Cookout Recipes To Enjoy This Summer

Monday is Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, my favorite season! It’s also, for many, the start of cookout season. So, maybe you are looking for new cookout recipes to enjoy this summer? Well, stop right here! I’ve put together a great collection of cookout recipes!

Cookout Recipes to Enjoy This Summer

Cookout Recipes to Enjoy This Summer- A great collection of recipes including main grilling dishes, side dishes, desserts, and more!

Cooking on the grill, I love it! There is just something about the smell of food on the grill that makes it great! Did you know you can even make awesome desserts on the grill?  The fabulous side dishes, of course I had to share a few! Then, I thought a pitcher of margaritas would be great! I hope you enjoy these cookout recipes, which you can find here: The Best Cookout Recipes to Enjoy This Summer, and if you wouldn’t mind indulging me and reading on a bit here, I have something to say.

Cookout Recipes to Enjoy This Summer- Burgers, potato salad, grilled corn, and a pitcher of margaritas. Enjoy the summer with these great recipes!

It’s time for me to be honest. I love cooking, and I love sharing recipes with you all. I’ve been doing it for three years now. But, this blogging thing hasn’t quite worked out the way I wanted it to for awhile now. I do want to keep doing it, but I have to change how I’m doing it. I can’t stress over not getting views or posting new recipes all summer while my daughter wants to be outside, or at the beach, or playing with friends. She’s only going to be six, and since I work (this blog) from home, it’s hard to explain to her that I have to work. I don’t think it’s really fair to her, or even to myself, to justify working over just having a great summer when my views and income aren’t there to support it. I’m not lazy, or giving up, if I was there with the views I would keep doing it, but for now I want to have cookouts more than I want to write cookout recipes. At the same time I do want to share the cookout recipes I do get to make this summer.  I hope that makes sense to at least some of you. Having explained that, I also stepped down from being a brand ambassador for this year’s Food and Wine Conference. I wanted to go, but I also wanted to take Amanda to the beach for the first time, and we just can’t afford both. As some of you know, I have been contributing to Community Table Recipes, where this round-up is located, in case you haven’t checked it out yet. I like doing it. I still like sharing recipes here. What I hate is the technical parts of doing this, and the photography. Supposedly, long, vertical, bright photos are what everybody wants to see. Then why are my most viewed recipes still those with very small, square, and not well styled photos? Why do technical things (too many to explain) work for other bloggers when they don’t work for me? I don’t know, and I’m tired of trying to figure it out. I also don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. So, here’s the deal. This summer, like previous summers, I have lined up guest posters to share recipes I’m sure you, my friends and readers, will love. I will also keep sharing my own recipes, both here and on Community Table. But, I’m going to relax and enjoy the summer, and then see how I feel in the Fall. If you made it through all that, happy Memorial Day Weekend and have a great Summer!!


Extreme Ranch Chive Biscuits

Quick and easy biscuits made with ranch dressing and loaded with in-season fresh chives. Ready in less than 30 minutes, eat them while they are hot right out of the oven!

Extreme Ranch Chive Biscuits 

Extreme Ranch Chive Biscuits- Quick and easy biscuits made with ranch dressing and loaded with in-season fresh chives. Ready in less than 30 minutes, eat them while they are hot right out of the oven!

The chives in my garden grew so much that I had to divide them into five separate bunches this year, and I still have plenty! They are great in these biscuits, or in scrambled eggs, or in lots of things like Chilled Chickpea Soup or on top of Bacon Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. I really haven’t kept good track of what I put them in over the years, more like I just run out to the garden and snip some whenever they sound good.

I don’t normally make biscuits at home, and I wanted something easy to make. Something that didn’t require a stand mixer, a lot of kneading, or a real specific way to mix the ingredients. and so I came up with a real simple, easy recipe that from start to finish takes less than 30 minutes to make. Best of all, it’s delicious right from the oven! They will also keep well in a tightly sealed container for a few days. I recommend reheating them in the microwave, covered with a paper towel, for about 20 seconds before serving. Or devouring yourself, either way!

Extreme Ranch Chive Biscuits and More- A great collection of my favorite quick and easy biscuit recipes!

I was so happy with the results of my biscuits that I asked a few of my foodie friends to share their favorite quick and easy biscuit recipe with me, and you. Pictured above you will see the biscuits I made, along with Cheesy Ramp Biscuits, Easy Cheesy Ranch Biscuits, Cat’s Head Biscuits, and Garlic Butter Biscuits. I know you will want to try all of these!

For today’s recipe and the links to all the other great biscuit recipes, click here: Extreme Ranch Chive Biscuits and More.

Red Beet Horseradish Dipping Sauce

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Spicy, creamy, and light, this Red Beet Horseradish Dipping Sauce is perfect for fried shrimp, chicken, or as a veggie dip!

