May 31, 2019

June Recipe Round-Up {Recipes for Dad & Father's Day}

June is here and that means summer is coming and Father's Day will be here soon! This month our blogger group is sharing some recipes that are perfect to celebrate all the special dads in your life and a lot of recipes that are perfect for a summer picnic. We have side dishes, steaks, BBQ, ribs, burgers, desserts, and more. Keep reading to see all the recipes we have to help you plan out your eating and meals for the month of June. Don't forget to check back on the last day of each month to see the recipe round-up!

May 29, 2019

Chocolate chip rhubarb brownies

Rhubarb and chocolate -- this is a new combination for me. I wasn't sure how rhubarb in brownies was going to turn out, but we were all very happy with the results! I have seen a few recipes out there using this combination (such as here and here) and I was really intrigued. The more I thought about it, the more I knew we had to make them. The few recipes I saw all said that you couldn't taste the rhubarb, but for me that wasn't the case. The tart flavor of the rhubarb certainly was not overpowering, but I knew it was there.... and I think that's a good thing. It complimented all the chocolate and sweetness very well and provided a nice contrast in flavor. Plus it makes these brownies ultra moist and gooey. So if you are looking for a new way to enjoy rhubarb, look no further than these chocolate chip rhubarb brownies! I have no doubt the pan will disappear quickly!

May 23, 2019

Creamy spring asparagus soup

A lighter and brighter creamy asparagus soup full of fresh spring flavors. When asparagus starts becoming available here in western New York, I'm always very happy. We try to grab it from roadside stands, farmers' markets, and family members who grow it to get as much as we can in its short season. Generally, we like to have asparagus just simply roasted in the oven until fork tender with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It's perfect that way. But, occasionally I do use it to make something else and cream of asparagus soup is something I've always enjoyed. For this soup, I only used a little half and half and I added garlic, fresh spring green onions, and lemon zest to really brighten it up. The asparagus makes the soup such a lovely and vibrant green color! Surprisingly, both of my toddlers ate this soup and went back for seconds, thirds, and more. One was reluctant at first, but then tried it from my bowl (with my spoon, of course) and was sold. This recipe will serve about six people. We had it as a side dish with sandwiches and fruit salad. You can also make this a main dish with some crusty bread and a salad. If you find yourself with some extra asparagus, give this soup a try before the season is over.

May 17, 2019

Rhubarb oatmeal bars

Sweet, tangy, and slightly spiced rhubarb filling is sandwiched between two layers of a buttery oat crumb mixture for a delicious and seasonal treat! I think all my readers know that we are big rhubarb fans in our house. I love how tangy it is and how it provides such a nice contrast in desserts, or even helps make a flavorful sauce or a lemonade. Plus it's one of the first produce items to become available in the spring after our long western New York winters. Growing up we always had a large rhubarb plant in our garden and it was a regular thing we ate each spring/early summer. It was generally used in strawberry rhubarb pie, but there are so many other uses for rhubarb!

This is not the first rhubarb bar recipe to appear on my blog - I also make these rhubarb bars (similar to lemon bars) and these rhubarb custard shortbread bars. All three are so good! These bars contain oats, so that makes them more acceptable to me to have for breakfast or a mid-morning snack with an extra mug of coffee. These bars are perfect for a party or a potluck as well because they make a nice big pan.

May 8, 2019

Honey dandelion shortbread cookies

Dandelions are a fun and easy wild edible to add into your baking and cooking. Dandelions are pretty ubiquitous and easy to identify, plus the entire plant is edible, so you don't have to worry about removing certain parts. Just make sure you are getting your dandelions from a safe places --- I avoid places that have been sprayed or treated with pesticides. I also avoid getting them from too close to the road as we have so much salt put down here in the winter. We get our dandelions from our backyard. These cookies are a fun treat for spring and summer, plus you can get kids involved with helping to pick the flowers and pick off all the petals. My kids thought this was a fun project and the cookies are also quite delicious! I added a bit of honey to this shortbread to help highlight the floral flavor. The cookies are quite mild in flavor and pretty with tiny specks of yellow throughout (and a little green as well). Shortbread cookies are an easy way to add herbs and other plants into baking -- two of my other favorites are using the herb cinnamon basil and making rosemary ones at the holidays. This recipe will make about 18 cookies.

May 2, 2019

Whole wheat carrot applesauce mini muffins

Mini muffins that are perfect for toddlers, kids, and adults, too! These muffins are made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, maple syrup, and grated carrots and are a fun size for the little ones in your life. All of us enjoy a good muffin, but there's something about mini muffins that make them extra special for little kids. My toddlers helped to make this batch of muffins and they definitely helped to eat them all up, too! I've made so many muffins over the years and especially the past couple of years because my kids love them and they are an easy way to get them to eat a little bit more vegetables sometimes. Plus, they are great for quick breakfasts and snacks on the go. I served these with hard boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast and we all enjoyed that.

This recipe will make 24 mini muffins (you can make 12 regular muffins by increasing the baking time). Don't forget you can always find other baby, toddler, and kid friendly recipe ideas on my Baby & Toddler Food page or by joining my Baby & Toddler Food Recipe Share Facebook group.