Summer Recipes

Summer Recipes

This week marked the first official day of summer and that got me thinking about all of my favourite summer recipes! Summer has to be the best time of the year as it's just packed full of fresh produce and of course the weather is perfect for outdoor activities like grilling and picnics! My weekly trek down to the farmers market is like an adventure where I get to see what new and wonderful things arrived and I often have a difficult time choosing just what to get! Below you will find a collection of some of my favourite summer recipes including those using some of summers bounty and some for outdoor cooking and eating!

Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
With summer here I thought that it was the perfect time to pull out one of my favourite summer recipes, this creamy dilled cucumber salad! This salad could not be easier, it's pretty much just slice up some cucumber and onions and toss them in a creamy mixture of yogurt (or sour cream or mayo), lemon juice and garlic and you're good to go! In addition to being super easy to make you really can't go wrong with a cool and juicy cucumber salad on hot summer days! The cucumbers are just bursting with juices and this creamy dilled cucumber salad is sure to keep you nice and cool and hydrated this summer, especially when served chilled from the fridge!

Strawberry Caprese Stuffed Avocados with Pistachio Pesto

Strawberry Caprese Stuffed Avocados with Pistachio Pesto
Strawberries are one of my favourite summer foods, along with tomatoes, and while I am eagerly awaiting the field ripened tomatoes I thought that I would use strawberries as substitutes in my favourite tomato salad, the caprese salad. The caprese salad is a simple salad consisting on ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil and it's often accompanied by a splash of balsamic vinegar. For this caprese salad I replaced the tomatoes with strawberries and the basil comes in the form of a basil pesto with creamy pistachios! Instead of just serving the salad like that I like to serve it stuffed in perfectly ripe, cool and creamy avocado halves making for one truly amazing combination of flavours that is just perfect for hot summer days! These strawberry caprese stuffed avocados with pistachio pesto and balsamic reduction are my new favourite summer treat and I'm sure that you will enjoy them just as much as I do!

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Today I have a sweet treat for you and I am sure that you will enjoy these strawberry lemon cheesecake bars! These bars start with the base of a simple shortbread crust and it's topped with a lemon-y cheesecake layer with dollops of a fresh homemade strawberry sauce that are swirled around creating a pretty pattern of red and yellow! As far as baking goes, these cheesecake bars are easy to make so even if you don't do a lot of baking they will turn out great! The fresh summer-y strawberry and lemon flavour combination is absolutely amazing and these strawberry lemon cheesecake bars are the perfect way to celebrate summer!

Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Recipes

The summer strawberry season is in full swing and the grocery stores are filled with local strawberries! Strawberries are one of the foods that most remind me of summer and that is perfect because they are also one of my favourite foods! Strawberries are an extremely versatile food that can be used in many different kinds of both sweet and savoury dishes but the are absolutely divine just by themselves or maybe with a splash of balsamic vinegar or sweetened condensed milk or even dipped in sour cream followed be brown sugar. I enjoy using strawberries in recipes ranging from desserts to breakfasts, salads, drinks, pizzas, sauces, salsas, ice creams, and the list goes on! Today I thought that I would take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite recipes for enjoying all of the amazing summer strawberries!


Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Asparagus and Pistachio Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Asparagus and Pistachio Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken
Alright, I've got time to share one more tasty recipe that is just perfect for Father's Day and dad is just going to go crazy for this bacon wrapped asparagus, asparagus and pistachio pesto and mozzarella stuffed chicken! Stuffing lean and juicy chicken with things is always fun and for this recipe I stuffed the chicken with asparagus spears, mozzarella and pesto for a full flavour extravaganza! Asparagus just screams summer and it really needs no explanation, I am always in for ooey, gooey, melted cheese and pesto is another ingredient that is amazing with fresh summer basil. I did not use just any pesto for this stuffed chicken, I went with an asparagus and basil pesto and instead of using the more standard pine nuts I went with creamy pistachios! I like to indulge my bacon addiction here by wrapping everything up is bacon but there's a good reason for it here. I'm serious! Wrapping the chicken in bacon helps keep the chicken nice and moist and juicy, because chicken can get dried out when cooked on the grill. Really, it has nothing to do with all of that salty, smokey, crispy, bacon-y goodness! It's to keep the chicken moist and juicy! Anyways, no matter how you look at it, dad is sure to flip over this bacon wrapped asparagus, asparagus and pistachio pesto and mozzarella stuffed chicken this Father's Day, or any day; for dinner, lunch or even breakfast for that matter! Yum!!!

Blackberry Hoisin BBQ Ribs

Blackberry Hoisin BBQ Ribs
Today I have something a little different for you a guest post on oh sweet basil! Carrian of oh sweet basil is a food blogging friend and when she asked me to contribute to a Dude Food roundup for Father's Day I just had to join in on the fun! When I think of Dude Food for the summer I usually think of firing up the grill for steaks, chicken, and all sorts of tasty out door cooking foods and you really can't go wrong with ribs! I also like to use some of summers produce and in this case I went with a homemade BBQ sauce made with fresh blackberries that I slathered all over some slow cooked ribs before firing up the grill! Check out the recipe for these blackberry hoisin bbq ribs on oh sweet basil along with the rest of her tasty Dude Food extravaganza for even more ideas for Father's Day!

Feature Update: New Recipe Index

The old recipe index was slow and finicky, very often just not working, so I have created a new recipe index page that I hope will give you easier and better access to all of my recipes! I started by adding a recipe search to the top of the recipe index page to make it easier to search for recipes. The recipes are then all categorized in various ways including by dish course, type, cuisine, diet, food group, ingredient, etc. Each index category page shows the photos and the recipes name for each recipe in that category. All of the pages have been made more mobile friendly with larger text to make it easier to tap links etc. I hope that you like the new recipe index page and if you have any suggestions for improvements or notice any issues please let me know!

Raspberry Balsamic Chipotle Grilled Pork Chops

Raspberry Balsamic Chipotle Grilled Pork Chops
Father's Day is this weekend and I have been testing some new recipes and first up are these tasty raspberry balsamic chipotle grilled pork chops. This recipe is super simple where you make your own raspberry bbq sauce, grill the pork chops and slather them in the sauce! The sauce starts out with plenty of fresh summer raspberries along with the standard ketchup; sweetness is added with honey, tanginess with white balsamic vinegar, saltiness with soy sauce and of course some chipotle chilies in adobo for the smoky heat. This raspberry balsamic chipotle bbq sauce is amazing on a lot of different things but you're sure to enjoy it on some grilled pork chops and it's the perfect meal for Father's Day!