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Sue

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Today I’m making Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho ~ I look forward to making this chilled raw soup from Spain every summer, and this year I’ve changed it up with some gorgeous multi-colored heirloom tomatoes.  If you love tomatoes, love to…

Brown Sugar Peach Cake

Brown Sugar Peach Cake ~ I’m crowning this classic yellow cake loaded with fresh peaches, and topped with a brown sugar caramel icing the dessert of the summer.…

WHAT TO EAT IN JULY ~ from the farmers market to the backyard grill, July is all about fresh, easy food, enjoyed with family and friends. Here are some of my favorite recipes from TVFGI that are perfect for right now!

WHAT TO EAT IN JULY

From the farmers market to the backyard grill, July is all about fresh, easy food, enjoyed with family and friends.  Here are some of my favorite recipes from TVFGI that are perfect for eating right now!  Click on any…

Wild Blueberry Yogurt and Almond Butter Popsicles ~ these vibrant popsicles are made with nonfat yogurt, creamy almond butter, and convenient frozen blueberries for a healthy smoothie on a stick.

Wild Blueberry and Almond Butter Yogurt Popsicles

Wild Blueberry and Almond Butter Yogurt Popsicles ~ these vibrant popsicles are made with nonfat yogurt, creamy almond butter, and convenient frozen blueberries for a healthy smoothie on a stick.…

Quick Pickled Vidalia Onions ~ this sweet onion pickle takes just minutes to prepare, and you'll reap the rewards all summer long on burgers, brats, steaks, sandwiches and tacos!

Quick Pickled Vidalia Onions

Quick Pickled Vidalia Onions ~ this sweet onion refrigerator pickle takes just minutes to prepare, and you’ll reap the rewards all summer long on burgers, brats, steaks, sandwiches and tacos!…

Healthy and hydrating Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles

Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles

Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles ~ just like the refreshing water at your favorite spa, these flavor infused ice popsicles will hydrate, detox, and rejuvenate ~ you’ll be so glad you have them in the freezer when the temperature soars.…

Nutella S'mores Bars ~ everybody's favorite campfire treat in an ooey gooey bar!

Nutella S’mores Bars

Nutella S’mores Bars ~ everybody’s favorite summer treat in an ooey, gooey, decadent, and delicious bar, no campfire needed! Make a batch and watch them disappear before your eyes.…

The ULTIMATE Guide to Deviled Eggs {50+ recipes}

The ULTIMATE Guide to Deviled Eggs ~ is there anything better than these perfect little packages of protein packed goodness?  Here’s 50 + of the world’s best deviled eggs, with enough devilicious inspiration to get any party started!…

Korean Bulgogi Beef Salad ~ this is steak salad, Korean style! This Korean barbecue inspired salad is topped with richly marinated grilled beef and a variety of veggie 'sides' ~ kimchee optional!

Korean Bulgogi Beef Salad

Korean Bulgogi Beef Salad ~ this is steak salad Korean style and bulgogi beef is the most flavorful grilled meat you’ll ever taste, no contest.  My Korean barbecue inspired salad is topped with juicy marinated skewers and a variety…

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!

Low Country Shrimp Boil

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp  get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and…

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Crema

Grilled Salmon Tacos with cilantro crema

Grilled Salmon Tacos with cilantro crema ~ this casual meal makes life so easy, just set out the tortillas and the fixings, and let people have at it.  Everything can be made ahead so by the time the afternoon…

Sausage and Vegetable Grill packets ~ a colorful healthy 30 minute meal for the grill or the oven!

Sausage and Veggie Grill Packets

Sausage and Veggie Grill Packets ~ here’s an easy idea for lazy summer nights…pile your sausage and cut veggies onto a sheet of foil, wrap it up, and throw it on the grill ~ dinner’ll be ready in 30…

Creamy Vidalia Onion Dip ~ a lightened up version of the classic French Onion Soup Dip

Creamy Vidalia Onion Dip

Creamy Vidalia Onion Dip ~ this deliciously addictive dip is an update of the classic onion soup mix dip that we all grew up eating.   I lightened it up and added lots of fresh minced sweet onion  ~ sorry…

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream ~ the very thought makes me crazy ~ but wait, it gets better, this luscious treat is made with sour cream instead of regular cream, for a unique tangy flavor you’ve just got to try.…

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls ~ these lightning fast stir fry bowls are so vibrant and full of flavor you’d never guess it’s a 30-minute meal!…

Rainbow Summer Rolls

These refreshing Rainbow Summer Rolls are like a cool breeze on a hot day, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb and gluten free, to vegan, Paleo, Whole…

Roast Chicken with Purple Garlic

Roast Chicken with Purple Garlic ~ this chicken roasts on a veritable bower of garlic, and when it comes out of the oven, those cloves are mellow and spread like buttah.  Put that rotisserie chicken back in the plastic…

Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Jam

Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Jam ~ I bet you’ve never tasted it, but that just means you’ll be all the more amazed when you do…this small batch vanilla scented grapefruit jam is unforgettable!…

Easy Whitefish with Burst Tomatoes and Basil recipe

Easy Whitefish with Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Whitefish with Burst Cherry Tomatoes is possibly the simplest summer meal on the planet ~ the jewel toned tomatoes burst their skins and create an instant sauce for the fish, with a pop of fresh flavor from the lemon…

Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade ~ it’s fresh squeezed, updated with a vivid berry puree, and hydrates like nobody’s business ~ it’s definitely THE drink of the season!…

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans ~ don’t be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad!  This classic broccoli salad gets an extra burst of sweetness from fresh pineapple, and…

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette ~ this healthy salad is simple enough for every day, but elegant enough for entertaining, or a romantic date night in.…

Blueberry Lemon Shortcake ~ this yummy variation on the summertime classic will win you over with its juicy blueberries tumbling over a moist lemony cake ~ plus I'll show you how to shake up the best whipped cream right in a mason jar!

Blueberry Lemon Shortcake

Blueberry Lemon Shortcake ~ this yummy variation on the summertime classic  will win you over with its juicy blueberries tumbling over a moist lemony cake ~ plus I’ll show you how to shake up the best whipped cream right…

Red Cabbage and Dill Slaw

Red Cabbage and Dill Slaw ~ this colorful slaw goes with anything and everything this summer…I say skip the deli counter and make your own, it’s easy, healthier, and costs just pennies per serving!…

No Churn Pineapple Chile Sorbet

No Churn Pineapple Chile Sorbet ~ just a few healthy ingredients and a blender make a uniquely refreshing sorbet ~ the flavor inspiration comes straight from the fruit carts of Mexico.  Serve this sweet and spicy frozen treat on…

How to Make Sprinkled Ice Cream Cones

Sprinkled Ice Cream Cones ~ these chocolatey cones are dipped in white chocolate and bedazzled with sprinkles for the prettiest summer treats around ~ ice cream optional!…

Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody’s favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ so you can mingle and chow down at the same time ~ genius!…

Gluten free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Amazing Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Quinoa Chocolate Cake ~ naturally gluten free and one of the moistest, fluffiest, most delicious desserts I’ve ever had ~ and it’s all due to an unlikely ingredient.  This super food cake also happens to be super easy, just…

Patriotic Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water

Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water ~ don’t save this patriotic thirst quencher for Memorial Day or the 4th of July ~ stay healthy and hydrated all summer long with this colorful fruit infused water.…

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa

Sweet Corn, Hatch Chile, and Bacon Salsa ~ say that without drooling, I dare you!  I’m crowning this the salsa of the year, it’s stolen my heart and I know it’ll steal yours.  This salsa is going to be…

Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ seven exotic condiments to take your next barbecue to the tropics!

Tropical Hot Dog Bar

Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ I admit it, I’m a closet hot dog lover, maybe you are too?  Today I’m sharing a slew of exotic toppings, including spicy kiwi relish and Maui onion slaw, that will turn your next…

Papaya Breakfast Boats

Papaya Breakfast Boats ~ breakfast just got a whole lot more interesting, with gorgeous tropical papaya filled to the brim with non dairy yogurt and colorful fresh fruit.…

Ina Garten's Coconut Cupcakes ~ easy-peasy tender moist coco-nutty cupcakes topped with the most insanely delicious coconut cream cheese frosting ~ these are perfect for spring flings!

Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes

Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes ~ these easy-peasy tender cupcakes are topped with the most insanely delicious coconut cream cheese frosting ~ it’s no wonder they were super popular at her famous Barefoot Contessa shop, and they’re perfect for all…

Rainbow Chicken Skewers with Spicy Pesto Sauce

Rainbow Chicken Skewers with Spicy Pesto Sauce

Rainbow Chicken Skewers with Spicy Pesto Sauce ~ my skewers are the essence of effortless outdoor eating ~ but I’ll show you how to get that just-off-the-grill taste right in your oven so you don’t have to miss out…

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this uniquely refreshing spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade...| vodka | summer cocktail | infused alcohol | edible flowers | Mother's Day | spring cocktail | vodka |

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in 24 hours ~ can you say instant gratification?…

Strawberry Crumble Pie

Strawberry Crumble Pie

Strawberry Crumble Pie ~ you’re not likely to come across another pie that screams spring quite as loudly this one…if spring were a pie…well, you get the idea.  This one is fruity, juicy, and berrylicious.…

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad ~ if you love a great main course salad in the warmer months like I do, then this vibrant Greek salad topped with lean grilled chicken breast will win you over for sure.  It’s a…

Fresh Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Fresh Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream ~ regular and no churn

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream ~ I can remember ordering it as a kid, there’s something about raspberries that just screams summertime, right?   The fresh flavor of my homemade raspberry ripple ice cream is delightful and something you won’t…

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!  It’s a multi-tasker that’s always welcome at…

Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa ~ this is a healthy light meal for a warm night, and the spicy fruit salsa can double as an appetizer ~ just add chips and an ice cold beer or margarita!…

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ this simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!…

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onions ~ these tender potstickers are packed with flavor and make an ideal appetizer or light dinner.

