Caramelized Leek and Bacon Pizza

I received two leeks in my last CSA and I was looking for a fun and creative way to use them. I haven’t used leeks very often, but after making this pizza, I’m going to use them more! Leeks have a mild onion flavor and are sweeter than onions.

This pizza was amazing! The caramelized leeks with crispy bacon were the perfect combination! I used turkey bacon since that was what I had on hand, plus when I ate the extra slice I shouldn’t have eaten, I didn’t feel as bad! 🙂

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Grilled Peach and Cinnamon Crumble Ice Cream

We’re in a crazy heat wave and it’s the perfect time to share a new recipe for ice cream! I was looking for something different to make when I stumbled across this recipe. Grilled peaches and cinnamon crumble….yes, please! I knew this would be the perfect recipe to make for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight! Each month, a theme or ingredient is featured and anyone participating the challenge will share their recipes with everyone else. Check out the blog hop below the recipe for more ice cream recipe.

I know last month’s theme was Peaches and Cream, but this recipe was too good not to make. The grilled peaches really enhance the peach flavor and then the cinnamon crumble adds a great texture to the decadent and creamy ice cream. I asked my husband to describe it since I only had spoonful and he just mumbled “mmmmmm” at me. I guess it’s a winner of a recipe!

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Veggie Fritters

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend. We’ve had a low-key weekend and is exactly what is needed before a crazy, busy week. Last week, I picked up a CSA share from a local, organic farm and received a bunch of carrots, zucchini and kohlrabi. I never had kohlrabi before but knew it was similar to a turnip – which I love, but it’s a little sweeter and milder. I decided I was going to make fritters with these three veggies and top them with a herb lemon yogurt sauce. It was great way to use them and work on eliminating any waste.

The yogurt sauce was bright and helped lighten up the dish since the fritters are fried in olive oil. The combination the zucchini, carrots and kohlrabi was perfect and you could swap any veggies out for ones you don’t like.

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Ricotta Parmesan Garlic Bread

Sometimes you need to indulge a little and this bread is exactly that! This was a HUGE hit with my family – even my picky kids. I guess if you spread cheese – even cheese they don’t like – over bread, they’ll love it. It makes for a great appetizer or compliments an Italian dinner. I’m planning to make it for my next wine tasting! I have the perfect wine to pair with it!

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Brownie Energy Bites

How is it already July 6th? It’s crazy that my daughter has been on summer break for a month and back to school items are popping up in stores. I know she’s not ready to start 5th grade and I’m definitely not ready since my little guy is starting kindergarten. How is my baby oldest enough to be going to school?!? I know he’s going to love it, but it’s a big change for me. There will definitely be tears on his first day.

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about school in July, well….it’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar and this month’s theme was “Back to School”. I’m going to up my after school snack game since I’ll be having two ravenous kids coming home in the afternoons. My kids love energy bites and I love that they’re easy to make and good for them. I decided to go with a brownie version for today’s reveal. They’re rich like fudge, but not too sweet and will keep my kiddos full. They’re great for moms and dads who need a 3 pm snack too! 🙂

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Honey Lime Fruit Salad

We’re coming off a long holiday weekend, one with I indulged way too much and I’m feeling it today. I’m planning to get back on track and planning to take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are coming into season. This fruit salad highlights local berries with a tropical twist.

We all loved this fruit salad. It was refreshing and made for a great “dessert” for my kids after a picnic dinner. The dressing wasn’t too sweet and the lime added a nice tartness to the fruit. I’ll definitely be making it again!

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Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca

I can’t believe it’s already July – where has the year gone?! This summer has been a little cool, but it’s feeling hot and humid to celebrate the 4th of July tomorrow. We’re having a low-key day at home, lots of swimming and hanging out. I plan on making another batch of these drinks – they were so refreshing and so simple to make! I loved the addition of lime and mint. It really enhanced the watermelon and was delicious. If you want to make it adult friendly, add a shot of rum or vodka for a fun summertime cocktail!

Aqua fresca translates to “cool water” and they’re popular in the US and Mexico. They’re a delicious way to enjoy fresh fruit in the summer. I’m planning to experiment and try more flavors this summer. What type of agua fresca would you like to try?

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Blueberry Yogurt Cake

I’m wrapping up #CookOutWeek with dessert! I mean you can’t go to a picnic without a little sweet treat to end the day. This blueberry yogurt cake was packed full of blueberries with a hint of lemon in a rich cake. We all loved it and it was eaten way too quickly! I will definitely be making this cake again this summer. The only change I’ll make is to make the glaze a little bit thicker.

What’s your favorite way to end a picnic dessert? Cake, brownies, smores or ice cream?

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Today’s #CookOutWeek recipe is our main course – Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken. I rarely marinade chicken breasts but will be doing it more with this recipe. I loved the hint of lime, a touch of sweetness from honey and the punch from cilantro. I used to not be a fan of cilantro, but I’ve grown to love it. I also grow it in my garden, so we always have a bunch ready to use.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Every BBQ, summer picnic or cookout needs a salad! I usually make pasta salad or ask my mom to make macaroni salad (I haven’t perfected her recipe yet!), but now this salad is going to be my go-to recipe! Today’s #CookOutWeek recipe features broccoli, cauliflower, cheese and bacon in a creamy, tangy sauce! I love the crunch of the veggies – plus you can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese! My kiddos were iffy on it, but ended up devouring it after their first bite!

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