Happy Summer and Happy Fourth of July!!! I'm sorry I've been on a bit of a hiatus...we were away in New York and then I was finishing up the school year. I couldn't be more excited to finally have time to write this post, and to be able to focus on summer time recipes. I'm especially looking forward to having more time with my kids and time in the kitchen. This week's post features lots of recipe ideas for your July 4th celebrations, whatever they might be, as well as some recipes that you can make without turning on the oven. The forecast in Boston this week is well into the 90s every day, so I know I'll be limiting the use of the oven as often as I can. Here are the July 4th recipes that will be cooking in the Smallwood house this week.
Easy Summer Breakfast Ideas:
This recipes looks delicious and I love recipes that are filled with whole grains and natural sweeteners. Somehow I feel less guilty about eating them!! I am really looking forward to making these muffins one morning this week.
This is the total opposite of whole grains and natural sweeteners, but looks insane, so I had to add it to this post. If you are not watching what you eat, or you have better self-control than I do, you should definitely make this for your family one morning this week. These prep ahead French toast casseroles are fantastic because you can wake up and pop them into the oven. The combination of blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream make this a perfect July 4th breakfast.
This Lemon Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe is the most visited post on my blog. I was recently looking through the post and realizing that my photography skills were pretty new (crappy) back when I shot the pictures for this post. I'm making these muffins for our family visiting this weekend, and I'm going to use this as an opportunity to update the images. Hopefully there will be some newly shot pictures to go along with this post by next week. Oh and by the way...the muffins are pretty damn delicious!
I haven't been able to bring myself to watch What the Health on Netflix just yet... but just hearing about it makes me want to get meat (and most other animals products) off of my plate. I decided to look for some fun veggie burger options and I stumbled upon this white bean burger from The Proper Binge. The recipe looks easy to make and I love the idea of fresh basil in the burgers too! They feel like the perfect main course for a hot summer BBQ.
Guest Chef Detroit was a new blog find for me this week. Emily is a chef who shares her recipes and also runs a catering business. These flatbreads are all topped with summery combinations and the pictures are drool worthy. Head over there if you want some ideas for summertime flatbreads that you can make on the grill. I'm making the BBQ, Goat Cheese, Cherries, and Arugula Flatbread tonight!
This is one of the most recent posts from Cookie and Kate and I can't wait to try it. The combination of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil is a classic summertime trifecta as far as I'm concerned...and nothing from Cookie and Kate ever disappoints.
I love slaws. They are easy to make. You can prepare them ahead of time, and they are great leftovers. Oh and this recipes...it has bacon in it too!!! You can totally go with veggie bacon ion you've already watched What the Health.
Desserts and Sweet Treats:
We are big s'mores people over here in the Smallwood house. This dessert looks delicious, seems easy to make, and it's a recipe that the kids will love helping out with. 7 ingredients, 14 layers, and you can make it ahead of time!
These blondies are insane. Tons of peanut butter, big chunks of milk chocolate, and a peanut butter chocolate drizzle to make them really indulgent. This is the perfect dessert to bring to your backyard BBQ.
I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th and that some of these recipes make their way into your celebrations. Happy cooking and baking!
KITCHEN TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS THAT I'LL USE THIS WEEKEND:
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