August 18, 2016
by Jane
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Adult Popsicle Season

Sometimes, cocktails are not enough to fight off the heat during the summer season. Moments like these call for frozen cocktails! So, what will you need for creating these popsicles? A few alcoholic beverages, some fruits, and a Zoku Character Kit, of course! The kit contains cute popsicle molds that you can use to easily whip up booze-infused popsicles needed to survive the hot season!

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For the adult popsicle season, here are some booze-turned-dessert recipes to try:

Blueberry Peach Tequila Popsicles

Blueberry, peach, and tequila is always a good idea! Grab the full list of ingredients from Food and Wine.

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Place peaches in food processor and puree. Place puree in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of tequila, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Pour about 5 tablespoons of the mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for 25 minutes then insert a popsicle stick into its center. Place blueberries in food processor and puree. Add 1 tablespoon of tequila, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well. Pour 2 tablespoons of blueberry mixture into the mold cover and freeze for 25 minutes. Pour the remaining peach mixture and freeze for 25 minutes. Top if off with the remaining blueberry mixture and freeze for an hour.

Who says lemon is the only fruit for tequila? Up next, let’s add some kick to a tequila-spiked mango popsicle.

Tequila Spiked Mango and Chile Popsicles

When life gives you tequila and mango, turn it into a popsicle! Grab the full list of ingredients from Honestly Yum.

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Chop the mango into cubes. Place the mango slices in the blender and add water, agave, salt, tequila and lime juice. Blend until everything is smooth. Pour the resulting mixture into a popsicle mold. Freeze molds for 1 hour. Afterward, insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. Run the molds under water for 2 to 3 seconds. Before taking a bite, dip the popsicles in chile powder.

This is one popsicle that packs a punch. Up next, let us try a complicated yet delicious popsicle recipe.

Bacon and Bloody Mary Alcoholic Popsicles

Are you craving for something sweet and savory? Here’s a popsicle to try! Grab the full list of ingredients from Thrillist.

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Fry 4 strips of bacon in a large skillet placed over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Allow to cool down for a while the place it and the rendered fat in a container with a lid. Add vodka then shake well. Allow to stand at room temperature for 6 hours. Place bacon in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove the fat layer from the container and allow vodka to pass through the strainer and the funnel. Discard the solids. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix chili powder and brown sugar. Dredge the bacon strip into the mixture to coat well. Wrap 1 bacon strip around the breadstick. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool down. Make the Bloody Mary mix by blending all of the ingredients. Allow the mixture to pass through the strainer. Pour the liquid into the popsicle mold. Freeze for two hours. Insert the bacon breadstick into the popsicle and freeze for at least 8 hours.

What can be better than a vodka infused bacon popsicle? Up next, let’s try butterscotch-infused adult popsicle.

Poptail O’ Clock Bourbon Butterscotch Latte

Summer is the perfect time for some poptails! Grab the full list of ingredients from Endless Simmer.

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Pour all ingredients into a blender and puree until everything is well combined. Pour the resulting mixture into the popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for 2 hours. Afterward, insert the popsicle sticks into the molds and freeze it overnight. To easily release the popsicles from the mold, run the mold under hot water for 2 to 3 seconds. Enjoy!

So, what do you do with your favorite cocktails during the summer season? Make them into popsicles, of course! These will be the perfect summer treats to combat the hot weather!

July 28, 2016
by Jane
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Why Not All Caffeine Is Created Equally

Who here cannot go through their day without having a cup of coffee? I am sure many of you can’t! As we all know though, a great cappuccino machine is necessary to whip up the best coffee recipes– and I have just the thing: the Capresso EC Pro Professional Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. It is widely used by many baristas all over the world and is very easy to operate, so you can whip up coffee shop-quality drinks in the comforts of your own home.

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I am sure you’re already excited to discover new coffee recipes and that is exactly what we have here. I have decided to compile some of the best coffee recipes for you, coffee lovers! Here are some of them:

Bailey’s Salted Caramel and Espresso Martini

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This recipe makes your favorite dessert liqueurs more delicious as ever! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit Creative Culinary.