Red Beet Horseradish Dipping Sauce- Perfect for dipping fried shrimp, chicken, or fresh veggies. Creamy, light, with a bit of heat!

A few weeks ago my husband made a horseradish dipping sauce from Alton Brown to dip onion rings in. I thought a different version of it would be good with seafood like shrimp.

Red Beet Horseradish Dipping Sauce- great for dipping shrimp. chicken, or fresh veggies!

My husband and his uncle make red beet horseradish every year for Easter and Christmas. We serve it with kielbasi and cocktail shrimp at the holidays, but they make a lot of it and jar it so we have it all year long. I have no idea what the recipe is for it, since they make it at my husband’s uncles house, but red beet horseradish is available in the refrigerated section of  grocery stores. Try to find one that the red beets are pureed in, not with whole pieces of red beets.

Horseradish Dipping Sauce- A light, creamy, hot dipping sauce  made with red beet horseradish. Great with shrimp, chicken, or fresh veggies!

After I posted my 10 Succulent Shrimp Scampi Recipes I was sent a package of SeaPak® Popcorn Shrimp to try out.

Sea Pack Popcorn Shrimp


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I have to admit I was a bit surprised when my picky daughter asked me to make it a few days later. All of a sudden she’s really into shrimp! I’ll be updating an older recipe later this week that she has insisted I make!

Red Beet Horseradish Dipping Sauce
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Hot, creamy, and light horseradish dip!
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: Makes 1¼ cup
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup prepared red beet horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon bacon salt (try J&D's, see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Combine yogurt, prepared horseradish, bacon salt, and lemon zest in a small mixing bowl. Stir well, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


Mexican Main Dishes

Today is Cinco de Mayo, so I thought it might be fun to share some amazing Mexican main dishes. Some of these are more authentic, like Arroz con Pollo, and some are more Americanized like Tamale Pie. All of them are delicious, easy to make, and most use ingredients that you may already have on hand. Make one for dinner tonight!

12 Mexican Main Dishes- A great collection of recipes for Cinco de Mayo or any day of the year! From authentic Mexican to Mexican American recipes, you will find a favorite here!

Even if you don’t have time, or the ingredients to make one tonight, save this on Pinterest or on your computers bookmarks, because if you are anything like me at all, you will want to try these at some point soon! Find all of the recipes on Community Table Recipes here:  12 Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Main Dishes. Need more ideas, like dips? Try Spicy Gaucamole with Bacon! Or how about a breakfast for dinner idea, like Huevos Rancheros with Bacon Tortillas?


Chicken Lo Mein

Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein! So much better than waiting for take-out, this can be on your table in twenty minutes!

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein- Learn how to make better and quicker than take out!

I had a package of lo mein noodles sitting in my cabinet for awhile, so when my daughter asked for spaghetti this week, I said “How about chicken with noodles instead?” Great news, she ate it! Chicken and spaghetti are two of the very few things she likes, and luckily I have never had a problem getting her to eat vegetables. She also likes Chinese food, as long as it’s not in a lot of sauce.

I love most Chinese food myself, though I admit I don’t order Chicken Lo Mein all that often. I’m more of a Chicken and Broccoli kind of girl. Check out this recipe I made a few years ago. Yes, my photography has really improved! I need to update those photos, like yesterday.

Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein. Better and faster than take-out!

I made this quick and easy by using a package of frozen Asian vegetable mix, then just adding sliced red bell pepper and minced garlic. The chicken itself only takes a few minutes to cook, and so do the noodles.

Chicken Lo Mein
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Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein, ready in 20 minutes!
Cuisine: Chinese American
Serves: Serves 4
  • ¾ pound chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 ounces wide Lo Mein noodles
  • 1 package frozen Asian vegetable mix
  • 1 red (or any color) bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided, plus a little extra for the pasta water
  1. Cook the Lo Mein noodles according to package directions, adding a few drops of sesame oil to the cooking water. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large, deep saute pan. Cook the chicken until lightly browned on all sides, remove to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon sesame oil to the pan. Saute the bell pepper, vegetable mix, and garlic, stirring often, until the vegetables are hot and cooked through.
  3. Add the chicken back to the pan, stir in the noodles, stir-fry sauce, and soy sauce, simmer until hot. Serve immediately.


Shrimp Scampi Day Recipes

Today, April 29, is National Shrimp Scampi Day! Shrimp Scampi is one of my favorite things to make, and eat! I just love that there is a food day for it! So, I put together a small collection of some great recipes to share with you. I can’t wait to hear which is your favorite!

Shrimp Scampi Day Recipes

10 Shrimp Scampi Recipes- April 29 is National Shrimp Scampi Day, and this collection includes recipes from traditional shrimp scampi to non-traditional like quesdillas and pizza!

