Skillet Blueberry Crisp

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberries are at their peak season right now with most grocery stores selling them buy one get one free. I made this Skillet Blueberry Crisp on Sunday night, which only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. It’s so easy, healthy and tastes fantastic! My husband said this blueberry crisp was so good that it did not even need vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt to top it off). If you have some on hand and want that cold and warm temperature combination, feel free to add it. I used my 61/2-inch cast-iron skillet, but if you only have the larger one, you can double the recipe. Blueberries are also healthy for you. In only 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C and are a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Blueberries have antioxidants that can improve vision and promote quicker adjustment of the eyes to darkness. They can also improve memory and reduce the risk of infections. They have high levels of compounds that help widen arteries and can help blood flow. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, and they have phytonutrients that protect cells from damage. This recipe is great to serve to kick off summer, and it will be awesome to serve on Memorial Day and Fathers’s Day too!

Red White and Blue Cobbler

Red White and Blue Cobbler by @alisonlewis

Cobbler recipes are my favorite desserts, especially in the summertime. This Red White and Blue Cobbler is perfect for Father’s Day this weekend or the Fourth of July which is right around the corner. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but feel free to mix is up and even use blackberries if you like (as long as you get 4 cups). To find out which berry is the healthiest, read my one of my recent posts on Fitness Republic. You may find the answer interesting!

Grilled Salmon Burgers

Grilled Salmon Burgers with a Twist

For Father’s Day this year, I am thinking about making these Grilled Salmon Burgers which is my MOST favorite new burger recipe. They are amazing, healthy and so easy! The most difficult part is taking the salmon off the skin, but here is how:

Place the fillet, skin-side down, on a chopping board. Coat the tail end in salt to give you a good grip and stop it from slipping. Holding from the tail end firmly use a sharp knife to make a cut between the flesh and skin in the opposite direction from the tail end. Holding the end tightly, continue to cut along the length of the fillet, making sure not to cut through the skin; remove and discard the skin.  

Once you have the skin off, place the salmon in a food processor and make into patties. Make sure you follow my directions and allow them to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. They are taste terrific served with my wasabi mayonnaise mixture made with Greek yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise and low-sodium soy sauce, but you can also serve these with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. These were also great made a day ahead and reheated so enjoy!

Sparkling Arnold Palmer Tea

SPARKLING Arnold Palmer

Tomorrow is National Ice Tea day so try this 5 minute, 3 ingredient Sparling Arnold Palmer Tea recipe for summer cocktails, Father’s Day, lake parties and beach getaways. All you need is some Sparkling Ice, lemon tea, vodka and lemon, and you have this simple cocktail. Have you ever wondered how this drink got Palmer’s name? According to Palmer, he was in the habit of drinking iced tea with lemonade at home, and in 1960 (at the US. Open), he ordered this at a bar, and a woman overheard him and called it “the Arnold Palmer” drink. The alcohol-based version is traditionally called a John Daly.

Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Happy Father’s Day to all your dads out there! My daughter, Leigh, wanted to make something special for Father’s Day for her dad and mine, so she suggested a Watermelon Sorbet recipe perfect for this time of year. She went searching for a way to make sorbet without an ice cream maker (since we don’t have one). She adapted this recipe from Taste of Home, and this 4 ingredient recipe came out fabulous!  All of you dads (moms and kids too) are going to love it! This makes a great dessert recipe to serve for Fourth of July, Labor Day and all summer long. Enjoy and cheers to a great week ahead!

Grilled Carnegie Sandwich

As an expert for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigeration Foods Association), I am excited to share that June is National Dairy month! In celebration, I am sharing my recipe for Grilled Carnegie Sandwich from my latest cookbook, 150 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This is the perfect sandwich for Fathers’s day this weekend! I love dairy foods because they are more than just kitchen staples. With everything from milk and cheese to juice and dips to potatoes and cookie/pastry dough, the refrigerated dairy aisle is always a destination for mealtime inspiration (especially with 3 kids). Also with a variety of foods and drinks found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, you can create dishes for every meal occasion; from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.

This month NFRA has partnered with chef and culinary expert, Aida Mollenkamp, to show Americans the creative culinary possibilities that can come from foods in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Aida Mollenkamp has created unique, unexpected recipes using foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, and each recipe offers a perfect balance of taste and health, and showcases the foods’ real, simple, farm-grown ingredients.

  • Check out culinary inspiration on The Dish Diary Tumblr – The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s photo blog for creative ideas and recipes for any meal occasion using foods from the refrigerated dairy aisle, and invites American’s to share their own inspired recipes.  Visit TheDishDiary.Tumblr.com to upload a photo of a creative dish or interesting food pairing made from foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Also, for more mealtime inspiration also visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com

 

Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars

Nothing says summer more than fresh blueberries and peaches.Two nights ago, I saw a recipe for blackberry and peach cobbler bars in the latest Southern Living magazine, and I immediately tagged the page. Yesterday, my daughter, Leigh and I made these Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars. We adjusted the recipe a bit by omitting bourbon, adding maple syrup, and reducing a few other ingredients. OMG these were so amazing! We ate these warm with a glass of milk, and honestly, we couldn’t stop eating them! These are the perfect recipe to make with the kids or bring to a summer get-together. They will feed a crowd!

 

S’mores Ice Cream Pie

My kids and I have been making a lot of S’mores this summer. I  had the idea of a S’more’s Ice Cream Pie, and I quickly put this recipe together. I used fudge ripple ice cream, but feel free to use any flavor of your favorite ice cream. You could also sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings, but kids were in such a hurry to eat it, I didn’t even have the time. Oh, well, here’s to summer 2012!

10 Summery & Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

When I posted this Watermelon Margarita last week on Facebook, I had such a huge response. I decided to share 10 of my favorite summer refreshingly cool watermelon recipes that I have have come across lately. See my Watermelon Pinterest page for more summer watermelon recipe inspirations.

Superfoods Salad via Ingredients, Inc.

Watermelon Daiquiri via My Recipes

Watermelon Pops via Kraft

Watermelon Jello Shots via That’s So Michelle

Watermelon Mojitos from Inspiring the Everyday

Watermelon Frosty from

Watermelon Granita via Homemade Simple

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Watermelon Sorbetto via Indochine Kitchen

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad via Wit & Whistle

Father’s Day Inspiration: Ideas and Recipes

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so I thought I would share some very unique and fun Father’s Day recipes and ideas from some of my favorite sites including this recipe from my site: Grilled Steak with Mushrooms via Ingredients, Inc. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and an even better week ahead!

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via How Sweet It is

50/50 Burger via Spoon Fork Bacon

Sweet Potato Fries via The Art of Doing Stuff

 Corona Beer Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Golf Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Campfire Bars via Sweetened with Honey

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