Welcome to summer, friends! I took an unplanned blog-hiatus in May to attend to some family things, and while it was great to spend more time with my family, it feels so good to be back!
One of my favorite things about summer is fresh vegetables! There’s nothing better than coming home with delicious local produce from the farmer’s market. It might still be a little too early for the farmer’s market near me, but with my favorite veggies on sale at the grocery store, I’m basking in all the summery recipes. Zucchini has been on sale at the grocery store, and the vegetable crisper in my refrigerator is overflowing with fresh veggies- a wonderful problem to have. We’ve been experimenting with just about every way to eat zucchini, and this summer vegetable bake is one of my favorites!
After a long and rainy April, it seems like summer is finally here in Minnesota! The forecast predicts today will be 86 degrees and gloriously sunny, and I am enjoying every minute of the sunshine, blue skies, and bright May flowers. This weekend I’m boxing up the last of my sweaters to make room in my closet for sundresses and shorts, and exchanging my boots for sandals. My wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needed a change for spring- so did my menu. Winters in Minnesota call for soups and casseroles- something warm and hearty to fill you up and keep cozy on a chilly night. Spring calls for something bright and refreshing, like fruit or a colorful salad. I found both in this quinoa salad.
Have you ever been served something delicious and felt the need to rush home and recreate it? A few weeks ago, I attended a work event and was served the most delicious quinoa salad. It was colorful and packed with flavor, and much better than any quinoa salad I’d had before. I swung by the grocery store on my way home, determined to have the same amazing salad the next day. After several attempts (and many tasty, but not quite perfect, misses), I’m proud to share my version. This quinoa salad has only a handful of ingredients- most of them might already be in your pantry!
Cold, winter days call for cozy foods, like soup and chicken pot pie. More than any other season, I find myself struggling to eat my vegetables in the winter. Let’s be honest- a cold salad is really uninspiring when it’s only 6 degrees outside.
To make matters worse, buying vegetables during the off season can be pricey. Shipping in produce from who-knows-where is pricey, but I’ve discovered that I can almost always find carrots on sale. When the weather turns colder, I start buying carrots. Lots and lots of carrots.
On Monday I shared my cookie recipes for game-day ready treats (see the recipes for Denver’s Orange Crush Swirls and Carolina’s Panther Shortbread here). But every Super Bowl party needs more than just awesome cookies, and Super Bowl Snacks are a must!
Everyone has their favorite game day snacks. Some like wings, others chili or beer cheese soup (or is that just a Packer fan thing?), and I can’t get enough chips and guac. For the Super Bowl, we decided to go in a slightly different direction, picking snacks that honored our favorite teams and players.