May Giveaway Hop | Farmhouse Centerpiece Tray

 

 

 

We are delighted to be part of the May Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop with a host of other bloggers.

This month we are giving away a beautiful tulip design farmhouse decor galvanized tray. It makes a fabulous centerpiece for the dining table.

Fill it with your favorite candles, fresh sprigs of flowers, dried greenery or miniature vases with fairy lights for a whimsical centerpiece that is sure to keep you smiling all summer long.

 

 

Centerpieces do not have to be complicated or time-consuming to put together.

I am not one of those people with the creative bend to assemble fanciful decor usually, so I rely heavily on pictures of things other people have created and then try to make the best use of things already around my home or that can be purchased economically.

This way we have something fun or elegant on the dinner table that invites family to gather and enjoy without being stressful.

Of course, if you are a creative and love making fanciful creations, I applaud you and hope you will share images of your centerpieces with us in the comments or on our social media pages so we can all see and enjoy.

 

 

I love the simplicity and flexibility of this galvanized tray since even with the tulip design, it will be easy to change up the piece to work all spring and summer long with different color flowers, candles, greenery, ribbon or even lights.

What do you think of it? Are you into the farmhouse decor theme around your house? If not, this would make a perfect gift for a friend – so be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

 

 

Now please take a few moments to check out the wonderful giveaways being offered on other blogs in this giveaway hop. We are so glad you stopped by today!

 

How to Prepare a Casserole on the Grill or Smoker

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Casseroles are the perfect examples of comfort food we often crave. Being a one-dish meal, serving just a simple salad with it would suffice. You can make casseroles as cheesy as you want, so it’s equally delicious for those who prefer that and those who don’t. Casseroles can be dished up as easy appetizers, side dishes and main dishes, too.

While people often make casseroles in the oven, I decided to try something different. I was able to successfully make the perfect casserole with nothing but an electric smoker! If you are thinking that casseroles can only be baked in an oven, then I just proved you wrong!

Don’t worry, the process is not too different from the oven-baking process. With the correct mix of ingredients and grilling techniques, you can have the most delicious casserole you ever tasted. I have also given a casserole recipe that I did in the oven, in case you don’t feel like grilling or using the smoker.

BBQ Chicken Casserole

This is the awesome chicken casserole recipe I was talking about doing in the smoker. The process is not too complicated as you will see. Just grab a grill and the ingredients and work your grilling magic.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
one finely sliced onion
2.2 pounds of chicken pieces (including drumsticks and thighs)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, chopped into small chunks
20 oz. (600 ml) of warmed chicken stock
1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 leeks, chopped finely
1 tablespoon of leveled, plain flour
2 cups of water
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
a lemon, cut in half

Directions

Now that you have the ingredients all sorted out, it’s time to get grilling!

1. Set your grill smoker to its highest temperature setting. This is similar to preheating an oven. (In case you’re wondering if you might need the oven anytime soon — Well, you won’t!) Grilling expert, Dan Morrison, says that Masterbuilt smokers work best for making casseroles compared to average grills.

2. Take a pan and pour olive oil into it. Saute the onions in the oil for around 20 seconds. Take an aluminium foil container and place the sauteed onions into it. Add the chicken pieces, garlic, carrots, potatoes, celery, leeks, and chicken stock, and properly mix them together. Stir the flour into the water, and add to the mix. Finally, add rosemary sprigs. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon; place the other half piece of lemon inside the container as well. Do not cover the aluminium foil container. (The water is added to ensure that the risk of burning the ingredients is low.)

3. Check to see if the grilling temperature has reached 700 degrees F. Once the grill has reached this temperature, place the casserole inside the grill. Cover up the grill with a lid.

4. You don’t need to open the lid and check on how the food is doing. Resist that temptation, and just wait for approximately 20 minutes.

5. Remove the casserole from the grill / smoker. Your casserole will be smoking hot, ready for serving at your barbecue event.


Baked Potato Casserole Dish
 

If you’re not up for grilling and would rather stick to the traditional baking method, here is a recipe for you that combines yummy potatoes, turkey bacon and cheddar cheese to create the most perfect side dish.

Ingredients

8 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup of low-fat milk
1/2 cup of light sour cream
1 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
6 turkey bacon slices (cooked and crumbled into pieces)
Optional ingredient — use sliced green onions

Directions

1. First, place the potato chunks into a saucepan with enough water to cover the potatoes, and heat to a boil. Cook the potatoes until they appear to be tender (around 15-20 minutes). Drain the water from the pan.

