grilled chipotle lime corn

grilled chipotle lime corn

grilled chipotle lime corn

juicy and flavorful with a smoky chipotle kick!

When I think of summer, I think corn.  Sweet corn, fresh from the field (or farmer’s market).  I love it in salads and sautés,  but there’s something about picking up an ear of corn and eating it with your hands that is decidedly picnic-y.  Or beach-y.  Or anyplace without a white tablecloth.  

 

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black bean dip

black bean dip

black bean dip

black bean dip with just a bit of heat – goes great with a cold beer!

I meant to post this recipe for Cinco de Mayo, but I’m not always as organized as I’d like to be and my best intentions fell by the wayside as I was knee deep in crab salad, artichokes and orzo.  That said, I knew I had to get this one up before Memorial Day, because you’re going to want to have a big batch of this on hand all weekend!

 

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peach praline scones

peach praline scones

peach praline scones

peach praline scones are the epitome of summer in the South!

You know that bowl of fresh peaches sitting on your counter?  You spent time picking out just the right specimens, didn’t you?  They were blemish-free, showcased a colorful hue, and teased you with a heavy perfumed scent.  

 

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manchego and almond stuffed dates

manchego and almond stuffed dates

manchego and almond stuffed dates

These little nuggets are a flavor-bomb in your mouth!

I am utterly smitten with these little bites —  and I’m not the only one.  I’ve made versions of these for years – and every time I do — EVERY TIME — my guests squeal excitedly – “Ooohhhh my GAWD!” “What IS this?”  

 

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coconut madeleines

 coconut madeleines

 coconut madeleines

When I was in Paris, the one bit of actual cookware that I came back with were silicone madeleine molds.  I bought a lot of other food-swag, but my molds were special — because I could use them to make those light as air, genoise cakes long after the nougat was consumed, the pate had been scarfed and the macarons were devoured.  

 

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kale chips

kale chips #EatRightForYourSight

kale chips

lightly seasoned with a satisfying crunch and chew!

 
True story:
 Scott and I were at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in 2013, staying at the Loews hotel on Miami Beach. It was pricey, but that’s where all the celebrity chefs stay and we figured we’d have a better chance to meet some of them if we were there, too.  We did.  One of the most affable  and down-to-earth celebri-chefs that we met was Robert Irvine.  

 

 

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brussel fennel apple slaw

 brussel fennel apple slaw

 brussel fennel apple slaw

crunchy brussels and fennel with tart granny smith apples!

The days are warming, the sun stays up longer and the grill is getting readied for the season, right?  Well, I guess that’s what’s happening in the other areas of the country.  Here in South Florida – it’s hot and our grill is in perpetual motion.

 

 

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hawaiian omelet

hawaiian omelet

hawaiian omelet

if you like hawaiian pizza, you’ll want to say “aloha” to this hawaiian omelet!

Sometimes you get lucky.  Sometimes a moment of desperation turns to inspiration.  And then infatuation!  This was one of those times.  It was a Saturday morning – before our weekly outing to the Farmer’s Market.  I was on my second cup of coffee and my stomach was rumbling.   I started poking around in the fridge for our options.

 

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pecan cheddar crackers

pecan cheddar crackers

pecan cheddar crackers

like Cheez-Its for grown-ups!

It should be no surprise that these pecan cheddar crackers are absolutely addictive.  Seriously.  I may need the cracker version of AA to get beyond this.

 

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grilled greek orzo salad

grilled greek orzo salad

grilled greek orzo salad

a crunchy, vibrant grilled summer salad or side dish

Are you dusting off your Weber and wiping away the cobwebs?  Loading up on charcoal briquets and wood chips?  Topping off the Blue Rhino tank?  Are you ready for grilling season?  

 

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