Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is one of my favorite summer desserts.  Fresh Jersey peaches are plentiful right now, so this easy dessert always seems to find it’s way to our table around this time of year.

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This cobbler has just a few simple ingredients, but the batter helps the fruit shine beautifully – I especially love the extra boost from the almond extract.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Chicken + Bacon + Ranch + Pasta = My Kids’ Dream Meal.

For real though, this dish is a total crowd-pleaser. Pasta and chicken are covered in a creamy, ranch sauce and the whole thing is topped off with bacon and a generous helping of cheese. What’s not to love?

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If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this is a great option.

It’s fast as it is, but there’s two ways to really speed this up. You can grab a rotisserie chicken, pre-cook the pasta, and opt for microwavable bacon. Those three elements will speed up prep considerably.

The other option to to prep the whole thing beforehand, cover, and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. This can be made a day or two in advance, just add a few minutes onto the cook time.

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I’m always a little meh on pastas with red sauce while the weather is still warm, but this sauce felt lighter, even when warm. It’s going to be my new go-to for bringing a meal to friends during the summer months!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Serves 8

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
15 oz. jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×11″ pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, shredded chicken, Alfredo sauce, and ranch dressing. Pour into prepared pan. Top evenly with chopped bacon and cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until hot throughout and bubbly. Let cook for 5 minutes before serving.

adapted from Pilisbury

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Buttermilk Cornbread

I feel like we’re in this weird place in between summer and fall. We’re prepping for a beach trip – but also getting ready to start school. It’s warm enough to swim, but cools down at night enough for a sweatshirt.

Should I be posting fall dishes here? Or keep rocking summer?

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This cornbread is a little of both – a great side for a summer cookout or a big bowl of fall chili. And really, is there any better side for either?

I’ve shared a few fun cornbread variations before – Amish Cornbread and Jalapeno Cornbread – but this is my favorite basic recipe. It’s gritty, but moist. Crumbly, but soft. Slather it with some honey butter and you’ve basically got heaven on a plate!

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Buttermilk Cornbread

Makes 1 9×9″ pan

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Grease and flour a 9×9″ pan and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet, melt the butter, then remove from heat. Immediately stir in sugar, then the eggs and beat until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda and buttermilk. Stir into the mixture in the pan.

Stir in the cornmeal, flour, and salt until just a few lumps remain.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Buttermilk Cornbread

Pecan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Is it even summer if you don’t end up drowning in zucchini at some point? I think not.

Between our garden and our CSA, we always have plenty of zucchini around. I have, of course, been experimenting with lots of new, fun recipes – but I just keep coming back to zucchini bread. It’s a classic.

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This loaf is our favorite. It’s a little heavy on the nutmeg which gives the loaf a nice spice. Pecans and chocolate chips are mixed in, too, to add a little sweetness and texture.

This recipe does make a big batch, so it’s great to share with neighbors – or freeze a loaf for later!

And if you’re looking for more ways to use up your garden zucchini, I suggest Zucchini Scones, Zucchini, Chile & Red Onion Frittata, or Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas – all family favorites!

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Thanks Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla together. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini, pecans, and chocolate chips.

Divide batter between loaf pans. Bake until a knife inserted comes out clean – about an hour for large loaves or 35-45 minutes for smaller loaves.

adapted from The Taste of Home Baking Book

Chocolate Chip Pecan Zucchini Bread

Summer Vegetable Pasta Bake

We have a few more weeks of summer here, so I haven’t quite wrapped my head around back-to-school. We’re entering a brave new world this year – Kindergarten! – and I’m not ready to give up our relaxed summer schedule.

I know a lot of our friends are starting to head back, though, and I’ve gotten quite a few requests for easy back-to-school dinners. This dinner is perfect – easy, but still full of the fresh flavors of the season.

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This dump-and-bake pasta couldn’t be easier – you don’t even have to pre-cook the pasta! We used leftover grilled chicken, but you could use a rotisserie chicken too. This is also easily made vegetarian by skipping the chicken and using vegetable broth instead.

A few minutes to chop and assemble and then your hands are free to help with homework or spend some quality time with the little ones who have been at school all day!

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Thanks Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

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Summer Vegetable Pasta Bake

Serves 6-8

2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
12 oz. uncooked uncooked penne pasta
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9×11″ pan with nonstick spray.

Set aside 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup basil.

Pour the rest of the ingredients into the pan and stir to combine. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Uncover and stir. If pasta is not al dente, cover and cook for a few more minutes.

When pasta is al dente, sprinkle remaining mozzarella over the top and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with basil, and stir.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Bake

Honey Garlic Green Beans

Have you been enjoying the bounty of summer produce? Between our little container garden and our CSA share, we’ve been swimming in fresh fruit and veggies – and I’m loving every second of it.

I’ve been doing a mix of trying new recipes and making sure to revisit family favorites. This is a family favorite – or more specifically – my son’s favorite.

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Honey garlic green beans are a recipe I whipped up one night to make a quick side, and since my son has requested them again and again. He even put them down as “the best thing mom cooks” on his Mother’s Day project at school!