Place all the chocolate chips in the metal mixing bowl. Pour water into a medium saucepan and allow it to boil. Hold the bowl of chocolates over the saucepan and allow the chocolate to melt. Stir the chocolate chips to facilitate melting. Lace the rim of your martini glass with the chocolate syrup. Dust it with crushed pretzels. Then set the glasses aside. Pour Zacapa Rum, Bailey’s Salted Caramel, and chilled espresso into a cocktail shower. Add ice, then shake until the entire mixture has been thoroughly chilled. Pour the contents into the glass.

Bailey’s has never tasted this good! Up next, let us try a Nutella-flavored latte.

Salted Nutella Latte

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This will surely be your all-time favorite latte! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit The Faux Martha.

Pour milk and simple syrup in a microwave-safe cup. Add kosher salt and Nutella. Heat the mixture for about 1 ½ minutes. Stir the mixture halfway. Remove the cup from the microwave and froth it in however you like. Add the mixture to your freshly brewed espresso. Stir the latte. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top. Serve.

This is Nutella! What more can we say? Up next, let us try some delicious summer milk drinks!

Banana Fosters Frappe

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It’s banana and coffee time! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Mix butter, brown sugar, and hot water. Pour it into the blender and add all the other ingredients. Blend until creamy. Serve in a cup and top off with a sprinkle of brown sugar, whipped cream, and a banana slice.

It’s creamy and sweet at the same time! For our next recipe, turn your favorite cake into a delicious drink!

Tiramisu Shake

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Everyone loves Tiramisu! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Pour espresso in the blender. Pour milk right away. Add in the vanilla ice cream and Mascarpone cheese. Blend until smooth. Pour up to 1/3 of a tall glass then add whip cream. Fill the glass up to the top. Top off with whip cream and dust it off with cocoa powder.

Now, you can drink your favorite cake! Next, let us turn your favorite cupcake into a delicious drink!

Red Velvet Frappe

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Who would not love a red-colored drink? For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Combine cocoa and espresso. Stir well to fully dissolve the cocoa. Pour mixture in a blender. Add ice, ice cream, food coloring, and milk. Blend well. Pour into a glass. Top off with whipped cream.

You will surely love drinking this, especially in hot summer nights! Up next, let’s have some coconut-infused coffee.

Cooling Coconut Cream

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This drink will help cool you down in the tastiest way possible! For the complete list of ingredients, please visit A Sparkle of Genius.

Mix simple syrup and espresso. Add  a cup of ice. Afterward, combine the milk, coconut milk and pour the mixture into the espresso-ice mixture. Make sure to pour it slowly.

There you go—some of the most delicious and inviting caffeinated treats you can ever taste!

July 28, 2016
by Jane
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Crispy Roasted Side Dishes

Side dishes may not be the main act, but they help to complete the entire meal. In fact, you can never say a dish is complete without one. The best side dishes are the crispy roasted ones. Not only can they be healthy, they can also take your meal into a whole new dimension. Plus, they are very easy to make. With that in mind, here are some crispy, roasted side dish recipes that you should know about:

Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

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The crispy roasted potatoes give off an aroma that you can’t resist. Get the complete list of ingredients from The Comfort of Cooking.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, add the crushed rosemary, oil and melted butter. Get two tablespoons from the mixture and pour it into the 2-

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quart Full Circle Creo Smartglass baking dish. Place the potato slices in a vertical manner in the dish. In between the potato slices, put some shallots. Brush the remaining butter and oil mixture on top of the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Roast the potatoes covered for over an hour. Increase the temperature to 450. Remove the foil then roast for 10-15 minutes more. Serve and enjoy!

