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Feastie Friday: Grill Your Pizza - 19 Ways to Enjoy Homemade Pizza Without Turning On Your Oven

It's summer, it's hot, and turning your oven up to 500 degrees to heat up your pizza stone for homemade pizza isn't really an appetizing proposal. When your house is already sweltering, cranking up the oven isn't a good idea - but there's no reason you should forgo the homemade pizza this summer. Make it on your outdoor grill! If you haven't already tried it, you'll flip at how easy it is to make delish homemade pizza right on your patio without ever turning on your oven. If you needed more convincing, we've rounded up 19 compelling reasons to get your grill ready and whip up some homemade pies. There's nothing quite like homemade pizza, and since any time is a good time for pizza, don't let the 100 degree weather prevent you from reveling in your pizza bliss!

1. Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza from Healthy. Delicious.
Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza from Healthy. Delicious.
Photo from Healthy. Delicious.

 

Feastie Friday: 11 Frosty Treats to Help You Keep Your Cool

Hopefully, wherever you are, you're keeping cool. It's been unbearably hot and humid in our neck of the woods - temperatures in the mid 90s and ultra high humidity - not a good time. But you've got to keep your cool! We've rounded up 11 frosty treats to help you do just that - stay nice and cool (and preferably keep your cool as well). Ice creams and icebox cakes and smoothies and popsicles - plenty of frosty sweet treats to enjoy this weekend. So whether you're out grilling in the heat or just relaxing in the shade, whip up one of these fun recipes to share and spread the icy cold love! 

1. Banana Licuado {Mexican Smoothie} from The Lemon Bowl
Banana Licuado {Mexican Smoothie} from The Lemon Bowl
Photo from The Lemon Bowl

 

Feastie Friday: 17 Recipes to Celebrate Strawberry Season

It's FINALLY here - strawberry season! Can you sense our enthusiasm? Strawberry season means strawberry picking, strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry sangria - and, if you're adventurous (and why not be?), strawberry goat cheese guacamole. Yes - strawberries in your guacamole - and we've got 16 more recipes to help you celebrate strawberry season. If you have the opportunity, go strawberry picking! It's a lot of fun and the freshly picked strawberries taste unlike any berry you've ever bought in a grocery store. Check out Pick Your Own to find a farm in your area and get picking! 

1. Strawberry Goat Cheese Guacamole from Two Peas & Their Pod
Strawberry Goat Cheese Guacamole from Two Peas & Their Pod
Photo from Two Peas & Their Pod

 

Feastie Friday: 9 Creative Ways To Enjoy Asparagus Right Now

As in, right now. Asparagus isn't in season for long, but when it is, it's glorious. Forget the week-old limp asparagus you find at the grocery store in the dead of winter - if you can get your hands on some super fresh, in-season asparagus right now, we've got 9 suggestions on how to enjoy it. The beauty of this vegetable is that it's absolutely perfect and delicious when prepared in the simplest way possible (grill it!), but it's also super tasty in more creative dishes such as savory tarts and salads. So if you haven't found a local farmers market or farm stand, now is the time to do it - get some asparagus and savor it while you can. 

1. Pickled Asparagus Grilled Cheese from Panini Happy
Pickled Asparagus Grilled Cheese from Panini Happy
Photo from Panini Happy

 

Blow Your Mind Brunch: Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Foolproof Hollandaise

I hope you're ready to have your mind blown. Because when we ate this smoked salmon eggs benedict this past Saturday, I was rendered speechless. This. Is. Amazing. You may or may not know my eggs benedict history - I've talked about it at length - but we'd never attempted to recreate my all-time favorite breakfast at home before. I kind of felt like it would never live up to the "real thing", I could never recreate this ridiculously amazing incredible breakfast at home. But we did. The Mr. and I - it was definitely a group effort - we knocked out this UNBELIEVABLE brunch and I almost passed out in happiness at the table. It was touch and go for a bit there - poaching eggs is NOT for sissies - but in the end, all was well as soon as I took my first bite of the eggs benedict. Holy moly. No, this isn't as easy as tossing cereal into a bowl with some milk, and no, it's not for the fainthearted to try first thing in the morning before they've had their first cup of coffee (if you're into that sort of thing), but this IS worth trying at home. And it's soooo worth it. If you use my easy-peasy foolproof hollandaise recipe, that part is easy. The toasting of the bread is easy. And obviously the lox just lays there - so it all comes down to making a bad-ass poached egg. Which isn't always easy - but if you've got that mastered, you may as well make this right now. Because that's the ONLY hard part here, and it isn't even that hard, just intimidating (anyone else intimidated by eggs?!). For all you brunch lovers out there - this is your new favorite brunch. The hollandaise recipe makes just enough for 2 breakfasts - who says you can't scale down sauce?! You can! But obviously feel free to increase the amounts here to serve as many as you like. 

