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]

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]

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]

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]

Cherry Whiskey Smash

If your dad is a whiskey guy, serve him this drink and it may just be his favorite gift of the day. The Cherry Whiskey Smash combines an alcohol trifecta of whiskey, amaretto, and ginger brandy. A little cherry juice and a splash of cherry cola temper the spirits and add a sweet-tart fizz to the drink. Maraschino cherries start and finish the cocktail for a little extra color and fruitiness, but save them till you get to bottom of the glass so they’ve had time to [... more]

The Real Sangria

With a deep purple color and lots of aromatic fresh fruit, this Red Wine Sangria delivers big, bold flavors. Apple brandy adds depth to this refreshing beverage while the fresh-squeezed juices of a lemon and orange impart a citrus tang. The recipe’s main ingredient is Real Sangria, the number-one imported sangria from Spain. (European law restricts the usage of the name “sangria” to only those products made in Spain and Portugal.) Apple and orange slices and a handful of grapes contribute to the drink’s delicious fruitiness. While [... more]

Morning Delight

On those days when you crave a more decadent breakfast, treat yourself to Coconut French Toast. Slices of brioche are dipped in a sinfully rich custard made of cream, coconut milk, vanilla extract, eggs, and nutmeg, and then coated in coconut flakes before frying. Serve the heavenly toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Because the recipe’s creator lives in Dubai, she uses the metric system for some of the ingredients, so you’ll need to convert to standard measurements. But don’t let that stop you. The recipe [... more]

Skewer Me This

There is something very satisfying about forgoing silverware at dinnertime. Whether you tire of cleaning or simply prefer finger food, this recipe for Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers just makes life easier. Also perfect for an outdoor party appetizer, this simple dish pairs perfectly with a side of fruit. The sweet flavor of the fresh pineapple evens out the spice-laden shrimp. Each bite of marinated shrimp offers succulent flavor, so head to the grill and start cooking these delicious skewers.

5 de Mayo: Margarita Madness

Do you prefer your margarita on the rocks or frozen? With or without salt? While options on the classic margarita exist, you can experiment with this classic drink favorite in so many more interesting and flavorful ways. Some versions tend to be overpowered by their fruity components, but this Ginger Pineapple Margarita offers just the right flavor combo of spice and sweetness. The recipe takes a bit of preparation time, so we recommend making a big batch to freeze for later.

Get Your Grill On

Some of summer’s best recipes call for grilling, and this recipe for Grilled Cherry Tomato Skewers on Toast takes advantage of the season’s fresh bounty. Roasting the tomatoes enhances their natural flavor. Let them soak in an olive oil-based marinade before grilling, and season to taste afterward. Be sure to soak the wooden skewers for about 30 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning. These tomatoes taste great alone or atop a slice of crusty bread smeared with creamy ricotta cheese.

Fruitful Delight

Nothing beats a refreshing cocktail on a warm spring or hot summer night. Treat yourself to this wildly delicious concoction of light rum, sparkling water, and ginger passion fruit syrup. You can easily mix up a big batch of the Passion Fruit & Ginger Cocktail to serve a crowd. Omit the alcohol and you can serve it to the kids, too. Substitute tequila or vodka for the rum to achieve the same great taste, and garnish with fresh lemon and mint to create the perfect poolside drink.

Dessert Sandwich

Juicy roasted strawberries, bitter dark chocolate, creamy melted brie, and crusty bread make a peculiar but delicious combination in this sophisticated variation on a childhood classic. Served as either a sweet lunch option or a creative dessert, Roasted Strawberry, Brie + Chocolate Grilled Cheese requires minimal preparation, so you can whip the sandwich up in a hurry. But if you don’t want to share yours, you’ll need to make several, because the sweet aroma will entice everyone within scent-distance. Consider yourself warned.

Made in the Shade

Perfect for an outdoor get together, this refreshing Cane Sugar Blackberry Limeade will help you and your guests beat the summer heat. Whether you use frozen strawberries or fresh ones (we opt for fresh every time), this savory concoction quenches your thirst deliciously. A full cup of raw cane sugar and juice squeezed from the blackberries provide ample sweetness, while the limes add a tartness that balances all that sugary goodness. So find a shady spot and kick back with a glass (or two) of this ice-cold [... more]

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

A nice change from your classic eggs and toast kind of morning, this Cranberry Swirl Pear Coffee Cake will start your day off the right way. Packed with rich flavors and a hint of pear, it is the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of coffee. And we love that it takes only 10 or 15 minutes of prep time, plus 45 minutes in the oven. Helpful hint: For the crumb topping, mix the ingredients with your hands to get the best consistency.

Stacked With Flavor

An inventive take on a Caprese salad, Fried Mozzarella, Basil, and Nectarine Stacks make the perfect appetizer or mid-afternoon treat. The pan-fried mozzarella and peach stacks combine with some fresh basil and a balsamic glaze to produce a fantastic combination of flavors. Pan seared or grilled, the peaches pair perfectly with the mozzarella. Just be sure to use ripe peaches for a nice, soft consistency. To assemble, stack a peach slice, a fried mozzarella slice, and a basil leaf. Repeat once more, and top it off with [... more]

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