16 Cold Summer Treats


Fresh Nectarine Popsicle It's been hot here in NorCal, so far this summer. So I thought I'd literally refresh you a bit, wherever you live. Here are some of my cold summer recipe links (click on the titles)...to lick, bite, drink or whatever. Nothing satisfies more than cold refreshing treats this time of year, so treat yourself, stay cool,  and enjoy your summer! Raspberry Gelato Sparkling Minty-Lemon-Lime Refresher Luscious Lemon Gelato Baby Boomer Fudgesicle Blackberry Gelato...

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Better 3-Bean Salad


Bean salads seem to taste best in the summer, at bbq's and potlucks. But I never find them all that appealing, and I love beans. So I make my own (fresher, better) version - with beans from scratch, fresh green beans and a homemade vinaigrette...yum. I also toss in diced red and green bell pepper, shallot and black olives - for more texture, flavor and general attraction. We scarf it down (at my house) like a couple of protein craving vegetarians...which we're not. That said, this is a good side...

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Mint Chocolate-Chip Gelato


If I had my way, I would probably own a gelateria. I make gelato year round...it's pure goodness! There's something about the rich flavor and creamy texture that out-does traditional ice cream for me. And of course I'm Italian, so perhaps that's it. I like to tinker with flavors without getting too sophisticated or fussy, until they come out just right. That said, if I had a commercial equipment I'd really go to town! This fresh minty gelato, dotted with chips of dark chocolate, is yummy. There ...

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Grilled Vegetable Kabobs


Veggies taste better than ever with a quick marinade and a few minutes of grilling - enhancing their flavor while maintaining their fresh crispness. You can use a variety of veggies here, and serve with grilled meat, poultry or fish, and some rice...yum! Make the marinade first, so it can rest for 15 minutes or so, while you cut the veggies to size. I don't want to overpower the fresh seasonal veggies with a strong marinade because they are quite good on their own, especially when grilled. I'...

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Default Smoothie


The temperatures get pretty high here in the summertime, in fact it's barely June and we're pushing 100. My husband works on a hot tennis court, and on many an evening he comes home craving a cold fruit smoothie. So I came up with a convenient way to make a Jamba Juice-like smoothie on the spot, in the drop of a hat. This is my starter recipe - using strawberry, pineapple, banana and citrus concentrate - everything I can get year round and then substitute for variation...with other fruits or con...

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Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak


It's grilling season and I have to say, this grass fed skirt steak is the best I've had. There are so many advantages to this cut, other than economically - the flavor, a 1-hour marinating time, a few minutes grilling time, and of course its versatility. I wanted the marinade to be light, to not overpower or mask the flavor of the meat. So I made a light, bright olive oil based marinade with lime, cilantro, garlic and cumin (etc.)...and it did the job! Skirt steak is famous for its use in fajit...

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Restaurant Style Mexican Salsa


It's almost Cinco de Mayo, and no better time to make salsa! I love making this salsa because it's so good, and quick and easy to pulse together in a food processor or blender. The smooth, saucy, lovely texture mimics the kind you find in Mexican restaurants, only I'm certain it's better! This is a great go-to, year round recipe - so no need to hunt for a jarred version at the store. My recipe starts at mild, and the amount of jalapeno and green chile strength can be adjusted to your liking - fr...

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Chewy Pizza Crust…From No-Knead-No-Roll Dough


Here is a pizza crust option that has nothing to do with me! It's a different application you may or may not have heard about yet. It was developed by baker and cookbook author Jim Lahey. I found it very interesting, and have to say many a food blogger and/or Foodie have taken it quite seriously. I tried it to see for myself, because I'm always searching dough variations (especially since I don't own a pizza oven). I experimented with this no-knead-no-roll dough method, at least a few times to s...

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Mexican Rice…side dish


Need a side dish for a Mexican themed dinner party or pot luck buffet? The kind that you get at your favorite Mexican restaurant to go with your enchilada, taco, chile relleno, chimichanga, etc.? Then this is for you. Just a few basic ingredients needed to make a substantial amount of this mild but authentic flavored side dish. Basmati rice, coconut oil (good flavor, but vegetable or olive oil are fine), fire roasted crushed tomatoes (for extra flavor), onion, garlic, chicken broth, ground cu...

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Bobby’s Chopped Salad…with Champagne vinaigrette


Ever get in a rut making the same-old, same-old thing...salad included? I know I do from time to time. So I thought I'd introduce you to an impressive tasty salad I've been making for decades! It's perfect anytime of year and guaranteed to please. My husband is crazy about it, I love it, and so does everyone I've served it to. The recipe comes from my friend Patti Jo's husband (Bobby)...an accomplished home cook.  My version incorporates only slight variations - cabbage and Romaine lettuce (in ...

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