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Mexican Street Corn Salad

Do you love summer corn on the cob? Then you will LOVE Mexican Street Corn Salad. To get started, here’s a helpful hint to easily husk corn on the cob (works every time – in the microwave!) Cut off the bottom of the corn cob, where the stalk meets the

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Celebrate July 4th with Cocktails and Festive Appetizers

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays…lots of sunshine, shorts and flip flops and casual picnic food + fun festive cocktails! I love a red white and blue cocktail on Independence Day! Enjoy my recipe for a Strawberry Basil Cocktail made with Crescent Simples Strawberry Basil Cocktail Syrup. It’s

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Sangria! Peachy Rosé, Strawberry Blackberry, Peach Mango

Summertime is sangria time! To serve these fanciful sangrias, purchase a sangria pitcher. Why? Traditional sangria pitchers have a pinched lip so that the fruit does not plop into the glass and splash sangria all over your countertop. In the south of Spain Sangria is often called Zurracapote or abbreviated

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Lemon Mojito + Lots Of Ways To Refresh With Lemon This Summer

Looks like it’s going to be very hot this summer, so let’s get refreshed! I always like to have a pitcher of homemade lemonade in my refrigerator during the hot weather. My surprise ingredient in my lemonade – lime juice! Here’s a trick to easily incorporate lemon zest and juice

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Strawberry Shrub Cocktails – A Blast From the Past

If you enjoy cocktails that are not cloyingly sweet, you are going to love a shrub cocktail! Shrubs are made with three simple ingredients – fruit, vinegar and sugar. My favorite shrub is strawberry. Shrub cocktails and mocktails were popular in the 19th century before refrigeration was readily available. Vinegar

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Summer Fun with Cast Iron Skillet Nachos on the Grill

I love cooking with cast iron on my grill. Nachos on the grill are one of my favorites because they are so easy and so tasty and my family loves them! You can pile them up high with lots of toppings, with ground beef, chicken or vegetarian or serve them

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Summer Gazpacho

As soon as the tomatoes turn ripe on the vine, it’s time to make gazpacho! Refreshing and so very flavorful. Toss all of the fresh summer ingredients in a blender and that’s all it takes to make this delightful soup. It will keep in the refrigerator overnight, so you can

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Summer Delight – Pickled Shrimp

Pickled shrimp with red bell pepper, crisp celery and red onion is the perfect appetizer for warm summer evenings. Enjoy this dish as a luncheon salad too. So easy to prepare and make ahead too. I added my favorite pepper sauce to my recipe: Clark and Hopkins Chesapeake Bay Artisan

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