Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Crispy Tofu Tacos

When everyone in the house kept walking past sneaking tofu bits BEFORE we assembled the crispy tofu tacos, I knew this vegan taco recipe was a winner!

Crispy Tofu Tacos - Vegan, but totally omnivore approved! Recipe on

Full disclosure, we made this recipe two weekends in a row once I decided to add it to the blog because there wasn’t enough tofu available to take pictures after the first round. This is how good we find these tacos. I feel the need to stress this because 1. I know some of you got this glazed look in your eyes when you read the word “tofu”, and 2. If you haven’t had particularly good tofu, you might be a bit wary of trying another recipe. I get it, but trust me, if the Godfather told me he’d gladly eat these whenever I make them, this is one tofu recipe worth making. (more…)

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Creamy, crunchy cilantro lime coleslaw has just the right hint of creamy with a touch of kick. This is a great recipe to pair with barbecue or bring to a potluck!

Creamy crunchy cilantro lime coleslaw makes a perfect side dish for your next bbq! *

I don’t know if it’s the Southern girl in me, or the picnic lover, or just the part of me that really likes the texture of crunchy vegetables mixed with the right amount of creamy dressing, but I cannot turn down a good slaw. And when circumstances line up where I need to bring a dish to a potluck, there are beautiful cabbages at the grocery store, and I happen to have extra cilantro and jalapenos at home, I get creative and make a cilantro lime coleslaw. Which turned out to be a perfect barbecue side dish, and has an unintended Texas twist! (more…)

No Bake Piña Colada Cheesecake Shooters

Dessert shooters make a fun and unique treat to take to a party. My no bake piña colada cheesecake shooters are the perfect mini dessert for summer fun! 

Dessert shooters make a fun and unique treat to take to a party. These no bake piña colada cheesecake shooters are the perfect mini dessert for summer fun! *

Some of my best ideas come after serious failures. My original plan was to make piña colada cheesecake bars, but clearly that didn’t work out. My first test resulted in bars that didn’t set. When I did get them to set, they weren’t pineapple coconut-ty enough for me, so we went back to the drawing board and I decided to make dessert shooters instead. We never sacrifice flavor for a “look”, darlings. I’d say this worked out even better than planned though, because dessert shooters look equally at home at a backyard barbecue and an elegant evening soiree.   (more…)

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Fruit Bars

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Set up a chocolate dipping station for fruit pops at your next summer party! It's an easy and interactive dessert your guests will love! #ad #SnackBrighter

One of my first summertime memories is sitting on our apartment steps with my mom and sisters eating frozen popsicles. Sometimes we would make the frozen pops ourselves with fruit juice, and sometimes we would buy from the store, but we would always enjoy them outside on a hot summer afternoon. Being of the “young at heart” crowd, I wanted to have a little fun with this summer memory and combine my love of frozen pops with another love of mine, interactive desserts!  (more…)

Key Lime Pie

Tart sweet key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts! Make this easy key lime pie recipe the next time you need to find yourself in a Key West state of mind. 

Key Lime Pie is a quintessential summer dessert! Enjoy this easy creamy tart version anytime you need to find yourself in a Key West frame of mind! *

The very first pie I ever made was a key lime pie. I suppose it makes sense given my Florida upbringing and the Godfather’s love of everything key lime. In fact, for our first Valentine’s Day, I gave him a present of key lime treats from an “all things key lime” store near the University campus. I’m not sure that store is still there, but it was like the key lime pie stores you see in Key West. I’m not sure what prompted me to make it since we were living near a Publix at the time, and Publix makes a really good key lime pie. It might have been because a pie wasn’t in our grocery budget at the moment, we may have been hosting a dinner party, or maybe it was our first Thanksgiving away from family? I don’t remember, but I do know we stopped buying key lime pie after I started making it.  (more…)

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