Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

The silkiest ice cream you’ll ever had. This is the best ice cream I’ve had outside of Europe. It’s unbelievably silky and rich. Both baking chocolate and cocoa powder are used in this recipe. Imagine chocolate mousse in ice cream form. If you love ice cream, this is a must-try recipe! This is a custard-based…

Village Salad (Greek Salad)

In America, this is called a Greek Salad but in Greece it’s called a Village Salad. No matter what you call it, this is a fantastic (and healthy!) staple in my house. I can’t even count how many times I’ve eaten this for lunch. I’ve never posted this “recipe” because I never measure when I…

Crockpot Fajita Shredded Chicken

This recipe is so simple. The crockpot does all of the work! Just throw everything in the crockpot in the morning, forget about it all day, shred the chicken and boom, you’ve got perfect taco meat. Bonus: Get my homemade tortilla recipe here. I came up with this recipe last night using what I happened to…

Orange Whole Grilled Chicken

Is there anything more fun than putting a whole chicken on the grill? I absolutely love buying whole chickens – this beauty cost me just $4 – but when the temperature starts rising, I don’t want to run my oven for an hour and a half to make my beloved Roasted Chicken. So I ask…

Watermelon Feta Checkerboard Salad

A whimsical summertime salad This is a great way to impress you guests! There’s just something about watermelon, mint, and feta cheese. I grow English mint in my garden and just swoon over this flavor combination. As for the balsamic reduction, you can either reduce balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat or buy a…

Bacon Cantaloupe Soup

Here me out… This is for all the chilled soup lovers out there! I live on chilled soups in August. After all, I live in Texas! It’s 100 degrees outside and I refuse to turn on my oven when it’s that hot. My favorite chilled soups are Chilled Cucumber Soup, Chilled Cantaloupe Soup, and Gazpacho….

Vanilla No-Bake Cheesecake

In the heat of summer, I rarely turn on my oven. I get it from my mother, who cooks very seasonally. I thought everyone cooked this way but I was wrong. It never ceases to amaze me how many Texans will roast a chicken in the dead of summer. Not me! I live in Dallas…

Gazpacho

What, pray tell, is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a bowl of gazpacho? The Spanish no-cook dish is perfect for summertime when tomatoes are in season and you can’t be bothered to heat the house with the oven. It’s common to use soaked, leftover bread as an ingredient blended into gazpacho but…

Popsicle Champagne

A summer dessert that’s as easy as it sounds! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to turn on my oven when it’s over 90 degrees so I get really creative with dessert all summer: minted fruits, strawberries and cream, homemade ice cream, banana splits, milkshakes, etc. After a meal that filling, I figured…