Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning!/1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you!/2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish./3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

Cacio e pepe linguine with white asparagus

As the weather is getting warmer and sunny afternoons are followed by long evenings on the porch chatting with friends I feel less and less motivated to spend time in the kitchen and cook elaborate meals. This recipe is for one of those evenings: when you can finally say "Ah summer is coming" and all you want is a simple, delicious dinner that can be put together in less than 15 minutes. RecipeIngredients14 oz dry linguine (or fresh pasta of your choice) 1 bunch white asparagus 2 cups coarsely grated cheese (ideally ¾ of a cup parmesan and 1 ¼ roman pecorino) Pepper to taste 4 tbsp olive oil a handful of slivered almondsInstructionsBring one large pot of salted water to a boil In the meantime trim the ends of the asparagus, then peel the stems … [Read more...]

DIY Jalapeno-Habanero Hot Sauce

 Sometimes things just happen for a reason. Do you believe that? Me too.This year I planted 3 jalapeno plants in my garden. I love jalapenos in so many ways – pickled, stuffed and grilled, chopped in a salsa or just sprinkled on food. I love spicy.Well, imagine my surprise when one of those jalapeno plants turned out to be something different.. A habanero plant. These are the bad boys of the pepper world – seriously HOT. Meant to be eaten with quite a bit of measure, and really not enjoyable stuffed or grilled – unless you like pain.So, what to do? I certainly didn’t want to waste them. It struck me! Hot Sauce! Why not make my own hot sauce?[sc:adsense ]Turns out hot sauce is easy to make and easy to customize, flexible with the peppers you have grown or … [Read more...]

11 recipes for the grill

Looking for an easy meal?  Check out these 11 recipes that are perfect for grilling!I have to admit - I'm not ready for summer to end just yet!  I complain about the heat a lot but that's expected when you live in South Texas.  We have days that where the temperatures reach 100 degrees and then we have 100 perfect humidity on top of that.  It get's a bit toasty down here.But I just love love love the summer food!  And when I say I love summer food I mean I love to grill.  There is less mess, less heat in the house and you end up with one delicious meal.  Are you a fellow grill lover?  Perfect!  Here are 11 recipes for the grill!Grilled BBQ chicken pizza // You can't go wrong with pizza in our house and if some of it is made on the grill?  Even better!Mediterranean grilled … [Read more...]

Peach Sunrise

I think this peach sunrise would be fabulous for any family get together or even book club night.  You could make a pitcher and everyone could sip while chatting about the latest novel.Peach sunriseI love summer for so many reasons.  I love the slow pace that life seems to take.  I love the freedom to do anything our hearts desires.  I love the summer holidays.  I love getting together with family.  Besides the heat and the mosquitos, I really love it all. And if I had to pick an absolute favorite out of all of that, it would be getting together with family.  Family events normally have food and I'm a food girl! We just came home from vacation in Michigan and got to spend tons of time with family.  We were there for a little over a week and got together as much as possible.  And … [Read more...]

Savory Summer Grilling Recipes

School is nearly out for summer, it is getting warmer outside every day and the swimming pool is calling your name. All of that means it's time to FIRE UP THE GRILL! Today I've gathered ten summer grilling recipes that are sweet, savory, succulent and satisfying. There's something here for the entire family, from vegetarian to meat eater./1/ Jack Daniels Grilled Burger - Nothing says "grilling season" quite like a thick, juicy burger. Give this amazing burger a try at your next barbecue./2/ Blueberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken - This chicken has such a great combination of flavors. Your taste buds are sure to thank you!/3/ Brined Pork Chops on the Grill - Give the traditional BBQ basted chops a break. These brined pork chops are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party./4/ … [Read more...]