Cheesesteak Sliders

So, once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, the Southern husband lived in Philadelphia.  This was before we were married, so I don’t know this for sure, but I’m pretty certain he made more than one trip to both Pat’s and Geno’s, the famous cheesesteak joints near the Italian market in Philly.  He is therefore an EXTREMELY discriminating cheesesteak critic since he started with the best of the best, so when I decided to try my hand at cheesesteaks I didn’t dare try the original large version.  Nope, I stacked the deck in my favor by making adorable little cheesesteak sliders.  Because who couldn’t love an adorable, melty cheesy cheesesteak slider?  Yup, I can be sneaky when I need to be.
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Tomato Basil Hummus

I do love me some hummus.  People are always asking me what my favorite recipe on this blog is, and after I get finished telling them about my 10 minute recipe for fresh ricotta, the next thing I talk about is my 5 minute recipe for hummus.  (Are you sensing a trend here?)  Anyway, this particular version of hummus is also one you can whirl up easily in your food processor, but instead of the tahini that gives classic hummus its great taste, this one subs in roasted tomatoes and a big heaping handful of basil.  It’s hummus, summertime-style!

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Lime Chimichurri Chicken

Chimichurri anything is a favorite in our house.  Partly because it is fun to say, and partly because it is so dang delicious.  Spicy and tangy and scrumptious, chimichurri adds a little zip to whatever you make with it.  I’ve chimichurried everything from burgers to steak to potato salad, so I’m not sure what took me so long to introduce chimichurri to chicken, but better late than never!
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Zucchini Gazpacho

When I was a kid, my mom had a huge vegetable garden full of lettuce and tomatoes and pumpkins and green beans and peppers and other veggies.  She is a magical gardener, and the item she always seemed to grow the most of was zucchini.  Piles and bushels and mountains of zucchini.  She made zucchini bread and zucchini pancakes and zucchini muffins, and my brother and I quickly learned that in the months of July and August it was wise to check anything we ate for stray zucchini.  She is wily with the zucchini, my mama is.  And so if there are any of you out there preparing for the annual summer zucchini storm, here’s a cool, quick gazpacho that features not tomatoes but…say it with me….zucchini!
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Cheese and Honey Pizza

I know, I know, you are thinking whaaat??  She’s putting honey on her pizza?  But bear with me for a minute while I say three words to you.  Sweet And Salty.  The familiar cheesy melty salty taste of a thin crust white pizza, mixed with just a teeny hint of a drizzle of sweet honey.  I owe this all to the Southern husband, who loves white pizza above all others, and is a devoted to honey above all other sweet things.  One day it hit me that maybe, just maybe, those were two great tastes that could taste great together.  And Sweet and Salty came through for me again!
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Warm Potato Green Bean Salad

We are in the height of potato salad season these days!  And since do love potatoes but I do NOT love the classic mayo-dressed potato salad, I have these basic guidelines when putting together potato salads.  First, no mayo.  (You probably guessed that.)  Second, no peeling, because who wants to be in the kitchen peeling potatoes in the middle of potato salad season?  Third, find something interesting to toss into the potato salad along with the potatoes.  Fourth, when it comes to potato salad, mustard is your friend.  Welcome to warm green bean potato salad! Continue Reading …

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