Herbed Steak Butter

The steak option at our wedding reception came with a big hunk of herby compound butter on it, and this kind of rocked my world. Steak? With flavorful butter melting all over it? Could this be too much of a good thing??? It wasn’t. A big slab of perfectly grilled steak is a food that’s […]

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THE BEST Chipotle Chicken Marinade

THE BEST chipotle chicken marinade! Everyone will ask you for this recipe! It is perfect for jazzing up your summer grilled chicken. Chipotle peppers in adobo give this easy marinade a hot and smoky kick.

Our favorite marinade for grilled chicken! This is a very easy recipe that also feels really special and unique. It’s a go-to for summer get-togethers because it’s easy to make a huge batch and people LOVE IT. Every time I’ve made this for people, they have asked for the recipe. Which I think is the […]

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Roasted Grape Tomatoes in Garlic Olive Oil

Coming at you with a PSA that grape tomatoes are very good roasted! Roasting tomatoes somehow makes them even more tomato-y. Their fresh tomato flavor gets more concentrated, their skin bursts, and they get all nice and charred, which makes them very easy to eat in a variety of ways. To make them even easier […]

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Basil Cream Sauce

For as much as I love every individual ingredient in pesto, combine them all together and it is just a BIG swing and a miss for me. I’m pretty sure it’s a texture thing. I want it to be creamy! but it is always sort of gritty and I don’t want grit on my pasta. […]

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Making My Summer Dreams Come True: Outdoor Party String Lights Edition

I had high hopes for our backyard going into the summertime. I was feeling like we had missed out on an entire season of backyard fun last year, since we were busy with a newborn and then with moving. So I was determined to make up for it this year. I largely abandoned working on […]

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Cucumber Salad

With all of the really good summer cucumbers, it is feeling like the right time to be eating a lot of this salad. Salads where non-lettuce items get some time to shine are a favorite of mine. Not only because they automatically feel different and refreshing, but because they are generally way quicker to make. […]

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Sloppy Joes (from scratch!)

Let’s take a minute to acknowledge the sheer quantity of sloppy joes we have consumed in the Jackson household this summer in pursuit of the perfect joe. IT HAS BEEN A LOT. I would say we are bordering on being joe-d out, but I just don’t think that’s possible. Sloppy joes are the perfect summer […]

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Creamy Cilantro Honey Lime Dressing

A simple, homemade salad dressing that will add a big kick to your salad! Lime juice, cilantro, honey, and jalapeño give this salad dressing lots of fresh flavor, and a ripe avocado makes it super creamy! It’s an easy, healthy way to dress your favorite salads.

A go-to for all summer salads! This is citrusy, sweet, and has a spicy jalapeño kick and lots of cilantro flavor. I have made this dressing probably upwards of 30 times over the last several summers, but since my usual method is throwing things into a blender and sampling until it is how I want […]

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Fruit Pizza

Sitting here thinking how we have come up with ways to make pizza out of just about everything and how there is no pizza that I dislike. Veggie pizza=good, regular pepperoni pizza=great, fruit pizza=VERY FESTIVE AND VERY GOOD. Truly, my favorite 4th of July food. A winner in both the taste bud and patriotism categories. […]

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Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry hand pies are the perfect hand-held dessert! These homemade mini pies can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries. Use store-bought crust for an easy finger-food treat.

Blueberry pie is a longtime summer favorite of mine. I will eat it for breakfast, for brunch, for an afternoon pick-me-up with a milk-heavy cup of coffee, or hidden under vanilla ice cream for dessert after any meal.  But the line has to be drawn somewhere. And that line is between me and making an […]

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