Dinner

Summer Salads: Watermelon Mint Salad + Rosemary Chicken Salad

There are a few things I (Lauren) cannot help but crave during these hot summer days. Right now it’s fresh herbs, watermelon, and ice cold salads, so I thought I’d share a couple of my go-to salad recipes. These salads are not only hearty and filling, but they pack a punch of delicious flavors that will keep you coming back for more.  First up let’s talk about the refreshing, irresistible summer staple; watermelon! I have no problem scarfing down an entire bowl in one sitting. Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — …

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Grilling 101: How to Grill Just About Everything This Summer

This post originally went live two years ago. As I was cleaning up our own grill this weekend I figured it might be a nice time for a refresher! I really love to cook.  I enjoy the rhythm of chopping, dicing, and sautéing; waiting while faint scents become tantalizing aromas that engulf a space, and the pleasure of knowing that friends and family have been nourished by food.  It’s therapy. I can poach and chiffonade like a pro and have single handedly cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner, but for whatever reason, have always been …

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This Festive Self-Serve Fajita Taco Bar is What I’ll Be Dreaming About all Summer

Please don’t think I’m crazy, but I’ve been dreaming of this taco board for a very long time. I’m a total sucker for a cheese board and love that you can put one out at happy hour or for a casual get together and people can serve themselves and graze at their leisure. There’s no official call to serving time and no end to the options and combinations you can present. So if a cheese board is such a great idea, why stop there? Because as much as I love cheese, it’s safe to say it pales in comparison to my …

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How-To Freeze or Dry Fresh Herbs like Basil, Thyme, Parsley and More

A couple of months ago I picked up a handful of small herb plants for the backyard. Little did I know how useful they would prove to be! As they continue to grow and produce, I was reminded of this post from Lauren Daniel and thought it was time to revisit! Keep reading for the full tutorial on how to freeze or dry your fresh herbs… This spring my husband made all my herb garden dreams come true and helped me build a “salad table”, which is basically an herb and lettuce raised bed garden that is table height. I (Lauren) absolutely …

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