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For the Love of Cheese, Let's Celebrate Summer!

July 3, 2014

While spring was coming to an end and the hot days of summer began to roll in, this year I focused on staying realistic about what the season would entail. Although I'd like to say that I pictured leisurely, relaxing days — the kids are out of school, so we'll have plenty of time to enjoy the park or go on a picnic or just kick back and play in the yard, right? — I also knew that the various camps, sports, lessons, classes and events that my girls were signed up for would greatly impede on that daydream.

Instead of putting my feet up in the hammock, my free moments would be mostly spent in the car shuttling someone to their next activity while going to pick someone else up from their current one. Just call it Mom's intuition (or, more accurately, experience from the past few summers).

Therefore, I also knew that I wanted to be sure to carve out plenty of those carefree moments, for myself as well as for my family. After all, when we all look back, the most memorable days are going to be the ones spent together laughing and having fun, right?

This summer, I found my inspiration in a unique (but not completely unexpected) location. This is, after all, Wisconsin. So it isn't that big of a surprise that a lot of our fun has been centered around the one and only CHEESE!

It isn't hard to pinpoint favorite meals around our house that involve cheese (mmm, cheeeeeeese...), but one weekly favorite is definitely quesadillas. The combination of tasty tortillas, melted cheese and any number of fillings heated to perfection? They are definitely something that the whole family gets excited about and if there was a way to keep them warm in a lunch box, I'm sure they'd be requested there, too!

While we do own a quesadilla machine that makes it fast and easy, it is also extremely simple to cook these up right in the oven or even on the grill! Just think of your guests' surprise when you whip up grilled quesadillas at your next BBQ!

These Caprese Quesadillas were inspired partially from Kraft's recipe for Basil & Cheese Wedges and partially from my adoration for a classic Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Sandwich.

And the result is nothing short of divine! Eat them plain, dip them in guacamole, drizzle a little balsamic vinegar... the options are endless!

Kraft Recipes is hosting my complete Caprese Quesadillas recipe and instructions, so head over today if you're looking for a delicious and simple way to include the love of cheese into your next meal or cookout!

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at

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