Grilled Peach Mascarpone Ice Cream

Grilled Peach Mascarpone Ice Cream -

I am hoping you’ve had a wonderful weekend!  My mind and kitchen (and grill) have seen a buzz with some great new summer recipes to share in the next few weeks!  For regular readers, seeing another grill recipe today will not come as a surprise.  I’m finding myself happiest this summer after hours of being doused with smoke from experimenting on the grill and with smoking.  I text girlfriends when meeting up for last minute cocktails apologizing in advance that I’ll most likely be the one … CONTINUE READING

Raspberry Pink Champagne Granita

Raspberry Pink Champagne Granita -

Ever since I made the Red White & Blue Sports Drink Popsicles for July 4th, I’ve been sort of obsessed with icy foods and drinks.  At the heart of the summer it’s almost impossible to feel fully hydrated and I feel like I’m visiting the freezer for crushed ice in water all day long.  Unlike dairy-based frozen desserts which can make you thirsty, juice or water based desserts really do help with a sweet summer cool down.  Adding champagne to that formula takes it all up a notch … CONTINUE READING

Summer of Imagination: Nature Walks and Sun Art

Nature Walk and Sun Art- summer fun for kids -

All summers are not created equal.  I will say when my kids were in elementary school they did all feel about the same.  The last day of school they’d drop their backpacks in the laundry room and there they’d stay until the first day of the new school year.  We’d create a bucket list to fill what seemed like unending days of opportunity for outings, crafts, art projects and fun.  Our list was full as were the summers.  We’d start the new school year in mid-August feeling we’d filled our time and … CONTINUE READING

Smoked Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chile Peppers

Smoked Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Chile Peppers -

The name of this recipe is a mouthful but it is as well.  An irresistible tangy, smoky, slightly spicy, creamy mouthful that warrants every ingredient being called out for it is their unison which creates pure perfection!  I did not mention the cream cheese in the recipe title but we’ll get to that. Similar to the Mesquite-Smoked Jalapeno Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs shared over the weekend, these delectable peppers are cooked through smoking alone.  In fact they were cooked alongside … CONTINUE READING

Mesquite-Smoked Jalapeno Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Mesquite-smoked Jalapeno Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs -

Since my recent ascension to being a grill warrior I’ve had some realizations.  For experienced smokers (on the grill) this will be like a kindergartener declaring the sun sets every day, but for mainstreamers not dealing in the smoking aspect of the grill, perhaps not.  Smoking is a great way to cook food while imparting flavor.  I always thought it was the art of imparting more flavor while grilling only.  Not so.  I also thought one needed to own a dedicated smoker to employ this method; also … CONTINUE READING

Red White & Blue Sports Drink Rocket Popsicles

Red White & Blue Sports Drink Rocket Popsicles -

My kids are on a summer swim team.  The good news is all their practices are indoors.  The bad news is that all their practices are indoors.  Have you ever sat poolside for 90 minutes in the heat of summer?  One pool is at the local college and is over 100 years old.  Sounds charming, right?  It is below ground on one side and certainly when the windows were installed on the opposite side originally they were not giving thought to dutiful moms sitting poolside while their tots swim, hair … CONTINUE READING