Archive for June, 2012

June 29th, 2012

Baked Beans


True confession, baked beans are a finger food at our house.  No, we don’t actually eat them we our fingers; but my family thinks of them more as a dip to eat with chips . . . any kind of chip will do, but the favorite here is BBQ chips with ridges, of course, because they are stronger and hold more beans.  So if you come to my house, you don’t really need a fork for baked beans . . .

Can you celebrate the 4th of July without baked beans?  I’m sure you could, but for most of

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June 28th, 2012

Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


They say a salad is only as good as the dressing you put on it . . .  now you are sure to have some great-tasting salads.  This balsamic poppy seed vinaigrette is easy to make and perfect for summer salads and spinach salads.  We love it with the Summer Fruit Salad with Marinated Chicken we featured yesterday.  Mix it up and keep in the frig to use all week long.

Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I like to use raspberry or Fig Balsamic)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

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June 27th, 2012

Summer Fruit Salad with Marinated Chicken

We’ve officially passed the 100 degree mark in Dallas – time to let the oven rest . . . most likely until September {hopefully it cools back down by then}.  Here’s a cool and refreshing dinner that anyone will love.

I went to lunch with friends at Panera and had their strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing – yum.  I thought to myself, I could eat this every night – then I realized why not?   So I grilled chicken marinated in a blend of raspberry vinegar, honey and lemon juice, then pared it with strawberries, blueberries, mandarins and pineapple topped

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June 26th, 2012

Rice Pilaf

This rice is a staple in our house. We eat it so often and it wasn’t until the other day that I realized it needed to be shared. It is simple yet full of flavor. I always keep these ingredients on hand to easily add Rice Pilaf to any dinner.  Don’t forget the lemon juice.  It really brighten ups the rice.  It can easily be double if needed.

Rice Pilaf pairs well with:

Grilled Chicken
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Bundles

Rice Pilaf


2 tbsp. butter
2 Tbls onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup long-grain white rice

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June 25th, 2012

Individual Fruit Pizza

I came up with this idea for a recent baby shower hosted at my house. I wanted something simple and I really wanted to have fruit. Fruit Pizza is nothing new; it is not an original idea. But a large platter of individual sized cookies topped with fresh fruit was a big hit!! Who knew? I honestly thought I was just making a filler for the table, but instead every single one of these were gone.  

Experiment with your fruit.  Use whatever you have or like.  Any berry would be delicious or mandarin oranges.  I think bananas would be good

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