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Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas

Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas filled with tomatoes and pine nuts is the perfect side dish to anything that comes off the grill.  There are many great things about Minnesota that make us take in these brutal winters, (although this wet, cold spring is really...

Crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters Recipe

Crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters Recipe

Add some Greek flavor to your appetizer spread with this tasty recipe for crispy Zucchini Feta Fritters! Can you ever have enough zucchini recipes? Zucchini is plentiful any time of year, which is one of the reasons I love this Zucchini Feta Fritters recipe. It’s an...

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

No summer picnic is complete without a pasta salad. This crowd-pleasing Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is packed with sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives in every spoonful. This make-ahead, Tomato Feta Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer barbecues....

Bootleg Cocktail Recipe

Bootleg Cocktail Recipe

There's nothing like summer in Minnesota, especially when it involves a Bootleg Cocktail. It's the perfect way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Summer is a great time to get out of your cocktail rut and one of our summertime favorite drinks is the Bootleg...

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is great for feeding a group! Who can say no to a make-ahead salad filled with bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and a creamy ranch dressing?   Summer is all about keeping things easy in our house, especially when entertaining a group....

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

This 5-ingredient Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion recipe is one of my go-to BBQ side dishes - quick, easy and perfect for potlucks. I found this recipe for Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion in Cooking Light (RIP, old friend) a number of years ago. It was one of...

Jicama Avocado Salsa

Jicama Avocado Salsa

Cool and refreshing jicama gives this chunky Jicama Avocado Salsa an addicting crunch. Pair it with chips and margaritas for the perfect happy hour! Does anyone cook from cookbooks anymore?  I used to have way more cookbooks than I do now. When we redid our...

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

 Keep the heat out of the kitchen and make a pan of these No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars for your next party. Filled with crunchy chocolate cookies and creamy cheesecake in every bite, these easy, make-ahead bars will quickly become your new summer...

5 Refreshing Vodka Cocktails for Summer

5 Refreshing Vodka Cocktails for Summer

Summer is here in full swing and we are ready to beat the heat! Make entertaining easy and serve one (or more) of these 5 Refreshing Summer Vodka Cocktails at your next party, barbecue or happy hour.  Summer is always great for spontaneous happy hours and...

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

Ever get stumped for side dish recipes? With this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes, you’ll never wonder what to bring to a summer grill out again!      It’s grilling season!    Here in Minnesota, we don’t take our summers for granted. We fill...

Cheesy Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

Cheesy Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

Don’t heat up the kitchen! This easy, Cheesy Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe is just what your backyard bbq needs. We love to grill in the summer. Our grill recipes include everything from snacks like these Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese to side dishes like these...

Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe

Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe

You’ve swooned over the restaurant version, but now you can make one of these flavorful pizzas in your own kitchen with this irresistible, homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe!  Can there ever be enough varieties of pizza?    Sure, there will always be the...

Cucumber Melon Sangria

Cucumber Melon Sangria

Beat the heat this summer and quench your thirst with this super refreshing Cucumber Melon Sangria. The best summer cocktails are light, refreshing and easy to sip on all night long. This Cucumber Melon Sangria ticks all of those boxes plus it is made in advance which...

Easy Peach Frosé Recipe (Frozen Rosé Wine Slushies)

Easy Peach Frosé Recipe (Frozen Rosé Wine Slushies)

Bring on the summer heat! This 4-ingredient Peach Frosé recipe, made with a hint of savory fresh marjoram, is the only cocktail I need to stay cool on a steamy summer night.    Rosé is the quintessential summer wine at my house.  Juicy peaches are one...

Easy Key Lime Pie

Easy Key Lime Pie

Brighten up your dessert table with the tangy flavors in this Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe! When I'm making dessert for a group, I have a lot of criteria I like the recipe to meet. I want to have the ingredients readily available (stored in my pantry gives bonus...