Friday, June 30, 2017

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

I've never met a dessert I don't like.  Cookies, pies, cakes, bars, cheesecake, milkshakes; the list goes on and on and I wouldn't turn down any if they were put in front of me.  Along with eating them, I love getting in the kitchen and making desserts.  No matter how easy or challenging, I enjoy the "baking therapy".

That doesn't mean that every single time I go in the kitchen I have success.  I face my share of challenges, failures and disasters.  But, I pick up and keep on going when that happens.  One of the most challenging desserts I make is cheesecake.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Strawberry Salsa

I have always been an avid salsa lover, but as of late my addiction has become even more intense.  Take me to a Mexican restaurant and place a bowl of chips and cup of salsa in front of me and I am a super happy camper.

I've never met a salsa I didn't like.  Regular tomato, tomatillo, fruit infused salsas and fruit salsa.  I've had several different fruit salsas but I think my favorite fruit based salsa is strawberry salsa.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

S'mores Milkshake

When I think of summer, one of the things that immediately comes to mind is s'mores.  What is it that is so magical about a slab of milk chocolate and charred marshmallow squished between 2 subtly sweet crackers?  Oh, and the mess that goes along with it.  The string, gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate all over your mouth and fingers.  I mean, all dignity and manners go out the window when it comes to s'mores, right? 

Right!

Well, sometimes a bonfire isn't in the cards.  Or the mega mess that goes along with the proper way to eat a s'more.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is one of my all time favourite salads.  Fresh tomatoes and basil plucked off the plants in my back yard paired with fresh mozzarella and a maybe, just maybe a drizzle of balsamic reduction.  Ummm...yum, nothing better! 

Although, in my humble opinion, it truly doesn't get much better than that I decided to twist things up a bit.  Instead of tomatoes, I combined delicious watermelons and sweet berries and subbed those for the classic tomato option.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first.  Well, until the first bite...and then I was SOLD!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Blackberry Lemon Spritzer

The lazy, carefree days of summer are upon us!  During this warmer months I can think of nothing better than a simple, cool, refreshing drink that utilizes some of natures candy. 
Blackberries are one of my favourite fruits.  I can pop them in my mouth one after the other and truly indulge myself, or throw them in a pie, cobbler or tart.  Another option is to drop them into the bottom of a glass, muddle them and whip up a delicious cocktail or mocktail. 
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