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Homemade Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 12 comments

This tangy Homemade Rhubarb BBQ Sauce puts a summery spin on a family favorite. 
Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

My mom was kind enough to host our family and Pat’s family for Father’s Day last month. There were 11 of us total, so not a huge group, but a wide variety of ages, including toddlers. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to serve a diverse group of people, especially when kids and adults are eating together since tastes of those two age groups usually differ vastly. I really loved what my mom came up with to deal with this dilemma, so much that I had to share it with you: the sauce bar. She grilled several pork tenderloins and placed the meat on the buffet with three different sauces, including this tasty Homemade Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

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Zucchini Feta Fritters

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sides and Salads | 12 comments

Cash in on your summer abundance of zucchini with these crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters. 

Zucchini Feta Fritters

I’m kicking myself that we didn’t plant a garden this year. 

With our obnoxiously long winter, all I did for months was lust after the garden catalogs that filled my mailbox. Then May happened. Or I assume it happened because I don’t remember much of it. What a whirlwind month for us! There were first communions, birthdays, new jobs, mother’s day, travel, end of school projects. Oh, and the snow finally melted. What remained of my yard was nothing short of U-G-L-Y. Suffice to say, it required a lot of hard work and TLC. Then we entered monsoon season here (seriously, what’s with this weather?), and all that I managed to plant were some flowers and a few herbs in-between rainstorms. 

It’s now too late in the growing season now to plant much of anything produce-wise, so I’m going to rely on my local farmer’s market to get my veggie fix. And as anyone who harvests zucchini knows, you can never have enough zucchini recipes. Allow me to introduce to you my latest zucchini love: Zucchini Feta Fritters

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Classic Wedge Salad

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 8 comments

 Who else loves a Classic Wedge Salad as much as we do? It is a hands-down favorite in our house and so easy to make at home. 

Classic Wedge Salad

Summer is here and with that comes busy evening schedules. We have sporting events 4 nights a week, and getting dinner on the table here is sometimes, (OK, often) a challenge. That combined with gorgeous weather means that salad season has arrived. Now I know that kale is the trendy salad of current times, but my love is the Classic Wedge Salad. As in, I-love-it-so-much-that-I-might-knock-you-over-to-get-to-it-first (I’m classy like that), and I will definitely have food envy if you order it at a restaurant and I don’t. So in order to maintain some personal dignity, I decided that I needed to recreate a Classic Wedge Salad at home. And that, my friends, has been one of the best food decisions I have made in a long time.

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads | 20 comments

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a tasty addition to any summer BBQ.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

My family has been great about embracing new grains, but potatoes are always a winner in my house. In fact, one of their favorite side dishes is the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, but when I’m trying something new, potatoes always get a smile. Enter Crispy Smashed Potatoes. Sure, these take just a little bit of prep, but the work is so simple and can be done hours ahead of time, so that bit is really a non-issue. Greta loves to help me make these potatoes. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy smashing food with their hands (and not get in trouble for it)?

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Sriracha Aioli

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sides and Salads | 3 comments

Spice up your condiment tray with Sriracha Aioli!

Sriracha Aioli

Today’s post is one of the easiest ones we have on the site. In fact, it’s really hard to even call it a recipe, BUT it is so delicious I just had to share it with you: Sriracha Aioli. Seriously, the. best. condiment. Ever. Last month, we were out downtown to celebrate Anna’s big 4-0 and stopped at Murray’s, a fabulous steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis, for some killer drinks and a few appetizers. Local peeps, if you haven’t been in since the remodel, you definitely need to check it out as the bar menu is amazing. We ordered truffle fries (how can you go wrong?), and they came with Sriracha Aioli – absolutely brilliant!

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Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in All, Sides and Salads, Sponsored | 1 comment

This post brought to you by Pompeian. All opinions are 100% mine.

Antipasti Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

May is kind of the gateway to summer, don’t you think? Once we hit Memorial Day, it’s a leisurely slide into the lazy days of summer. Did you know that May is also National Salad Month and National Vinegar Month? After enduring the Polar Vortex for the last 6 months, we are eager to welcome summer and all of the delicious salads that go with it, so when Pompeian asked us to participate in their #DressingItUp campaign, we jumped at the opportunity. After all, who doesn’t need a go to vinaigrette in their back pocket for easy summertime meals?

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