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Greek Salad Skewers

These Greek Salad Skewers are a super easy appetizer that tastes just like a Greek salad on a stick.  Here in Minnesota, we’re known for our unique love of foods on a stick. If you’ve ever been to our state fair, you know what I’m talking about. Come hungry...

Easy Grilled Chicken Gyros

Get creative with your tailgating menu. Serve these Easy Grilled Chicken Gyros and be the hottest tailgate at the stadium! Truth: I love college football. And I love the food that goes with it even more. That’s why I stepped out of the traditional tailgating menu box...

Creamy Goat Cheese Pesto Dip

  This 5-ingredient Creamy Goat Cheese Dip will be a game changer for your next party! Add it to your appetizers spread and watch it disappear.   Ah, goat cheese. It gets me every single time. This Creamy Goat Cheese Pesto Dip - filled with fresh basil, goat...

Grilled Pesto Pizza recipe with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Arugula

Summer's best produce is showcased in this easy Grilled Pesto Pizza recipe with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Arugula! Pizza can be a polarizing thing. Either you're a purist who only likes a traditional meat and cheese pie or you have a bit of an adventurous palate that...

Make your own Breakfast Taco Bar for a Crowd

This Make your own Breakfast Taco Bar for a Crowd is a fun, easy way to serve brunch to a gaggle of guests. Perfect for any event from tailgating to team parties to holiday brunches. I look forward to weekend brunch all week long. During the busy workweek, a piece of...

Zesty Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Tired of boring shrimp? Give these Zesty Grilled Shrimp Skewers a try. You’ll love them! It doesn’t take much to take shrimp from good to great. And while it may sound putzy to make a marinade AND a sauce, they are both so easy that your prep work is done in no time....

Sweet and Tangy Tomato Jam

This homemade Sweet and Tangy Tomato Jam recipe is a tasty new way to use that bumper crop of summer tomatoes. This jam is so easy to make and goes with everything. No canning experience required! When your homegrown tomato plants start bursting with fruit, you can...

Peach Berry Crumble

 Let the fresh fruits of summer make your desserts shine with this easy Peach Berry Crumble. If you have ever met someone from Minnesota, you will soon find out that we are obsessed with the weather. And if you have ever spent a winter here, you know why. The...

Watermelon Feta Salad

This sweet and salty, 4-ingredient Watermelon Feta Salad is a surprising favorite at any summer BBQ or potluck. Easy to make and great for groups! Nothing screams summer like a wedge of watermelon. It is the quintessential summer fruit. My daughter is the biggest...

Classic Macaroni Salad recipe

No one can resist a Classic Macaroni Salad recipe. This creamy comfort food is the perfect side dish for any backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck! There are a lot of ways you can fancy up macaroni salad. Add arugula, toss in tuna, sprinkle it with smoked paprika...You get...

Cucumber Vodka Gimlet

Keep cool this summer with this refreshing Cucumber Vodka Gimlet recipe!   A vodka gimlet was my dad’s favorite cocktail. Truth be told, he was definitely more of a beer guy, but when he did have a cocktail, I remember him ordering a vodka gimlet. Think of a...

Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam

No canning experience required to make your own flavorful homemade jam with this Easy Blueberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam recipe! What do you do when you visit a blueberry farm and come home with pounds and pounds (and pounds) of fresh blueberries? Make ALL the blueberry...

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Summer nights and mojito cocktails are a match made in heaven. We added some of our favorite liqueur to a classic cocktail to create this Elderflower Mojito Cocktail recipe. Summer is here and that means we entertain a lot more than we do in the winter. Impromptu...

Strawberry Layer Cake

This impressive Strawberry Layer Cake is filled with the flavors of summer and feeds a crowd with ease! Looking for a fresh, summery dessert that is sure to impress people without spending hours in the kitchen? Who can say no to layers of fresh strawberries, whipped...

Mexican Grilled Corn

Put a new twist on one of summer's favorite foods with this lip-smacking Mexican Grilled Corn! We almost always grill our corn in the summer. Heating up the house with a giant pot of boiling water holds no appeal to me when it's already hot and humid. Besides that, I...