Hawaii. In addition to some soaking up the beautiful sights, perfect weather, and having some fantastic island adventures, I also had a bunch of relaxing days at the beach. It was heaven….
I have long said that if I could only choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would definitely be ice cream. I loooove ice cream. My love affair with the stuff started with family bike trips to the Dairy Queen as kid. At summer camp during my teen years, I was introduced to the gloriousness of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food, an addiction that continues today. And don’t even get me started on my gelato obsession. Our family rule is: when in Europe, ice cream must be eaten at least once daily. Needless to say, I’m a fan of ice cream. That’s why I’m so excited to share with you our all-new No Bake Ice Cream Bars!
If you’ve been following With Two Spoons for awhile, you might have noticed that both Lane and I love to travel. We both really love the thrill of experiencing new places and cultures, especially when it comes to food! Late last week, my husband and I snuck away to Hawaii to celebrate our birthdays. Hawaii is one of our favorite places in the world for so many reasons – beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, and (of course) amazing food. It’s our favorite place to really, truly relax. The one thing we don’t always love? The flight time. From the midwest, you’re looking at a solid 9 hours of in seat time to get to this island paradise. And while Hawaii is 100 percent worth it, as well all know, flying isn’t always the most pleasant of experiences. That being said, I’ve discovered over time that there are a few small things that can make long flights a little more enjoyable. Here’s my personal list of 5 Travel Essentials for Long Flights! …
When I first started cooking, I will admit that I was a little bit afraid of making fish. I loved to eat it but making it at home was a whole different story. It seemed so complicated! With a thin line between under and over cooked and concerns about freshness (especially living in the midwest), it wasn’t something I thought of as an easy, weeknight meal option. Thankfully, a few years living in Boston, where fresh fish and seafood is abundant, shook me of that notion and now I love to make fish as often as I can. This Lemon Herb Baked Tilapia is the perfect recipe whether you are a fish expert or novice.