RECIPE ROUND-UP: TOP 10 SUMMER RECIPES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED!

A slight downside to having a food blog with a lot of content is that once a recipe has been posted it can get buried deep in the archives never to be seen by the new eyes that come to your site everyday. SO, I decided to do a little ‘recipe round-up’ for those who may not have seen some of my older (and favorite) recipes for the summer. I am leaving out any summer recipes that have gone up in the past 6 months or so, SO if you’re that new then take a look at the past few months in the archives. (warning: some of these featured recipes are super old… and the photos will show it haha). I am thinking about doing this every summer and winter. Hopefully it’s helpful! Anyway, happy summer! Enjoy!

CAMPFIRE CHICKEN WITH ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, POTATOES, & DILL

This is by far one of my most popular recipes. It may seem super fancy for a camping trip but it’s actually really quite easy and if you are on the road for as long as we were you will need some real food every once in while… let’s be honest canned goods and granola bars get pretty boring after a while. Keep in mind that this recipe can also be done on the BBQ or in the oven at home. Click on the title above or here.

TWO-FISH HAWAIIAN POKE WITH QUINOA & SPICY GREEK YOGURT SAUCE 

Oh man do I love this recipe. Definitely a summer MUST. If you have never had poke you are in for a real treat. Click on the title above or here

THAI TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS

This recipe is, to me, one of the most under-appreciated recipes of mine… I think because I created it so long ago it may have gotten overlooked a bit, but it is truly one of my all-time favorite recipes I have ever made. An Ariza household staple. Anyone who has made it agrees! Super SUPER healthy too! Click on the title above or here

FARRO SALAD WITH SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, PEPITAS, & FENNEL

I am sharing this recipe not only because it is the perfect summer salad, but because it is a serious crowd pleaser. So many little treasures hidden in it! Click on the title above or here

SHRIMP CEVICHE

This recipe involves a bit of chopping but it is so worth it in the end.  Click on the title above or here

TOMATO BASIL SUMMER PASTA

This one is a big fan favorite as well as a staple in my household since my dude loves it. This dish is also a great vegetarian please-all dish for a party or dinner delivery for a friend. Click on the title above or here

PULLED CHICKEN WITH BOURBON & BROWN SUGAR BBQ SAUCE

Super easy and crazy delicious (not to mention: cooked in the crockpot!), this recipe is always a winner and keep an eye out for an unexpected secret ingredient. I serve it with my RED CABBAGE SLAW WITH SWEET CORN, CILANTRO, & LIME. Click on the title above or here

TEN MINUTE MARINATED MUSHROOMS WITH LEMON & PARSLEY

One of the quickest dishes you will ever throw together and so, so delicious. I’ve turned ‘mushroom-haters’ into ‘finish the bowl-ers’ with this one haha. Click the title above or here

EASY EDAMAME WITH GARLIC, SOY, & LEMON

Another popular one with my readers, this recipe elevates one of your favorite snacks into a flavorful side dish. Click on the title above or here

RAW ASPARAGUS & LEEK SALAD WITH LEMON ANCHOVY DRESSING

Bet you didn’t think raw asparagus could be good… Well let me tell you what, this recipe is one of my all time personal favorites. You HAVE to try it. Click on the title above or here

SPICY BALSAMIC GLAZED WINGS WITH ROSEMARY & GARLIC

 

Do I have anything on my face??

 

Seriously though, I just love wings, they’re interactive, a little messy, and down right delicious. This traditional bar food is very popular on most … you guessed it, bar menus… but rarely seen in the home setting. I think this is probably because none of us want to bust out the deep fryer and fill the house with smoke and grease before our guests arrive. Also, the traditional spicy red sauce isn’t exactly new and exciting.

 

This easy, oven-baked, recipe puts a new spin on your average game day snack but preserves what we love most about it- that sticky, sweet, spicy, tangy, and crispy bite.

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EASY ENTERTAINING | BAKED CROSTINI WITH SUN DRIED TOMATO, GOAT CHEESE, & MASCARPONE SPREAD

 

I love having people over, seriously it feeds my soul, but sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming getting an entire menu together. This little appetizer (or side dish) is SO easy and can be made ahead of time or in the matter of 10 minutes if you have an unexpected drop-in. I recommend letting your cheeses come to room temperature, but if you’re in a rush you’ll just need to use a little more “elbow grease”. Here it is folks… Entertaining made easy with baked crostini with sun dried tomato, goat cheese, and mascarpone!

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CHIMICHURRI … ON EVERYTHING

Have you ever had chimichurri sauce?? It’s AMAZING… bright, fresh, zesty- everything good. You will most commonly see it served on steak in restaurants but holy moley, the sky is the LIMIT with this stuff. I put it on veggies, to marinate or top seafood and poultry, as a salad dressing, on eggs (see image at the end), even as a dip for my OVEN ROASTED ARTICHOKES <<< recipe here (The artichoke dip discovery was LIFE CHANGING).

 

The most amazing thing about it all though, is that it is a snap to make and super impressive to anyone who tries it. Keep in mind (like with all of my recipes) the ingredients are super interchangeable, use whatever herbs you like! Also, this is my take on chimichurri, some recipes don’t call for lemon or shallot etc. but this is how I like it.