2. Take a casserole dish and grease it. Then preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3. Add milk, sour cream, pepper and salt to the saucepan containing potatoes and beat the mixture with a handheld mixer until it appears to be smooth.

4. Add 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese and half of the measured bacon into the saucepan. Mix well and then place the mixture in the greased casserole dish.

5. Place the casserole dish into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the dish is heated through well. Then sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over top; additionally, if desired use green onions and remaining bacon as extra toppings. Continue baking for another 3 minutes until the cheese melts.

You could assemble this casserole ahead of time and keep it refrigerated. If baking after refrigeration, you could cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes instead of 25 minutes. Uncover the dish and use toppings as before and again bake for 3 minutes.

Why Grill Instead Of Bake?

When I told my friends that I ended up grilling a casserole instead of baking one, they were surprised. However, they were even more shocked when they tasted that unique smoky flavor of the casserole. The next time we went outdoor camping, we grilled the casserole and made a few other dishes, having one of the best camping nights ever.

Casseroles are easy to make and don’t take much time to prepare, making them ideal for outdoor cooking or BBQ party grilling. If you’re looking for party grilling ideas, you can read more here.

So, the next time you go out to grill, try grilling different chicken casserole recipes and experiment.

Of course, baking also has its advantages. Baked casseroles can be refrigerated easily, and have lower risk of burning.  While it is possible to create a stew-like casserole in an oven, it’s harder to do the same with a grill.

 

One of the best things about a casserole is the ability to increase its nutritional value by adding more vegetables (particularly those high in vitamin A and C). The fiber and protein content in casseroles makes it a good dish for people who are regularly into fitness training.

Casseroles can also serve as main dishes, and kids often love having casseroles for lunch. Preparing a breakfast casserole before setting out to work would be an excellent way to kickstart your morning.

Whether you choose to bake or grill your chicken casserole, that’s completely up to you. You could even try preparing casseroles using a stove. It doesn’t have to be chicken; there are so many kinds of casseroles, including egg, fish, ground beef, mushrooms and vegetable casseroles. Add some variety to yours by experimenting with various herbs and spices to mix the flavors up.

Casseroles could be slow cooked to produce dishes that are similar to stews (just add a little more liquid). Experiment and create your own casserole any way you want — whether you choose to bake, grill or slow cook on a stove.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob {+ Recipes} by Stove, Microwave, or Grill

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If you didn’t grow up on a farm or in a family that cooked fresh food on a regular basis, perhaps looking at an ear of corn on the cob and wondering what in the world to do with it is quite perplexing.

While I had the opportunity to grow up intermittently living in a place where we grew some of our own food (including corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, green beans, peppers, and squash), my mom also could creatively make a meal out of just about anything; so I was able to learn early on about cooking fresh food in a variety of ways.

Cooking corn on the cob doesn’t have to be scary or complicated, though, and we’re going to break it down for you into simple steps – regardless of whether you prefer using the stove top, oven, microwave, or grill for getting the job done. (See nutrition facts, food safety, and storage tips for fresh corn.)

Picking the Best Corn on the Cob

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First steps first. When buying the corn at the farmers market or your local grocery store (assuming you didn’t pluck it right out of your own garden), be sure to look for these signs that you’re getting a good ear of corn.

1. Carefully check over the ear of corn to see if it feels plump and even all around (not squishy or too bumpy in areas).

2. The best ears of corn will have silks that are golden, a bit moist, or possibly just starting to turn brown (be sure not to pick any with blackening silks).

3. Lastly, the husk should still fit tightly around the ear of corn and not be pulling away from it.

 

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Stove

When I was growing up, this was the way we cooked our corn most of the time. Just keep in mind that leaving the corn in the water for too long can make it end up kind of tough and chewy, so be sure to set a timer and remove from heat before too long.

1. Shuck the corn ears, removing the husks and silks (just pull down from the top and strip them away all around the ear).

2. Rinse the ears and rub around the ear in a circular motion to finish removing as much of the silks as possible.

3. If desired, trim just a bit off the ends of the ear for easy areas in which to stick the corn cob holders. (BTW, having fun, colorful holders can be a great conversation starter or way to jazz up the conversation with family or dinner guests!)

