This summer we’ve done our share of grilling and experimentation with hot dog toppings (remember these bruschetta topped dogs?). And now that we’re moving along into football season, I know we will have plenty chances to serve up a hungry crowd. Since I’m always looking for creative ways to spice up a meal, I decided to top these Hebrew National hot dogs with a Vietnamese style topping.
I love so many things about this topping. It’s fresh and crisp (think cucumber, carrots, lime, and cilantro), and it has some heat (I made a Sriracha ketchup to top it all off.
Looking for a flavorful tostada recipe? Well, these babies are bringin’ it! We served these chicken and black bean tostadas this weekend at a small end-of-summer gathering with friends and they were a hit. It was the last few days before the kids returned to school and we wanted to make the most of it. Great food and wonderful company was in order!
We teamed up with Pacific Foods who know a thing or two about great flavors and making things simple. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration recently from their “Foodie Party” Pinterest board. They sent over some delicious products like Roasted Red Pepper Organic Hummus and Salsa con Queso Dip that our guests devoured while we set up the tosatada bar. And their Refried Black Beans just might be my new favorite thing. They have a hit of green chili that step the beans up a notch.
Summertime and grilling go together like …. well, like summertime and grilling. And this summer we’ve been experimenting with new recipes and flavor combos (like this Bruschetta Hot Dog) which make grilling a lot more fun.
Mixing up traditional grilling staples (like Hebrew National Hot Dogs) with unusual grilling items like watermelon and jalapenos keep thing interesting.
To accompany our Hebrew National Hot Dogs, we decided to try a new recipe: Grilled watermelon with jalapeno, lime, and sea salt. Definitely a unique pairing and WOW it was good! The watermelon had a nice grill flavor on the outside but was still cool and juicy on the inside. And the kick from the jalapeno was married nicely with the lime and sea salt. This recipe is one to try at your next BBQ!
One weekend the Mr. and I were on the road and we popped into a local shop for an ice cream cone. When we both spotted Circus Animal Cookie ice cream …. we started grinning silly. It is one of our favorite childhood cookies, and now in ice cream form? TWO SCOOP PLEASE! In my opinion, there are few things better than these adorably tasty pink and white cookies. And I knew I had to try to recreate this recipe at home. So, it all started with these sprinkle-covered dudes.
[update: printable “SIP SIP hooray” now linked for free download at the end of the post!]
I don’t know if you’re like me, but summertime somehow stresses me out. In my head it’s full of days lounging on the beach, picnics with the kids and drinks with umbrellas — but reality? It’s still the daily grind but with the added longing to be outside soaking up the sun. In an effort to take a moment to pause and just ENJOY the moment, I invited a few of my closest girls over for a much needed cocktail hour. Sangria and chatting were our only two agenda items. Pure. Summer. Bliss.
I didn’t fuss much over setting up an extravagant table since the whole point was to relax and unwind. I planned to serve only one cocktail (Yellow Tail Sangria) so I drew from the sangria for color inspiration. Peach and plum flowers accompanied by actual fresh peaches and plums added the perfect summer touch to my backyard patio table.
Who says you cannot have a lobster boil in a landlocked state? When event planner Morgan Wetherington (from Nashville, TN) reached out to share this Luxe Lobster Bash I was day dreaming of my own seafood soiree. My favorite elements are the lovely lobster water color paper items and the use of nautical rope. Take a look at the amazing photos:
Barbeque is the typical southern fare, but we opted for lobster for this upscale dinner party. For this New England inspired lobster boil, we used a color palate of cherry red, navy, and shades of cream. The La Tavola red rope linen was the perfect choice to include the theme. We incorporated nautical rope, starfish, and of course lobster. The client’s home provided an ideal outdoor space for the venue. We wanted to create a guest experience, everyone loved cracking lobster and flowing conversation.