As you can imagine, any time Holly and I get together there is a lot of talk about food. And none more than when we are planning a girls weekend at my cabin. We knew it would be hot. We knew our other partner in crime (Hi Em!) was coming with us and likely didn’t want to spend ALL DAY cooking. We knew we wanted delicious food. Enter Chipotle Pulled Pork Sliders, made in the slow cooker. My favorite kitchen tool in the winter, it is also unbelievably useful in the summer. Especially when you don’t want to heat up your cabin with the oven. Especially when you’re going to want something amazing for dinner. Especially when you want to spend the day outdoors, splashing in the lake and taking the boat out for a spin!…
Some recipes really are the simplest ones. Lane and I spent last weekend at her cabin with a dear friend (Hi Em!) soaking up the summer weather and doing a little blog work. In addition to some R&R, we had spent some time in the kitchen developing and testing recipes that we will be sharing with ya’ll soon! One of the easiest and most versatile creations to come out of that weekend is this Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream….
It’s Wednesday and time for another Good (Food) Reads, the weekly post where we highlight recipes and foodie articles from around the internet. There’s a whole lot of goodness out there on the web this week so let’s dive right in, shall we?
Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes, Pancetta, and Mozzarella. I’m a sucker for anything with pancetta and ooey-gooey bocconcini so this recipe will be happening in my house ASAP. Plus, I love any excuse to use my Le Creuset cast iron skillet!
My husband hates tomatoes so I stockpile tomato recipes for those nights when I’m eating solo. I think this Tomato and Basil Risotto will be next up on my solo-cooking list! Yum.
Speaking of skillets, I’m super excited to try these Summer Vegetable Skillet Enchiladas. I’m thinking they’re just the answer for this coming Meatless Monday!
As grilling season continues to heat up, I am looking forward to trying these Maple Balsamic Chicken and Bacon Skewers. A step up from standard BBQ fare, for sure. I’m also intrigued by these Balsamic Honey Chicken Peach Skewers.
Chocolate Banana Nut Crunch Cupcakes. Because I can only be virtuous in my diet for so long.
Right now I can’t stop eating ALL. OF. THE. WATERMELON. It’s a real problem. Camille Styles rounds up 20 great watermelon recipes for any of you out there having the same issue I am!
I’m also loving pineapple these days. YummyMummy has a recipe for Vegan Pineapple Ice Cream that I can’t wait to try, right after I make up a batch of this Super Quick Raspberry Ice Cream. Can you tell I’m all about fruit and dessert these days?
Lane and I recently attended a spectacular dinner party which included the best dates as an appetizer. Those were savory – covered in a blue cheese sauce and wrapped in bacon (SO GOOD) – but these dessert style Almond Joy Dates sound just as fantastic.
This past weekend was girls’ weekend at the cabin. No husbands. No boyfriends. No kids. Only lots and lots of relaxation on the dock, good conversation, good food, and of course…cocktails. A summer girls’ weekend cocktail needs to be bold, different, and most of all refreshing. That is where these Lavender Lemonade Tonics come to the rescue!
Quiche. I have a life long love affair with quiche and this Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche is my latest obsession. My love for all thing quiche started when I was a teenager. Having stubbornly become a vegetarian as a pre-teen, eggs were a staple of my diet and one of the recipes that my (very understanding) mother came to master for me was a crustless vegetarian quiche filled with broccoli, cheese, and onion. It was always such a comforting and filling meal and I know my mom was thrilled that my meat eating dad and brother would devour it as well. …
Happy Wednesday, Foodie Friends! This week’s Good (Food) Reads is a fun collection of recipes to try this week from around the web. No real theme, just good, solid food inspiration. What have you been making lately? I’m loving easy summer salads as the weather heats up. And just so I don’t sound too virtuous, I’ll confess that I’m also really loving ice cream and frozen treats! In fact, I can’t wait to try these Watermelon Popsicles, from the great Mark Bittman. Do you make your own popsicles?
Banana Everything cookies. The perfect recipe for when you have just one, overripe banana! This happens to me all the time and I’m admittedly not great about freezing those bananas for bread later. Maybe this recipe will be the solution to my lone banana problem.
10 Food Myths That are Hurting Your Kids. A great article on feeding our families, from The Washington Post.
Sweet Potato Corn Chowder from Cook Nourish Bliss. I know it’s summer, but I am one of those people who can eat soup all day, every day. Really looking forward to trying this one!
