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Feastie Friday: 17 Ways to Get Tipsy with Peaches

Summer is winding down and school starts soon, but you still have time to enjoy the lingering fruit of summer - PEACHES. Peaches are awesome in everything - peach ice cream, peach jam, peach butter, grilled peaches - and, oh yeah - PEACH COCKTAILS. Sure peach bellinis are great, but why not branch out? We've rounded up 17 ways to get tipsy with peaches. In other words, 17 amazingly summery delish peach cocktails that you need to enjoy while you still can. Choose your poison - bourbon, tequila, rum, wine - there's sure to be something here that hits the spot. 

1. Peach Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe from Harmonious Homestead
Peach Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe from Harmonious Homestead
Photo from Harmonious Homestead

 

Avocado, Mozzarella, and Jalapeno Chimichurri Grilled Cheese

While I have no shortage of ideas on how to use up the avocados that inevitably find themselves stashed around my kitchen, I wanted to use up the jalapenos and cilantro I had in my fridge. When I did a search for those three ingredients, this grilled cheese came up - and I almost drooled all over the keyboard. This avocado, mozzarella, and jalapeno chimichurri grilled cheese from Naturally Ella is unlike any grilled cheese I've ever had (and you know I'm a big fan). It's spicy and fresh and creamy and cheese and crisp and melty and gooey - so many amazing flavors stuffed into one sandwich. I used to be on the "cilantro-tastes-like-soap-and-I-hate-it" bandwagon - but for some reason, and I'm not sure how or when this happened, I fell off the bandwagon. Happily. It's not that I don't think it tastes like soap, because I think it has a hint of soapiness to it, but I like nonetheless. So if you're a cilantro hater, this grilled cheese isn't for you - the cilantro flavor is definitely front and center here. But if you do like cilantro, you should probably make this immediately, and then devour it, while it's meltingly hot. Burned tongues be damned - eat it immediately. If you're looking for a way to use up cilantro or just a way to spice up your grilled cheese, you've come to the right place. 

Feastie Friday: 21 International Recipes to Use Up Eggplant

Eggplant is EVERYWHERE. It's literally exploding out from everyone's gardens, piling up on tables at farmers markets, and stacked in your local grocery store. It's in season, it's inexpensive, and it's ridiculously delicious. But maybe you're in an eggplant rut - one can only eat so much eggplant parmesan (although one can eat quite a bit of it). We've rounded up 21 eggplant recipes from around the globe (pun intended), everything from pizza and curry to moussaka and stir fry, to keep things interesting. Enjoy the rest of your summer and the abundant summer produce and get adventurous with one (or more) of these recipes! 

1. Braniya | Lamb and Eggplant Tajine from MarocMama
Braniya {Lamb and Eggplant Tajine} for #SundaySupper from MarocMama
Photo from MarocMama

 

Blueberry and Rainier Cherry Galette

Have you ever had Rainier cherries? They're amazing - I get so excited when they start showing up on the shelves at our local store. They're perfectly sweet, plump, firm little cherries - I prefer them over the bing variety any day. But I'll go back to the beginning - this blueberry and Rainier cherry galette was a happy accident. I was craving sour cherry pie - sour cherry anything, to be honest - and it turns out I'd missed the sour cherries. :( Sad face. I go away for ONE WEEK and POOF! They're gone. I learned from the farmer at the farmers market that you really need to be an insider here to get your hands on sour cherries - like there's a waiting list. No joke. You have to put your name on a call list to be notified when the cherries will be ready to pick, and then when the big day comes, you show up and wait your turn to have at the cherry trees. Yep - you pick them yourself. Last year the cherries were gone after ONE WEEKEND. I feel like I'm trying to get on a list to get backstage at a Rolling Stones concert, when really, I just want a sour cherry pie. Is that too much to ask? So now back to the Rainier cherries - these were a consolation prize. I saw them at the store, they were ridiculously expensive, and I bought them anyway. They were so good - they're special, and while I love snacking on them, I wanted to make something special with them. Something to rival a sour cherry pie (as if that's even possible). So I came up with this blueberry and Rainier cherry galette, and I can say this with enthusiasm -this is hands-down the best thing I've eaten all summer. The best part? It's so easy! It's way easier than a pie - and since it cools off relatively quickly after coming out of the oven, that means it's ready to consume that much faster. I may or may not have burned my tongue on this. The only drawback to this recipe - over the course of 2 days I ate half of this galette. That is the equivalent of HALF A STICK OF BUTTER. So wrong. But you know what? I don't care, and I'll do it again - in fact I've already done it again, as I've made this multiple times now. The filling is flexible - just make sure you use really fresh, ripe, beautiful fruit and you're good to go. 

Feastie Friday: 15 Jam Recipes That Will Rock Your PB&J

Sure it's easy to buy a jar of jam at the store - but once you try homemade jam, you'll never want to buy another jar of the conventional store stuff again. And if you think that homemade jam requires picking your own berries and slaving for hours over the stove, think again. These recipes are easy, straight-forward, and don't require special ingredients. Use whatever fruit you've got in your fridge! Not a fan of the sweet stuff? Try some homemade jalapeno jelly! Okay maybe not all of these jams are great candidates for a PB&J sandwich, but imagine some great bread topped with cheese and tomato jam - or some hot pepper jelly slathered over cream cheese on a cracker. Or even BACON JAM. We're not kidding. Good stuff. We've rounded up 15 jam recipes that will rock your PB&J, as well as just about anything else you can slather the jam onto. So do a fridge raid and put let those overripe peaches fulfill their full peach destiny - in a jar of homemade jam!

