Apple Brie Salad with Ginger Dressing

I love when I can share a new salad dressing recipe! I am always on the lookout for new dressing recipes and this amazing Apple Brie Salad with Ginger Dressing is one I’m excited to share.

It’s no secret I love fruit in my salad. I also love the combo of something crunchy with something sweet. But a salad doesn’t shine without a great dressing recipe. And it seems like every time I find a new one, it’s better than the last. read more

Watermelon Berry Salad a

We can’t get enough of watermelon this summer! Whether it’s on the grill or in a salad, we are just eating this up — literally! I had some leftover from the watermelon I made on the grill and wanted to make a light, fresh salad — and that is how this Watermelon Berry Salad was born!

And this recipe is bittersweet for me — I’m afraid my camera died after shooting this recipe:( I know this sounds silly but my camera became my buddy and partner while creating Burnt Macaroni. I didn’t or couldn’t do a recipe without it! So this recipe is the swan song for my first work camera! Of course, I have since picked up a new one, but it’s Au Revoir to my camera — you will be missed! read more

Corn on the Cob pasta

Growing up in New Jersey, I can remember going to the farmers market all summer long. We went just so we could pick up sweet Jersey corn-on-the-cob. It became a ritual especially when my dad was in the mood to grill, which was all the time. So when I came across this recipe for Corn on the Cob Pasta, it made me think of those great summer weekends at the farmers market.

Whether you live in New Jersey or another beautiful place, summer is definitely the time for corn-on-the-cob! I can’t think of a time corn-on-the-cob isn’t the perfect side dish to any summer meal. But this recipe stands on its own and is very addicting! read more

Grilled Watermelon with Goat Cheese

There are so many foods that say summer to me — hot dogs & hamburgers, ice cream, corn on the cob and watermelon! But only one of those actually smells like summer! I love the fresh smell of watermelon and when you add my favorite cheese to it, you have Grilled Watermelon with Goat Cheese!

Ahh — does it get any better than that!

I’ve actually never grilled watermelon until now. I found it takes longer than I thought it would take and it’s extremely wet and watery (I did expect that). But I will say, there is no denying the flavor of the fresh watermelon with goat cheese and a little basil! read more

Spaghetti & Meatballs on a Stick

I think most people under the age of 10, my daughter included, would list Spaghetti & Meatballs as one of their favorite foods. I would definitely agree! But I wanted to change it up a bit, so I made Spaghetti & Meatballs on a Stick for fun!

This is a new take on spaghetti & meatballs. It would be as if you threw all the ingredients up in the air and watched where they landed. This time, it lands on a stick! read more

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

I have to admit, food is becoming all about convenience these days!  I love something easy and that I can eat over and over again!  That is what I think about these No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls recipe.  I love these for breakfast, an afternoon snack or a road trip.

The first time I had these No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls, I was relaxing at a spa so it also brings back great memories of taking it easy.  Oh did I mention these are extremely good for you!

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Summer Veggie Casserole

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In the summer we usually take a break from all of those heavy meals we love — but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. I think summer is the best time of year because we have so many fresh ingredients. This Summer Veggie Casserole is the perfect example of that. It combines all of your favorite summer vegetables and makes a delicious, healthy meal.

I think summer is also a great time of year to experiment with different vegetables.  And the best place to find these veggies is a farmers market.  They can offer you samples and ideas on how to prepare it.

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Ina's Coconut Cake

I am such a huge fan of Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa! She is my food hero! And I have always wanted to make Ina’s Coconut Cake!

I was so lucky to have met her when I was still producing Good Morning Texas. She was as lovely as you would imagine! Since meeting and following her TV show, I think I have all of her cookbooks including Barefoot Contessa at Home, my favorite. (affiliate link)

I have also made many of her recipes including her roast chicken. But I couldn’t wait to make Ina’s Coconut Cake! It’s a recipe that has been on my list for quite a while. To me, it’s the perfect, classic cake that works for any special occasion.

You will also love it! read more