Strawberry Pistachio Crumble via Love and Lemons. Oh man, does this recipe look good. I love the idea of smaller, individual crumbles and can’t get enough of the pistachio!
Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Cookie + Kate. Spiralizing is still all the rage. Here’s another take on zoodles.
Egg Yolk Ravioli. I am so intrigued by these. They look so simple and yet so elegant. Do you make your own pasta?
How to Make Your Own Waffle Mix via Simple Bites. Aimee never disappoints and I cant wait to make up a batch of this waffle mix to have on hand all summer. My toddler will love it!
Cake Batter Ice Cream. Because summer is HERE!
Spaghettini with Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs. I’m hoping to try this recipe this weekend while on a girls weekend. My husband despises tomatoes, so I have to look for opportunities to sneak in recipes like this one when he’s not eating!!
That’s it for this week’s Good (Food) Reads. Let us know what internet inspiration you’re enjoying!
Salad, salad, salad. Salad seems to be all that is on my mind lately. It’s finally warm outside. Everything is finally blooming. Gardens have been planted. Community supported agriculture programs are in full swing. Vegetables are plentiful and flavorful. This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a great way to use up all of these beautiful farmer’s market finds. …
As Holly has alluded to many times in Good Food Reads, I love chimichurri. Love is probably an understatement. If I could only pick one condiment to eat for the rest of my life it would be chimichurri. I put it on everything. In fact, it is possible that I may or not have eaten it directly from the spoon. So honestly, flank steak with chimichurri is at the top of my list of foods I want to share with you. And going into a beautiful summer weekend, this is perfect for your grill!…
Well, with Memorial Day now complete, Summer is (unofficially!) here, right? Summer is such a great time to be a home cook. With an abundance of inexpensive, fresh produce and weather that encourages grilling and fresh, simple preparations of food, this season is a wonderful time to try out new recipes and find some favorites to add to the family playbook. This week’s Good (Food) Reads is a collection of the recipes I’m inspired by and can’t wait to try in the next few weeks. What summer time bites are you itching to make?
The picture above is a quick and easy dinner from the geniuses over at Dinner: A Love Story. It’s Roasted Salmon with Yogurt-Mustard Dill Sauce and it’s fantastic and comes together in less than 20 minutes! A total weeknight winner.
Barbecued Red Onion Chutney. Just in time for Grill Season! (via the New York Times)
Smokey Lime-Chile Dipping Sauce. Another NYT feature great for the grill. I can’t wait to try it with grilled shrimp skewers.
Love this breakdown of the mason jar salad phenomenon from Cook Smarts. Perfect for summer picnics or to shake up a work lunchtime routine.
Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad. I’m not sure with all of that goodness it should count as a salad, but hey! who am I to discriminate? This dish will be happening ASAP in my house.
Roasted Carrots with Tequila Lime Yogurt Sauce from Against All Grain. Danielle always has such great grain free options. I love the addition of tequila to the yogurt sauce. Seems like a great way to get the men in your life to eat more vegetables!
Grilled Romaine and Tomato Salad with Bacon and Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Talk about a recipe that combines the best of summer – fresh produce and the grill. Oh, and don’t forget the bacon. Seriously.
Crack Broccoli. Enough Said.
Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon from Heartbeet Kitchen. Amanda’s blog is so beautiful, it makes me want to make one of everything. This fabulous recipe is next on my list! I’m thinking it might be a great take to work salad for those days when I need a little pick me up.
Tunisian Chicken with CousCous and Green Harissa Yogurt Sauce via Feasting at Home. Feasting at Home is a new to me blog that I am absolutely loving. I can’t get over how beautiful the green harissa sauce against the spiced chickpeas. I really love that she provides a vegetarian option as well. I’m filing this one away for a meatless Monday!
Until next week…enjoy these Good (Food) Reads and send us your favorites!
Last summer I discovered a new favorite flavor-thai basil. This basil is a little different. It has more of a anise like flavor than the sweet Italian basil we are accustomed to here in the Midwest. If you’ve ever had Thai cuisine, chances are you’ve also had Thai basil. Thai basil is somewhat difficult to find outside of specialty stores here in the Twin Cities, so I decided to choose the easier way to keep it on my table-I grew it myself! Turns out it thrived in a large pot on my sunny deck. As soon as there was enough Thai basil in my pot, Thai Basil Pesto Noodles was born!…