Snacks

corn and black bean salsa

Charred Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Corn and black bean salsa is a summertime staple for me. Once the sweet corn starts coming it, this is one of the first things I’m making. This is one of my favorite things about summer. All the fresh produce is really the best thing and almost makes up for the sweltering heat and mosquitos. [...]

marinated mozzarella

Lemon Herb Marinated Mozzarella Toast

Marinated mozzarella on toast for lunch? Yes, please! I try to eat a good number of fruits and vegetables. Really, I do. But a surprising number of meals I eat consist of some version of bread and cheese. Usually pizza. But also things like cheese and crackers. Grilled cheese. Or even just bread made with [...]

homemade crispy garlic croutons

Crispy Homemade Garlic Croutons

Crispy homemade garlic croutons? Yes, please! I’m gonna be honest. I don’t have leftover bread often. Especially if it’s a good crusty homemade loaf. But strange things happen sometimes, and well, I end up with a bit of kind of stale bread. There are lots of things you can do with stale bread. French toast [...]

peach and apricot jam recipe

Chardonnay Peach and Apricot Jam

An easy peach and apricot jam recipe? Yes, please! I love jam. At any given time, I probably have 5 jars in my fridge, and an unopened one or two jars in my pantry. My favorite is apricot, hands down. In the summer, I sometimes go overboard with fruit. Especially peaches and apricots. You can’t [...]

key lime pie granola

Key Lime Pie Granola

Key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts, hands down. Something about the creaminess with the tart lime flavor wins me over every single time. A while back, my husband bought me a key lime tree. Against his wishes, of course. Because unlike me, he knew that it would never survive in our house. [...]

strawberry and goat cheese crostini

Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Strawberry and goat cheese crostini for the win! Recently I made a last-minute plan to have a few people over. I wanted a snack, but not the usual chips and salsa. I looked in my fridge and found an unopened tube of goat cheese and a quart of strawberries. Because these days, there’s almost always [...]

buttermilk ranch powder

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Powder

I make a lot of my own salad dressings. There are a couple of bottled ones that I like, but for the most part, I make my own. My favorite ranch dressing is one I make using fresh chives, fresh dill, and fresh parsley. It’s so good, and often I forget that most ranch dressings [...]

cilantro lime sauce

Honey Cilantro Lime Sauce

I went to a restaurant recently that is known for its cilantro lime sauce. It was pretty delicious, but I realized that I’ve been making something very similar for years. This is a simple blended sauce that I originally made as a salad dressing. It gets its flavor from cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and honey. [...]

sweet corn quesadillas

Sweet Corn and Pepper Jack Quesadillas

When I made these sweet corn quesadillas, I thought about how to make them and decided on simple. I went over a list of ingredients in my head. I could add black beans, shrimp, or a dozen different spices. But then the flavor of the corn would be lost. If I was using frozen corn, [...]

rum caramelized bananas

Rum and Cinnamon Caramelized Bananas

Yes. Bananas, butter, brown sugar. With the addition of rum, cinnamon, and a pinch of coarse sea salt. All cooked in a pan until they are golden brown, syrupy, and perfectly soft. You might think this is a dessert. And you could be right. These rum caramelized bananas definitely taste like dessert. And you could [...]

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