Just Peachy

Take advantage of summer’s bounty of fruit with this melt-in-your-mouth Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches with Salted Bourbon Caramel dessert. Made from just a few ingredients, this peach and bourbon dessert recipe appears simple, but offers a complex burst of flavor.     The deep, rich flavor of bourbon saturates the fresh sweetness of the peaches, which is then tied together by creamy vanilla bean mascarpone. While grilling the peaches adds texture and a yummy smoky taste, there’s no need to light up the grill or fret [... more]

Perky Popsicles

While everyone loves a cold popsicle on a hot summer day, they just got a whole lot better with this adults-only Boozy Grapefruit, Basil & Vodka Popsicles recipe. Packed with fresh ingredients and a dash (or two… or three) of vodka, these easy-to-make frozen treats are the perfect alternative to a typical cocktail. The sharp flavors of grapefruit and vodka pair together perfectly for a sour-yet-sweet kick, accented by the distinctively fresh taste of basil. Make a double or triple batch for barbecue get-togethers, or keep them [... more]

The Freshest Dish of the Summer

Avocado Mac and Cheese hits the spot as a delicious, healthier take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. While the green hue may be slightly disconcerting at first, be prepared to enjoy what’s probably the freshest dish of the summer. Kicks of lime and cilantro intermix with a creamy avocado sauce that awaken the taste buds with light, yet rich flavor. This pasta is best served immediately after preparation because the avocado will oxidize and begin to turn brown over time in the fridge. For an extra boost of [... more]

An Easy (Bakeless) Party Dessert

What do you call a baker that doesn’t use an oven? Not sure, but if your oven ever goes out, or you still haven’t cleaned it since that homemade pizza disaster, then these No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pretzel Bars from Top With Cinnamon are perfect. Everything on the list is probably already in your pantry, so you don’t have to worry about going to the back corner of the health food store to pick up an obscure spice. Just mix it all up, let the chocolate sit, then cut and serve. [... more]

Slide the Thai

Looking for a unique appetizer that will tickle your guests’ taste buds at your next soiree? Try these tiny and delectable Thai Turkey Sliders with Peanut Sauce. Kicks of typical Thai flavors like peanut, rice vinegar, and ginger pair well with a base of a miniature turkey patty – all accented by the fresh crunch of lettuce. This appetizer is perfect for beginner Thai food diners who might be wary of exotic flavors as it offers only mild spice and focuses more on the familiar taste of [... more]

Blueberry Oatmeal Surprise

Oatmeal has all the right elements for a great morning meal: it’s warm, has enough dietary fiber and protein to keep you feeling full, and the healthy whole-grain carbohydrates give you energy. But let’s be honest: a blueberry muffin tastes way better. Thankfully, someone finally had the idea to combine the two. This Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe creates a rich and healthy morning meal, but with a rich muffin taste and sweet blueberries. Oh, and it’s gluten-free. With a mix of simple ingredients and a little bit of maple syrup and coconut [... more]

Homemade Milk without the Barn

Milk is like the moon: it’s easy to forget there are lots more out there. But if you find yourself needing to go dairy-free, looking to cut back on storebought costs and additives, or are just a curious flavor fiend, this Homemade Almond Milk recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme may be right for you. Almond milk has many of the same characteristics of cow milk, but never sees the inside of an udder or barn (unless, for some bizarre reason, you like making almond milk in a barn [... more]

The Best Way to Savor Summer

Here’s the not-so-harsh truth about summer: if you want to do it right, it demands homemade ice cream be served on the back patio after dinner. But if you’re craving a few new ideas to add to the mix, try this unexpected recipe: Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries. It’s sure to not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but the unique pairing adds an extra kick of flavor. The distinctive sharp taste of goat cheese combines beautifully with the savory and sweet balsamic strawberry topping. So even though this may [... more]

Give Me the Gimlet

There’s simply something about warm summer nights that makes them seem perfect for anything. They bring people together to share a meal on a restaurant patio; they let the kids tire themselves out after hours of play in the pool; and they also allow adults a chance to knock back a few drinks and relax. Emphasis on the few drinks part. The next time you have a get-together with friends – whether a small and casual dinner on the back porch, or an extravagant rooftop party – wow your guests with these fun, creative, [... more]

Sriracha Served Glazed

If you’re like us, Sriracha has been a staple in your fridge for a while. It’s even showing up on the menu at Subway and working its way into more and more recipes — not that we’re complaining! This recipe may have already had us at the magic word (hint: it’s “Sriracha”), but the combination of honey and lime has us keeping this glaze on regular rotation in the kitchen. It calls for chicken, but you could easily use it on any variety of meats you may have already in [... more]

Start With a Tart

This Sausage, Arugula and Ricotta Tart may not be quick, but the taste is well worth the effort. So if you wake up early or have nothing but time on a lazy weekend, grab a bunch of cheese and make some tarts! This recipe is pretty involved and takes some planning ahead, but once you have all the ingredients, the rest is pretty basic. The savory sausage mixed with the bitter arugula make for a wild ride, not to mention all the cheeses working together. We think its [... more]

A Different Kind of Steak and Cheese

These days, inviting your friends for dinner can be both fun and stressful: between special diets, allergies, and just plain picky eaters, you can never be quite sure that what you’re making will please everyone. Luckily for you (and the picky eater – who I’m sure has other redeemable qualities to warrant your invite), tapas make for the perfect dining solution. You and your friends get to try a variety of recipes in a single meal, pick and choose what they please, and still discover new flavors. We can’t [... more]

Fried Chicken, Perfected

If there’s one food that’s hard to disagree on, it’s fried chicken. Okay — you have to be talking with someone who eats meat and isn’t on some fad diet that restricts them from eating things that are downright delicious — but if they meet those two criteria, chances are you both like fried chicken. So, should you find yourself in the company of another fan of chicken o’ the fried kind, try this version: Brined and Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken. There are a few different parts to this recipe that [... more]

Coffee Date Upgrade

As Liren Baker says on her blog (where we swiped this recipe), it’s a dying trend to have someone over for coffee to catch up. With the hipster coffee/alcohol/mustache shops popping up on every street, we feel like we need to leave the coffee-making job to the “pros.” But when it comes to this lost art in particular, the truth of great iced coffee is a matter of getting back to the basics. Make it fun (and delicious) by starting with this simple Homemade Thai Iced Coffee recipe the next time a [... more]

A Most Refreshing Lemonade

When you need a retreat from the hot Southern sun, sip on a refreshing glass of Blueberry Lavender Hard Lemonade. Sweet and tart like traditional lemonade, this recipe takes a twist with added hints of blueberry, lavender, and of course, vodka! You can use either dried or fresh lavender for this recipe, but don’t worry about the floral element being overwhelming; it subtly mixes with the flavors harmoniously. Added bonus:  this lemonade substitutes agave nectar for sugar, so you get all the sweetness without any of the guilt! Kick [... more]

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