August 2009

Raspberry-Citrus Slushies

I love fun summer drinks, and y’all should know that around here “drinks” always refer to non-alcoholic family friendly ones! These are modeled after traditional frozen lemonades but with a few twists. It’s a slushy orange-lemon mix perfectly sweetened and poured over a gorgeous raspberry puree. The taste is amazing and the presentation- well, just look at it! It really is that bright and vibrant. They’re pretty darn impressive, and not hard to make if you do a little make-ahead …

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls

Okay, so have you ever just had those moments of epiphany, when you’re just sitting there and some perfectly-formed idea pops into your brain? For days, I had been mulling things over–French bread dough…garlic butter…cheese–but I just could NOT figure out the logistics of it all. And then one day, it just came to me and I couldn’t make them fast enough. And they were even better than I imagined. Don’t get me wrong, this is no health snack–I mean, …

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

You may have heard me talk about my recipe search for “the one.” What’s the one? It’s the recipe. The one that trumps all the others you’ve tried for that particular thing and ends your search to find the best. It’s the one that you make over and over again until the page in the recipe book gets ingrained in your head. I have a huge list of things I’m still on a quest for and others that have happily …

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Southwestern Beef Wraps

I don’t know about everybody else, but even here in Louisiana, which I affectionately refer to as Satan’s Steam Room, it seems like summer’s starting to wind down–we’re getting into the 60s at night and I’m starting to notice just the tiniest hint of orange and yellow on the trees. And I’ll tell you, nothing makes me want to pop something yummy in the crock pot and settle in for a little (okay, a lot of) Gilmore Girls like the …

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Posted in Cookies, Kate
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

So something horrible has happened (besides, you know, me eating an obscene number of cookies). I lost, like, half the pictures I took whilst making these cookies. So forget about ingredients…lots of shots of luscious cookie dough…we’re getting straight down to business here! I know we post a lot of things that are fun to look at, but they’re not always super practical. I mean, I’m pretty sure most people don’t feel the same way about their ice cream makers …

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Indian-Spiced Pork Skewers

I’ve been on a skewers kick lately. I think we’ve established the fact that food on a stick is fun, and skewers are great because you can get a whole little meal proportioned out in single servings. Don’t be scared by the word “Indian” (admit it, some of you are!) This is every day stuff you probably already have in your cabinet.  I love these flavors together and it was a great way to use up the pork tenderloin I …

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Posted in Latin, Sara, Vegetables
{ Elote } Mexican Corn on the Cob

I figured heck, why not extend garden week just one more day?! I know most of you probably don’t grow your own corn, but it’s peak season right now in farmers markets and grocery stores so here’s a great variation from your plain ‘ol corn on the cob. Elote is a classic street food in Mexico. It has lots of variations, but it generally involves a slathering of mayo (I know, sounds weird but trust me!), crumbled Mexican cheese, chili …

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Let me share a little secret with you. I’ve never really liked stuffed zucchini. I think it’s because every time I’ve eaten it, it’s been baked in the oven and the zucchini has that mushy, slimy texture and it’s filled with spaghetti sauce. But I like the idea of stuffed zucchini- so I thought I’d come up with one that was more my style. To the grill it is! You can do this on an indoor grill pan as well. …

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Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

I love fresh green beans–they may just be my favorite of all summer garden treats. To me, they taste like the very end of summer with a little hint of fall and instantly bring back memories of snapping the ends off and eating insanely ridiculous amounts of pressure-cooked, garden-fresh beans with butter, salt, and pepper. A little while back, one of our readers commented on the Caramelized Green Beans and said that her husband just didn’t think that bacon and …

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Garden Fresh Salsa

As much as our vegetable garden appears to be a fun family project, there’s no denying that it’s really my husband’s domain. He’s been planting and tending to a garden since he was a teenager and he loves it. He’s really the one who takes care of ours- constantly checking and pruning and feeding and harvesting. It’s one of his favorite things about summer time and he does it out of pure devotion to the art (yes, gardening is an …

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