Category Summer

Smoothie or Margarita

Tommy’s Green Cup
Protein, Fruits, and Veggie Smoohie
Strawberry Margarita
I have become obsessed with the Nutri Bullet. It’s so easy to toss just about anything into it, blend, and indulge. Always refreshing and I haven’t disliked anything I’ve invented in it yet. Everyone asks how much of each I put in and with these you can really eyeball it...
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Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

½ head of green cabbage or pre-sliced bag of cabbage
2 carrots
½ red pepper
1/3 cup of mayonnaise
3 garlic cloves
¼ cup cilantro
1 tablespoon of lime juice (about 3 limes)
Salt & Pepper
Finely chop cabbage into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl
Peel skin off carrots, then grate them into the large bowl
Create dressing by blending together mayonnaise, garlic, cilantro, a...
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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

We were going camping with our new dual-sport club and heard it was one of the clubs member’s birthdays. Instead of baking a cake, I decided to make these margarita shooters the day prior so that we could celebrate with Jell-O shots! These came out so good and everyone enjoyed them.
Yields: 24-30 Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters
  • 1 box (3.9oz.) Strawberry (real, not generic) Jell-O
  • 3 green b...
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Hadley’s World Famous Date Shake

I’ve been going to Hadley’s Fruit Orchard farm since I was a little girl. My parents would take me to Palm Springs to get on the aerial tram and we would visit Hadley’s for date shakes and of course the Cabazon outlets years later and Morongo Casino & Hotel next door as well. Since I cover the desert for work, I try to stop at Hadley’s a few times a year to pick up date paste...
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Lemon Cake

· 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
· 2 cups sugar
· 4 eggs
· 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
· 1 cup milk
· 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
· Lemon wedge, for garnish
· Mint sprig, for garnish
***If you don’t have time to make the cake from scratch, you can use Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake with 1 ¼ water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Bake for 23-25 minutes
· 1...
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North Shore Acai Bowl

One of my favorite treats on earth is the North Shore Bowl from Bowl of Heaven in La Verne, CA. They are closed the next few days for the holiday season so I decided to recreate this treat because I am REALLY craving it. You can get all of the ingredients from Trader Joe’s except for the Sambazon. I found that at Albertson’s. You can make this without Sambazon if you can’t find it...
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3 Meat Burger Slider

My husband loves pizza and he loves burgers. When he gets a pizza it’s the Meat Lover’s Pizza from Grazie’s in Upland, CA. This pizza inspired me to create the “3 Meat Burger.” I also read an article in the Los Angeles Times Food section from June 30, 2011 where a woman named Susan Salerno from Henderson, Nevada invented an Italian Caprese Slider...

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Mashed Butternut Squash


1 pound Butternut Squash, cubed
2 Tbsp. butter (more if you desire)
2 Tbsp. milk (more if you desire)
Salt & Pepper to taste


Boil 4 cups of water and add cubed squash

When the squash is cooked through, drain the water

Use a potato masher and mash the squash until whipped looking

Add butter, milk, and salt/pepper

Super easy and healthy! Perfect in the fall.

The chicken was seasoned ...

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Cucumber Salad

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Makes 4 servings


2 cups thinly-sliced cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Chives – optional
Crushed red pepper flakes – optional


Clean cucumbers, cut lengthwise, remove seeds, and use a sharp knife to 
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Fruit Tart

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
·         1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough (16.5 oz.) – I used Albertson’s Sugar Cookie Dough
·         8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
·         2 Tbsp. butter, softened
·         2-3 Tbsp. milk
·         1 cup powdered sugar
·         1 Tbsp. lemon juice
·         1 small carton of blueberries
·     ...
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