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Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage

Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage

Your backyard BBQ needs this easy Grilled German Potato Salad with Sausage recipe. Easily doubled or tripled for groups. Plus it's cooked in a foil packet for easy clean up! As the temperatures start to soar in the summer, the last thing we want to do is turn on the...

Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad

Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad

Pack some protein into your summer pasta salads with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad recipe! A delicious addition to anything off the BBQ.  One of my favorite things about summer (aside from the warm weather, lack of routine and ridiculous amounts of ice cream)...

Greek Turkey Pasta Salad Recipe

Greek Turkey Pasta Salad Recipe

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving! Fire up your grill this summer and make this Greek Turkey Pasta Salad! This easy salad recipe is mayo-free and great for a BBQ! Unless it is Thanksgiving time, turkey is often overlooked as the protein of choice for dinner, but we...

Cashel Blue Cheese Butter

Cashel Blue Cheese Butter

Have you tried flavored butter before? This Cashel Blue Cheese Butter is so versatile it can be used as an appetizer or slathered on top of a steak. But don't stop there; the sky is the limit with this easy spread! Hey, blue cheese fans, this Cashel Blue Cheese Butter...

Crunchy Honey BBQ Chicken Salad

Crunchy Honey BBQ Chicken Salad

Summer’s hot weather means we are all craving lighter foods on our party menus. This Crunchy Honey BBQ Chicken Salad recipe is a delicious option to serve a gaggle of guests because it can be prepped ahead of time and assembled right before the party starts. We’re big...

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Looking for a substantial salad for a group that you can make ahead of time and is easy to customize? This Antipasto Salad is packed with meat and veggies and fits the bill perfectly! Antipasto Salad With Red Wine Vinaigrette  A person can never have too many...

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Welcome spring in a flavorful way with a generous bowl of this Carrot Ginger Soup! A few years ago I had lunch with my mom on one of the first nice days of spring. We were lucky enough to score a table outside on a bright, sunny day, and I gobbled my way through a...

Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup

Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup

Have you been asked to bring fruit to your next potluck meal? Forego the predictable grocery store fruit tray and bring this easy Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup instead. Everyone loves fruit, right? It’s always a staple at any gathering. And while there are times...

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

I took all of our favorites and combined it into one to make this simple and delicious Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.  Pasta is always a hit in my house, but I have to admit that Kevin was a bit of a skeptic when he saw pasta and lettuce in this Grilled...

Arugula Goat Cheese Corn Salad

Arugula Goat Cheese Corn Salad

Tired of the same old salad? Salads don't need to be boring. This Arugula Goat Cheese Corn Salad is simple, bright and full of great summer flavor! Summer sweet corn is the best, especially the first few times we make it. We start out purists, just eating grilled corn...

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Add a little variety to your lunch menu with our easy, make-ahead Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Lunches are always a challenge. Whether I have the kids home from school or packing a lunch to go, it's always a struggle. Raise your hand if you have this same dilemma. I...

Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad

Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad

Roasted summer sweet corn and ripe, juicy tomatoes join forces with fresh mozzarella and creamy avocado to make this Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad one of my all-time favorite BBQ side dishes. Now that the warm weather has officially arrived, my thoughts...

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Slivered Almonds

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Slivered Almonds

 Need a quick and easy meal? This Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Slivered Almonds is one of my go-to recipes for busy nights on the run. Spring in Minnesota has finally arrived. And when that happens, I cannot stand to be stuck inside the house. Who wants to be...

Panzanella

Panzanella

Best use of stale bread ever! Grab the freshest tomatoes you can find and enjoy the simple but addicting flavors of this Italian Panzanella Salad all summer long.  We really try to eat seasonally in our house. Part of that is by design because food just tastes better...

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Filled with protein and made with pantry staples, this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is a tasty light lunch or perfect side dish to any meal!   I'm always trying to get more whole grains into our regular menu rotation and this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad has...

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup

Finding a good Beer Cheese Soup recipe has been on my to-do list for a long time. You won't believe how delicious this recipe is, plus it gets bonus points for being easy to make! Dining in the Midwest means that Beer Cheese Soup is a frequent menu choice,...

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is great for gatherings. Just chop and add the ingredients to your slow cooker and 5 hours later dinner is served! Chili is always a great way to feed a group and this lighter Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili recipe is a tasty...

Fall Salad with Pears and Candied Pecans

Fall Salad with Pears and Candied Pecans

The seasons are changing; so should your salad. Switch up your routine greens with this Fall Salad with Pears and Candied Pecans. My dad worked late nearly every night when I was growing up. My mom always made dinner for us kids and faithfully put a plate of food in...

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