This is a perfect pair for a hearty meal during the winter season. Up next, let us have a crispy and healthy side dish…

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Who would have thought that cauliflowers can take like real steak? Get the complete list of ingredients from Eat Well 101.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove stems and leaves from cauliflower and make sure that the core is intact. Use a large knife to cut the cauliflower into four equal parts. Add oil to your baking sheet and carefully arrange the cauliflower slices. In a bowl, add minced garlic, Italian herbs, salt, pepper, thyme and olive

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oil. Mix well. Use a Swissmar silicone brush or basting brush to brush the cauliflower slices with a generous amount of oil and herb mixture. Roast the steaks for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and arrange on plates. Brush barbecue sauce and sprinkle fresh thyme leaves on top. To prepare the barbecue sauce, just mix all ingredients.

This juicy cauliflower steak comes with a delicious smoky barbecue sauce. Lastly, let us try a delicious twist on carrots.

Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

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The carrots are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside! Get the complete list of ingredients from Diethood.

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Preheat oven to 425. Spray the baking sheet with cooking oil. Cut the carrots into smaller slices. Place an all clad French skillet over medium heat. Place butter and allow to melt. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir from time to time. Add in the carrots and toss to combine well. Transfer carrot slices into the baking sheet. Bake carrots for 22 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool down for a while and arrange well in a serving plate. Season accordingly. Top off with chopped parsley. Serve.

These crispy roasted side dishes recipes will make your dinners more complete and tasty!

July 27, 2016
by Jane
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Simply Savory Waffle Recipes

Before we head to the recipes, here’s the one piece of cooking equipment you’ll need to whip up your savory waffles: none other than the Cuisinart Electric Waffle Maker. It’s a must that your waffle maker has a non-stick coating, so your waffles come out perfect!

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With that in mind, here are some of the simply savory waffle recipes that you should try:

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles

If you are a pizza lover, this is one you’ll be able to serve from breakfast to lunch, to dinner! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at So Fab Food.

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Pour warm water into a small bowl. Add yeast and let it dissolve in the water. In a separate bowl, place flour. Pour the yeast water on top. Mix the flour and water until all the flour gets wet. Add in seasonings and olive oil and mix everything well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead it for a few minutes. Place dough back into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth and set it aside for 25 minutes. As you wait for the dough to rise, put seasoning and tomatoes in the food processor. Pulse until everything is smooth and place it in the bowl. Once the dough has risen, cut it to create four balls. Flatten balls to create discs that are 5 inches in diameter. Add a few tablespoons of sauce in the dough and spread it well. Add six pepperonis, two slices of mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan. Cover with another dough then cook in the waffle maker for 4 minutes.

Pizza lovers will surely love this recipe! Up next, we have a waffle recipe for the potato lovers!

Hash Brown Waffles

This recipe features one of our favorite comfort food turned into another comfort food! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Babble.

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Spray the waffle maker with nonstick baking spray. Place about 35 to 40 tater tots in the waffle maker. Press the waffle maker down for 5 minutes. Once the waffle is already crispy, you can remove it from the maker and place it in a plate. You can add poached or fried egg on top. You can also top it with salsa and sour cream, or you can sprinkle herbs on top. Another option is to serve ketchup on the side.

Now, we have another way to enjoy Tater Tots! Lastly, we have a waffle recipe that is perfect for the cheese lover.

Savory Spinach Cheese Waffles

You’re in for one cheesy treat! Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Edible Perspective.

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Preheat the waffle maker. Place oregano, pepper, salt, baking powder, flours and almond meal in a bowl and mix everything well. In a separate bowl, put the egg, milk, oil, garlic and applesauce into the bowl. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Fold in the cheese and spinach. Allow it to stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into the waffle maker and cook it for a few minutes. Remove from waffle maker. Serve it on a plate topped off with egg and avocado slices.

Waffles are everyone’s favorite dish, whether for breakfast, dinner, or snacks. With the recipes mentioned above, waffles do not always have to be sweet, so YAY for us savory lovers!

