Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Some friends invited us to a cookout yesterday which was the perfect opportunity to bring one of my favorite fruit salads, a bright combination of berries, watermelon, lime juice and fresh mint.  I like this one because it is pretty easy to put together, the only hands-on time required is to cut the strawberries and watermelonl.  The combination of mint and lime is so refreshing in the heat, … Continue reading Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Coconut Banana Milkshake

Happy Friday and I hope you’ve got some good weekend plans ahead!  I’ve got a simple recipe today that you’ll want to make again and again.  I made this Tuesday night when I was craving a milkshake but wanted something a touch healthier than the Oreo variety from Cookout  (which is dangerously less than a mile away from our house.) The combo of coconut milk, bananas and … Continue reading Coconut Banana Milkshake

Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

When I went to the grocery to get my ingredients to make a BBQ slaw, they only had purple cabbages I decided to give it a try.  It was good but I think I’d recommend using 1/2 a head of green cabbage and 1/2 a head of purple if you can find it.  This recipe follows the traditional North Carolina coleslaw recipe that uses cider vinegar, and … Continue reading Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

If you’re looking for a sugary, low-brow dessert that is slathered in frosting and appropriately the red, white and blue for this Fourth of July, I’ve got just the thing for you: Red, White and Blue White Chocolate Chip Cookies!  I made these the morning before a staff meeting at work and they took less than an hour from the mixing to the baking to the frosting.  These … Continue reading Super Easy Red, White and Blue Cookies

Smores Brownie Pie

Smores Brownie Pie, recipe number twenty-three in my countdown of thirty cookout recipes, screams summer and the Fourth of July.  It’s made up of a graham cracker crust, a brownie layer topped with Hershey’s chocolate bars and finally a marshmallow layer. What to buy: for the crust: 12 graham crackers or approximately 1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar … Continue reading Smores Brownie Pie

Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto

This pasta salad side dish with fresh herb pesto is a great alternative to a creamy pasta salad.  It is a lovely green color,  studded with green peas and nutritionally packs a bunch with a full head of broccoli.This recipe is number twenty-two in my countdown of thirty recipes perfect to make for your cookout this July 4th. You can find all of the previous recipes here. What to … Continue reading Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto

Plum and Peach Crumble Sundae

The peaches and plums at my grocery store looked (and smelled) so good they were begging to be put to use in a summery dessert so I made this deconstructed crumble turned sundae.  It was so good with the simple perfection that is vanilla ice-cream but it would be great with whipped cream too.  I didn’t peel my fruit because I like the taste and texture … Continue reading Plum and Peach Crumble Sundae

Spicy Buffalo Potato Salad and Mustard Vinaigrette Potato Salad

Today’s recipes are numbers nineteen and twenty in my countdown of thirty recipes perfect to make for your cookout this July 4th. You can find all of the recipes here. I’m not a fan of traditional Southern potato salad where mayonnaise or Miracle Whip are one of the main ingredients so these potato salads are good substitutes if you feel the same way.  The first one has … Continue reading Spicy Buffalo Potato Salad and Mustard Vinaigrette Potato Salad

Red, White and Blue Whipped Cream Parfaits

This is a simple dessert that is so summery, pretty and perfectly colored for the Fourth of July.  It requires five ingredients: blueberries, sliced strawberries, sugar, vanilla extract and whipped cream and three steps as follow: whip your whipping cream (I add a sprinkling of sugar and vanilla extract), sprinkle your berries with a spoonful of sugar, and layer everything together in a pretty glass bowl.  Done and … Continue reading Red, White and Blue Whipped Cream Parfaits

Spicy Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole

If you’ve never added a mango to your guacamole you’ve got to try it! It is sweet without being too sweet and pairs well with the creamy avocado and spicy chipotle pepper.  And look how gorgeous it is: Mango guacamole was the perfect topping for these spicy Mahi Mahi tacos.  I’ve been making an effort lately to eat more fish (four people emailed me various articles about the FDA’s report re: … Continue reading Spicy Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole