Cookies Again

coconut oil oat chip cookies

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of cookies.

They’re up there as one of my favorite desserts. That’s because cookies are:

  • a mix of textures
  • can contain chocolate
  • can be combined with lots of flavors
  • are bite-sized

There are so many reasons for my cookie love. Although I definitely don’t make cookies every week, I like to whip up some new ones every month or so, and it’s even better when I can substitute coconut oil for butter.

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Ingredient of the Month: Basil

Basil

I hope you have enjoyed this Fresh Herb Week (#freshherbweek) that we’re having. I know that I have had fun sharing new recipes and ideas with all of you.

And, there might be even more twitter questions in store, so keep an eye out!

This is our first herb ingredient of the month, and I am very excited! Since I currently have a thriving plant of it in my backyard, I’m so ready to get to using it!

Without further ado, I introduce to you, my friend, basil.

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Basil is an herb that grows in leaves on stalks. There are many varieties, such as sweet, Thai, lemon and purple. The color of basil can vary from a grass green to purple and everywhere in between (in a very non-Barney sense).

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Fresh Herb Week: Thai Beef with Basil

thai beef with basil

Welcome back to Fresh Herb Week!

The wonderful thing about herbs is that they can often be a virtual transport to another land.

When I smell thyme, I think about the tea that my Jordanian friend used to make me.

Mint often reminds me of condensation-covered glasses of cool iced tea that my mom used to serve with a fresh sprig of the green herb on top.

I guess a lot of my memories revolve around tea, too.

You can do so much traveling by using herbs in your cooking, taking you to countries all over the world.

thai beef with basil

Today, we’re featuring basil in a Thai-inspired recipe that’s full of flavor, texture and freshness.

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Fresh Herb Week

fresh herb week

As a home chef, I’m always looking for simple and inexpensive ways to add flavor to my dishes.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just walk out to your porch or in your fridge and have a flavor booster right there for you to use?!

If you’re getting excited about that possibility, then I’ve got two words for you: fresh herbs!

From salads to main dishes to cocktails, there’s so much you can do with a good herb. Fresh, complex and unique, each herb can add something so great.

And all you have to do to get started during this Fresh Herb Week is:

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Lighten it Up

cucumber salad

Southern food is so near and dear to my heart.

It’s basically for pulled pork that I can’t be a vegetarian.

And that creamy mac and cheese and crisp fried okra gets me every time.

But, I also love my greens, fresh veggies and salads — which are totally apart of my heritage, too. Hello, summer fresh tomatoes, pickled onions and clean cucumber.

cucumber salad

It’s so nice to have a few simple salad or veg recipes to whip up to add to a buffet of fried chicken, pork, brisket or whatever you’ve got going on.

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Simple Saturday: Dark & Stormy

dark & stormy

We’ve been having a lot of evening storms around here lately, and I’m all about it…especially since I have a covered porch to enjoy them under.

It seems like at least a few nights each week for the past month, we’ve had a spectacular showing of strong wind, dark and grey mixed clouds, and anywhere from light sprinkles to sheets of rain.

There’s something scary about storms, but there’s also something so beautiful about watching them pass when you know you’re safe and dry.

In honor of an evening storm a few weeks ago, we decided to have a Dark & Stormy.

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Summa Chowda

summer corn chowder

Soups are definitely my thing year-round, so I’m always happy to discover some soups to enjoy in the summer.

I also love using up my recent farm stand purchases. Have I mentioned that I now live 5 minutes from a farm stand?

When I saw this Summer Corn Chowder recipe, I made a point to pick up corn cobs and new potatoes the next time I was at the farm stand.

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Fourth of July Remix

Summer holidays come and go…and are you eating the same food.

The same well done burgers paired with the same gloppy potato salad. Do you just end up feeling bloated and tired?

Whether you’re an adventurous eater or not, there’s certainly room for you to branch out this Fourth of July.

Try something new. Make your holiday a bit healthier (dare I suggest?!). Cook something fresh and exciting for your family.

Today, we’re taking the old classics of Fourth of July and giving them a remix. New ingredients and new techniques are sure to liven up your long weekend.

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What’s On My Mind: Summer Beer

What's On My Mind

Summer is a great time to try new things. But I also love returning to the old standards. Eh- both are good.

And that’s true for what’s on my beer lineup. I love keeping a few special beers in the fridge to take with me to the pool or to enjoy while sitting on the porch.

I’m super into light beers that are fruity, full of flavor (citrus, pine, etc.) and don’t weigh me down. Think of these beers as the delicious, creative and fruity cocktails of the beer world.

If you’re super into porters or high alcoholic beers, then this list probably isn’t for you. But maybe you could squeeze one of these summer beers in before you start drinking your dark beer. Just a thought.

I’ve created this list of beers based on what their cocktail counterpart might be, so you can know what you might like best. Whether you’re new to beer or not, I think you’ll enjoy sampling them.

1. If you like Fruity Sangria…Double D’s Watermelon Lager

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