Raspberry and White Chocolate Mascarpone Tart

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mascarpone Tart_1

Sweet of the Month for August: A NO BAKE way to take advantage of summer berries

With summer comes berries; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. What could be more simply sweet?

These precious little morsels don’t need much added to them, they are naturally delicious. That’s why placing them on a light cheese tart with just a drizzle of chocolate ganache is all you need for a perfect summer dessert. Plus it’s NO BAKE, that’s right, NO BAKE. I’m letting you guys off easy this month…

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Dressed-up Dogs

Take a Brat, wrap it in bacon and load up on toppings, it’s going to be so good… Summer wouldn’t be summer unless you themed one of your barbecue events around some glorious Bratwurst sausages. I decided to dress these babies up even more by adding cheese and wrapping them in bacon… too much? No way

Rainbow Zuchhini Noodle Salad_4

Rainbow Zucchini Noodle Salad with Blueberries

It’s easy to eat a rainbow with the summer bounty now in local markets! O.K. there are two things I need to talk about in this post. 1. OMG local blueberries are in store finally! 2. Have you tried the ‘spiralizer‘ gadget yet? I am in love, love, love!! First off, I was so happy to…

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Skinny Banana Oat Muffins

When you need a quick low-calorie breakfast on the run Work. Kids. Work. Life is busy. When I have to rush off in the morning, I like to have a stash of muffins already frozen that I can grab and run out the door. These little gems do the trick, not only are they delicious… check. Nutritious… check. They…

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Salmon Cilantro Sliders

Salmon Cilantro Sliders

Any really great summer BBQ calls out for some really great finger food! I love, love love these sliders! For one thing, I love anything small, I can eat with my hands. Makes life so simple. For a second thing, after a month or two into a long hot summer, I really can’t look at another meaty…

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Pimped-up Lemonades

Classic lemonade gets kicked up a notch with a little help from summer melons Pimp it. Spike it. Lemonade and limeade get a lot more interesting when we add some local summer fruits to the mix. Who doesn’t love a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? So refreshing. I also love all the in-season melons,…

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Wedge Salad WITH GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

Wedge Salad with 3-Herb Green Goddess Dressing

An icy cold salad for a hot and steamy summer day In the glory days of kale and spinach, I’m leading a crusade to bring back good old Iceberg Lettuce! It’s almost all water, so straight out of the fridge it’s only job is to be refreshing and icy cold. The perfect thing when it’s hot and…

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Tuxedo Cake

The little-black-dress of desserts The coming of July means another birthday for me. That calls for chocolate cake! This time I thought I would go simple, yet elegant, with moist chocolate layers, whipped cream and a finish of dark chocolate ganache. My inspiration was a classic whoopie pie only sans marshmallow cream. This decadent beauty uses stabilized whipped cream…

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Tex-Mex Beef Tacos with Sriracha Mayo_2

Tex-Mex Tacos with Sriracha Mayo

Let’s spend the weekend poolside with cool cocktails, great friends and lots of tacos! Summer means long weekends relaxing at the pool or lakeside at the cottage. And what’s the key to that easy-going lifestyle you ask… simple-to-prepare meals. Sometimes that means doing a little work in advance with the help of your BFF, the freezer!…

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