Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

We are big falafel fans! It is fun street food that feels like a very light, but still substantial meal. It also is so versatile that we never really get sick of it: Good on salads, sandwiches, pitas, rice bowls, etc. Falafel is a go-to at our favorite local restaurant (also where they have the […]

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Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar

Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese Jar | Goat cheese is marinated in herb-infused olive oil here for an easy, make-ahead appetizer. Spread on baguette, crostini, or crackers.

I am a big fan of appetizers, especially if they are low-key to make and give you a slightly high-brow result. And bonus points are given for being easy to transport and not taking up precious fridge space! This is a jar of herb-marinated goat cheese and it is good. It’s like the super flavorful […]

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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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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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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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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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White Bean Salad

When thinking about summer potluck side dishes, my requirements are as follows: Easy to make ahead Fresh summer flavor galore No heating/cooling required before serving Not super expensive to make on the large scale Here is an ideal summer side dish. It’s an easy salad that is embodying all the summer freshness for me. Log […]

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Quick-Pickled Red Onions

I don’t know why it took me so long to get on the pickled onion train. They’re such a regular part of my diet now that I honestly don’t know what I did before them. My favorite thing about these pickled onions is that they deliver the fresh-crunch that I appreciate so much in a […]

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Black Bean Tostadas

Black Bean Tacos | An easy, healthy, vegetarian tostada that’s perfect for Meatless Monday and will get you geared up for Taco Tuesday. Smashed black beans and cheese get baked on a corn tortilla, then slathered in sour cream and topped with homemade corn salsa.

Whew! It makes for a whirlwind when the Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same weekend. We had lots of activities and the Derby! Did you watch? It was the most exciting I have ever seen! I’ve decided that we need to have Derby parties in future years and also to always make […]

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