Beat The Heat

Summer Favorites

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

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

 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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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...

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

This light and tasty Shrimp Salad with Avocado comes together quickly and will quickly become one of your go-to summer salad recipes. It's May and the sun is going to shine this weekend.  That means it's time for all of the spring things. Yard work, spring...

Raspberry Paloma Cocktails

Hot, humid weather is no match for a pitcher of these refreshing Raspberry Paloma Cocktails. Our recipe puts a twist on the classic Mexican cocktail with the addition of sweet raspberries and spicy jalapeños!  A classic margarita never goes out of...

Greek Chicken Wraps

Don't have dinner planned? Use a rotisserie chicken to have Greek Chicken Wraps on the table in less than 20 minutes! Please tell me I’m not alone. It’s 4:00, and I don’t have any idea what I’m making for dinner. I know, I’m a food blogger, but it happens to me more...

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a tasty addition to any summer BBQ. BBQ season has arrived in full force and our deck is open and (kind of) ready for guests to come over. Yes, the paint is peeling and we need to replace some boards. We will get to that eventually, but...

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Nothing screams spring like fun cocktails! Light and refreshing, this Lemon Drop Martini recipe is just what your next happy hour needs. Spring has sprung which can only mean it is time for some fun cocktails, and this Lemon Drop Martini recipe is a perfect place to...