Watermelon Creamsicles and Ice Cream

[Editor's Note: It's National Watermelon Day, and what better way to celebrate than with this easy and delicious, preservative-free treat that turns watermelon into either watermelon creamsicle pops or watermelon ice cream? Either way, it's a fun taste sensation for the whole family. -Genie] ...more
yum...love this...more

Giving Grilled Meat Flavor With a Dry Rub

[Editor's Note: I love a grilled piece of meat that's been marinating all day long, but like Karly of Buns In My Oven, I sometimes forget to make that step happen, but still want to grill something that has a lot of flavor. A dry rub is a perfect solution to this, and this recipe for a rub would be a great one for your summer grilling portfolio. -Genie] ...more
depends on the meat & the flavor needed. I recently discovered CostCo's mesquite salt free ...more

Five-Minute Grapefruit Gelato

[Editor's Note: For those who don't have an ice cream maker, but still want a creamy, frozen dessert made from scratch right at home, this is a dream come true. Quick to assemble, it provides a tart-sweet treat after just a night in the freezer. You can trust this mother-daughter blogger pair: it really is almost a miracle. --Genie] ...more

I've already copied and pasted the recipe. It is just too good to pass up. And since we already ...more

Quick and Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta

[Editor's Note: So many of us rely on crutches we can find easily at the grocery store, but relying on processed shortcuts also shortchanges the health of the entire family. It's often just as easy to make quick food from scratch, which is inevitably going to be healthier, since it's free of preservatives and the high levels of sodium found in the non-scratch option. This Cheesy Taco Pasta from Lauren's Latest is a great example of a dish that's been remade so it's still fast from stove to table, but better for your family. --Genie] Cheesy Taco Pasta ...more

Lauren's Latest, thanks for the recipe idea!

I think that starches like pasta and pizza crust ...more

Blueberry and Sausage French Toast Casserole

[Editor's Note: I'm always on the lookout for great breakfast casseroles. When guests are in town, they allow me to assemble a breakfast dish, put it in the oven, and let it bake while I make coffee and maybe prep a fruit salad for the side. The more complete, the better, when it comes to these dishes, and this recipe from The Homesick Texan, complete with blueberries and sausage, sounds like it would definitely fit the bill for weekend entertaining. --Genie] French toast casserole with blueberries and sausage ...more

I was reading this recipe when my 8 year old popped over my shoulder and asked me if I can make ...more

A Quick Recipe to Make Paneer At Home

[Editor's Note: Though Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons has made paneer the more traditional, slower way, in this post, she shares a faster way to make this wonderful Indian farmer's cheese at home. Browned in ghee, it's a delicious addition to any homemade Indian dish! --Genie] Making Indian Cottage Cheese at home - Quick Recipe ...more

A Versatile Lentil Salad

[Editor's Note: I'm always looking for great legume and/or grain salads to make for dinner, partially because they make such great leftovers for my office lunch the next day! This salad caught my eye and looks quite versatile. In fact, when I was checking out the post, my Mom was visiting, and the photo on the screen caught her eye as she walked by—the recipe got the Mother Seal of Approval just by its picture! -Genie] ...more

Watermelon-Basil Sorbet

[Editor's Note: I could eat watermelon every day of the summer, and I love making watermelon salads with mint and basil. This refreshing frozen take on some of my favorite summer flavors is a delicious option for those looking for a non-dairy option during our Month of Ice Cream celebration. And that kick of vodka? Just makes it that much more of an adult treat. -Genie] Wordless Weekend: Watermelon-Basil Sorbet ...more
Never been tried this. I must now! Yum!more

Herbed Soda Bread

[Editor's Note: Yeast-leavened breads are fantastic, of course, but sometimes something faster works better in a busy schedule. This rendition of soda bread is brightened by herbs that are plentiful this time of year at the farmers' market, and would work equally well with dinner or alongside eggs at breakfast. --Genie] ...more

Simply Delicious: Grilled Swordfish with Heirloom Tomatoes

[Editor's Note: Sometimes the best seafood preparation is the simplest. This easy-yet-elegant recipe from Dawn Viola of Wicked Good Dinner features heirloom cherry tomatoes, which are just starting to appear in farmers' markets here in Northern California. --Genie] Grilled Swordfish with Heirloom Tomatoes ...more