4. Heat a large pot of water to boiling (depending on the sizes of the pot, this can take up to 10 minutes, so .. plan accordingly). Gently drop in the ears of corn and set a timer for 7 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from heat and allow the corn to sit in the hot water if you’re planning to serve soon; if you’ll be waiting a while, remove the corn from the water and wrap in aluminum foil to keep warm until ready to serve.

I love jazzing up simple corn on the cob with a seasoned butter, which always seems more festive than simple butter and salt (though that is delicious, too!). Try one of these seasoned butter recipes – Street Corn with 3 Flavored Butters or some Roasted Jalapeno Butter or Chipotle Butter.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

While this would not be my preferred way to cook corn on the cob, it is super easy and quick as well as virtually mess-free. (And if you only have a microwave, such as in a college dorm room, you could still enjoy some fresh corn on the cob!)

Leave the fresh ears of corn inside the husks and cook them on full heat for three minutes. Carefully (they will be hot) remove them from the microwave; gently remove the husks and silks and discard. Slather with some butter and sprinkle with salt to enjoy (with or without corn holders).

How to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill

I have to be honest, while I do enjoy the smoky grilled flavor of corn cooked on the grill, usually I’m not willing to plan for the invested extra time and energy it takes to pull that off. However, if you plan ahead and allow enough time to cook it this way, it’s a real treat! Basically, you can choose to cook the corn on the grill either with or without the husks (cooking without the husks will give your corn that charred look and flavor that’s especially nice for particular meals and recipes).

With Husks

Start by soaking the corn (in its husk) in water for 30 minutes (or more, if you prefer).

Place the soaked ears on the grill over medium heat and close the lid. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning once or twice throughout.

Without Husks

Charred option – Shuck the corn ears; spray or brush them with a little vegetable oil and place directly on grill grates, cooking over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Be sure to turn them every few minutes for even cooking.

If you don’t want the charred version – Shuck the ears and wrap them in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place them on the grill over medium heat, closing the lid, and allow to cook for about 20 minutes, being sure to turn them once or twice during this time.

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Eating Corn on the Cob (Recipes)

In case you’re in doubt about how to “properly” eat your corn on the cob once it’s cooked, we have some suggestions – though we don’t at all guarantee these to be “proper”!

1. With holders or without holders? Slather the corn on the cob with your favorite plain or seasoned butter, sprinkle with some salt and have fun eating it just like that.

2. Get fancy with toppings for your corn – after spreading on the butter, top it with some crumbled cojita or feta cheese, a sprinkle of chili powder or red pepper flakes, or some chopped cilantro or green onions. Lots of fabulous options for going a little crazy with your corn. Happy experimenting!

3. Slice the corn kernels off of the cobs and throw them into your favorite salad, dip, soup or casserole, such as these fantastic recipes:

Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn and Crab Dip

Tilapia with Black Beans and Corn

Black Beans and Corn Salsa

Chicken, Green Bean, Corn and Farro Salad

What are your favorite ways to cook up corn on the cob?

Do you have fun family memories around grilling or roasting ears of corn? We love hearing your stories in the comments below!

Diabetic Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Healthy Balanced Meals

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or know someone who is struggling with Type 2 diabetes? Wondering what type of food you should or could eat and how to best manage or improve your condition?

For those who are pre-diabetic or know they have a diabetic family history and are looking for ways to make changes that are manageable, sustainable, and will help them create a healthy lifestyle to prevent or overcome diabetic health issues (such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy), we wanted to share some recipes and suggestions for building daily balanced meals.

There can be so much information that’s overwhelming, so we’ll try to keep this simple and make things easy.

The American Diabetes Association (see their Create Your Plate guide) suggests creating a plate guide where half the plate is made up of vegetables (ones that are not starchy) – such as spinach, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, and kale.

Create your Plate - American Diabetic Association

Next divide the other half of the plate in half again, and in one section put protein (fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, cheese, tofu, etc). And in the last small section place a helping of some grains or starchy foods — such as rice, potatoes, pasta, peas, beans, corn, quinoa, or tortillas.

In addition to this, one small serving of fruit or dairy is suggested to round out the meal, along with a low-calorie beverage like iced tea, coffee, or water. Healthy fats can also be added in small amounts (i.e. avocado, nuts, or seeds added to a salad).

