Garden Green Bean Salad

Garden Green Bean Salad

I’ve been planning to share this Garden Green Bean Salad since last summer.

Garden Green Bean Salad. An easy and delicious salad made with garden fresh veggies and a simple, made in the bowl, vinaigrette. Delicious served warm, room temperature or cold!

What’s been holding me back? Well, I wasn’t sure if it was “pretty” enough to share…I mean, pretty enough for you…pretty enough to shoot. Thus, you are witnessing my attempt at shooting it as a composed salad instead of just tossing it all together like my dad did.

I’ve been eating this salad since I was a kid. This was a common salad for my dad to make during the summer when our garden was plentiful with green beans and delicious tomatoes. Now that we’re at the height of the summer harvest and are deluged with… Continue reading

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Lazy summer days call for Fresh Peach Iced Tea.

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OK, so my summer days have been anything but lazy, but I am an iced tea lover through and through. I’ll admit that I generally drink my iced tea unsweetened, but every once in a while I enjoy a little flavor action.

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When I was a kid, I LOVED sweetened iced tea, and more specifically, sweet tea made by my aunt in Georgia. Nothing tasted better than her sweet tea. I would watch her make it on the stove, throwing tea bags into a sauce pan. I always remember I thought it was so strange to make tea in a pan… Continue reading

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

What’s better than waking up to some warm Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins?

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I remember waking up as a kid, becoming slowly aware of the aroma of hot fresh baked blueberry muffins wafting into my room. I loved blueberry muffins and I knew that smell anywhere. I would lie there thinking, “Are those blueberry muffins I smell or am I dreaming?” Then, I would leave my comfy bed with both reluctance and anticipation because I had to confirm that hot muffins were definitely on the horizon.

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I love all muffins, but blueberry might be my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the gorgeous color of the berries and the… Continue reading

No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream

I have been debating sharing this No Churn Nutella Cheesecake Ice Cream with you for weeks.

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As a no churn ice cream, I’m not even sure it’s really truly an ice cream. No churn ice creams have been very popular for the past couple of years. They basically have whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and then flavorings. There’s no churning. Just whipping up and freezing.

I’ve never tried any of them. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe because I have an ice cream maker and have made some ridiculously delicious ice creams with it like Seaport Salty Swirl and Ultimate S’mores Ice Cream. (My husband says… Continue reading

Luscious Lemon Curd

Lucious Lemon Curd

Luscious Lemon Curd. Is there anything better?

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I mean, besides caramel and hot fudge and cake and brownies and….well, let’s just stay in the land of lemons for today. I love lemon squares and lemon cakes and lemon cookies and lemonade, but whenever I have some homemade lemon curd sitting before me, I always feel like it crushes all the other lemon treats out there. It’s like the all powerful ruler of Lemon Land (cue the singing angels.)

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It’s got everything good about sweet lemon treats all wrapped up in it’s lemony creaminess. It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s supremely lemony. It’s like a lemon square, without the crust.… Continue reading

Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Summer is upon us, so I figured you might need this Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce.

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That’s right. CHEWY Hot Fudge Sauce. This is that amazing hot fudge sauce, that when ladled generously over some ice cream, solidifies just enough to get chewy. I’m not talking about magic shell here. That’s the topping that literally hardens to a cracking stage, the kind of chocolate that ice cream bars are dipped in. And it’s not like a hard caramel that gets stuck in your teeth. Nope, this is the stuff that fudge filled chocolate dreams are made of. It’s ooey and gooey and chewy but then it softens and melts in… Continue reading

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

I wanted to get this Rhubarb Upside Down Cake into a post before the very last bit of rhubarb is gone for the season.

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I know, I know, it’s the second rhubarb post in almost as many weeks, but I didn’t want to wait until next year to share it. So here I am, taking one last plunge into rhubarb before it’s gone.

This was the year I tried rhubarb for the first time. I made these Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies and fell in love with it’s sweet tart flavor. I’m a lemon lover and so this whole rhubarb thing is right up my alley. Two posts is probably two… Continue reading

Sour Cream Chive Biscuits

Sour Cream Chive Biscuits

My CSA strikes again with these yummy Sour Cream Chive Biscuits.

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When I saw we had chives in our CSA basked a couple of weeks back, I was thrilled. I love fresh chives. They are mandatory when I make baked potatoes. My kids are completely on board with that. I always have to make sure I chop up enough because those chives get generously spooned on top of hot buttery spuds.

Then when I opened up our weekly CSA box and saw the chive BLOSSOMS? Those pretty purple flowers were gracefully sitting atop the longest, most graceful chive stems I had ever seen! I was so excited! I knew I… Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Breaking news! I tried rhubarb and I liked it!

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How is it that I’ve gone my entire life without tasting rhubarb? I’ve always wanted to…I guess the opportunity simply never presented itself. It’s not like you see rhubarb on many menus. No one in my circle of friends ever made anything with it (at least not that they shared with me) and I had never taken the initiative to buy it. But here it is in these yummy Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies!

I remember when I was 9, I found tons of what I thought was rhubarb growing wild near where we lived. I had always heard about rhubarb pie,… Continue reading

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Today, I bring to you a refreshing Strawberry Cucumber Salad.

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For those of you who love watermelon feta salads, this one’s for you.

I never thought of pairing cucumbers with strawberries, but it works. I remember when I had my first watermelon salad with feta. I was hooked. The salty and sweet combination that I love so much in baked goods and main dishes is just as appealing to me in a salad.

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Have I told you we are going whole hog on salads lately? Okay, maybe “whole hog” is not the best way to describe it haha! But, what’s the alternative, whole garden? Whole head of lettuce? I’m open… Continue reading

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