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion

Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Green Onion ~ everybody’s favorite appetizer!  These tender pot stickers are even better than the ones at your favorite restaurant, and they couldn’t be easier to make.…

Baked Eggs Florentine

Baked Eggs Florentine

Baked Eggs Florentine  ~ a simple but delicious dish of baked eggs with spinach.  This satisfying low carb recipe makes an elegant breakfast, brunch, or cozy dinner.…

Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime

Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime

Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lime ~ this simple soup is like a burst of sunshine, with a bright flavor and a cheering color ~ that extra dose of beta carotene doesn’t hurt either!…

Spring Salad with Edible Blossoms

Spring Salad with Edible Flowers

Spring Salad with Edible Flowers ~ this simple side dish is spring in a bowl ~ I’ll show you how to identify, source, and use edible flowers to make this celebratory salad for weddings, showers, holidays, or any spring…

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze ~ this one bowl recipe makes the Southern classic cake so much easier but every bit as delicious.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze ~ this one bowl recipe makes the Southern classic cake so much easier  ~ but don’t worry, it’s every bit as decadently delicious!…

Hawaiian Poke Bowls with Canned Tuna

Rainbow Poke Bowl with Canned Tuna

Rainbow Poke Bowl with canned tuna ~ you can have this colorful and healthy Hawaiian favorite any time, anywhere, without having to source sushi grade raw fish ~ it’s a win win!…

Easy Springtime RITZ Cracker Canapés ~ celebrate the return of warmer weather with a collection of colorful toppings on crisp Ritz crackers...layer them up and watch them disappear!

Easy RITZ Cracker Canapés

Easy RITZ Cracker Canapés ~ celebrate the return of warmer weather with a collection of colorfully topped RITZ crackers…layer them up and watch them disappear!…

Triple Vanilla Pound Cake

Triple Vanilla Pound Cake ~ not one, not two, but three layers of intense vanilla flavor to excite even the most serious vanilla fans.…

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Baby Bok Choy is a one minute wonder — a quick stint on a searing hot grill turns an under-appreciated veggie into a rock star — a little bit of honey sesame glaze doesn’t hurt either!…

Lemon Sugar Crumb Cake is a mile high crumb cake with a delicate fresh lemon flavor, it's made with my special lemon infused sugar ~ an easy technique for punching up the citrus flavor in your favorite recipes!

Lemon Sugar Crumb Cake

Lemon Sugar Crumb Cake is a mile high crumb cake with a delicate fresh lemon flavor, it’s made with my special lemon infused sugar ~ an easy technique for punching up the citrus flavor in your favorite recipes!…

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars ~ these easy bars are a cookie dough lover’s dream come true.  There are no eggs in the recipe, and the flour is microwaved to kill any potential bacteria.…

Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf

My Fragrant Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf is meant for joyful gatherings ~ it has roots in the ancient cuisines of Persia, India, and Turkey, but I guarantee this pretty gluten free vegan dish will thrill everybody around your table,…

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

Mediterranean Bean Salad

My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick…

Multi Seed Crisps ~ homemade vegan crackers made entirely from seeds!

Multi Seed Crisps ~ Homemade Vegan Crackers

These vegan Multi Seed Crisps are a deliciously crisp cracker just perfect for snacking and dipping ~ and they couldn’t be easier to make! I was so intrigued when I saw this recipe on my blogging friend Angie’s blog…

Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives ~ this healthy Mediterranean fruit salad is packed with the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean!

Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives

Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives ~ this glorious salad in the Mediterranean tradition is an experience not to be missed.  It’s proof positive that not all fabulous salads are leafy and green! If you’ve never had a salad…

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ I’ve made this authentic Irish quick bread even more delicious with the addition of oat flour…you won’t find an easier, or more tasty quick bread anywhere ~ it’s ready in under an hour! Soda…

Guinness Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Curried Mayo

Guinness Battered Onion Rings

These Guinness Battered Onion Rings with a spicy curried mayo dip are the ultimate appetizer, these rings are gutsy and satisfying, no meal required! Onion ring lovers you know there are so many wonderful variations on this fab appetizer. …

Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad with a tangy Lemon Buttermilk Dressing ~ spring forward with this colorful and healthy pasta salad made with Chickapea gluten free pasta, lots of fruits and veggies, and an extra dose of crunch! *Hey…