If you are wanting to track carbs and calories for your chosen foods with each meal, check out the Carb Counting and Meal Planning booklet from Novo Nordisk.

Lisa Statzer of Prediabetic Support has a fabulous program that helps individuals who are pre-diabetic make the needed changes to their diet and lifestyle to avoid the many health issues of the full-blown diabetic condition. She is so encouraging, helpful, and knowledgeable on the topic, and you can download her free Eat This, Not That guide on her website.

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We have lots of diabetic friendly recipes right here on Dish Dish – which you can save to your own free recipe box account and use to create your grocery list each week – saving you time and sanity when planning meals.

Here are a few diabetic friendly breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Please be sure to comment below with which ones you’ve tried and let us know if you have other ideas and suggestions.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

A simple salad made with arugula leaves, fresh strawberries and crumbled feta cheese; topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette (or use your favorite one from the store).

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Sauteed onion and garlic are mixed with chopped broccoli, bell peppers, and seasonings with beaten eggs. Pour into a dish and bake for about 30 minutes for a nice, healthy brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve with some salsa and avocado for even more flavor.

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Dish up this delicious soup with diced turkey, a little bit of whole wheat orzo (optional), carrots, onion, celery, sweet pepper, peas, broth and lots of seasoning. Though it will take a few minutes to do the prep (chopping and dicing ingredients), cooking time is only about 30 minutes, making it a relatively quick meal to get on the table.

And it’s freezer friendly – so make a large batch and freeze the extra for pulling out on a day when cooking sounds too onerous or time-consuming.

Tart Individual Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Fresh blueberries baked for about 20 minutes with a crumbled oat topping for a quick and easy dessert that’s already in small portions so you won’t be tempted to over-indulge. Enjoy!

Herb Dip Recipe

This yogurt-based dip with green onions, mint, red chili, and a dash of lemon is a refreshing dip with your favorite veggies – celery, cucumber, broccoli, grape tomatoes or asparagus. It also makes a nice “sauce” with your favorite grilled meat.

 

Additional resources:

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Recipes
Low Carb Maven
Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas Worth Sharing

 

14 Delicious Shrimp Recipes

 

 

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Do you enjoy eating shrimp, but maybe a little nervous about cooking shrimp at home?  Maybe you just haven’t figured out which shrimp recipes would work best for your family and schedule.

We love the fact that shrimp is such a versatile ingredient and can be prepared in so many different ways with amazing outcomes – in appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, and with rice!

So we rounded up 14 absolutely delicious shrimp recipes and categorized them below by meal course.

Since shrimp cooks so quickly (and is often added to dishes cold), most of these shrimp recipes are profoundly simple and will have you enjoying your dish in 30 minutes or less (though we did include a few exceptions). (Below photo by AM FL on Unsplash)

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First, we offer a few tips about purchasing, handling and cooking shrimp at home(foremost safety — always wash hands before and after handling fresh seafood!)

1. Good shrimp will be firm, translucent, and be free of black spots; it should have a fresh light scent, not overly strong.

2. Thaw shrimp safely by placing in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container.  Thaw out faster by placing shrimp under running water (cold) for a couple of minutes.

3. If you’re not using the shrimp right away, place it in a large bowl filled halfway with ice, nestling the shrimp in the ice; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

4. To peel shrimp, pull back the shell from the inside curve of the body, and from the head, peel back gently down to the tail (you can remove the tail or leave it in tact, depending on how you’re cooking or serving it).

5. Devein the shrimp by running a knife along the center of the outer curve of the body from the head to the tail, locating and removing the dark vein; then rinse shrimp in cold water.

6. Shrimp cooks quickly, so whether cooking on the stovetop or the grill, it will only take 2-5 minutes to cook through (depending on the size of the shrimp).  Cooked shrimp will be lightly pink and opaque (even just a minute or two longer of cooking can make the shrimp tough – so watch it closely!)

Now, on to the recipes ….


Appetizer Shrimp Recipes

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First up is a delicious Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo Dip with diced sausage, gumbo veggies, and shrimp heated in a cream cheese and Asiago creamy base for dipping your favorite baguettes, veggie strips or crackers.

A simple Oriental Shrimp Hors D’ouvre, this pan-fried shrimp is skewered on a toothpick with a slice of pineapple for a fun appetizer.

Garlic Shrimp Crostini makes a super easy appetizer with pan-fried shrimp served over seasoned cream cheese spread on toasted crostini.  Yum!


