Ready for fireworks? I’m not talking Roman candles, either—I’m talking the oohs and ahhs that will commence when you set down a tray of brightly colored goodies in front of your July 4th guests. And honestly, who can blame them? Desserts too often hide in shades of brown and white (not that I’m knockin’ chocolate, mind you…). But just in time for Independence Day, treats take a turn toward the bright and beautiful—a trend spurred on by the abundance of ripe red and blue berries. So in honor of our nation’s birthday, here are a few of my favorite patriotic treats, including berry-topped mini cheesecakes, a stunning ice cream cake and that grand ol’ showstopper, an American flag cake.
My quick and easy Watermelon Salsa is perfect for just about any summer activity that includes noshing. Pool parties? Check. Picnics? Check. Beach visits? Check. Continue reading
Today I’m pulling out the citronella candles, lawn games, paper plates, bug spray and…my slow cooker! Along with the fireworks, this weekend is full of potlucks and cookouts and potluck cookouts—it’s all been so much simpler since I discovered the secret of the summer slow-cooker recipe. Continue reading
When summer gets steamy, there’s nothing like lying in the hammock with a frosty drink in my hand. I close my eyes and suddenly I can almost hear the ocean, smell the sunblock and taste the ceviche.
Anytime my friends and family get together around a grill, I get to hear all kinds of theories on how to cook the perfect burger. Sometimes the tips are practical and sometimes they’re just crazy—believe me, the perfect burger has nothing to do with the feng shui of your kitchen. So what does matter? The shape of your patty. And there’s one extremely simple thing you can do to make sure you get it right. Just watch this video to see how it’s done. Continue reading
Add a little star-spangled flair to your July 4th celebration with these patriotic (and bonus, cute) cupcakes. Blue and red JELL-O Gelatin combine with cake mix to create foolproof layers that are not only impressive but also fruity and delish. Click here for the recipe: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes. Continue reading
Corn is a long-established summer essential—and for good reason: Those juicy, sweet kernels can’t be beat alongside a hot dog, hamburger or, well, anything. But plain butter and salt can get old after awhile… I’m shaking things up this summer with some easy but exciting toppings. Continue reading