Fresh fruit is such a treat to enjoy, especially for a snack or at dessert time. One of my favorite ways to prepare fresh fruit is by roasting it along with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar, then enjoyed warm all by itself or served over greek yogurt, ice cream or pound cake, or eaten alone with maybe a dollop of whipped cream. It is so simple, but boy is it ever so delicious! Not only is it delicious, but roasting (baking) deepens the flavors of fruits and vegetables, not to mention the added perk of wonderful aromas wafting throughout your home too. A much better fragrance than any air freshener you can buy, that’s for sure.
A delicious homemade Blueberry Pie sure hit the spot, but I found myself short on time (but not on berries) earlier this week and needed to quickly use some of the blueberries before they were past their prime. So I made this super easy homemade Blueberry Syrup. And when I say super easy, I mean super easy. Simple ingredients simmer together to create a beautiful sweet syrup that will take any stack of pancakes or bowl of plain vanilla ice cream to the next level. Or how delicious would warm pound cake with warm blueberry syrup drizzled over the top be? Oh my goodness, so yummy!
As quickly as we unpacked the dozens of ears sent our way, I had a list in my head of what it would be used for. Of course, simply boiled corn with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of black pepper is mighty fine on it’s own, but some of that corn had to keep company with a few other fresh friends picked from our garden: cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh basil. I knew this easy Corn Salad recipe would be the perfect way to bring the all together.
Anytime is the perfect time for making salsas like Tomatillo Salsa, fruity Strawberry Salsa or this totally satisfying and hearty Black Bean and Corn Salsa. This Black Bean and Corn salsa is easy to make and even easier to devour. It’s such a tasty, colorful and healthy salsa to add to add to the table.
This classic Tomato Basil Bruschetta is something we’ve been making for years and years. During the summer months we usually have tomatoes coming out of of ears, and this bruschetta is our favorite way to use them right away. It’s such a quick, easy, and versatile recipe. While it can be served on toast, in classic bruschetta form, we also eat it with chips, over grilled or baked chicken, or atop a hamburger. It’s some crazy good stuff. So simple, but powerfully tasty! The balsamic vinegar, basil, and tomato flavors meld together to create an addictive combination that is devoured in no time. A bushel of tomatoes don’t stand a chance!
These summery Watermelon Coconut Slushies are so easy to make. Add some fresh watermelon, coconut water, a bit of sugar (if desired), and crushed ice to a blender then blend it right up. It’s such a colorful drink! Wouldn’t it be so pretty to serve for a cookout or picnic? Or maybe a baby shower? Just add a cute paper umbrella and maybe a fun straw too and you’re all ready to party with this Watermelon Coconut Slushie Recipe!
If you’re planning a cookout, camping, or just want to get out of the kitchen for a while these zesty Mediterranean Vegetables are easy and can be cooked quickly in a grill pan or skillet grill top to enjoy as a light side dish or use as a topping for pizzas, hamburgers, wraps, sandwiches, or pasta salads to name a few. Zucchini, onion and bell pepper are cooked in a bit of olive oil and tossed with a flavor packed mixture of greek seasonings, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt and sugar. So simple, but so tasty! AND a very light option for a side dish. Plus, the vegetables and seasoning mixture can be prepared ahead of time and kept refrigerated until ready to cook.
Summer is here in all of it’s warm sunny glory and that means it’s the perfect time for serving cool fresh dishes and desserts, like this super easy Honeydew Blueberry Lemon Cream Trifle. Recently I picked up a really ripe Honeydew melon and found it to be an excellent colorful match for a bunch of fresh blueberries needing to find a home. I do love a light green and rich dark blue color combination, don’t you? The honeydew melon was sliced and cubed then layered with fresh blueberries and a version of the delicious Lemon Cream that I recently shared. This pretty summery dessert couldn’t have been quicker to put together and was the perfect ending for a summer meal.
This Roasted Red Pepper Dip is just the ticket! Whirl a few simple ingredients together in a blender and you’ll have this flavorful dip ready in no time. It’s so easy. It’s so tasty. And it’s so pretty! A colorful addition to your party spread. And it’s an easy appetizer or snack to pack along for a picnic or day at the beach too.
Pasta Salad is still as easy as I remember, plus, now there are so many inspiring flavor combinations to try, like this flavor packed Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad recipe. It’s a terrific pasta salad to use for either a side or a main entree. It has all the pieces and parts for a hearty, satisfying dish with a bunch of flavor. It’s a great meatless option too. Make a large batch early in the week and enjoy it all week long. And because this pasta salad recipe is easy to make and easy to pack to take along, it’s at the top of my list for for a picnic or outing menu. It’s certainly a picnic and cookout worthy dish, that’s for sure.
Strawberry picking is always a fun thing to do in spring when they’re in season. But without our strawberry monster of a niece at our side, most of the time we pick more than we can use! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of creative ways to use strawberries, like this easy Strawberry Salsa recipe. It’s super quick to prepare and made with basic ingredients.