July 27, 2016
by Jane
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The Possibilities Of Pecans

You don’t have to be Southern to love pecans. In fact, people from all over the US (and the world!) are in love with this nut. Pecans are great to munch on, but even more magnificent when whipped into delicious deserts. With that in mind, here are some pecan-inspired recipes that you should try:

Homemade Pecan Sandies

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These sandies will surely remind you of your childhood. For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Everyday Dishes.

Place the oil, butter, granulated and powdered sugars in a large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together until smooth. Add in the vanilla and egg and beat everything until they are properly incorporated into the mixture. After that, let the salt, flour and baking powder pass through your Chef’n Sift’n Sifter and Sieve and into the bowl.

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Mix again until well-combined. Add in the pecans and stir well. Cover the dough and refrigerate it for about 25 to 30 minutes. While you are waiting for the dough, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Scoop dough, create 1-inch balls, and arrange them on the baking sheet at least 3 inches apart. Press the balls lightly until they are all 1 inch thick. Dust granulated sugar on top of the flattened dough. Bake 10 to 11 minutes. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving.

These sandies are a better version than the ones you find in your grocery store. Up next, let us try a refreshing pecan dessert…

Pecan Pie Ice Cream

This ice cream is for everyone. After all, it is ice cream! For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Homespun Capers.

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The first thing that you should do is prepare the ice cream base. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees. Place pecans, 1 tbsp of coconut sugar, and coconut oil on a baking sheet, then roast them for 8 minutes in the oven. Set aside and allow to cool. Pour almond milk into a saucepan and add in the remaining coconut sugar. Stir the mixture until everything is dissolved. In a separate large bowl, add in maple syrup,  coconut cream, vanilla, almond milk, bourbon, and molasses. Use the Curtis Stone Magnetic Attraction Whisk and whisk the mixture well. Chop the pecans. After that, churn your ice cream as per the directions of the manufacturer.

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Share it with everyone you know. They will surely love it! Last, we have some tasty and delicious post-workout snacks…

Toasted Pecan Turtle Clusters

This will taste better than any other chocolatey, sugary treat you’ve ever tasted! For the complete list of ingredients, please head to Hugs and Cookies XOXO.

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Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and arrange your pecans on high-quality bakeware like the Analon non-stick cookie sheet and toast them for 5 to 8 minutes.

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Set it aside and allow to cool. Place the caramel, butter, and condensed milk mixture in a bowl, to be microwaved. Let it cool a bit. Next, microwave the chocolate as well. Once the pecans have cooled down, arrange the pecans on a wax paper to form clusters. Spoon some of the caramel mixture on top of them. Now, spoon the melted chocolate on top. Top off with a dash of sea salt. Place them in the freezer for a few minutes and they are ready to go!

Whether you’re from the South or not, there is no excuse to not fall in love with these pecan-inspired recipes!

July 21, 2016
by Jane
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Chopped Salads

Every recipe you need to stay healthy is just a few chops away!

There is no better dish to munch on when you want to start a healthy life than a salad. The best thing about a salad is it does not require too much preparation so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. The only thing that you have to do is to chop up all of the ingredients and mix everything well.

If you want to chop up the ingredients as efficiently and easy as possible, you will need a high-quality paring knife. We have just the thing—the Global GS-6 carbon paring knife. This carbon stainless steel knife from Global will surely make chopping a breeze.

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With that in mind, here are some chopped salad recipes that you will surely love:

Chopped Chicken Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette

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Here is one crunchy, fresh and filling chopped salad to start the list! To know the full recipe, please head to Iowa Girl Eats.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place tortilla chips in a bowl. Mist the tortilla with nonstick spray. Drizzle lime juice on top. Season with salt and chili powder. Toss to coat evenly. Arrange the chips on a baking sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until crunchy. Create the chili lime vinaigrette by mixing all the vinaigrette ingredients. Next, mix the ingredients of the salad, add in the tortilla chips, drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss well to coat.

This salad offers the right mix of crunchy and healthy. Up next, let us move to a salad that will give you amazing nutrients and the comfort that you need.

