Cranberry Salsa

Need an appetizer for your holiday get together but don’t have the time for anything involved? This is your answer.

Cranberry Salsa is sweet and tart and pairs perfectly with salty tortilla chips. Better yet, it only takes 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. Jalapenos add flavor and color, but not a lot of heat so this is perfect for everyone – even those who don’t like spicy salsas.

This red-and-green salsa is perfect for the holiday season! It’s festive and easy – what more could you want?

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Easy, Classic Cranberry Sauce

If you think you don’t like cranberry sauce, it’s because you haven’t made it yourself. Homemade cranberry sauce is far superior to it’s canned cousin – and it’s super easy to make.

This cranberry sauce is tangy and sweet and uses just four ingredients.

Adding this to your holiday menu won’t add a lot of work to your plate either – this can be made up to a week in advance and only takes about 15 minutes to pull together.

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

I think carrots are the most underrated fall vegetable. They don’t get a lot of love, but picked after the first frost? So good. They also add so much color to the table!

This beautiful side dish will be a treat whether you’re making it for a holiday or a weeknight! It’s ready in about a half hour, and the pesto can bed made ahead, so it’s a no-fuss side that looks like you’ve put a lot of effort into it.

A close up of roasted carrot sticks in a white serving dish topped with pesto.

This recipe uses both the carrot and the carrot top, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to be conscious of food waste – we use the whole plant here!

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Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to cook up your sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving this year, look no further! These creamy sweet potatoes are topped off with sugary pecans for the perfect combo of soft and chewy, sweet and savory.

Made using fresh sweet potatoes, pecans, and maple syrup, they’re absolutely packed with the flavors of fall.

Overhead shot of a casserole dish with mashed sweet potatoes topped with pecans.

This side dish is also simple to make – and easy to make ahead – so you won’t get overwhelmed by adding it to your holiday menu.

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Honeydew Cucumber Salad

Welcome to #BBQWeek!

We’ve been cooking out for weeks already – as soon as it got warm enough to sit out, we fired up the grill and set up the deck – and I’ve been loving it. For me, the warm weather is always synonymous with fresh ingredients so I knew I had to start this week with something fresh and bright.

This salad is perfect for summer. It’s quick and make-ahead friendly. The produce is readily available all summer and the dressing is simple pantry staples.

It’s a great dish to bring to a cookout for lunch or dinner – but it’s also a great option for brunch!

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Grilled Bread with Honey-Rosemary Drizzle

As soon we started getting days over 70, my meal planning pretty much went into full-on summer mode. What is “summer mode”, you ask? Everything possible on the grill – and keep it simple.

This side is so easy I debated whether to even post the recipe, but it’s perfect for days when you want a little something more with dinner but have zero effort left to give. And it goes with so much.

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Roasted Carrots with Honey and Thyme

We attempted to grow our own carrots this year to mixed results – the tops made an incredible pesto but we only harvested enough carrots for one meal!

I decided to cook them up with some thyme from the garden and local honey and the result was incredible! The mix of savory and sweet was just perfect.

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Peach Panzanella Salad

We put in a big garden this spring. It’s something we’ve had plans for but with quarantine, we finally made the jump and did it. We knew it would be a learning year – and it is. I’m having more fails than successes.

One huge success? Our tomatoes.

This simple salad is one of my favorite ways to use up our tomatoes. If you’re going to make this, I highly suggest using tomatoes from a farm or your garden – they’re just so good right now!

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

With the uncertainty of everything going on in the world lately, I’ve really found myself seeking comfort in the familiar. It’s meant a lot of revisiting old recipes – things I know everyone will like and that I can practically make with my eyes closed they’re so familiar.

With a husband who isn’t a fan of traditional potato salad, this version – which mashes up potato salad with the flavors of a loaded baked potato – became a favorite in the early days of the blog (and our marriage). As grilling season kicks off, I thought it was the perfect time to give this recipe a refresh.

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Red, White, and Blue Eats for Your Patriotic Cookout

One week until Memorial Day!

While it definitely won’t be a “normal” summer here, we’re planning to keep up the tradition of patriotic cookouts for Memorial Day and the 4th of July – even if it is just the four of us. I love hanging on the deck with a spread of red, white, and blue food and since it’s social distancing approved, I’m leaning in!

Whether you’re celebrating with just your immediate family or you’re able to gather with extended family and friends, I’ve rounded up some fun red, white, and blue-themed food options for you!

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