July 31, 2019

August Recipe Round-Up {Summer Cookout Recipes}

I can't believe that the calendar is switching to August already! We are into the long hot days of summer right now. That means grilling, cookouts, and outdoor picnics are in full swing! Our group of bloggers has some terrific summer recipes to share with you this month. Check out the refreshing drinks, side dishes, main meals, and desserts to plan out some of your August meals and enjoy the rest of those summer days eating outdoors.

Don't forget to check back on the first day of each month to see our themed monthly recipe round-up for your menu planning inspiration.

July 24, 2019

Dill pickle quick bread

An easy quick bread studded with chopped dill pickles and fresh dill is perfect for the pickle lovers in our life. Pickles are a big deal in our family. We always have multiple jars of them hanging out in the fridge. We eat them quite frequently and I can't have a burger or a sandwich (especially tuna) without a dill pickle or two on the side or on top. My kids seem to have inherited my pickle love and even like pickled garlic, pickled zucchini, and pickled radishes, among other things!

Since my herb garden is doing amazing this year, I've been trying to use them in more recipes and quick breads are something I make a lot. My dill has been doing well, but it got a bit battered in some high winds recently, so a bunch of tall stems broke and needed to be used up right away. I've seen a lot of dill pickle breads out there and most have less pickle and contain cheese, but I opted for more pickles and some garlic in my version. We had this dill pickle bread with barbeque pork chops and a side of summer squash. The pickle flavor went very well with the barbeque sauce. We ate it on the side, but I bet it would be delicious with tuna on top for a lunch as well.

July 19, 2019

Blueberry buckle

Blueberry buckle is a rich cake studded with blueberries and topped with a streusel and it very similar to a coffee cake. For years I've been wanting to make/try a buckle. I was never even really sure what it was until I looked it up. It's very similar in style to a coffee cake with a rich cake batter and a buttery streusel topping. The blueberries keep it moist and provide a nice pop of flavor and color. We enjoyed this buckle a lot and ate it for both dessert and with breakfast a couple of times! I slightly adapted this recipe from here and it turned out perfect. I'm looking forward to trying out this recipe with other seasonal fruits in the future such as raspberries.

This is my last recipe post for #BlueberryWeek and I hope you have enjoyed all the delicious recipes ideas this week as much as I have enjoyed them! Please visit the bottom of this post to see all the other recipes being shared today.

July 18, 2019

Blueberry ketchup

Jazz up your burgers, steaks, fries, and more with this homemade sweet and tangy blueberry ketchup! Blueberries are one of my kids' most favorite things to eat and we've been going blueberry picking with them the past few years now. They love it and we always have a lot of blueberries to eat fresh and that we freeze for eating throughout the year. We never seem to have a shortage of ways to eat them up, including in savory recipes.

This blueberry ketchup is a little thinner than a bottled ketchup, but has a lot of the same flavors. We ate it with grilled sirloin steaks and crispy oven fries. It was a really delicious compliment to both. I always enjoy fruits with meats and since the flavors are very similar to regular ketchup, it goes perfectly with potatoes. It's also delicious for a burger paired with some red onions and a sharp cheddar cheese or brie.

July 16, 2019

Sour cream blueberry pie

This sour cream blueberry pie is slightly tart, creamy, and lightly sweetened with a bit of crunch on top! I hope everyone is enjoying all of the delicious recipes that are being shared during #BlueberryWeek (check out all of today's recipes at the bottom of this post)!

I'm really excited about this pie. It's basically the same recipe as my sour cream apple pie, just with a few tweaks. Both are completely delicious! I love using sour cream in pies for that extra bit of tangy flavor which helps keep desserts from becoming overly sweet. Plus, blueberries tend to not be overly sweet either, which is perfect for me. My readers know that we are totally a pie family and I post a lot of pie recipes on the blog. I think this pie is going to be making a frequent summer appearance in our house and has quickly moved into a contender for a favorite of mine. That says a lot! I'm looking forward to our family's annual blueberry picking day coming up soon. We like to go to a local farm and freeze a few gallon bags to enjoy all year round.

July 15, 2019

Blueberry bison chili

A summertime chili made with blueberries, black beans, ground bison, and a surprise ingredient -- blueberries! Welcome to #BlueberryWeek! I'm super excited to be sharing four new blueberry recipes this week as we celebrate blueberry season. Blueberries pair beautifully with red meat and for this chili I decided to use bison. I think venison would work nicely as well (ground beef is also good, of course). I can find bison at our local grocery store and I like to use it on occasion. I know you may be a bit skeptical (like that time I made chili with apples), but this chili was a big win at dinner time in our house. The flavors all come together very nicely and the blueberries provide a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Adding fruit to your cooking is a fun way to change up your meals.

We recently went camping and took our twins (who will be turning three at the end of the month -- where has the time gone?!?) for the first time. We were a little nervous, but they ended up doing really well and we had a great time. Chili is something I would often make when my husband and I would go camping because it freezes so nicely. Then you can put the frozen container in your cooler and it lasts a couple of days before it needs to be heated and eaten - giving you have a quick and easy dinner. I love the idea of taking a chili with seasonal blueberries in it for a summer camping trip, but it's good anytime you have blueberries!

July 8, 2019

45+ Recipes for Zucchini Season

Images courtesy of Cooking with Carlee, Juggling Act Mama, Savory Moments, Karen's Kitchen Stories, & The Gingered Whisk.

It's the time of year when zucchinis are everywhere! Whether you grow them in your garden, receive them in your CSA each week, or are gifted them from your friends, relatives, and neighbors, it seems people are always looking for new ways to use up their summer zucchini bounty. I've rounded up more than 45 delicious zucchini recipes from my blog and many of my blogger friends for you to try out - everything from breakfasts, snacks, main dishes, sides, pickles, desserts, and more! There are sure to be at least a few new zucchini recipe ideas for you in this post.

July 1, 2019

Quick pickled radishes

Bright, colorful, and crisp, these quick pickled radishes are an easy way to liven up any salad or sandwich. And, aside from adding lovely color to a relish tray, they would even be terrific in a burrito or a taco. They provide some crunch, a touch of heat if your radishes are bit spicy, and that vinegar pickle tang. They are a great way to use up some radishes from your CSA or garden when you get more than you can eat.

I'm a big fan of quick pickling. I used to can a lot more, but these days I just don't have to time or energy to do so.... but, I do love making small-batch jars of refrigerator pickles. My favorite thing about them is that they remain crunchier and firmer than canned pickles. They don't last as long, but are terrific to have on hand. Some of my favorite quick refrigerator pickles are pickled jalapenos, pickled banana peppers, bread and butter zucchini pickles, hot & spicy turnip pickles, pickled quince, deli-style refrigerator dill pickles, pickled green tomatoes, and quick pickled red onions. You can quick pickle almost any vegetable and many fruits as well. Change-up the type of vinegar and any spices and the possibilities are pretty endless.