Serve It :: Vietnamese Style Hot Dogs

Vietnamese Hot Dogs

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.

Vietnamese Hot Dogs Recipe

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.

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Take me away

I stumbled upon this word…. fernweh and it describes perfectly the feeling I have been having. It’s like I NEED to explore, to see, to go.

Fernweh

I’ve noticed that lately I have had this undeniable urge to just go. Travel. Get out. Don’t get me wrong, I (more than most maybe) love to be a homebody. I appreciate spending weekends with my people doing things like baking, gardening, and just being. But the past year or so, I just constantly want to GO.

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Baby Love Story :: Baby Shower Theme

book themed baby showerBaby showers are a special occasion. Baby shower honoring family? EXTRA special. Here’s a look at a baby shower I hosted to help celebrate the arrival of a new baby niece; she’ll be here soon and we are over the moon about it!

book themed baby shower

The theme just sort of happened. The mom-to-be loves reading and knew she wanted to incorporate children’s books into the shower somehow. I know her personal style of romantic with a touch of vintage and just put it all together. Baby Love Story was born.

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Serve It :: Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas

chicken tostada recipe

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!

chicken tostada recipe

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.

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Serve It :: Grilled Watermelon


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.

grilled watermelon recipe

Mixing up traditional grilling staples (like Hebrew National Hot Dogs) with unusual grilling items like watermelon and jalapenos keep thing interesting.

grilled watermelon

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!

grilled watermelon recipe

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Circus Animal Cookie Ice Cream

homemade ice cream recipes :: Circus Animal Cookie

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! Ice-Cream-4In 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.

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