Kabobs and Croquet

Don’t you wish every day could be a perfect spring day in the garden? I had my friends Thi and Simon over recently for an easy dinner on the grill and some croquet. If you’re a fairly new reader, I should tell you that croquet is not a new activity for me. In fact croquet…

Grilled Chicken Tenders

It’s wild that this has never appeared on The Rose Table before because I swear I make this every week! If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about chicken tenders. They have a bad rep I suppose because the frozen fried children’s food is also called chicken…

Zucchini Boats

How have I never made zucchini boats until now?! They’re so delicious and quite fun to make. It’s also a great way to stretch a pound of ground beef – you get six servings with this recipe! I will definitely be making these all summer long when there’s an abundance of fresh zucchini. There are…

Strawberry Breeze

I actually exclaimed, “OMG!” when I took a sip of this cocktail for the first time. It’s that tasty. I happened to have some strawberries, leftover lemonade, and mint in the garden and needed a cocktail to go with my Fettuccine with Mussels and Bacon for dinner with my friend Irene. I had been wanting…

Loaded Focaccia

Today in the kitchen we’re taking a trip to Italy! My loaded focaccia is cheesy, flavorful, and easy to make. With mozzarella, homemade pesto, olives, and tomatoes, this focaccia is a dream Italian lunch. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year virtually traveling through YouTube and blogs. I was reading old Europe posts…

German Cucumber Salad

A tasty side dish that takes two minutes to make! I spent the summer of 2007 visiting my friend Rebecca in Germany. We had dinner with her grandparents in Bavaria one night and her grandmother served salmon, potatoes, and the tastiest cucumbers I’d ever had. I was startled because they looked normal. I believe I…

Strawberry Salmon Salad

I’ve been making this same salad since my college days! I absolutely love the combination of salmon and strawberries. If you’ve never tried it, please do! The two go perfectly together, especially with the crunch of toasted sliced almonds and the saltiness of Feta cheese. It’s a perfect summer salad that’s as delicious as it…

Pesto Crostini

If I’ve got fresh pesto on hand, there’s a good chance I’m making crostini. I love simple foods like this and I can’t eat enough basil in the summertime! This year I’ve got four healthy basil plants in the garden and I’ve been making homemade pesto like crazy. Paired with a bit of rubbed garlic,…

Simple Summer Squash Pasta

There’s just something about summer squash! This is a quick, easy pasta recipe with a simple cream sauce, a bit of Pecorino, fresh basil, and beautiful summer squash. I’ve been growing squash in my raised bed garden this summer but even if you don’t grow your own, squash is so delicious (and cheap!) this time…