Soup Shrimp Recipes

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Salmon, shrimp and veggies in a white wine tomato sauce make a terrific Seafood Soup.

Tuscan Mariner Gumbo combines shrimp with diced fish and traditional gumbo flavors and seasonings for a hearty soup any day of the week.


Salad Shrimp Recipes

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Grilled Shrimp and Mango Salad – grill some shrimp on skewers for a few minutes over a hot grill; serve on top of shredded seasoned mango over a bed of greens for a healthy, delicious meal.

If you’re not that excited about greens in your salad, try this Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad – chopped pre-cooked shrimp with tomato, avocado, jalapeno and lime-marinated onion and seasonings.


Pasta Shrimp Recipes

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Try this Garlic Shrimp Linguine for a flavorful complete dinner in less than 30 minutes.  Garlic shrimp served with linguine noodles, fresh spinach, and Parmesan.

Paella Style Pasta is a Spanish style dish made with orzo pasta (resembles rice), tomatoes, peas, corn and shrimp.  It takes closer to an hour to have it ready for dinner, but it’s worth the wait, if you have the time!


Main Dish Shrimp Recipes

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Shrimp Etouffe is a simple dish with tomato sauce, shrimp, onion, bell pepper and celery, served over rice – a traditional Cajun dish.

A spicy, quick dish that can be made in a tagine, if you have one, or a heavy skillet, if not.  Moroccan Shrimp Tagine is seasoned with garlic, tomatoes, cayenne, cumin, and can be served alone, as an appetizer, or over rice as a main dish.

Here’s a creamy dish made with shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, cream cheese and rice, and topped off with a little Parmesan cheese (Creamy Lemon, Mushroom, Shrimp & Rice); even better, it’s ready in about 30 minutes for a quick week-night dinner recipe.

Coconut Shrimp Curry is a delicious dish – shrimp with cauliflower and sweet potatoes is served over jasmine rice.

Last, but not least, these New England Shrimp Rolls are sure to please any time and are so quick to put together – perfect for a busy week night, and fun for a picnic or enjoying al fresco on a summer evening.

So, what are your favorite shrimp recipes?  Did any of these inspire you to try something new in the coming days?  Or maybe remind you of an old favorite you’d forgotten about?  Please leave us a comment with your thoughts; we enjoy hearing from you!

18 Delectable Dinner Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

 

 

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We are looking forward to these delish dinner ideas for the Labor Day holiday weekend coming up for us.  It will be so nice to have some time off of work, enjoy relaxing with friends (or enjoy our kids’ extra-curricular activities and sporting events – right?), and dish up some terrific meals.

Today we present 18 delectable dinner ideas for your weekend (or any time, really).  We have separated them into categories based on what type of cooking you would like to do (grilling, using the crockpot, or all-in-one-pan).  So, whether you’re feeding a huge crew or just a few, check out these great dinner ideas. (Just click on the recipe title or photo for the detailed printable recipe).

On the Grill!
(Because around here it’s too dang hot to spend much time heating up the kitchen.)

1. Grilled Basil Halibut with Jalapeno Butter

2. Grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers

3. Italian Style Hobo Bundles
(turkey meatballs and vegetables cooked in foil packets on the grill)

4. Chicken Fajitas

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5. Grilled Pizza with Veggies

6Hot and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

 

 

Crockpot Cooking
(Since, again, it is so nice to avoid heating up the kitchen too much.)

7. Sloppy Joes

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8. Crockpot Swiss Steak

9. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

10. Black Beans with Sausage and Rice

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11. Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

12. Crockpot Gumbo

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One-Pan Easy Dinner Ideas
(Who wants to avoid washing dishes?)

13.  Skillet-Baked Mushroom Herb Omelet

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14. Mediterranean Pan Roasted Salmon and Vegetables

15. Farmers Market Fried Rice

16. Chicken and Olives

17. Greek Style Skillet Supper

18. Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet

 

Did you know you can also find recipes here on Dish Dish that are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, diabetic friendly, and more?  See our complete list of recipe categories and explore more great dinner ideas!

Please feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know what type of dinner ideas you enjoy most and what you think of this list of options.

Remember you can save all your favorite recipes in your online cookbook here at Dish Dish, so you can find them when you want them, create menus and shopping lists, and access all of it when you’re on the go.