We’ve been making this a lot since green beans have been in our CSA share weekly – so sharing them for Farmer’s Market Week seemed perfect! These sweet-and-savory beans take about 15 minutes to make and only use one pan, so they’re perfect for a weeknight!

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Thanks Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

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Honey Garlic Green Beans

Serves 4-6

1 lb. green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Add the green beans and water to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cover. Let steam for 10-12 minutes, until the beans are softened.

Drain the water, and add the olive oil, tossing to coat the beans. Continue to cook for another few minutes, until the beans start to brown and blister. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

Whisk together the honey and garlic and stir into the skillet. Cook for another minute or two, then serve immediately.

a Kate’s Recipe Box original

Honey Garlic Green Beans

August Recipe Roundup {Summer Cookout & Picnic Recipes)

I can’t believe that the calendar is switching to August already! We are into the long hot days of summer right now. That means grilling, cookouts, and outdoor picnics are in full swing! Our group of bloggers has some terrific summer recipes to share with you this month. Check out the refreshing drinks, side dishes, main meals, and desserts to plan out some of your August meals and enjoy the rest of those summer days eating outdoors.

Don’t forget to check back on the first day of each month to see our themed monthly recipe round-up for your menu planning inspiration.

~Drinks & Side Dishes~
Raspberry Peach Rose Sangria from Books n’ Cooks

 

Cantaloupe Mint Lemonade from Palatable Pastime

 

Creamy Potato Salad from Blogghetti


                  Bread & Butter Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles from Savory Moments

Creamy Horseradish Grilled Shrimp Deviled Eggs from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
 
Balsamic Grilled Vegetables from Kate’s Recipe Box



Creamy Cucumber Salad from Cheese Curd in Paradise

 
Quick Pickled Shallot Deviled Eggs from The Saucy Southerner

 

No-Mayo Poppyseed Slaw from Palatable Pastime

 

Calico Beans w/ Hamburger from Cheese Curd in Paradise

 

Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad from Books n’ Cooks

 

~Main Dishes~
Kefta Kabobs from Crafty Cooking Mama

 

Honey Citrus Chicken Sandwiches from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
 

 

Grilled Chimichurri Whole Shrimp from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
 
Pecan-Crusted Pork Burgers from The Saucy Southerner

 

Buffalo Chicken Burgers from Savory Moments

 

~Desserts~

 

Blueberry Crisp Bars from Pies and Plots

 

 

Sugar Cone Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal 

 

Sweet & Tart Zest Lemon Bars from Crafty Cooking Mama 

 

German Carob Cookies from Pies and Plots 


 

Please visit all of our monthly recipe round-up bloggers!
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Shark Punch Cocktail

Note: This recipe is intended for ages 21+.

Are you excited it’s shark week? My kids have been talking it up for the last week and have been pumped to watch “the shark shows” – until the realized they’re not cartoons… and could be quite scary. Watching their realization was both heartbreaking and hilarious.

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Suffice it to say, my kids are not fans of any of the tv version of shark week – but we have been celebrating with lots of plastic sharks in the baby pool, shark books, and blue jello with gummy sharks. This version of shark week is one they’re pretty excited about.

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Of course, Momma needed to get in on the fun too – so today I bring you a shark week-inspired cocktail. This tropical drink is perfect for summer – and looks perfectly festive garnished with a gummy shark.

Whether you want to mix up just one for yourself or a batch to share with friends, I’ve included directions for both below. Cheers to shark week!

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Shark Punch for a Crowd

Serves 8

4 oz. spiced rum
8 oz. blue curacao
16 oz. pineapple juice
4-6 cups ice
16 oz. ginger beer
Gummy sharks, for garnish

In a pitcher, stir together the rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice until well combined. Add ice. Pour ginger beer over and stir once to combine. Serve garnished with gummy sharks.

Shark Punch Cocktail for One

Serves 1

1/2 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. blue curacao
2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 – 3/4 cup ice
2 oz. ginger beer
Gummy shark, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, shake together the rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice. Add ice to glass and pour mixture over. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a gummy shark and enjoy!

adapted from Captain Morgan

Shark Punch Cocktail

July Recipe Roundup {4th of July Recipes}

July is here and that means it’s time for cookouts, picnics, and celebrating the Fourth of July! It also means that summer is now in full swing. This month our group of bloggers is sharing recipes that are full of patriotic themes of blue and red as well as many grilling and cookout recipes, and a lot of fun desserts and treats. Keep reading to help you plan out your meals for the month of July and your July 4th celebrations. Don’t forget to check back on the last day of each month to see each monthly recipe round-up.

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Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

A few weeks ago, one of my friends hosted a freezer-friendly breakfast food swap. Everyone made up a big batch of something and we split them all up so everyone went home with a stock of grab-and-go breakfasts for their freezer. It was pretty genius.

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It also introduced us to breakfast cookies. And now that we’ve been introduced, we’re here for the breakfast cookies.

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