Category Summer

Summer Garden

I’ve always grown rosemary and mint. So this summer I decided to add in some basil, banana peppers, and jalapenos. It’s has been nearly 100 degrees, so the veggies need more water than usual. I was up before 6AM cutting, cleaning, and making care packages for the neighbors. I’m always sharing meals and baked goods. It was time to share some vegetables from my garden...

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Whiskey Steak

Ingredients for 3 New York Steaks:

½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar

½ Cup Whiskey (I used Jack Daniel’s. You can use better ones but if your husband catches you, he will make you use something cheaper for the marinade. That’s what happened to me J

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Rub olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper on both sides of steaks

In a large zip-lock bag pour in the balsamic vinegar and...
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Espresso BBQ Sauce

I picked this recipe up from the meat department at Albertson’s. It was printed on a coupon. I didn’t make the Tri-Tip they suggested, but I made the Espresso BBQ Sauce to dip our NY Strips in. I then used the leftover sauce to use it on grilled chicken the next night. It was amazing both ways. It’s perfect for steaks, burgers, and chicken. My husband also likes dipping his french fries in it...

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Bison Burger

Over the weekend my Husband requested a Bison Burger. This week, my mission was to make it for him. If you are not familiar with the term bison here’s what it is: the American bison (Bison bison), also commonly known as the American buffalo.
I invited my Mother in Law over as well so we could all get a taste of it.
I purchased the meat at Albertson’s, but I’m sure you can find this other pl...
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Brussel Sprouts

Paul Qui’s BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Found this recipe in the March 2012 PEOPLE Magazine.

The reigning Top Chef winner shares a dish that’s ‘a perfect combo of sweet, sour, spicy and salty,’ he says.


 Serves 4-6

2 lbs. brussels sprouts, halved

4 tbsp. olive oil

Juice and zest of 2 small lemons

Kosher salt

6 basil leaves, torn

Cilantra, torn

½ chili pepper, chopped and remove seeds (optional)


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Baked Eggplant


1 large eggplant
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic, minced (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the baking sheet.

2. Slice the eggplant into cubes or you can cut into circles if you are planning to grill them on the BBQ.


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4th of July


1 container of blueberries or red seedless grapes
1 Lrg container of strawberries or 2 green baskets from the farm 
1 Lrg bundle of bananas (bag of marshmellows or pound cake)
1 pack of wood skewers
1/4 lemon (optional)


Put about 10 blueberries on the ends of 6 sticks, then alternate sliced strawberries and bananas...

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Summertime Sangria


2 x 750mL (the same) bottles of your favorite Sauvignon Blanc wine

2 cups of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Use all fresh fruit – These are suggestions and the one’s I like to use:
1 package of strawberries, remove tops and cut in half
1 package of blueberries
1 package of raspberries
3 fresh peaches, remove pit and cut into half moons
1 bunch of Green or Red seedless grapes

Yields: 16-20 g...

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