What are you dishing up for dinner this week?

7 Examples of Perfect Summer Peach Dishes

 

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Driving along the highway in south Texas, just the right time of year, the peach stands open up all over the place, with huge baskets of juicy, plump, fresh peaches that make your mouth water and your heart beat fast with anticipation of such delicious pleasure!

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A couple of times, we have even ventured out as a family, visiting peach orchards to pick our own baskets full of peaches for enjoying.  This is so much fun and elicited great family memories!

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So today we are presenting 7 examples of perfect summer peach dishes – whether you were able to run out and pick your own, pluck some juicy fresh ones from a local farmers market, order from your local Greenling, or simply bring some home from the grocery store.

(Clicking on the title of each of these dishes will take you to the detailed printable recipe, photo, and ability to save the recipe, add ingredients to your shopping list, or share the recipe with a friend.)  Here goes!

1. First, a delicious Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler – slow cooker desserts are nice for not heating up the kitchen, and mixing all the ingredients ahead, then cooking while you’re working on other dishes.  Peaches mixed with rolled oats, butter and spices – yum!

 

2. Peach Smoothies are a healthy and delicious way to enjoy fresh peaches (or frozen, if you’ve saved them for the rest of the year).

 

3. Roasted Peach and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches – macerated peaches and cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit; breakfast, lunch, snack … as you please.

 

4. Fresh Peach Lemonade is one of our favorite summer beverages – fresh, chopped peaches and fresh lemon juice make a winning combination.

 

 

5. Peaches and Cream Pockets – easy recipe using crescent roll dough for a crust wrapped around fresh peach slices and cream cheese filling, baked up for a sweet, tasty treat any time.

 

6. Gingered Peach Jam – only 5 simple ingredients and no canning knowledge required with this easy recipe for making your own jam!

 

 

7. Tomato and Peach Salad – fresh heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and corn topped off with a little feta and lightly seasoned bread crumbs.

 

See More Peach Recipes!

So, how do you like your fresh summer peaches?  Do you save them for the rest of the year by freezing, canning, preserving as jam or pie filling, or something else?

We would love to hear about your favorite summer peach dishes!

Remember you can keep track of all your favorite recipes right here in your own online cookbook account at Dish Dish – absolutely free!  (Share recipes, find your favorites, create shopping lists and menus, and access from around the world whenever you need them.)

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4 Types of Stuffed Peppers – Hot Stuff

 

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Do you love the flavor of peppers, all kinds of peppers, hot, mild, stuffed, roasted, sauteed – in soups, casseroles, or served with a main dish?  Soon we will be harvesting all kinds of fresh peppers!  So today we’re sharing 4 types of stuffed peppers for your summer dish repertoire, hot stuff and some not-so-hot, for whichever you prefer most.

When you are picking peppers for stuffing, or cooking with, there are so many varieties from which to choose.  The simple bell pepper variety (mild and sometimes sweet) includes Candy Bells, Cajun Belles, and the Islander – to name a few – and ranges in color from green to yellow, red, or purple.  If you are looking for some hot stuff, consider chile peppers, Poblano, Cayenne,  or Jalapeno.  Lots of colors and flavors as options!

Today we will look at 4 types of stuffed peppers to enjoy this summer.

1. Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers –  This is a delicious vegetarian dish.  Yellow and red bell peppers are stuffed with a mixture of quinoa, black beans, and vegetables along with a little cheese, then baked and topped with grated cheese before serving.  A filling and colorful stuffed pepper dish worthy of guests any day.

 

Stuffed Yellow and Red Peppers Recipe

 

2. Taco Filled Peppers – Fill some sweet green bell peppers with seasoned taco meat and kidney beans and top off with some cheese and tomatoes.  This dish is ready in just over half an hour, making it an easy week-night stuffed pepper dish.

 

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3. Stuffed Jalapeno Firecrackers – These stuffed peppers make a great appetizer for a party or special event.  Jalapenos filled with cream cheese, seasoned with garlic and cheddar cheese, and wrapped in bacon before being baked and broiled.  This recipe includes flavorful variations like pineapple cream cheese or jalapeno bacon, for a really unique and spicy twist to a stuffed pepper dish.

 

4. Guacamole Stuffed Poblano Peppers – Roasted poblano peppers stuffed with guacamole and shredded lettuce.  They make a wonderful light lunch or a unique side dish with tacos or enchiladas.

