Picnics might be one of my favorite things. I love the simplicity of it — gather a few goodies in a basket, grab a blanket, find a shady spot and just enjoy. This past weekend the family and I discovered a new local picnic spot. Best part? We showed up and they provided everything we needed! The basket, blanket, and delicious lunch inside. It was a great afternoon!
I had forgotten how much pleasure a simple picnic could bring and after realizing it’s National Picnic Month I vowed to have many more of them in the near future. I recently had this surprise backyard picnic and that was a treat as well (there are definitely more to come!).
I’m collecting new picnic spots and new picnic recipes! Check out these recipes I’ve gathered on Foodie.com.
Hot dogs are such a summer staple. Fire up the grill, toss on a pack of Hebrew Nationals (a favorite in our household), and get ready for a great meal. There are many summer evenings when we gather around on the patio and cook up something delicious while simply enjoying each other and the weather. My favorite summer recipes are those that are simple to make and incorporate fresh ingredients from the season. For this recipe, we turned to our backyard garden for menu inspiration!
I’m a big fan of incorporating fresh flavors into summer baking and this cake definitely has that summer zing. A play on this Lemonade and Lime Cake I recently made, this Tequila Lime Cake is a great choice to serve at your next summer gathering.
The best part? You don’t even have to bake if you don’t want to. I picked up two white cake layers from the local market and just doctored them up. Simple! Just poke the tops of the cakes with a fork and then slowly drizzle over about 1/4 cup tequila on each layer. You want it to really soak in.
Last week I shared the my youngest daughter and I had been inspired to come up with a unique idea to help create a better world, and select a Summer Sunlight Activity we’d like to do together to make our household more sustainable. Pairing the challenge with her love for the kitchen, we decided to make our challenge One Ingredient, Five Ways which will help eliminate food waste in our home.
It’s known that I love my coffee. I’ll take it almost any way you want to serve it up, in a martini, a coffee smoothie, heck I’ve considered an IV (kidding, not kidding). When the weather warms up I turn to iced coffee recipes to keep me going throughout the day. So when I learned about International Delight’s new Iced Coffees I got excited. Good iced coffee that is simple to serve? I’m in!
Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.
We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!
With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.