strawberry daiquiri ice cream

 

strawberry daiquiri ice cream
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.   This could be trouble.  Even though I don’t need a special designation to eat ice cream, I’m happy to use it as an excuse to eat more!

 

 

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tangy barbecued pork sandwiches

tangy barbecued pork sandwiches

This post is sponsored by Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q

Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite holiday — because it’s all about the food.  Literally — nothing else gets in the way.  I feel the same way about July 4th.  Getting together with family and friends, on a much more casual scale, firing up the grill, popping open a cold beverage and relaxing.  Nothing else gets in the way — except maybe a squirt gun fight and some dazzling pyrotechnics.  So to feed the descending hoard, I rely on my grill-master, a boston butt and some Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q!

 

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peach melba sangria

peach melba sangria

Every so often, I like to deviate from my standard glass of wine to something a little more interesting. I’m not talking shots of Jägermeister, here.  I’ll leave that to more experienced libation-ers. But there’s something about sangria that gets me every time.

 

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melon cucumber and jicama salad

melon cucumber and jicama salad

melon cucumber and jicama salad
When little beads of perspiration start dotting your upper lip and tell-tale half moons of  sweat force you to keep your arms at your side – you know it’s summer.  And the only way to stay cool is by

a) running through the sprinkler or dousing yourself with the garden hose.

b) burying the thermostat to arctic and turning on the fan 

c) keep a steady stream of cool salads at the ready.  

I choose d) all of the above.

 

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tuna melt quesadillas

tuna melt quesadillas

 tuna melt quesadillas
This is a riff on two classic bites.  Crispy-gooey tuna melts and crispy-gooey quesadillas.  When you think about it, it just makes sense to combine these two favorites into one.

 

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coconut mango ice cream

coconut mango ice cream

lordy, it’s good!

coconut mango ice cream

coconut mango ice cream

I’m going to warn you right now, I’m going through a homemade ice cream phase.  I made this one last week and as we speak, I have another custard chilling in the fridge…  Brace yourself for the frozen onslaught!

 

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barbecue bacon cheeseburgers

barbecue bacon cheeseburgers

barbecue bacon cheeseburgers
It’s Father’s Day this weekend and I’m bringing out the big guns.  No wimpy little chicken breasts.  No kale-enhanced casseroles.  Nothing low-cal, low-carb or low-fat.  We’re going for flavor!  When I polled several local Dads, they weren’t interested in anything fancy or involved.  And they wanted BEEF.

 

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barbecue baked beans

barbecue baked beans

barbecue baked beans

sweet, spicy and savory!

 This post is sponsored by Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q

 Little known fact — I grew up on hot dogs.  There was always a package in the meat drawer when I was a kid and I can remember chopping them up to be added to macaroni and cheese for quick and easy dinners when Mom and Dad were working late.  I mean, hey – a kid’s gotta eat, right?

 

 

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blueberry swirl key lime ice cream

blueberry swirl key lime ice cream

ultra-creamy, tart and sweet.

blueberry swirl key lime ice cream

spoon on extra blueberry sauce to serve.

The thermometer has hit 90 more than once this past week, and that kind of stifling heat practically begs for ice cream, right?

 

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grilled pancetta and melon pizza

grilled pancetta and melon pizza 

grilled pancetta and melon pizza

A grilled version on prosciutto and melon

When I was a kid (9 or 10) my parents had a dinner party.  They invited friends to the house and we spent the better part of our Saturday cleaning and vacuuming, dusting, and setting the table — with the good china.   

 

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