Archive for August, 2012

August 31st, 2012

Kitchen Talk: What to Bring to a Picnic

Can you believe it’s Labor Day weekend already –  the lazy days of summer are gone!  Hopefully you have plans to make the most of this long weekend.    Going to get together with friends and family?  Here’s a few of our favorites for picnics and potlucks to make it a totally delicious weekend! 

What to Bring to a Picnic

Tortellini Skewers
Chicken Salad Cups
Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts
Creamy Parmesan Ranch Dip
Meatball Sliders
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Chipolte Black Bean Dip
Restaurant Style Salsa
Mango Pineapple Salsa
Pepper Blend Cheese Ball
Easiest Ever Appetizer

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August 30th, 2012

Chewy Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips and Coconut

Labor Day is upon us. What big plans do you have for the weekend?  We plan to get as much time as we can at our local pool before it closes on Monday.  Labor Day weekend seems to always be full of BBQs and picnics.  And if you are to contribute a dessert to share, this one is for you.  These bars are so easy.  They are full of delicious flavors.  What could be better than peanut butter and chocolate?  Adding coconut into the mix of course.  And to make them even better you can make them up the day

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August 29th, 2012

Bacon Fried Corn



Bacon Fried Corn – need we say more??

Yesterday we shared a fun and easy method of shucking corn using your microwave.  Of course you need a good reason to try it out . . . what better inspiration could you have than this Southern favorite?  Fresh sweet corn off the cob fried in a mix of bacon drippings and butter until nicely browned- then topped with crumbled bacon.  Who can resist? 

Bacon Fried Corn


12 ears fresh corn
8 bacon slices
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


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August 28th, 2012

Kitchen Talk: Easiest Way to Shuck Corn . . . Use Your Microwave



Fresh corn is something we  look  forward to all summer long; but when it comes to shucking the corn there seems to be an absence of volunteers at my house . . . that messy silk gets every where and sticks to everything!  

Recently I came across this fun method to clean the corn from those brilliant cooks at America’s Test Kitchen {my dream job-  to play in a state of the art kitchen complete with every kitchen gadget imaginable . . . }  They call it the “Nuke and Shake” Method {cute}.  The secret is in creating just enough

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August 27th, 2012

Orange Cream Smoothie

This is truly a simple and refreshing drink that pairs well with any breakfast or brunch.  Because well, sometimes we just need to change it up.  Something different that juice.  If serving to a crowd you will need to double or even triple the recipe.

Orange Cream Smoothie


6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup cold water
1 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
10 ice cubes


Combine the first five ingredients in a blender; cover and process at high speed. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


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Caramel Potatoes

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