July 29, 2019

Gingered peach, blueberry crisp recipe

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Peaches will be on sale this week starting Wednesday at Safeway for $0.99/lb! Besides peeling peaches, freezing them for smoothies and make ahead pie filling, I love making this delightful Gingered peach and blueberry crisp. This crisp recipe is incredibly easy and it’s a delicious way to combine peaches and blueberries, both ripe about the same time!



6 cups of sliced, peeled peaches
Peel them easily using this method here.

2 cups blueberries, washed and dried


2 Tablespoons crystallized (or candied) ginger, diced very small
Usually found in your produce section, usually comes in a small bag, hanging on a hook. Often comes in slices, you’ll need to finely chop. WinCo carries it in bulk bin 1700 – yay!

Juice from one large fresh lemon

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon Salt

A small pinch of cinnamon

Crisp topping

1 Cup flour (I used whole wheat)

1/2 Cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats

12 Tablespoons cold butter, diced 


1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.) In a large bowl mix together the cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract and juice from lemon.

3.) Fold in peaches, blueberries and ginger. Be gentle, you don’t want to mash your fruit, just evenly coat it.

4.) In another bowl mix up your crisp topping. Cut the cold butter into the mix using a pastry mixer or use your hands.


5.) In a 9 x 13 baking dish (or I used a stoneware casserole dish), spread out your fruit mixture. You want a large pan – the fruit mixture will bubble up about 1/2 inch – so make sure the sides go up above the mixture and crisp topping.


6.) Top with your crisp topping. Get it spread out as evenly as possible

7.) Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Until the crisp topping is lightly browned and the mixture is bubbling up the side

8.) Serve with a scoop of your favorite vanilla bean ice cream.

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July 28, 2019

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini recipe – bacon, mushrooms, parmesan

Originally published August 2012, I’m bringing this back for those of you harvesting zucchinis!

How are your gardens doing? If you’ve got a good amount of zucchini popping up, you may want to check out this recipe that re-kindled my love for zucchini.

We started with a recipe from Vegetables from an Italian Garden: Season-by-Season Recipes (Amazon), one of my favorite Italian cookbooks. And we modified it to fit our preferences – including adding bacon and grilling, instead of roasting, because it’s just too stinkin’ hot to be turning on the oven.

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July 26, 2019

How to grill pizza, with homemade dough recipe!


How to Grill Pizza

It’s been some time since I shared my grandma’s recipe for homemade pizza dough in the bread maker. You have to try it, it’s incredibly easy and delicious.

Now you can bake your pizza, that’s what most people do. . . or if it’s a gorgeous summer night you can grill your pizza! It’s fast, easy and it doesn’t heat up your house. Plus I LOVE the smoky flavor that is adds to our pizza.


1.) Start with your dough. I like to roll them out into long skinny pizzas. They fit better on the grill (I think). Don’t roll it too thin, you don’t want it to rip or tear.


2.) Turn your grill on high and get it nice and hot.


3.) Sprinkle a pinch of flour on the dough and brush it with olive oil. Repeat on the other side. This will keep them from sticking to your grill. Some even suggest taking some olive oil and brushing it on your grill racks directly.


4.) Carefully put dough on grill, close lid and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes. Keep an eye on it – you don’t want it to burn! Then carefully flip it over and repeat on the other side.


5.) Remove crusts from heat and put your favorite toppings on them!


6.) Turn the heat down on the grill to medium. Return the pizzas to grill. At this point you just want to heat the toppings and meat the cheese without overcooking the underside of the pizza! Keep the lid closed to help it cook the toppings – as I heard one grilling expert say, If you’re lookin’ . . . it ain’t cookin!”

7.) Once your cheese is melted and your ingredients are warm enough, remove it from the grill. It shouldn’t take long.


8.) Slice and eat. And if it’s nice – eat outside, the pizza tastes better when you’re sitting in the sun. 🙂



What are your favorite pizza toppings? Have you ever grilled pizza before?

July 19, 2019

15 Foil Meal Recipes – Foil cooking for camping, grilling

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Foil Meal Recipes

If you’re cooking in fire pits and on barbecues this weekend checkout these foil meal recipes. Foil meals – made by cooking in foil packets – can be an easy way to cook on flames, without messes or extra dishes! Using foil you can do one-pot meals, desserts, breakfasts and more.

15 Foil Meal Recipes:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Packs from Life Made Delicious

Warm and Melty Cheese Dip from Echoes of Laughter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Five Little Chefs

Mediterranean Salmon in Foil Packets from The Seasoned Mom

Baked Herb Salmon from The Mommy-Files

Chicken Fajitas from Cook Clean Craft

Barbecued Apple Crisp from Cooking with Jax

Foil Packet Hot Dogs from Growing Up Gabel

Green Chile Cheese Fries from Buried Carrots

Barbecue Chicken and Potatoes from Jamie Cooks it Up!

