A Farewell to Summer

The kids are back in school, a chill is in the air and soon the scent of pumpkin everything will surround us! But before we rush to order spiced lattes and pick apples at orchards, I’d like to give one last send off to summer with my favorite go-to party dish. It’s not only the easiest dip you’ll ever make but it seconds as a great topping for chicken, fish, or tacos. It’s gained fast popularity and there are tons of versions out now but I’m sure you’ll love mine the most! Here’s my recipe for Cowboy Caviar.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

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Tomato Tartine’s: A Happy Experiment for Pizza Lovers!

Summer is the season for fresh garden vegetables and after three years, we have fiiiiiinally perfected the art of the patio tomato. With an abundance growing on our porch (with the exception of one or two sampled by our smallest dog), it won’t be long before we’re stocked with sauce. But how else can we enjoy these tasty fruits (yes, a tomato is a fruit!) other than stacked with basil and mozzarella or tossed with balsamic for bruschetta? This great recipe for Tomato Tartine’s can be enjoyed any season and makes an impressive dish with little effort!

Impressive Tomato Tartine

Impressive Tomato Tartine

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Ricotta for a Rainy Day

We are cheese lovers in our house! Any and all; hard Parmesan, salty feta, rich brie, tangy bleu, you name it and we’ve used it on crackers, in mac ‘n cheese, or eaten it straight off the cutting board in a dark kitchen, at midnight, after putting Luca to bed. It’s got so many uses and is easily one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. Useful in dishes made for every meal and snack, it’s even a dessert I can manage! One of the simplest at home cheese recipes to experiment with is ricotta. With few ingredients and simple instructions, you can feel free to change it up without the fear of messing it up! Here’s the basic Homemade Ricotta recipe.

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

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Balsamic Cherry Glazed Grilled Pork Chops

It’s summer and every fruit seems to be blooming in all its perfection. Although I love a crisp, tangy mango salsa or a blueberry and jalapeno crumble, other members in my household (ahem, one hint- not the 8 week old or the dogs!) prefer their fruit in a salad for a sandwich side or dessert. My husband says he can’t stand fruit as a topping but I think it adds a fresh flavor to meats that are often thought of for winter time. So when I finally found a fruit topping he liked, I stored it in my recipe box as a go-to! Make way for my cherry balsamic glazed pork chops! Controversy or not, Jamie Deen’s recipe is by far my all time favorite. It’ simple, tasty and keeps an often dry and dull dish sweet, tangy, and juicy. It’s Sunday dinner Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops.

Full Grills= Happy Bellies!

Full Grills= Happy Bellies!

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