July 2013

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

There are moms out there whose kids have no idea what fast food restaurants are. I am not one of those moms. This isn’t a feather in my cap or something I’m bragging about, but the truth is that for us, sometimes fast food happens. I’ve always been pretty open with the fact that I have one very unusually picky eater–if he could live on Kraft macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and cheese, he probably would (yes, I get …

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Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

So this recipe is hardly reinventing the wheel–if you haven’t eaten it, you’ve almost certainly seen it. But sometimes some things are so good and so seasonally perfect that you just need a little reminder. In case you can’t keep Sara and me straight, Sara is the one who loves to garden and I am the one who kills plants. I love the idea of a garden, but I just can’t get excited about the maintenance. My problem is that …

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How To: Italian Soda Bar

When I was a teenager, sometimes I would do really cool and edgy things like go to the local coffee shop after school with my friends and order…Italian sodas. Blackberry Italian sodas to be exact. Notice how un-edgy all of those things are? After school? Italian sodas? Yeah, I was a total rebel, but I felt cool holding onto my Cafe Ibis cup, walking around (or driving around in my awesome vehicle that looked just like this). After I left …

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State of Great Taste: Ice Cream Contest!

Update:  We are so happy to announce that Sara’s Ice cream, featuring Idaho’s Huckleberries, was selected as the winner of this contest and will be produced by Private Selection and sold in stores across the country in June 2014! Over the weekend we told you about a fun trip we took to Traverse City, Michigan to tour beautiful cherry country!  Our hosts, Private Selection, have an awesome product concept, and that is to source their ingredients from places that specialize …

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Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Bars

Remember this post back in February, when I showed you photos of my house being turned into a filming studio?  And photos of these amazing Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Bars? Well I’m still getting asked about this recipe, and now 5 months later, I’m finally delivering!  First, grab some popcorn and press play on this little video below, then we’ll talk dessert.  (Or breakfast, or midnight snack.  This is a no-judge zone.) If you’ve never had an Italian style ricotta …

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Michigan Cherry Tour

L to R: Coleen (Pretty Prudent), Tricia (Once a Month Mom), Heather (Heather’s Dish), Sara (Me.  Our Best Bites.  Duh.) Kate (Ditto), Tessa (Handle The Heat), Christy (Southern Plate), Kelley (Mountain Mama Cooks), Kristy (Sweet Treats and More), Nicole (Baking Bites). Let me tell you a little story about ice cream.  About the same time my husband and I moved into our new house last fall, a shiny new Fred Meyer store opened up literally 2 minutes away, so needless to say …

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Meatball Subs

First of all, we need to announce the winner of the Plum Organics iPad Mini giveaway! The winner is #333, Brittany, who said, “I love tight hugs from my toddler. Her chubby, soft little arms are the best part of my day!” Congrats, Brittany–we’ve sent you an email, so please get back to us ASAP! So we have this recipe for Italian meatballs, and it’s awesome and I love it and it will always hold a special place in my …

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Zucchini Gratin

Please don’t hate me.  Yes, I’m posting another zucchini recipe.  And I know there’s no law that says you must consume EVERY vegetable that comes out of a garden, but when you work and plow (okay, fine.  No actual plowing occurred) and sweat over a summer garden and those little seeds grow and finally start producing legit food products, there exists an uncontrollable urge to not let a single one go to waste.  If you’re already sick of my barrage …

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How To: Homemade Butter {Salted & Garlic-Herb)

So growing up in Utah, I pretty much thought that July 24 was a national holiday celebrated by all with fireworks and work being cancelled. And then I got married to a non-Utah boy who didn’t understand why life shut down every Pioneer Day. Now that I don’t live in Utah anymore, July 24, the day Utah celebrates the pioneers reaching Salt Lake City and deciding that was the place, is barely a blip on my radar, but growing up, …

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The Best Zucchini and Yellow Squash Recipes

How many of you out there planted vegetable gardens this year?  Those of you who follow Kate and me on Instagram know that we were out of town this week, and the day that I left, my husband walked in with a giant basket of zucchini and squash from the garden, and now that I’m back there’s a million more!  So I’ve been wracking my brain for all of the ways I can eat it up and I figured if …

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