So, what is your favorite way to enjoy fresh peppers?  Which ones are your favorites to cook with and to stuff?  Please let us know in the comments below.

Remember you can keep all your favorite recipes along with photos and notes (either private or public) here at Dish Dish in your own online cookbook with your free account!  




Family Heritage – Saving Family Recipes

 

 

 

Do you remember watching grandma or an older aunt retrieving favorite recipes from her recipe box when you were young?  Maybe you have fond memories of large family meals, fun times anticipating the delicious food tempting your taste buds as the aromas wafted from the tiny kitchen?

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Have family members often lamented about how no one is exactly sure whatever happened to some or all of those recipes?  Or maybe one person was able to save most of them, but no one is sure of the best way to share them with everyone?

Preserving those famous favorite family recipes and passing them down to future generations is a beautiful way to continue a tradition of preserving family heritage and history through food and fond memories.  Dish Dish provides a way for families to do just that (especially made easy with our Digital Recipe Album package).

Members can set up an account and password, enter recipes themselves (or recruit other family members to help with the entering and typing process), complete with notes, references, and photos.  Then invite other family members to access and share the recipes with their own account on Dish Dish (this allows the option of saving the recipe to their own account and editing it a bit – if their family likes to make it just a little bit differently); or choose to keep the recipes private (and even with private recipes, members can choose to share a link to their “cookbook” – allowing only invited people to view those recipes).

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We are excited to offer such a wonderful tool for helping families preserve their heritage, traditions, and recipes in a way that is easy to share and enjoy with extended family around the world any time through the website and iPad/iPhone App.

So, don’t delay!  Set up your free account to get started digitizing those recipes into a digital cookbook and preserve family traditions before they are lost.  (And if the thought of all that typing scares you, set up a Pro Account and we’ll do the typing for you – simply take a picture or scan your recipes and fax, email, or mail to us; or take advantage of our Digital Recipe Album – we’ll send a postage paid envelope for you to mail your recipe collection to us and we’ll type them all in for you and then send them back with digital access and downloadable PDF).

Happy Dishin’!

How to Plan Meals

 

 

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Planning meals for the week does not have to be complicated.  This may seem unlikely when trying to concentrate, all the while hearing pets scurrying around the house or children asking for this and that or squabbling with each other.  Even if you only find a few minutes of calm, take a quick look over your week ahead before planning the trip to the grocery store and you’ll be glad you did.

Which nights will there be events — soccer practice, baseball practice, dance class, teacher meeting, birthday party, dinner with friends, and so forth?  This will help you decide which nights will have a little more time for preparing dinner and which ones will be the most harried and difficult to get dinner on the table.

For the nights with less time for preparing dinner, plan a meal you can put on in the crockpot that morning (after preparing ingredients the night before, if you’re headed to work that day); then quickly throw on some frozen veggies to cook with it or toss a salad together in time to serve everyone before heading off to that evening’s event.

Some great crockpot meals include the Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas, Beef with Broccoli, or Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Certain nights will work great for preparing something on the grill (such as this <strongGrilled Tilapia), while for others because of late arrivals for dinner or expecting to wait on someone’s work or school schedule, it would be easier to prepare something that can be held over and kept warm for a while to allow everyone the chance to eat a delicious home cooked meal – like Baked Ziti or Mostaccioli.

Also take a quick look at local grocery ads to see what types of meats and produce are on sale that week.  This is a terrific way to save money weekly, planning your meals around the foods that you can get fresh at the most reasonable price.

Plan one night a week, if possible, for a fun family meal everyone can help with — something like home made pizzas or fill-your-own burritos; this can be a fun evening of playing games or watching a movie and enjoying both preparing and eating dinner together.

Once your list of meals is in place for the week, putting together the grocery shopping list will be much simpler (and you will save time and money knowing what needs to be purchased without spending money on extras or food that will be wasted).

For the recipes here in your digital cookbook on Dish Dish, (with your free account) you can pull up the recipes for that week, one-click on the “Add to Shopping List” and pull that list together even more quickly; then simply pull up your shopping list page and add any other items you need to purchase that week.  Your shopping list will be with you on your mobile device whenever you are ready for your trip to the grocery store.

Remember to grab your coupons before you go, too, for even more money saving opportunities.  Or grab our app to keep track of your grocery list even more easily on your iPad or iPhone.