Feastie Friday: 15 Reasons We're Crazy for Watermelon

Whoever invented the seedless watermelon is brilliant. As if watermelon wasn't fantastic enough - no seeds to deal with! Okay so maybe we've got 16 reasons why we're crazy for watermelon - and its seedlessness is just one reason. We've rounded up 15 more! Fifteen recipes for ridiculously delish watermelon drinks, smoothies, desserts, salads, even quinoa. Watermelon goes sweet, it goes savory - it even goes with fried scallops. Don't take our word for it - whip up some watermelon margaritas and see for yourself. 

1. Watermelon Margaritas from Handle the Heat
Watermelon Margaritas from Handle the Heat
Photo from Handle the Heat

 

Spicy Tofu Veggie Stir Fry {vegan}

I have no shame - I'll take a recipe from anywhere. From magazines in waiting rooms, from the sides and backs of boxes and cans, from grocery stores, from websites, blogs, cookbooks, family members or friends - I don't discriminate. A good recipe is a good recipe, period. And this recipe is no different - I saw this recipe playing on the TV in the waiting room at my doctor's office. I was just sitting there, waiting (and waiting...and waiting) for my doctor to call me back, when I happened to look up and see what looked like a delicious tofu stir fry being made on the TV. So I scribbled it all down on the back of an appointment slip and voila! Recipe from the doctor's office. Unfortunately I don't remember where it came from - but it's a pretty basic, healthy, no-fuss recipe, so I'm sure there are endless variations of this particular dish. This spicy tofu veggie stir fry is easy and CHOCK FULL of healthy goodness - tons of veggies in every color imaginable (and totally customizable to your tastes) and lean protein from the tofu. Go ahead and use sprouted extra firm tofu if you can - The Mr. doesn't really care for it, so I used regular extra firm tofu, but the sprouted tofu is supposed to have even more health benefits than regular tofu. 

Feastie Friday: 17 Refreshing Fruit Salsas

Salsa. A dance, also a zesty tomato-based dip for your tortilla chips. But fruit salsas are a whole 'nother ballgame - they take salsa to the next level. We've rounded up 17 refreshing fruit salsas to help you add a little spice (and a little sweetness) to your weekend. Cherries, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, even kumquats make an appearance in these fruity recipes. Still zingy, still fresh and bursting with flavor, but with nary a tomato in sight. Try these salsas as a dip for chips or on your favorite cheesy quesadilla, or even on some grilled chicken or fish. Or eat them with a spoon - that's perfectly acceptable, too!  

1. Cherry Cilantro Mango Salsa from Katie's Cucina
Cherry Cilantro Mango Salsa from Katie's Cucina
Photo from Katie's Cucina

 

Cedar Plank Salmon and Grilled Asparagus Take II

Why another cedar plank salmon post? Because it's that good. It's stupid good. And stupid easy. And this time we did things a bit different - with outrageously delicious results! Last time we soaked the plank - and the fish came out amazingly good, scrum-diddly-umptious and all that. But this time - we forgot to soak the plank. Horror of horrors. So we rinsed it for a few seconds under running water, crossed our fingers, and went for it. End result: even more flavorful, smokier and tastier salmon. Seriously. Now the plank was absolutely ruined this time - completely charred - but it was well worth it. The salmon was this incredible orangey pink color and it literally melted in my mouth. And the asparagus - perfection. So easy! Like I said - this meal is stupid easy - literally requires no work at all - so I suggest you crack open a bottle of your favorite wine, get your cedar plank ready, and make some cedar plank salmon. It's grilling weather! Go out and grill!

Feastie Friday: 27 Fun Recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Since it's only a few days away, we'll take an opportunity now to wish you a happy Cinco de Mayo! Not that you ever needed an excuse to make delicious Mexican food - you certainly don't - but Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to gather some friends and celebrate with a Mexican-inspired feast. We've rounded up 27 fun recipes for your Cinco de Mayo celebration - everything from the traditional mole verde and elote to not-so-traditional (but equally delicious) sesame guacamole and watermelon margaritas. So have a great weekend and a fantastic Cinco de Mayo!  

1. Chicken Mole Verde from Tamer Hamawi from Healthy Eats
The Chef’s Take: Chicken Mole Verde from Tamer Hamawi from Healthy Eats
Photo from Healthy Eats

 

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