Brunch Bistro in Bed

Start your summer mornings off right with this decadent and savory Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe from Damn Delicious. The protein-rich combination of fresh avocado and smoked salmon will keep you feeling full all morning, while the light Hollandaise sauce will make you think you woke up at an upscale brunch bistro. Made with a whole grain English muffin and poached eggs, this breakfast is not only delicious, but heart-healthy as well. Haven’t quite mastered poaching an egg? This recipe would taste just as good with simple fried eggs. Throw in a mimosa and you’ll be in breakfast heaven!

Squash the Sides

The perfect veggie for all seasons, squash combines freshness and sweetness for a delicious side you’re sure to devour. This Roast Butternut Squash Recipe with Feta and Harissa Crème Fraîche is a great way to use it. Crushed garlic cloves release piquant flavor into each slice as they bake in the oven. A mixture of chili flakes and cinnamon may seem perplexing at first, but makes for a perfect smoky, hearty taste. Generously sprinkled feta cheese and rosemary sprigs top it all off for some earthy tones. Before [... more]

Pied and True

Rhubarb isn’t the most common vegetable used in baking (and actually, it’s considered a fruit by the government), but when added with blueberries and apples to a pie, this tart veggie-fruit can be a pleasant accent. Sarah from The Vanilla Bean Blog was experimenting with different ways to make her own flour when she made this Rhubarb Blueberry Apple Pie, so it’s got some great made-from-scratch elements in addition to these fruity flavor features. However, just as she substituted a few things in this recipe from one she found [... more]

Celebratory Salsa

While you sit poolside celebrating 4th of July with friends and family, be sure to snack on something festive like this Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa.  Not only is this 4th of July recipe pretty, but it’s also full of unique flavor combinations and is super easy to make.  The sweetness of the blueberries and strawberries contrasts perfectly with the bite and spice of cilantro and jalapeno, and the crunch of the jicama adds nice texture.  Pair with whole wheat crackers or cinnamon sugar pita chips for the perfect celebratory [... more]

A Different Couscous

Make virtually any meal more delicious with this healthy concoction. Couscous, while typically made by steaming granules of wheat, gets a bit of a makeover with this Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad. Mince up cauliflower in a food processor before cooking and draining it (as if it were rice). Next, mix in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before taking this recipe’s final step. To complete your salad, throw in crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds and garnish with a few micro greens.   Now that your [... more]

Oats of Flavor

Creating tasty desserts in the summertime calls for a little innovation. The dense and heavy treats of that accompany winter get replaced with lighter, fresher options. One delicious example of a perfect summertime post-dinner dessert is the Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bar. The indescribably good taste of the crumbly cookie-like crust comes from a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and other spices. Rolled oats get thrown in the mix for a bit of added texture. The delicious tangy swirl is made from sliced rhubarb and fresh strawberries [... more]

Yeah Boy, Bok Choy

A small number of eclectic ingredients combine to make this Bok Choy and Wild Mushroom Miso Soba Bowl both intriguing and satisfying. The soup-like bok choy and wild mushroom miso soba bowl forces ordinary pasta bowls to bow down. Much of this dish’s inspiration comes from Japanese cuisine, starting with flavorful soba noodles. Diced tofu adds protein while also complementing the hearty, earthy bok choy leaves. Red miso flavoring packs a punch and brings out the essence of each ingredient in the bowl. Throw in a package of [... more]

Two-Bite Macaroni

The boxed macaroni and cheese we all loved as children gets a serious upgrade with these Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls. These delicious fried pockets ooze cheesy flavor with each bite you take. A perfect, portable alternative to the classic but messy comfort food, these balls are perfect to take to work or as an on-the-go snack. They also make a great addition to the dinner table as a side dish or appetizer that is sure to please. Covered in tasty, crispy breadcrumbs, this dish will [... more]

Delectable Doughnuts

Doughnut shop doughnuts, step aside. These Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze will make you wonder why you didn’t start making your own doughnuts sooner. With no hot oil in sight and fresh fruit used in the icing, these pastries might just trick you into thinking they’re healthy. A cake-like consistency delivers a fluffy, tender texture with each bite you take. The light, sweet icing is the perfect topping to these doughnuts and combines just three ingredients: freshly cut strawberries, powdered sugar and milk. Spending a [... more]

A Fig Concoction

Top your bread with a combination that will not only engage your eyes, but your palette as well. This recipe for Crostini with Arugula Walnut Pesto, Blue Cheese and Fresh Figs will undeniably wake up your taste buds. Start off by toasting slices of your favorite bread, sprinkled with olive oil, in the oven until golden brown. Then it’s time for the pesto, which is made by combining all the traditional pesto ingredients with a little arugula and chopped walnuts for a unique flavor. A heaping spoonful [... more]

Rocking Chair Not Included

Looking for a light and refreshing summer beverage? Well, look no further. The Citrus Mint Spritzer provides the perfect tart to crisp ratio and quenches the thirst that accompanies a hot Southern day. Start by boiling some sugar-water in a saucepan before letting it cool and pouring into a chilled glass. Add in a mixture of orange juice and lemon juice for a bit of tart flavoring. Pour in a little Sprite before garnishing it all off with a few citrus fruit slices and a couple of [... more]

A Bacon Remix

Most of us would most likely agree that bacon makes a perfect side to any breakfast, but now more frequently we are seeing the incorporation of bacon as an accompaniment to our entrees. This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus transforms a simple vegetable from ordinary to extraordinary. Cover these little green stems in a toasted sesame oil and brown sugar mixture then liberally sprinkle sesame seeds on top before baking them to perfection. The bacon that’s wrapped around each bunch becomes crispy, so there’s no [... more]

Thai Meets Tacos

A dish native of Mexico packs its suitcase and takes a trip to Thailand with this zesty recipe. Begin to create these Thai Shrimp Tacos by marinating the shrimp in a homemade ginger-soy chili garlic sauce and grilling them to perfection. As the shrimp cook, distract yourself from the tantalizing aroma by preparing the textured slaw that will garnish the inside of each taco. Cabbage, onions, and green chilis make up this Thai-inspired mixture that gets tossed in the same spicy marinade that made your shrimp oh-so [... more]

A Quirky Guest For Breakfast

Bring a Polish breakfast favorite, Racuszki, into your American kitchen this summer. When we find ourselves with a little more time on our hands, there’s no reason to not step out of the box and get a little creative. These sweet little breakfast pastries frequently get described as Polish pancakes. The thick fluffy texture that the added yeast provides along with a unique, sugary flavor are two of the most significant differences between these and American pancakes.     The actual cooking process remains the same though. [... more]

Intriguing Tomatoes

As tomatoes ripen this summer, an array of dishes which include them seem to pop up everywhere. One such dish is this savory Tomates Farçies à la Provençale recipe. Stuffed with a rich, hearty mixture of breadcrumbs, hazelnuts and sausage, these fresh tomatoes bake in the oven to perfection while bathing in a pristine olive oil bath. Secret ingredients like mustard and chopped garlic cloves make this meal even a bit more interesting, while creating a taste that should provide your guests with some delicious intrigue. With each [... more]

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