Roasted corn on the cob

We are still using our backyard grill, even though the temperatures are certainly changing in Michigan.  I can’t give up this easy and delicious way to make roasted corn on the cob. The secret to this method is using ice cubes.  Yes, ice cubes.  I have found that corn on the cob, which has been…

Summer Tortellini salad

Labor day is here and everyone is looking for a great end of summer salad to take to the barbecue.  Here is your recipe as this pasta salad does not have mayonnaise.  It is made instead with a vinaigrette which is just perfect for taking to your picnic or friend’s dinner. To make this recipe,…

Summer baked peaches

Another amazing baked fruit dessert to try at the end of the season has to be summer baked peaches.  We enjoyed these and can’t wait to try them again.  Baked fruit is one of my favorite desserts any time of year, and summer peaches are perfect to offer to guests after any dinner. To make…

Summer blueberry tarts

The summer blueberries have been so delicious this year, and we have treated ourselves to some delicious tarts with crumble topping.  And, I have to admit, the crumble topping is the highlight of these tarts.  Also, by using some cute tart pans, serving them can have some added fun.  I used my Emile Henry ceramic…

Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

Sometimes a classic salad is the best choice and easiest “go-to” salad for a summer evening.  This dish is certainly one of the old standbys that works for many occasions. Summer tomatoes are the best for this dish and thin slices of fresh mozzarella are super tasty.  I grow basil every summer in my garden…

Summer stovetop shrimp boil

Over the years, I often serve this dish for summer suppers.  Everyone seems to love all the ingredients, which are very easy to prepare and serve.  This year, I added some turkey sausage, as many recipes feature some type of andouille sausage in their dishes. This recipe is a bit different from the one I…

Shrimp, corn and tomato soup

Soup can be a wonderful healthy summer dinner choice. This recipe comes together very quickly, within thirty minutes, and is perfect with a green salad. I found the original recipe in Real Simple magazine, August 2015, but I did make some changes based on personal preference. Here is a delicious soup that is perfect to…

Ice box toffee pie

Summer desserts are often no-bake desserts.  Always delicious is an ice box pie.  As you may know from reading my blog, some of my favorite flavors are maple, toffee, coconut, and caramel. This pie uses English toffee bits and has a wonderful flavor which guests will certainly enjoy on a summer evening.  The pie comes…

Barbecue for the 4th of July

Summer grilling and barbecue season has been wonderful these past few weeks in Michigan.  The weather has been lovely minus one weekend which showered us with an above average amount of rain.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful for the 4th of July. I have been truly enjoying a new product from the Charcoal Companion which…

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…

All American Apple tart

Are you already thinking about the upcoming summer holidays?  We have Father’s day this coming weekend and then the 4th of July soon to follow.  I am planning to prepare a classic apple dessert for the 4th this year to celebrate. My husband recently purchased the Le Creuset apple tart pan that I have been…

Summer smores

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror now, and we are ready for summer fun and summer treats.  We tried this technique over the weekend, and really enjoyed the taste and texture of these summer smores ice cream treats. I used waffle cone ice cream cups in a bowl and a large scoop of…