Potato Salad

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This is probably the best potato salad you will ever taste! To know the full recipe, please head to Reluctant Entertainer.

Wash off your potatoes and chop it up. Pour water into a pot and allow it to boil. Add a tablespoon of salt then add the potatoes. Bring the water to a simmer and allow the potatoes to cook for about 10-12 minutes. Drain the potatoes well. Place pickle juice, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic and sugar in a bowl and mix it well. Cook the corn and the peas. Allow it to cool down. As you do so, chop up your sweet pepper, bacon, celery, chives and pickles. Place potatoes in the bowl where the dip is and toss it well. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Season it with salt and pepper. Toss well.

This simple potato salad recipe is more delicious than the ones you can order from the restaurants. Up next, let us have some refreshing salad!

Cucumber, Black Bean, Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad

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This salad contains all the basic ingredients you need to stay healthy and refreshed. To know the full recipe, please head to Popsugar.

Chop all the ingredients. Place black beans, cucumber, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped cilantro and red pepper into a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the lime and pour it all over the salad. Stir everything well. Add in the avocado. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

Indeed, you do not need complicated recipes just to stay fit and healthy. The truth is, the key to eating healthy is to start with the most basic and freshest ingredients, like vegetables and fruits, that you can come across. Just chop it up. Add a few juices and you are ready to go!

July 14, 2016
by Jane
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Classic Summer Salads

Get fit and be refreshed with these amazing summer salad recipes!

Having that bikini-ready body is quite difficult. That is especially true during this summer season when all we want to consume are delicious and refreshing sweet treats. With the scorching heat of the sun, it is a lot harder to resist consuming a full tub of ice cream on your own. But is there really no way to stay fit and healthy during the year’s hottest season?

For your information, you can enjoy the summer season without sacrificing your health. In fact, here are some of the refreshing and healthy summer salad recipes that can help you achieve the body that is fit for a bikini:

Watermelon, Avocado and Mint Salad with Feta Cheese

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Fruits, veggies and mint—what’s not to love about this salad? You can grab the complete list of ingredients by heading to Foolproof Living.

Slice all of the ingredients into cubes and place it in a large bowl. Create the dressing by using a whisk to mix the lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper all together. Drizzle the resulting mixture over the salad. Stir well to combine. Using a stretch film, cover the bowl and allow it to marinade for about 30 minutes. You can place it in the fridge for best results. Before serving, crumble feta cheese and sprinkle it on top.

Now, that’s a great balance between fruity, minty and healthy! Up next, let us enjoy an Italian take on the classic summer salad.

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction

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Who will be able to resist the perfect combination of tomato and cheese? You can grab the complete list of ingredients by heading to Little Broken.

Prepare the balsamic reduction by allowing the balsamic vinegar to boil in a saucepan placed over medium-high heat. Allow to boil for 20 to 30 minutes. Cover the pan only partially. Arrange the slices of mozzarella, tomato and basil leaves vertically in a casserole dish. Make sure that you alternate each ingredient. Drizzle olive oil on top. Afterward, drizzle the balsamic reduction on top. Sprinkle pepper and salt as a finishing touch.

This salad has Italian and summer written all over it! Lastly, we have

Cucumber and Dill Summer Salad

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This veggie salad is a perfect match for your summer barbecues. You can grab the complete list of ingredients by heading to Simply Anchored.

Using a chef’s knife, slice the cucumbers thinly. Do the same with your onions. Place it in a bowl, add the cucumbers and toss everything well. Add 2 teaspoon of salt. Add 3 tablespoons of non-fat Greek yogurt. Mix well. Remove stems from the dill and slice it thinly too. Add it to the salad and toss well.

Who says salads have to be bland and boring? These classic summer salad recipes will surely not satisfy your tummy but your taste buds and your summer cravings too!

July 7, 2016
by Jane
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Refreshing Soups

These are the perfect soup recipes to warm your heart and refresh your soul this summer season.

