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Showing posts from July, 2015

BBQ Meatballs

I have come to realize that a lot of foods that require equal sized portions (muffins, meatballs, cookies) are made so much easier with the help of a scooper. I now have scoops in three sizes, an extra small scoop, a slightly bigger cookie scoop and a medium scoop which is the perfect size for muffins and these large meatballs. Everybody go out and buy a few scoops, I think you will love them. Onto the meatballs. I loved these and they made the kitchen smell delicious. The sauce in particular is very tasty. I overcooked mine just by a few minutes as I wasn't sure how long they'd take being on the large size. Please note that the cooking time is listed for large meatballs. If you make small to medium sized portions with this recipe, cut down the cooking time as recommended below. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Carrots in the Microwave

Keep the oven turned off and pop these sweet cinnamon carrots in the microwave. They turned out tender and delicious. I wasn't sure how I'd like them prepared in the microwave but they were fantastic. In fact I think I preferred them to roasting in the oven. Enjoy!

Blackberry Crumb Pie

I recently picked up a sweet little cookbook, "You Be Sweet" by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson . I knew beforehand that the first recipe I was going to make was the Blackberry Crumb Pie featured on the front of the cookbook. It had been mentioned in many reviews of the cookbook as the best recipe in the bunch, so of course I had to try it. Another recipe I'd love to try from this cookbook is a Pear Pie with Cheddar Cheese Pastry. Doesn't that sound great? I did goof on not letting the pie brown on top, which was probably due to the fact that I took it out of the oven at 50 minutes instead of 55. Serve this with freshly whipped cream or ice cream. I prefer the cream just barely sweetened as the pie is very sweet on it's own.

Pickled Cucumber Salad

A crunchy, tangy and sweet side dish that is a perfect side dish for hot weather. Enjoy!

Rocky Mountain Gorgonzola Potatoes

I have a recipe today that is going straight to my list of favorite recipes of 2015. Tender, roasted and seasoned potatoes served hot with a creamy gorgonzola sauce on top. My mom saw a similar recipe online, not sure where exactly but she came up with this recipe and it is fantastic . Simple and amazingly delicious. Enjoy!

Traeger Pulled Pork Sandwiches

When the weather heats up everyone in our family gets anxious to use our Traeger grill . It makes some really delicious food, from brats and steaks to this tasty pulled pork. We used a recipe from the Traeger site . They recommend that you use their brand of dry rub and sauce, but you can of course use whatever your favorite brand of each. For our dry rub we used what we had on hand, which was Grill Mates Sweet & Smoky Rub . For the barbecue sauce we used our favorite, Sweet Baby Ray's . For the coleslaw you can keep it very simple. Shred a cabbage very thinly and toss with a good quality premade coleslaw dressing. To assemble, add the barbecue sauce to the bottom bun. Top with the prepared pulled pork, then coleslaw, then the top bun. Enjoy!

Succotash Salad

A beautifully vibrant salad that will go perfectly with picnics and barbeques during the hot Summer season.

American Flag Strawberry Poke Cake

Get ready for an insanely delicious and patriotic dessert, an American Flag Strawberry Poke Cake. This is a fun one to have the kiddos help decorate. We've made this cake for a few forth of July celebrations now and it is always a huge hit. An alternative and even simpler way of making this cake would be to use raspberries instead of the strawberries for the decoration on top. You could even use raspberry Jell-o as well. Enjoy!