Blueberry Lavender Tart with Unshrinkable Sweet Tart Shell

I have to admit, I was not the biggest fan of lavender flavored food. I love candles, oil, and bath salts that perfume the air with the calming lavender scent, but to eat? I always thought lavender made dishes taste soapy and bitter. This blueberry lavender tart with unshrinkable sweet tart shell completely changed my outlook on cooking and baking with lavender. The taste was light, refreshing, and paired well with the blueberries.


By |July 30th, 2012|Dessert, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes|3 Comments

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Dressing

When it is hot outside, I never want to eat a heavy meal. I made soba noodle salad with miso dressing other day and it was so light, cool, and refreshing. Flavorful umami dressing is tossed with delicate soba noodles and crunchy vegetables.

We are in the middle of summer and it seems like a heat wave has swept across the country. I was watching the weather on the news the other day and pretty much the whole country was red- meaning hot, very hot!


Watermelon Margaritas

These refreshing watermelon margaritas are lightly sweetened with watermelon and a little agave syrup. The store-bought margarita mixes have so much added sugar. It’s better to skip those and make your own margaritas.

I tried making the famous Skinny Girl Margarita the other day and whoa is it boozy. Two of those and I would be probably be up on a table doing something I would regret the next day. It’s just tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. I think I like a little something fruity mixed in with my tequila – and fresh watermelon juice is definitely the way to go.


Grilled Chicken with Fresh Cherry Sauce

There are three things that come to mind when I think of the 4th of July: The American Flag, fireworks, and grilling. While I hope you will be waving your flag and attending a fireworks show, I can assure you that your barbecue will be amazing with this grilled chicken with fresh cherry sauce.

This recipe incorporates the fresh fruit of summer. I make this sauce in the winter with dried cherries, but I thought why not make it with fresh cherries for the summer. The sauce is thick and silky and adds a sweet, tangy flavor to the chicken. When the cherries cook, they soften a little, but there is still a fresh bite, which is so refreshing with the chicken.


Black Bean and Corn Salad

This black bean and corn salad is always in my refrigerator during the summer. It is so simple to make and everyone loves it. Plus, it’s healthy for you.

Sometimes, I scoop some on a green salad for a light lunch or dinner. When it’s hot outside I never feel like eating anything heavy. I have also served this with tortilla chips for a barbecue party. And of course this salad is great by itself!


By |June 28th, 2012|Healthy, Salads, Summer Recipes|12 Comments

Grapefruit and Basil Martini

It is the official first day of Summer! Bring on the barbecues, trips to the beach, and flip-flops! This celebration calls for a bright and summery cocktail like this grapefruit and basil martini.

This weekend I will be dancing in the Summer Solstice Parade. I signed up for a zumba dance class about a month ago and we started leaning an African dance that we will perform in the parade. We dance along with a band of drummers and horns. It is tons of fun and good exercise too.


Lemon Basil Ginger Iced Tea

Whenever I am entertaining, I like to serve lightly flavored water spa water. Usually, I will add cucumbers and citrus to a pitcher of water and let the flavors meld together for a few hours. It adds something special and unique without a lot of extra work. This lemon basil ginger iced best online casino tea was perfect.
Last week, I wanted to do something a little different and decided to make an iced tea. One of my favorite winter teas is lemon and ginger steeped in hot water with a touch of honey. For the iced tea, I added some fresh summer lemon basil, but standard basil can be used instead. Although it is an iced tea, it still has the light and delicate flavor of spa water. The lemon, basil, and ginger flavors are cleansing and refreshing.