1. Homemade Kaya Coconut Jam from Indochine Kitchen
Homemade Kaya Coconut Jam from Indochine Kitchen
Photo from Indochine Kitchen

 

Mushroom Quesadillas {Lightened Up}

Have you ever attempted to thread button mushrooms onto a skewer? No bueno. As in, they just tear in half and are pretty much impossible to skewer. We had made veggie skewers to go alongside our cedar plank salmon, and although the mushrooms were supposed to be included, it just wasn't in the cards. So I found myself with a box full of button mushrooms, and decided they needed to fulfill their mushroom destiny in some other, non-skewered way. I had some low carb tortillas on hand, as well as some low-fat shredded cheese, so thought some quesadillas were in order! Who doesn't love quesadillas?! I found these mushrooms quesadillas from Closet Cooking that I'd bookmarked, and thought I'd give them a try. FANTASTIC! I wasn't sure if these button mushrooms were going to have much flavor, but with the onion and fresh thyme they had an amazing, meaty flavor. Made with low fat cheese, low carb tortillas, and olive oil spray, these totally hit the spot when you're craving something cheesy and gooey without breaking the calorie/fat bank. 

Feastie Friday: 11 Fun Twists on Birthday Cake

Imagine if you could have birthday cake, but without the cake! Wait - hear us out. Sure birthday cake is pretty much perfect in its original form - layers of buttery cake and creamy, sugary frosting (with candles on top, of course) - but what if you could drink your birthday cake? Birthday cake cocktails are a REAL THING. Birthday cake fudge, ice cream, cookies - even popcorn. It may not be socially acceptable to bake yourself a birthday cake every week, but can anyone fault you for enjoying a handful of birthday cake popcorn or a scoop of birthday cake ice cream when the mood hits? We've rounded up 11 recipes that feature a fun twist on birthday cake - and we wholeheartedly encourage you to enjoy them today and any other darn day you feel the need for a birthday cake fix. 

1. Birthday Cake Martini from Freutcake
Cocktail Friday Birthday Cake Martini from Freutcake
Photo from Freutcake

 

Steamed Tilapia Packets with Veggies

This is the dinner of the summer. Summer 2013 - this is what you want to eat - steamed tilapia packets with veggies. Talk about healthy - how does steamed fish covered in fresh vegetables, herbs, lemon juice, and salty kalamata olives sound?! This is one of those dinners that you'll make over and over (and over) again. It's savory and just a little bit salty, but so light and healthy and fresh - you'll feel good eating this. We always have frozen fish in the house - usually salmon and tilapia - so this is a no-brainer. Even better - you can make this with whatever fresh veggies you have around. Summer squash was looking especially wonderful at the farmers market this week, so that went into the packet, along with some Jersey tomatoes, green beans, and salty olives (the olives really make this, don't leave them out). The result is light, flaky, tender fish and crisp, tender, fresh veggies with basically no effort whatsoever. And if you're not super stoked about turning on the oven, just toss the packets on the grill!  

Feastie Friday: 26 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make With Avocados

If someone asked us to name, off the top of our heads, as many dishes we can think of that can be made with avocado, we'd probably say, "Uh - guacamole?" and leave it at that. Avocados are one of those superfoods that just so happen to be outrageously delicious as well as incredibly healthy. And they're a no-brainer on things like sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and salads. But if you find yourself with a bag of avocados and a lack of inspiration, get excited - there are some unbelievably creative food bloggers out there who have gone to town with avocados and come up with some awesome recipes. We've rounded up 26 of our favorites - 26 things you didn't know you could make with avocados. Avocado margaritas? Ice cream? Avocado pancakes? Yep. Get out of your avocado rut and try some of these avocado treats. 

1. Skinny Avocado Margaritas from Heather's Dish
Skinny Avocado Margaritas from Heather's Dish
Photo from Heather's Dish

 

My Favorite Guacamole

Guacamole is probably one of the tastiest, simplest, most basic dips you can have in your repertoire - and luckily it's a huge crowd pleaser and tastes abso-freakin-lutely delicious. I've been in restaurants where the server literally busted out the guacamole ingredients in front of me and proceeded to make it at the table - it was so good I wanted to lick the bowl. While I'm not suggesting that this recipe, my favorite recipe for guacamole, will make your jaw drop or blow your mind, I can pretty much guarantee you that you will want to lick the bowl. That has to count for something. I call this my quick and dirty guacamole - it's quick, it's easy, it doesn't have any fancy ingredients or rely on any fancy cooking methods. It's just good stuff. I always eyeball this recipe and taste it as I go along, and I encourage you to do the same - getting just the right amount of heat/spice is important, and you have to taste as you go if you want to achieve that perfect level of spiciness. And of course you'll need a bag of Xochitl tortilla chips to dip into this - yes, I'm specifying Xochitl. These are the best bagged tortilla chips I've EVER HAD and that is not an exaggeration. Once you've tried these chips, you just can't go back to the old brands. Trust me - get a bag, get some avocados, and make some quick and dirty guacamole. 

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