Pretty Things: July 2017

  1.  Bell’Alimento:  Grilled Cesar Salad.  When I was in my early 20s, I went through a phase of grilling romaine lettuce for salads all the time, and then I faded out of it at some point.  It was delicious, though!  You only do it for 1-2 minutes after cutting it in half lengthwise and  spritzing some olive oil, salt, and pepper.  It completely changes things up.  You can do it with kale, too.Grilled-Cesar-Salad-061-533x800.jpg


2.  101 Cookbooks:  Thai Zucchini Soup.  It’s hard to find a good meal for a crisp day in the middle of summer.  It gets hot in Virginia, but there’s still random days where it storms all day and stays in the 70s.  Those kind of days are perfect for a light, summery soup like this one.  You get coziness from the warm bowl of soup, and a summery feel from the corn and zucchini.thai-zucchini-soup-recipe


3.  A Thought For Food:  Potato Salad with Dill and Horseradish Aioli.  I love any kind of potato salad except for the traditional kind you get in the grocery store.  I love it as long as it’s homemade and interesting.  Potatoes can handle almost any flavor combo (like most grains and starches), but dill and horseradish go especially well with it.  I love how this salad stays away from a heavy dressing and lets most of the flavor come from the fresh veggies and herbs.  If you like the idea of dill and horseradish, try these carrots.Horseradish-Potato-Salad41-624x1024.jpg


4.  The Food Gays:  Beet and Mixed Bean Hummus.  Beets may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but even beet-haters have to admit the color is gorgeous!  If you don’t like beets, you can also use roasted and pureed carrots.  2015-03-07-09.10.16.jpg


5.  Cupcakes Garden:  S’more Graham Cracker Cupcakes.  If you or one of your kids has a summer birthday, this would be the best birthday cake, wouldn’t it?  Everyone gets a marshmallowy surprise inside.  And an added bonus is that cupcakes take way less time to cook than a regular sized layer cake, so your oven won’t heat up the kitchen too much.Graham-Cracker-Cupcakes1 (1).jpg


6.  A Saucy Kitchen:  Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna Spirals.  To me, this looks like the perfect healthy summer Sunday dinner.  It uses all the flavors of the season and cooks them in a comforting way.  The colors are so beautiful, you may not even miss the meat.  But you can always add some cooked ground turkey to the sauce while you’re making it.Vegetarian-Zucchini-Lasagna-Spirals_-8.jpg


7.  Lovely Little Kitchen:  Mini Mason Jar Lid Strawberry Pies.   Julie always make the cutest desserts.  These look like something out of a storybook.  Not that kids need -encouragement to eat dessert, but the size of these little pies make them even more kid-forward (and portion control!)mini-mason-jar-lid-strawyberry-pies-1-683x1024.jpg

8.  Martha Stewart:  Garden Crudites with Bagna Cauda.  Talk about a fresh and healthy snack!  Bagna Cauda is just a fancy name for a veggie dip made with garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and salt anchovies.  It can also double as a salad dressing.roman-williams-vang-dsc1025-d110525_vert.jpg

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