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…

Summer in Chicago

Not a lot of people consider a summer vacation in Chicago but I’m here to tell you: they should. There is no shortage of fabulous summer activities in this beautiful lakeside city. My friend Candy and I had the best time exploring Chicago for two nights. Here’s what we did! The Drake Hotel We had…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The ultimate moonlit summer garden party Welcome to my first ever theatre-themed dinner party! As a lifelong lover of the arts, this is an exciting moment for me. I’ve wanted to host A Midsummer Night’s Dream party since I first read the William Shakespeare play in high school. It’s an enchanting theme for a party…

Peach Burrata Salad

There are few things as wonderful as fresh peaches in the South. I brought these beauties back from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, which is known for their incredible peach season, and couldn’t wait to play with them at the lake house this weekend. I made this gorgeous salad for dinner with my mom along with…

Strawberry Fool

This is one of those dishes that you take a bite of and wonder why the hell you haven’t been making this all along.     Make this when you have really great, juicy strawberries. Just toss a cup of washed and hulled strawberries in a blender with a tablespoon of sugar and fold that…

Mexican Zucchini

The perfect summer side dish! I love recipes that don’t require any measuring. That’s my favorite way to cook! This dish is crunchy, flavorful, and refreshing on a warm day. It also looks damn fun! Zucchini is peeled into ribbons and tossed with freshly squeezed lime juice, chili powder, salt, and pepper. That’s it! Raw…

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad

A delightful summer salad full of grilled veggies You might have noticed by now that I love to grill. This salad is a mix of grilled corn, grilled zucchini, and grilled bell peppers tossed with tomatoes, diced red onion, and cilantro with a light cumin lime dressing. It would also be fantastic with avocado and cotija…

Grilled Chicken Caprese

An impressive weeknight recipe that takes just fifteen minutes! My regular readers know how much I love fast and easy recipes that require little clean up. I’ve been making this crowd pleaser all summer long, particularly when I have really good tomatoes from the farmers market. I often pick up meat from the farmers market…

Ice Cream Board

In an effort to post more entertaining ideas, I give you the Ice Cream Board. Think cheese board but instead of crackers and charcuterie, we have chocolate chips and cookies and everything else needed for a fabulous summer soiree. I’m going to confess this right off the bat: I technically used gelato. What can I…

Chilled Cucumber Soup

I could not love this recipe any more. I spent years whipping up variations of chilled cucumber soup and this is hand’s down my favorite. Creamy and flavorful with crispy cherrywood smoked bacon, this is really everything I want in a summer dinner! This is an especially great recipe for summer entertaining because you make…

Simple Summer Veggie Salad

This is the kind of thing I eat all the time and think, “I can’t possibly publish this! It’s hardly a recipe!” But it’s a really good non-recipe to have in your back pocket, especially when zucchini is abundant and flavorful. This salad is as light and summery as it is creamy and satisfying thanks to the…