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Banh Mi Hot Dogs

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 16 comments

Add some fun to your next grill out with these festive Banh Mi Hot Dogs. 

Banh Mi Hot DogsPicnics, parades and fireworks. That about sums up our low-key approach to the Fourth of July. Nothing fancy here, but holidays are supposed to be an excuse not to do a whole lot, right? 

When the kids were younger, we’d hit the local parade, and they would jockey for the best candy position along the parade route. Now, at ages 11 and 8, they have strict orders not to steamroll the smaller kids in their attempts to get candy, but they still can’t wait to go every year. Our afternoons are spent making homemade ice cream (more on that later this week!) and prepping an easy meal from the grill. We’re fortunate enough to live close to the community center, so when darkness falls, we pull out our lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks right from our driveway. 

But just because we’re low-key for the Fourth doesn’t mean we don’t add some festivity to our food. Take these Banh Mi Hot Dogs with Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, for example. Grilled dogs? Technically, yes, but totally amped up with the Vietnamese flavors of a classic Banh Mi Sandwich and a crunchy bite from Kettle Brand® Krinkle Cut™ Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper Potato Chips. Major yum with minimal fuss.

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Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese and Tzatziki

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 9 comments

Summer grilling season is made for burgers. Help us celebrate #BurgerWeek with these juicy Lamb Burgers filled with Goat Cheese. 

Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese and Tzatziki

Summer in our house is all about grilling, so when Vijay from NoshOn.It asked us to participate in #BurgerWeek, it was a no-brainer. Grilling is definitely a way for me to share the cooking love (as in, I prep and Kevin grills.) Good deal, huh? Actually, he loves to grill, and I am admittedly not the best griller, so we stick to what we are good at and share the work. 

Let me introduce you to my latest love: Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese and Tzatziki. Oh.My.Word. Filled with lamb, goat cheese, oregano and tzatziki, these burgers are an unexpectedly tasty combination.

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Nicoise Salad

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 12 comments

I can’t think of a more delicious way to enjoy a summer lunch on the patio than with a glass of refreshing iced tea and a classic Nicoise salad. 

Nicoise Salad
Because of our late-blooming spring and crazy May schedule, Memorial Day was our first weekend to really get outside, take stock of the yard, and dig in with our outdoor spring chores. Doesn’t sound like a super fun holiday weekend, does it? I know, kinda (or really) lame, but it was long overdue and it actually felt good to cross some things off our mile long to-do list. But it wasn’t all work and no play. We did squeeze in some family fun time and lingered over several meals outside, the last of which was this gorgeous Nicoise Salad, which was filling enough to recharge my batteries but not so heavy that I couldn’t leave the table. In other words, perfect summer fare. 

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Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 19 comments

These Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs stay tender on the grill thanks to a leisurely marinade in protein-rich Greek yogurt and basil pesto. 

Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

I shivered just a bit when I turned the page on the calendar this month. Not because I was cold, mind you, but because I realized that my kids only have a handful of days of school remaining. Am I ready for them to be home? 

Yes. 

And no. 

It’s always an adjustment for both me and the kids to get used to our new routines. I need to balance my productivity with their fun camps/activities and a healthy dose of down time. (It IS summer, after all!) As I look at the calendar, I can already see that we have a few hectic weeks ahead of us. Those crazy nights are perfect for fast and easy meals like these Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs. 

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 5 comments

This easy BBQ Chicken Pizza makes everyone in our pizza-loving house happy. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Every person in my house has a strong opinion about pizza. Don’t get me wrong, we all love pizza, but it’s a challenge to find one ‘za that ticks everyone’s boxes. Bridget’s order goes like this: Red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, done. Grady is a purist: No sauce, cheese, sometimes sausage. Pat will eat just about anything in front of him, but the more toppings, the better, and if you can sneak some spicy peppers in there, you’re golden. I fall somewhere in between, but I’m a sucker for a good veggie pizza. Somehow, someway, this BBQ Chicken Pizza makes everyone happy. That is no small feat, folks, with this ridiculously picky pizza crew! 

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Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sides and Salads | 2 comments

This light and tasty Shrimp Salad with Avocado reminds me of the sun and sand of our Mexican vacation. 

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

The sun is going to shine today, and there is no rain in the forecast – Hooray! 

At times that may seem trivial, but with the record amount of rain that we have endured over the past few weeks, my sump pump is ready for a break! And frankly so are we. So to celebrate we are having Shrimp Salad and Avocado. When I think of springtime food, I think of light and tasty salads. Gone are the heavy comfort foods of the winter. Hello, little teeny, tiny, tasty morsels of salad shrimp, (which are properly enjoyed dining al fresco on the patio with a glass of Chardonnay, if you must know).

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