Grilled Packet Potatoes from Spoonful

Campfire Quesadillas from Dirty Gourmet

Chicken Foil Dinner from Don’t Eat Wheat

Tin Foil Chicken Fajitas from One Sweet Appetite


And one of my favorites – Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers from Queen Bee Coupons!

Do you like to cook using foil packets? Do you have favorite foil meal recipes? I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes using tin foil packets.


Other resources for tin foil meals (from Amazon): 

July 11, 2019

Grilled corn, avocado, tomato salad recipe

Corn on the cob is just coming into season and with sales we’ll be getting it for a great price! This recipe is a great way to make a hearty salad for not a lot of cash! You’ll grill the corn to give it a smoky flavor – mix it up with some avocado, tomatoes, olives and beans and it’s a flavorful salad that’s easy to make.


3 corn on the cobs, grilled

3 avocados, peeled, pitted, diced

2 tomatos, we used On the Vine tomatoes, diced

1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup kalamata olives, diced

1/4 white wine vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Grill corn on the cob. Then cut corn off of cob. We used a fancy tool that I had from my Pampered Chef days that is an actual Corn Cob Kernel Cutter (say that three times fast) but I think a knife will work just as easily.
  2. In a small bowl whisk up the wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin and paprika.
  3. Lightly toss all the ingredients together. The avocados will get mushy – but don’t sweat it, they will still taste good! I think this would be extra special with some bacon sprinkled on top. You could also eat this like a salsa!

This salad is best eaten the day of – because the avocados and tomatos probably won’t sit well overnight in the fridge. The smoky flavor of the corn, with the smooth avocado and the saltiness of the olives makes for a yummy salad. Hope you like it!

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado salad 

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July 9, 2019

No Bake Desserts – 30 Easy and Delicious No Bake Dessert Recipes

I don’t know about you but the summer heat has me avoiding the OVEN like the plague. The other night I made brownies with my daughter and even though we waited until after dark, I couldn’t cool the house down. . . . despite having 3 fans going. 🙂

So I thought I’d put together a collection of No Bake Dessert recipes so we can have some mom-daughter bonding experiences in the kitchen (she loves baking!) but without the heat from the oven.

Here are 30 Easy and Delicious No Bake Dessert Recipes.
Let me know what you think!

No Bake Banana Dream Cake

No Bake Brownies

No Bake PB & Chocolate Oat Bars

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No Bake Brownie Bake Cheesecake

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No Bake Snickers Crunch Bars

No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles

No Bake Smores Crunch Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Spice Mini Cheesecakes – my recipe! 🙂

No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

No Bake Coconut Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Unicorn Cookies

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

No Bake Salted Caramel Cups

No Bake Browne Bottom Cheesecake

No Bake Turtle Cookies

No Bake Sweet Cereal Bars

No Bake Smores Cheesecake Bars

No Bake Strawberry Coconut Bars

No Bake Triple Berry Tart

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

No Bake Three Chocolate Cake

No Bake Cookie Dough Cheesecake

No Bake Coconut Cookies

No Bake Monster Cookie Balls

Do you have a favorite no-bake recipe? Please share it, we’d love to give it a try!

July 5, 2019

20 Pasta Salads to Try This Summer

I know, I know, summer’s not for a while yet… but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead! I’ve round up 20 simple recipes for pasta salads that are perfect for summer! No turning on your oven, these are easy to make and great for bringing for parties, barbecues, or just munching on at home.

While you’re at it, check out my recipes for Arugula Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans here and Roasted Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad here! You can find all of my recipes here.

July 1, 2019

4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas


4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

The 4th of July is just around the corner!  Here are some fun 4th of July food ideas and recipes to make your BBQ or celebration deliciously patriotic.

Independence Punch from Big Bear’s Wife

Fruit Infused Water from The Seasoned Mom

4th of July Brownie Bites from Creations by Kara

Patriotic Popcorn Crunch from This Mama Loves

Patriotic Trifle Bowl from Glued To My Crafts

Red, White & Blue Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Snappy Gourmet

American Flag Cheesecake from Grub Geek

Fourth of July Pudding Pops from The Grant Life

Patriotic 4th of July S’mores from Club Chica Circle

Lemonade Cake from bebe a la mode designs

American Flag Cake from All Recipes

Red, White & Cool Cubes from Parents

Red, White & Blue Fruit Tart from Mountain Mama Cooks

Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers from Bake at 350

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from A Pumpkin & A Princess

July 4th Layered Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse from Foodiecrush

Red, White & Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red, White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes from Food, Family & Finds

Patriotic Polka Dot Milkshakes from Celebrations


Red, White & Blue Breakfast from Queen Bee Coupons


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Queen Bee Coupons

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe? Or do you have a favorite 4th of July tradition?  Share them with us in the comments!

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