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20 Favorite Recipes for July 4th (or any Summer) Celebration

  As you guys probably already know I am smitten with summer cooking. There is an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce and the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and veggies. I love the impulsivity of shopping for ingredients that are at the peak of...

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Shop the Post: Made you Blush!

  Pretty in pink is here to stay. Forever. Especially in the warmer months, but it’s also super sweet to wear on cooler days too. I get such a kick out of all shades of pink but I have a special thing in my heart...

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Frozen Peach Basil Margaritas

  What cocktail best symbolizes summer for you? For me, it’s gotta be a margarita. I love that there is such variety when it comes to how you flavor them. You can go with a Pure Lime Margarita or flavor yours with the freshest of...

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Asian Chicken Salad

  We can never have enough A-list salad recipes this time of the year. My Asian Chicken Salad is one that you need to try as soon as possible. It is full of flavor (the sesame vinaigrette is amazing!) and is packed with the freshest...

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Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, Wyoming

  Recently I packed up the Jeep with my 14-year-old daughter to cross the northern border of Colorado for our first ever visit to Wyoming. This state has been on my bucket lust forever, so expectations were high. We were invited out to the Brush Creek...

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Vegan Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! This Vegan Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream is every summer fantasy rolled into a cool, creamy, fruity treat. Make the most of summer strawberries with this simple to prepare, dairy-free treat. A guilt-free dessert sweetened with...

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Shop the Post: Beach & Pool Basics

  Have any plans to go to the beach or the pool any time soon? There’s nothing like making your way out to the water to find out you left something behind. You foot your way out to find your favorite spot in the sand,...

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Recipe Video: Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Bacon & Feta

  Pasta salads are always a hit in my house and at every summer party I go to. They are basic, and oh so good. This one makes the most of seasonal asparagus, smoky bacon and briny feta cheese. You can have this recipe ready...

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Sweet Summer Raspberry Tarts

  Ahhhhh, raspberries. We love them by the handful and especially love them in these beautiful Sweet Summer Raspberry Tarts. I’ve been sharing some Baking Basics with you lately and in this recipe, we use two of them: Creme Patisserie (Pastry Cream) and Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Pastry...

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Family Favorite Frittata

  We go through a few dozen eggs a week. Between all the baking I do for this blog (and to eat of course!) and because we love them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This Family Favorite Frittata recipe is always a hit in my...

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Sunday Soup

Sunday soup...doesn't that name make you smile? Try saying it with a frown. Impossible! The other reason it should make you smile is it is the perfect way to use up those vegetables languishing in your fridge, making you feel guilty for not having used them yet...

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Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

This fun take on pizza uses hummus in place of tomato sauce for delicious and nutritious spin on the traditional pie. This recipe comes to us from Jamie Geller and JoyofKosher.com...

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Grilled Fish for Summer

Summer starts this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with a BBQ? Instead of the traditional steaks and hamburgers, try grilling seafood and vegetables. Here are some tips for grilling fresh fish on the BBQ: 1. Have patience. Wait until the coals have burned down, or use a lower flame on the the gas grill.
 2. Use a good clean grate that has been oiled.
 3. Flip the fish only once, (save the fancy flipping for pancakes).
 4. Cook the fish just about 7 minutes per inch of thickness.
 5. Take its temperature, use your thermometer, the fish is done at 140º (120º if you want to cook a fish like tuna rare), or poke a pointy knife into the thickest part of the fish, then touch the knife, if it is warm the fish is done.
 6. But here is the tricky part, remember the fish continues to be hot/cook a bit after you take it off the grill, so take it off just before it is completely done, and let it sit and relax a few minutes before you serve it.

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The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Don't fret that Father's Day is only a couple of days away and neither you nor the kids have bought anything. The very best gift anyone can give isn't something bought at the mall or gift-wrapped. The very best gift of all is right under your very roof. Make Dad dinner. Figure out the menu, buy the groceries, organic when possible, and cook from scratch. Engage the kids in the kitchen and let them be an integral part of preparing this special meal. Set the table with love by adding a budding branch found outside or pick a family heirloom found in the cabinet, something that can be the centerpiece of the table and the conversation. Or perhaps find a fun and different location for dinner -- a picnic in the backyard or on the living room floor. Hey maybe even dust off that dining room you rarely use! Then sit down, as a family, with phones and TV screens turned off. And talk. Tell stories about your parents, grandparents and far-off uncles. Talk about what you all love best about Dad. Remember, great meals make great memories. Because on top of all the benefits of family dinner, it spreads love too!