Summer is upon us and it is the perfect time to bring out your summer cookbooks and whip up some refreshing meals! Of course, this is the perfect time for refreshing, hearty and fruity soups that will certainly warm your heart and refresh your soul.

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A stockpot is what you need if you plan to whip up delicious refreshing soups. Regardless of what type of soup you plan on preparing, you can certainly make use of a high-quality stockpot, just like the RSVP Endurance 16 Qt stockpot from Kitchen Couture. If you already have one, let’s get started creating these soup recipes:

Hearty Tuscan Soup Recipe

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This soup strikes the balance between sweet and smoky, all thanks to the fire roasted tomatoes. To get the full list of ingredients, please visit Pickled Plum.

Place a large pot over medium heat. Add in thyme, garlic, onions and olive oil. Cook the ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes. Stop cooking once the onions become translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, except the macaroni. Bring the mixture to a boil. Afterward, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes more. Add in the macaroni, and allow the mixture to boil again. Reduce to a simmer then cook for about 10 minutes more. Top the soup with grated parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

There is no more delicious way to enjoy soup during the summer season. Up next, let’s enjoy the flavor of the tropics in one delicious soup.

Coconut Curry Summer Squash Soup

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This healthy soup gives off the rich and delicious flavor of curry. To get the full list of ingredients, please visit Flavor The Moments.

Place dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions for about 8 minutes. Add in the curry powder and garlic. Continue cooking for 30 seconds. Add in the squash and cook for 2 minutes. Pour the stock into the crockpot and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Do this for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from heat. Place soup in a blender and puree it well. Pour the resulting mixture into a large bowl and add in lime juice and coconut milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour soup into a serving bowl. Pour coconut milk on top. Sprinkle with fresh chopped basil and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Believe it or not, this soup is dairy and gluten free and vegan-friendly too!

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

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This features a taste of Mexico in every sip! To get the full list of ingredients, please visit Cooking Classy.

Place a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot and place it over medium heat. Add in jalapenos and green onions and saute for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, chicken broth and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add in chicken breasts. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook while stirring occasionally. This will take ten to fifteen minutes. Remove chicken from pan then allows cooling for 5 minutes before shredding it using a fork. Bring the shredded chicken back to the soup. Add in lime juice and cilantro. Before serving, add slices of avocados. Serve with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Who says you can’t have soups during the hotter months? These summer soups recipes will definitely beg to differ!

July 1, 2016
by Jane
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Getting Creative with Ginger!

Sometimes, there is no better treat than a gingerbread cookie. If you are getting bored with the classic sweet cookies, a gingerbread can surely be a breath of fresh air, thanks to its spicy kick.

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The Bodum Electric Stand Mixer at Kitchen Couture is a great tool for making gingerbread. If you don’t have one, then it is about time that you get one! This kitchen equipment will surely make baking the following gingerbread recipes as easy as possible.

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie

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Bite into a crunchy cookie with gooey chunks of chocolate and lots of spices in the inside. Get the full list of ingredients at Handle The Heat.

Line parchment paper in the baking sheets. Place cinnamon, ginger, cloves, flour, cocoa and nutmeg in a bowl and mix it all together. Place the butter and fresh ginger on the bowl of the stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until the mixture become fluffy and light. This will take for about 4 minutes. Add in brown sugar and beat everything. Add in the molasses and continue beating.  On a separate small bowl, pour boiling water and dissolve baking soda in it. Add half of your flour mixture into the butter mixture. Afterward, beat in the baking soda mixture. After that, beat in the remaining portion of the flour mixture. Add in chocolate and mix until everything is well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to overnight. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold the dough into 1 ½ inch balls and carefully arrange it on the baking sheet. Allow the cookies to chill for 20 minutes. After that, roll the dough balls in granulated sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow these to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Gingerbread has never been this yummy! Up next, we have a healthy sandwich that is perfect for vegans!

Gluten-free Vegan Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies

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A cookie that is gluten-free? Why not! Get the full list of ingredients at Petite Allergy Treats.

