Mojito Shortbread Cookies

I decided to grow mint this year and as you can imagine, it’s going crazy! Just warning you, there will be lots of recipes highlighting mint coming to the blog. First up, cookies!! I made a twist on a delicious summer drink – mojito shortbread cookies.

They’re the perfect combination of mint and lime in a soft, buttery cookie. The original recipe calls for powdered sugar sprinkled on the tops, but we prefer them without. I also like this recipe because you can easily swap out the lime for lemon or orange and can change the mint to basil, rosemary or thyme. The options are endless!

mint and lime shortbread cookies
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Garlic Scape White Bean Dip

If you were lucky to snag garlic scapes this summer, don’t let them go to waste. I haven’t seen them at our Farmers Market lately and was so surprised to see one of the stands have a couple bags of them. If you’ve never had a garlic scape before, they’re green, curly and look like green beans. They are the step and flower bud of hardneck garlic plants – this is the most common type of garlic grown in North America.

Scapes are packed full of garlic flavor and make for a delicious pesto. I decided to use this batch and make dip with white beans. It was creamy, simple and went great with mini pitas. It would go great with a plate of cucumbers, carrots and sliced peppers.

Bowl of garlic scrape white bean dip with mini pita
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Aioli

My family loves brussels sprouts – which is completely opposite of how I grew up. I remember my mom would make a bag of frozen brussels and they were always mussy and gross. We would have to eat one brussels sprout and I would gag the entire time. Needless to say, I thought I never liked them … until I had them sauteed in pan until they were crispy. It was completely different and now we eat them several time a month.

I was looking for something different with a bag of brussels sprouts and saw this recipe for dijon aioli and thought I would give it a try. The aioli was amazing and I loved the creaminess it added to the roasted vegetables.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Aioli
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Ginger Thyme Lemonade

It’s feeling like summertime here in PA and that calls for a fancy lemonade! This lemonade concentrate is so good and would be perfect for a cocktail too – just add an ounce of gin or vodka to each glass. The ginger and thyme are subtle and make lemonade a little unique and different.

The concentrate is simple and easy to make. Just a few ingredients, a couple hours and you have the start of a delicious drink.

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Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Caps

I picked up a pack of portobello mushroom caps at Costco the other week. I love all types of mushrooms and portobello are one of my favorite varieties. They are meaty and easily to use a bunch of different ways. I decided to marinated this package and grill them up.

They were perfect in a salad with roasted red peppers, artichoke, kalamata olives and grilled chicken. I also sliced one, place it a roll and melted a slice of cooper sharp cheese. It was so good!

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Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

I bought my kids strawberries … which they wanted, but didn’t eat. I was going to make a strawberry cake, but saw a recipe for jam using the Instant Pot. My IP hasn’t had much use lately beside making tea, so I thought I would give this recipe a try.

It was super easy to make and requires only three ingredients. It’s perfect to enjoy on a piece of English Muffin bread or as the jelly in your PB&J sandwich.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Cake Squares

I’m back to buying fruit for my kids and then they’re not eating it. Ugh. I had a pack of raspberries and cream cheese that needed to be used up and found this recipe that uses both of them. Perfect!

These bite sized desserts squares are the best of two worlds – cheesecake and cake! The original recipe called for blueberries and they would be great as well. They were a big hit! The cake is soft and light and the cheesecake layer adds a little bit of sweetness.

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Easy Fried Oreos

Back in college, I worked at a food truck at flea market and we made fried oreos (and funnel cakes) all the time. I ate way too many of them while I worked … there’s just something about warm and gooey oreo with a cup of a coffee. Yes, I ate them for breakfast. It’s what happens when you start working at 6am on the weekends.

I decided to give the air fried version a try and they were so good. Granted, it’s not the same as being fried in hot oil … but it brings back the nostalgia of working all those early mornings making and eating fried oreos. This recipe uses crescent rolls as the dough. Quick and easy!

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Air Fryer Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

My kids have been home virtual learning for over a year and they are hoping for some new hot lunch options. I whipped together a batch of these pepperoni pizza rolls and they loved them. They were simple and easy to make and can be customized to whatever your kiddos like.

This recipe made enough for my kids to have lunch one day and then I froze the remaining for lunch another day. While the picture of these rolls don’t show how amazing they are, trust me … they’re delicious.

Besides pepperoni, what would you included in your pizza rolls?

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