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A Quick Trip to India

Take a trip to an Indian grocery store for spices. You will be amazed at the colors, scents and shapes of spices you have never seen before... or you have seen, but never whole. The spices are much cheaper, fresher, and often in bulk bins so you can avoid all the annoying packaging. Have the shop keeper recommend their favorite brands. Stock up on chutney, curry mixes, spices and great stainless steel tins to store them in. Then go home and replace all your old spices with new fresh ones. Yes, that turmeric in the back of your cupboard has the shelf life of about a year, after that it becomes tasteless, or worse, bitter. Throw it away my friend. By the way, Indian markets are the best place to find the tiered “tiffin” lunch boxes.

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Sticky Teriyaki Chicken

It will only take you 10 minutes to make this marinade. Then while the chicken is marinating for an hour, you can start the brown rice cooking, make a salad, play Go Fish, set the table and feed the hamster. Fifteen minutes before dinner time pop the chicken under the broiler, light the candles and hide all the cell phones. Ring the dinner bell...

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Cook’s Tip: Shrimp, Fresh or Frozen?

Should you buy shrimp fresh or frozen? If you can get local fresh shrimp, you are very lucky. Buy them. However, most shrimp you see in the market have been frozen and defrosted. There is nothing wrong with that, but why let the fishmonger defrost them (who knows how long ago that was) when you can do it yourself? If you want to cook shrimp that is still frozen, bring a big pot of water to a boil. Salt it; you can also add a few bay leaves and some lemon slices. Throw the still-frozen shrimp into the pot. Just as soon as the water starts to boil again, take the pot off the heat, and when the shrimp are pink and curled -- this should take 2 to 3 minutes more -- they will be done.

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Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade

Zucchini packs an herbal punch with this sharp marinade, balanced by a hint of smoke from the grill. Kids will have fun shaking the zucchini with its marinade in a zipped up bag. This recipe comes to us from Andrea Meyers of Andrea’s Recipes. Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Grilled Zucchini with Herb Marinade.

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Chipotle Macaroni Salad

  I absolutely LOVE the summer here in the Colorado high country. The sun has been shining brightly every day & the bluebird skies here in Telluride, CO. are breathtaking. July 4th is right around the corner and there are always pool parties & potluck...

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Baking Basics: Pâte Sucrée (Sweet French Pastry Crust)

If you love delicious french pastry as much as I do then you must try making this basic recipe: Pâte Sucrée aka:Sweet French Pastry Crust . This is a sweet, but not too sweet, flaky, buttery pastry that is most often used in tarts. It’s...

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Recipe Video: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

  Around here we love scones…especially when they are bursting with fresh summer blueberries. Grab a scone on your way out the door if you don’t have time to sit down to breakfast. They are great on hikes & packed into the lunchbox too. Watch...

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Fireworks Fashions: What to Wear for July 4th!

  Looking to make your own fireworks with great fashion? Look no further, I’ve got festive styles for you right here…   I cannot believe that July 4th is creeping up on us so quickly! Gosh, do these beautiful summer days buzz by or what?!...

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20 Delicious Recipes for Berry Lovers

  Whether it’s blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or strawberries…there is one thing that holds true: We LOVE berries! Summer is the best time to enjoy all kinds of berries at their peak of freshness. If you are one of the lucky ones, then you might have...

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Pedaling Through Provence & the French Riviera with Backroads

  I’ve been on many active trips, hiking in the Italian Dolomites, heli-skiing in deep Canadian powder…but up until recently I have never been on a cycling trip. With so many bucket lust location choices, it was tough to choose which trip to go on....

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Farro Salad with Baby Spinach, Peas & Toasted Pecans

A few things have me craving lots of vegetarian and vegan meals lately. I’m honestly not sure if it’s just because it’s the summer…a time when I typically crave lighter foods. I also feel the urge to eat less meat with the whole idea of...

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Recipe Video: Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread

My kids ask for this Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread every week. It comes together super quickly and if your kiddos love to be in the kitchen then this recipe is one they will love to help you with. If you crave chocolate as much as...

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Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

I love enjoying the delicious bounty of summer! There are so many ways to make a pizza, but these Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas couldn’t be simpler and more tasty. I used some of my all time favorite ingredients in this recipe: marinated artichokes, Kalamata...

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Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

We all love DAD. He is the greatest guy out there, but let’s face it…he can be really tricky to shop for. This Father’s Day I want all of us to have fun shopping for dad. Here are great gift ideas that should help get...

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Recipe Video: Greek Quinoa Salad

We love this Greek Quinoa Salad during the warm summer months. It’s super light, healthy and filled with all kinds of delicious, easy to find ingredients. This salad is great for summer potlucks, picnics and BBQ’s. It can be served as a side dish as...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Swirl Brownies

When you have a craving for chocolate and peanut butter then you have to satisfy it asap! In walks my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Swirl Brownies. They are the ultimate dessert or snack when you hit that mid-day slump. My kids were so excited to...

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