July 23, 2015

Sweet and Tangy Mustard BBQ Sauce

Tangy and Sweet Mustard BBQ Sauce

I don’t think there is any meal that says summer quite like BBQ does. I mean, sure, you can eat BBQ any time of the year, but it just feels so right in the summer. Served alongside fresh-picked corn on the cob, and followed by a plate of juicy watermelon - for me, that’s what summer eating is all about!

July 8, 2015

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Every summer, I eagerly await the first ripe berries of the season to appear. Frozen berries are fine for the rest of the year, but when they are juicy and fresh, straight from the bush, they are simply heavenly. We always eat some of the berries fresh, and then use the rest for pies and jam.

June 8, 2015

BLT Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing and Croutons

BLT Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Back when I first started cooking from scratch, it came as a revelation to me that I could make my own homemade ranch dressing from scratch (without even opening a packet of that well-known seasoning mix!) Before this realization, it had never actually occurred to me that this tasty concoction could be made using various combinations of simple ingredients like mayonnaise, buttermilk, milk, sour cream and/or yogurt. Add in some herbs and seasonings, and a little lemon juice or vinegar, and there you have it - ranch dressing! Over the years, I have played with the recipe, based on what I like, and also based on ingredients I typically have on hand. With my herb garden growing full-blast right now, I thought it would be a good time to whip up a batch.

May 27, 2015

Salted Dulce de Leche Ice Cream {3- ingredient, No-Churn}

3-Ingredient, No-Churn Salted Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

In the past year, I have come across various recipes on food websites, and in YouTube videos for a super-easy, no-churn ice cream. The recipes may vary slightly, but one thing they have in common is the addition of one can of sweetened condensed milk, plus some type of cream (most recipes seem to use either heavy cream or half & half ). I've been a little bit skeptical as to whether this easy ice cream is as delicious (and as much like real ice cream) as everyone says it is, so this past weekend I decided that I needed to give it a try. Since my husband loves ALL ice cream, I knew that no matter the result, it likely wouldn't go to waste.
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