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DITCH THE MAYO | LIGHT & FRESH POTATO SALAD WITH LEMON & HERBS

To be honest, I really have no problem with mayonnaise… I actually really like it! This recipe is just a fun, light way to change up your traditional sumer side dish. A huge bonus is that this salad lasts much longer in the heat without spoiling like mayonnaise based dishes. I have brought this to quite a few BBQs and it is always a hit and so so easy to make! Definitely a must-try.

 

This recipe serves about 5 people. Double the ingredients for a bigger group. Also, feel free to switch out any herbs you like! Tarragon, basil, chives, thyme etc. The world is your oyster!

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KITCHEN TIP : KEEPING ASPARAGUS FRESH

I recently rediscovered my love for asparagus. I could eat it everyday, and kind of do right now. I like it anyway it can be prepared- sautéed, roasted… I even like it raw (in my RAW ASPARAGUS AND LEEK SALAD WITH LEMON ACHOVY DRESSING). I buy a couple bundles at a time and keep ‘em around for whenever I’m craving it… which is all the time. So here is the best way to keep these puppies fresh!

*Also, you can find a quick recipe for a simple but so so yummy sautéed asparagus at the end of this post!

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THE CECIL PL. SOUR | WITH BOURBON, THYME, & GRAPEFRUIT

Hand crafted cocktails are kind of all the rage these days and to be honest, I dig it. I’m all about the fresh squeezed juices, crazy unique bitters, and extra attention to detail that come with them. Trendy or not, bring. it. on. One particular drink of these sorts that I just LOVE is the classic ‘Boston Sour’. Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg whites…YES egg whites…shaken until frothy and poured over ice. TO DIE FOR. So, if you know me at all, this was something I had to figure out how to make…someway…somehow…and I did [with my own twist of course]. I introduce to you THE CECIL PL. SOUR [named lovingly after my street].

  

So, before I start, let me just say that I can feel the tension at the mention of ‘egg whites’, and will gladly address it. I buy mine pasteurized, free range, and organic already bottled which makes things much easier [I get mine at Mother's Market, but just about anywhere carries egg whites these days].  Now,  if the whole idea of raw egg whites in your drink freaks you out, just leave ‘em out. You will end up with a less luxurious and frothy product but it will still be delicious.  And the best part about making these sophisticated beverages at home is the ability to adjust just about any ingredient and tailor them to your preferences! Try switching grapefruit for blood orange or kumquat, thyme for sage or rosemary, bourbon for vodka! Get your creative juices flowin’ because a cocktail named after your own street is just what the doctor ordered.

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CITRUS & HERB SALT WITH LEMON & DILL

This is one of the easiest things you will ever throw together and quite possibly one of the most impressive to any  guest that you present it to. You can use any herb and citrus combination you’d like- sage, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit, lime etc. (and don’t be afraid to get creative with things like red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, or other spices!) I used dill and lemon for this particular recipe because my husband loves dill and I happen to think the delicate little leaves are quite beautiful.

 

Once you’ve made it, the sky’s the limit on what you could add it to- fish, rice, roasted veggies, salad dressings, even on the rim of a bloody mary! [My favorite bloody mary recipe here >>> ULTIMATE BLOODY MARY <<<]. Pour into a cute little jar and this also makes an excellent little gift!

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RED CABBAGE SLAW WITH SWEET CORN, CILANTRO, & LIME

This slaw was created a while back when I was asked to bring a side dish to a get-together. Now let’s be honest, these moments have become increasingly more frequent lately haven’t they? Everything is pot-luck style these days, and to be honest, I actually really love it- getting to try a little something from everyone’s kitchen (and heart, in my opinion) is pretty neat. But let’s ALSO be honest in that we’ve all got probably two or three solid recipes that we put on rotation.

 

Since this recipe was thrown together before a party… I was not expecting was the reaction I got- just about every person who tried it asked if the recipe was on my blog. The answer was, of course, “No”… BUT I did gain the confidence to bring the dish to just about every other event for the next year haha. Not kidding, a handful of people at each of the following events asked me if the recipe was on the blog… SO, I’m excited to announce to all the curious guests (you know who you are!) that it is finally on the blog! And if you’re not a slaw person, this one might just change your mind- sweet, smokey, tangy, salty AND a little spicy… A fresher take on an old classic, it appeals to just about anyone.

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PESTO HUMMUS

THERE’S A HUMMUS AMONG US

Does hummus come across as a daunting thing to make at home to anyone else? Because, it does (well, it did) to me.

This recipe came about like most of mine do- during an unofficial game of “Chopped” in my kitchen against myself. I often come into my cooking space, look at what I’ve got, and see what I can do with it. Well, this particular day I had a can of garbanzo beans and I had never made hummus so it sounded like just the challenge for me. I’ve always known the basics of hummus so no research was needed… I also knew that I needed tahini (sesame paste- one of the key components in hummus) but I didn’t have it. So I improvised and it turned out great! The final revised recipe, however, is INSANE with the tahini so I definitely recommend getting some for this.

What I love about this recipe is that it is suuuper easy and so versatile that you’re going to want to dip everything in it (veggies, pita chips, chicken wings…. Any protein in general!) …and spread it on everything (sandwiches, crostini, your hand). One thing that I found absolutely amazing (and, again, discovered by accident) was dipping my OVEN ROASTED ARTICHOKES (<< recipe here) in it! Holy smokes I’m hooked!

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