July 22nd, 2009 |

Summer Appetizer: Zucchini Roll-Ups

Have I ever told you that I absolutely LOVE zucchini?  It is one of those foods that I discovered late in life (like, last year!?!) and now I just can’t get enough of it!  My husband isn’t a fan….which means I am constantly trying to slip it into dishes like risotto, vegetable tians, etc. in hopes [...]

July 20th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Bites and Bubbly!

To toast the end of summer, invite your friends over for a fresh cocktail party concept: bites and bubbly!

This simple invitation from Wedding Paper Divas sets the tone for a festive evening with friends. A color palette of yellow, pale orange and silver and the use of a simple circle shape to create bold and modern [...]

July 20th, 2009 |

Summer Pasta!

This pasta recipe from Rachael Ray just looked a little too good not to share with you!  Perfect for a summer party….or just a Monday night dinner!

Ingredients

Salt
1 pound bow-tie pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut off
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
[...]

July 16th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party with Rustic Charm

Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha [...]

July 14th, 2009 |

dress up your SANDWICHES!

Summer days are full of picnics, bbq’s, and a lot of outdoor entertaining…..sandwiches are the perfect meal for all of the occasions….but are your basic, old sandwiches boring you?!  Here are three simple updates from Cooking Light that are sure to put a little pizzazz back into your sandwich!

PESTO – Packed full of health benefits, pesto [...]

July 9th, 2009 |

6 Summer Side Dishes

The best part of summer cooking is that most main dishes can be thrown on the grill!  Burgers, ribs, fish…..the main dishes are easy.  Spice up your meal with some exciting side dishes from Martha Stewart:

Grilled Mexican Corn
Wild Rice Salad
Five-Bean Salad
Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Eggplant with [...]

July 6th, 2009 |

S’mores: Updated Recipes for a Summer Favorite

S’mores is a summertime favorite – what could be better than a combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers?!  Although the classic version is one of my ultimate treats…I thought I would find a few new ways to update the classic!

Try a s’mores sundae by combining ice cream with the classic ingredients, [...]

July 2nd, 2009 |

Caprese Salad: Re-designed

Everyone loves a caprese salad!  What’s not to like – a little tomato, fresh mozzarella, a few basil leaves, some olive oil and balsamic vinegar – perfect ingredients all stacked up into one salad.   But what if you don’t want to stack them up?

Try freshening up your presentation with this idea:

Take a whole tomato and cut [...]

July 1st, 2009 |

A Very Berry Dessert

Ingredients

2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
2 cups white grape juice
1/2 cup sugar
5 1/2 to 6 cups (about 2 pounds) mixed fresh berries, such as strawberries (hulled and halved), raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

Directions

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup grape juice; let soften 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sugar with another 1/4 cup [...]

June 28th, 2009 |

Citrus-Infused Water

Okay….summer is hot!

And as much as we all love a good cocktail, glass of wine or cold beer during a summer BBQ….sometimes it’s just too hot!

Picture this scenario: You are hosting a BBQ on a hot,  sunny day, and suddenly your guests are asking for a glass of water.  Water?!  Water is so boring, right?  WRONG!  [...]

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