Broiled Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is traditionally just fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Generally balsamic vinegar and olive oil are paired with it as the dressing, but I am just not a balsamic fan, so I drown mine in olive oil alone. I had the notion to put all these ingredients under the broiler, and it was a very tasty idea. Continue reading “Broiled Caprese Salad”

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Fresh Strawberry Muffins

I admit, before this, strawberry muffins weren’t something I’d ever considered making.

Strawberry muffins- loaded with fresh berries and topped with a berry glaze, these muffins are packed with flavor!

I love strawberries fresh or in ice cream, but baked? I was afraid I’d lose that sweet berry flavor! I asked for suggestions on Facebook for what to bake with all my fresh berries, and a friend suggested muffins. I said I’d give it a shot, and wow, I’m so grateful she said that! These are amazing. Proof that other people are much smarter than I am. 🙂 These are a perfect breakfast, treat, or even dessert. The glaze is sweet but adds a nice shot of flavor. You can definitely skip it, though. Continue reading “Fresh Strawberry Muffins”

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Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream

I warned you that there’d be a lot of strawberry recipes coming your way, right? Okay, good!

Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream- soft, sweet, packed with strawberry flavor…basically it's the strawberry ice cream you've always dreamed of!

Before this, I was pretty sure I just plain sucked at making ice cream. Even if it was good straight from the ice cream machine, by the next day it was always a rock-hard chunk and then it turned straight to freezer burn. Finally I drew on my food prep lab knowledge and added a bunch of fat and sugar. Ta-da! Creamy ice cream that’s as easy to scoop as the store-bought kind. Also, it tastes amazing. So much strawberry flavor! Did you know that ice cream actually needs a lot of sugar to keep the ice crystals small? And the cold temperature tricks your tongue, so it seems less sweet once it’s frozen. Continue reading “Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream”

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S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes- graham cracker cupcake, marshmallow filling, and dark chocolate ganache! YUM!

When I was growing up, my favorite thing to do in the summertime was invite a few friends to my house and put up a tent to go ‘camping’ in the backyard. I even learned how to put up our huge 3-room tent by myself at the tender age of 13! My best friend, Ariel, came to every little party I had. We lived a few miles from each other, which was awesome!

S'mores Cupcakes

There are so many funny memories from the times that we went camping, ranging from shaving cream fights and water balloon wars, to re-counting nightmares about giant pudding cup men and telling scary stories. Plus, we could be as loud as we wanted, eat tons of snacks, giggle uncontrollably, and my parents enjoyed peace and quiet inside the house! Except for the time it rained and the tent leaked so we had to go inside at 4 am.

Oh, and we always had to have a cookout just to have some s’mores!

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Chocolate Strawberry Tart

My sister is very honest. When you bake and share it with people, you need some honest feedback (you need lots of compliments too, which is why I love my enthusiastic husband and parents, and aunts!). She suggested some changes to this tart in the flavor department, mostly to make it sweeter. I agreed with her, so I’ve adjusted the recipe to reflect this. This is how I’ll be making this tart from now on! The tart dough is sweet and tastes like mild sugar cookies. The hidden layer of ganache adds some depth, and the fresh strawberries give you some juiciness and color appeal!

Chocolate Strawberry Tart

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