Place the can of coconut in the refrigerator overnight. Open the can and remove all the solid coconut. Place the remaining liquid in a bowl and set it aside. Place coconut solids in the bowl and beat it on high for about a minute. Add powdered or granulated sugar, little by little. Once all the sugar has been added, continue beating the mixture for 4 minutes more. Place the mixture in a  ziplock bag. Cut one edge of the bag and pipe it into store-bought gluten and dairy free cookies.

It maybe gluten and dairy-free but it tastes just like a real delicious cookie! Lastly, we have some delicious ginger snaps that are perfect for the holidays!

Soft Chewy Brown Butter Gingersnaps

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These ginger snaps have all the qualities you want in a cookie—crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside! Get the full list of ingredients at Baker By Nature.

Make the dough by placing cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda and flour in a large bowl. Whisk all the ingredients well. Place a small pan over medium heat then place butter in it and allow to melt. Once it exhibits the light brown shade, remove the pan from the heat immediately. Place the butter in a bowl and put it in a refrigerator. Wait for the butter to come back to room temp. Once the butter is ready, place it and the sugars to the body of your stand mixer. Beat the butter using medium-high speed for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat the mixture after every addition. Add in the orange zest and the molasses. Beat everything well. Turn the speed to low and add the dry ingredients slowly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour to a day. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Mold the dough into 1-inch balls and carefully arrange them on the baking sheet. Press down at the center of the cookie. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake for 9- 10 minutes. Place the cookies on the wire rack and allow to cool.

Yes, you can get creative with ginger! In fact, you can use it in making some of the most delicious cookies.

June 30, 2016
by Jane
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French Dips!

These French dip recipes are just what you need to enjoy a flavorful carbohydrate fix!

Sandwiches are some of the easiest and most filling meals that you can prepare. Whether you want to prepare delicious snacks for your family in the afternoon or an easy and fast breakfast dish, having a sandwich is the way to go!

If you are a beef lover, then you probably can’t resist a good French dip recipe. After all, what would be better than beef strips enclosed in a French bread and dipped into pan juices, right? With that in mind, here are some French Dips recipes you should try:

Crockpot French Dip Sandwich

This recipe features a toasted French bread with slow cooked meat, melted provolone and an appetizing French dip. Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Spicy Southern Kitchen.

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Photo Credit: spicysouthernkitchen.com

Place large skillet over medium-high heat and heat oil in it. Sprinkle salt and pepper to the roast beef. Cook 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat into the stainless steel slow cooker. Place onions in the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes or until it is browned. Add garlic, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, beef broth, ½ teaspoon of salt and onions into the crockpot. Cook the ingredients on low for 9 hours. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the bread rolls in half and place cheese slices inside. Place the rolls on a  baking sheet. Bake it for 5 minutes. Get the meat from the slow cooker and place it in a bowl. Shred the cooked meat using a fork. Stuff the French bread with slow cooked meat, onions and beef. Serve the cooking liquid on the side.

This is probably the most flavorful snack you can ever have! Up next, we have a delightful appetizer recipe on the list.

French Dip Crescents With Easy Au Jus

Photo Credit: mamalovesfood.com

Photo Credit: mamalovesfood.com

Get ready to have a taste of delicious crescent rolls with roasted beef and Au Jus dip. Do not forget to grab the full list of ingredients at Mama Loves Food.

Use ready to bake crescent rolls for easy baking  and arrange them carefully in a silicone baking mat. Spread a bit of horseradish in its crescent roll. Place a slice of cheese and roast beef in the middle of the crescent roll. Afterward, roll the crescent. Start from the wide end up to the narrow end. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 375 degrees. This will take about 11 to 13 minutes. Allow the crescent rolls to cool down before arranging it on a serving plate. Serve with the Au Jus sauce on the side.

Who says carbohydrates have to be so bland? Pair your bread with these amazing French dip recipes and your meals will never be boring ever again!