Tomato and Avocado Salad

Tomato and Avocado Salad

For a really long time, I always thought salads consisted of some sort of leafy vegetables.  I recently discovered that it can be whatever vegetable your heart desires.  This is why I’m posting more salad recipes than before.  I love tomatoes.  I can eat them in just about anything.  I came across this recipe and thought tomatoes and avocados sound like a really tasty combination for a salad.

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Guest Post: Lemon and Basil Frozen Daiquiri

Lemon and Basil Frozen Daiquiri

Here’s a cocktail to kick off the 4th of July! Chris made this refreshing drink to keep us cool.  Cheers everyone!

So as Anne mentioned in her previous post, it’s been pretty warm here lately. Not triple digits warm, but warm enough that a cold beverage sounded really good. We had some leftover basil and lemons, so I decided to make a lemon and basil daiquiri. I love the classic recipe, shaken with ice, but today demanded an adult slushie. It rendered enough for probably four servings, although we finished it off ourselves. 😉

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Lemon Basil Cake

Lemon Basil Cake

Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  The weather outside was beautiful! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the inside of my house.  It was like an oven! Hot, hot and very hot.

Regardless of the temperature, I was still in a baking mood.  I generally prefer baking from scratch but there are those days when you just don’t want to be bothered with a ton of measuring.  Think about all those dishes and clean-ups!

I took a box of vanilla cake mix (you know it’s a good one when you can see all the specks of vanilla beans in the cake) and added basil and lemon zest so it wouldn’t be so boring.  Served this with some homemade vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, some raspberries and blueberries —it was delicious! I know it may sound strange adding basil but it really worked in this recipe.  Now aren’t you intrigued to give this one a try? Go for it! You won’t regret it.

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Yay, it’s summer! Kinda… We’ve been having some really weird weather lately.  You think it should be sunny and warm but nope! It’s cloudy, it’s windy and it’s muggy —ick! Regardless, Chris made some Mojitos over the weekend in celebration of summer-ish.  And when we drink, we like to nosh too.

I had a few fresh herbs on hand and some grape tomatoes and crusty bread sitting around.  So I made Bruschetta.  It was easy, quick to put together and delicious! Invite some friends over this weekend and make some cocktails and snack.  Happy Hump Day!

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Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

I was over at my neighbor Angela’s house for dinner a few weeks ago and one of the dinner guests brought over some olive tapenade crostini as a starter.  It was so tasty that I went out and got a jar for myself.  I know I could have made it at home but I was lazy (what else is new?).  So instead of making a crostini out of it, I threw it into my dinner.  This pasta dish really has a ton of flavors.  You can easily leave out the shrimp to make it vegetarian friendly.  Leftovers are awesome the next day for lunch! If you’re a fan of olives, you’ll love this.  Enjoy your week.

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Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chris left for Michigan yesterday to visit his family.  The night before he left, I wanted to make him something delicious but quick for dinner.  This pasta hit all the right spot.  It’s tasty, pretty and filling! We paired this pasta dish with a glass of Chardonnay.  It was the perfect meal together.  Love you honey! Will have another yummy meal for you when you come home. xoxo!

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Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

Chicken Stew with Tomatoes and White Beans

We’ve been having sporadic rain here the last couple of weeks.  It would be gorgeous and sunny one day and the next —rain and wind! So I decided to make a pot of chicken stew (I always have boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my freezer) to warm our bellies.  When I made this, I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t bother cutting my chicken into pieces but feel free to do so if you prefer small pieces instead.  If you are not into beans, potatoes would also work well.  It’s the perfect meal to curl up on the couch with on a cold and miserable day.

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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

I used heirloom tomatoes for this dish well, because I have it and I didn’t want to let the tomatoes sit on the counter any longer than they have to.  I’m not a fan of overly soft tomatoes.  I know roma/plum tomatoes are usually used for this dish but heirloom is just as good, if not —better (in my opinion) and prettier.

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