Now, there is traditional Shrimp Scampi made with a garlic butter sauce, like my Shrimp Scampi with Linguine, but there are also so many other ways you can enjoy it. Pizza, dip, quesadilla’s, even different variations on the classic. Don’t they all look so good? I’m definitely going to be making that dip!

If you don’t like the butter and garlic, but still love shrimp, can I suggest Spicy Shrimp and Bacon Casserole, one of my all time favorites, or how about Coconut Shrimp with Tomato Coconut Salsa? Don’t like shrimp at all? I have a handy search bar where you can search for recipes by entering a main ingredient, and everything I’ve made with that ingredient will be displayed.

Last week I told you that I’m now a contributor to Parade’s Community Table. Of course, I will still be sharing my recipes here weekly, but I’m also going to be writing, and sharing there. Next week I’m planning a Cinco De Mayo recipe round-up, full of main course ideas. For now, I hope you enjoy this weeks round-up, which you can find here: 10 Succulent Shrimp Scampi Recipes. Make sure to stop by later this week or early next, I plan on sharing a quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe!


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National Picnic Day Recipes

Tomorrow, April 23 is National Picnic Day. I haven’t been on a picnic in a long time, but these recipes make me want to plan one!

14 National Picnic Day Recipes- A collection of all the recipes you need to plan the perfect picnic! Includes fried chicken, pasta salads, great desserts, and a refreshing beverage.

Fried chicken, pasta salads, easy desserts, all of these recipes are great for a picnic! Seriously, these are going on my recipes to try list, and I’m positive I will love these picnic recipes! Okay, the Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad and Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad are my own recipes, but the others.  It’s finally just starting to get nicer out here, although the next few days are supposed to be cold. I’ve been thinking a lot about what we are going to do this summer, and eating outside, whether a picnic or cookout, is definitely going to be on the list a lot of days. It’s so much easier than trying to make my daughter come inside when it’s so nice out. Plus, I don’t really enjoy being stuck inside cooking in the summer either.

I’ve also been busy! I’m preparing to go to the Food and Wine Conference this summer, and am excited to finally meet my foodie friends in person. If you want to go, I have a discount for you, just use this code to save $50 off your ticket: fwc15martb . I also teamed up with World Foodie Fair to produce a limited edition Rants From My Crazy Kitchen Spice Blend that I love, and I’ll be sharing some great ways to use it soon. Finally, I’ve started as a contributor to Parade’s Community Table, and that is were you can find this delicious collection I put together! Click here to see and save all the recipes:  National Picnic Day Recipes.

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Picnic #SundaySupper

Let’s celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, and National Picnic Day, April 23rd, with recipes great for an outdoor picnic! This Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad takes a basic egg salad to a whole new, deliciously fabulous level!

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Picnic #SundaySupper- Take egg salad to a whole new level with the addition of avocado, sriracha sauce, and crispy bacon! Great on it's own, or as a sandwich.

Thanks to our great host T.R. from Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting this week’s #SundaySupper featuring great picnic recipes! Sad to say, but I think I’ve only been on a picnic maybe three times in my life. I remember making sandwiches to take to a park with a boyfriend when I was a teenager, but I’m sure it wasn’t anything special.

Here is another sad fact, I’ve never liked egg salad. Like, not at all. I never really understood why, because I like everything that goes into a basic egg salad. I think I just didn’t like the combination. But, we had tons of hard-boiled eggs leftover after Easter, so I decided to try to find a way I would like egg salad. This is it!

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad for Picnic #SundaySupper

I decided to add avocado, because I love it, and then bacon would give it a nice, salty flavor, then add a bit of spice to the egg salad by adding sriracha sauce. It’s not overly spicy, though, just enough to give it a little “kick”. If you like spicy, add an additional teaspoon sriracha at at time, and taste before adding more.

If picnics or cookouts aren’t in your plans, you can make it the night before, and cover it tightly, and then make a quick and easy breakfast bagel sandwich in the morning.

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich- Make the night before and cover tightly for a great, quick and easy breakfast in the morning!

Make sure to check out all of the delicious recipes shared this week after the recipe for Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad, there are lots of great picnic ideas!

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Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad
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With avocado, sriracha sauce and bacon, this egg salad is delicious as a side dish, or makes a great breakfast sandwich. Never have boring egg salad again!
Recipe type: Salad/Side Dish
Serves: Serves 8 as a side dish
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 3 slices reduced sodium bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled
  • 1 scallion, sliced thin (white and green parts)
  • ½ of an avocado, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1¼ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Combine chopped eggs, crumbled bacon, scallion, avocado, and celery in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice, then stir in the yogurt, mayonnaise, and sriracha sauce.
  2. Cover tightly and keep cold until serving.
Cook time denotes cooking the bacon.



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