Picnics, concerts and trips to the lake

Recently I was introduced to a new way to easily transport everything I need for a summer picnic, outdoor concert or for a trip to the lake.  The new SMART CART has smooth rolling wheels for easy maneuvering over a variety of outdoor surfaces. It is waterproof in case of spills and weighs less than…

graham cracker sandwiches

I must be the last person to see this recipe for graham cracker sandwiches.  I think it has been around for a while and hundreds of variations are on Pinterest now. Even though this is not a new one, I just had to share it, because it is just that fabulous. Select any type of…

Raspberry Brie grilled cheese

How do you make a summer grilled cheese sandwich?  How about changing up the flavors to include a summer fruit?  I found a recipe on Stonewall Kitchen’s website for a summer raspberry brie grilled cheese sandwich.  Even though I did not have their product, I tried my other brand raspberry jam for an equally tasty…

Picnic planning: Product review

Snow flakes are coming down in flurries as I am dreaming about summer picnics.  My husband looks forward to planning out a place where we can take a small lunch and just have a fun meal outdoors.  Now, we have a nice deck and yard, so every summer night we could eat outdoors.  But, the…

open faced tomato sandwiches

all of my summer tomatoes have ripened and for the past few weeks, i have been making a variety of recipes to take advantage of their delicious homegrown taste. this past week, i made open-faced tomato sandwiches. this process is really not even a recipe, but just a personal preference on how to make a…

bruschetta with strawberries

  summer outdoor potluck season is back. i made this easy recipe for an appetizer garden walk party this past week.  it was perfect. strawberries and balsamic vinegar have been combined for years in Italy.  recipes similar to this one can be found in many cookbooks, and can be a wonderfully refreshing addition to any…

meatball sliders

        are you tired of the traditional summer sloppy joe?  or maybe, you are looking for a smaller portion burger to serve to your guests.  this recipe is very tasty and has just the right ingredients to make mini sliders for a party of 12. using one pound of ground round, add…

grilled red onions

  these tasty grilled onions have become a summer addition.  i almost can’t wait until grilling season to make this easy treat.  slice one or many large red onions into 1/4 inch slices.  spray with olive oil and grill.  those are the directions. however, something special happens to these onions when grilled over an open…

pressed Italian sandwich

  are you planning a picnic, going camping or just having an outdoor meal on the deck?  if so, this is an easy prepare ahead hearty sandwich that is pressed over a period of a few hours in the refrigerator.  really, anything goes with this sandwich.  choose your ingredients, and then wrap in foil and…

food storage “on the go”

are you forever searching for great storage containers to take “on the go”?  well, i have found the answer in these wonderful high quality stainless steel containers made by MIRA. they are BPA free and leakproof. i have had the chance to use them and really like their quality and construction. i am quite impressed…

french potato salad with wine

straight from the Nantucket beach picnic cookbook comes this delicious potato salad made with white wine and herbs from my garden.  the salad is fresh and delicate.  the white wine gives the salad a very distinct taste, like no other potato salad around.  since the salad does not use mayonnaise, it will keep at temperature…

summer grilled cheese with apple

summer sandwiches are traditionally light and flavorful. by using some crisp apple slices along with some deli ham and provolone cheese, this sandwich is just that good. i assembled the sandwich on a thin baguette from the market, layering the ingredients–ham, apple slices, crisp green lettuce, and then topped with provolone.  cover the sandwiches with…