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Salmon Burger

Summer meals are all about the grill! If you’re tired of the traditional fare of hot dogs and hamburgers, change up your dinner plans for the rest of the season. Fire up the grill and test these new ideas!

Who says the only main dishes you can make on a grill are the ones topped with ketchup and mustard? Prepare something new tonight that your whole family will love, like eggplant parmigiana, salmon burgers, or even pizza! For side dishes, toss up a grilled salad, mix up grilled polenta, or bake some potato skins.

Grilled Skillet Peach Pie

When it comes to dessert, the grill can be your friend there, too! Try a pineapple berry “hobo pack” or even bake up an entire grilled skillet peach pie! Be creative and try your hand at grilling bananas, apples, and pears in any combination or by itself with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tonight, when the kids ask, “What’s for dinner?” you can surprise them with something new and exciting, fresh off the grill!

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One of the most exciting things about cabin life is discovering new things about a different locale or property.  As for us, we stumbled upon a goldmine as we embarked on our first summer at the cabin.  Nestled behind the grand pine trees, between the woods and our driveway, was an abundant, thriving raspberry patch.

Imagine our joy at discovering that plump, ripe fruit right outside our door – having done nothing to deserve its rewards.  From picking parties with grandma and early morning dashes for cereal topping, to the rain and mosquito filled harvests for exquisite company worthy desserts, those bushes have delivered!

My favorite dessert of the summer is a Raspberry Tart found online at Epicurious.com from the August, 1995 Gourmet magazine.  It has quickly become highly requested by all of its privileged tasters.

No raspberries of your own – no problem.  CobornsDelivers prides themselves on their daily produce rating, and rapsberries are considered “BEST” right now.  So skip the mosquitoes, order up and try the tart today!

Blogger, Sarah, and her family

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Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Summer is the time for get-togethers. Family reunions, high school reunions, cookouts with neighbors, and company picnics go non-stop from June to September. I’m not complaining! I love spending time with my family and friends, many of whom I don’t get the chance to see very often with our differing schedules.

I also like the opportunity that I get to try my hand at a variety of recipes to accompany me to the picnic table. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and veggie plates are wonderful, but I’m looking for something new and exciting this season – What do you think about these creative concoctions?

Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Jalapeño Potato Salad

Mini Fish Burgers

Crock Pot Spanish Rice

PB&J Cookies

Or how about these Petite BLT’s from CobornsDelivers.com (Easy Eats under “Picnic Food”)

Petite BLTs

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My kids love popsicles in all of their melting, dripping, sweet-tasting glory.  I usually buy the all-fruit varieties so that my children get some vitamins while slurping their “‘cicles.”  Now and again we decide to make our own.  It’s a fun, creative, kid-friendly activity; we get to explore different flavor combinations; and I know first-hand how nutritious the ingredients are.

Fresh Fruit Popsicles
You could take your favorite fruit juice, add lemon juice, and toss in whatever fresh fruit you happen to have on hand.  Here’s the combination I tried:

1 cup apple juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup bite-sized pieces of fresh strawberries, peaches, and grapes
Mix ingredients together and freeze in popsicle molds.

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I don’t know about you, but just watching the news is making me sweat! Record-breaking temperatures along the East Coast last week reached dangerous levels. One hundred-plus scorching degrees in cities like New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia kept cooling shelters open and community pools filled to capacity. Luckily, weather throughout Minnesota has been a little more bearable!

To take advantage of our great conditions, why not try these two recipes from the “Easy Eats” section of CobornsDelivers.com? These cold treats are sure to keep your family refreshed during these dog days of summer! What’s more, these recipes do not involve heating or baking, so keep that oven off and your home cool!

Chocolate Ice Cream Fondue

Chocolate ice cream fondue

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

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Once a summer, my in-laws host a picnic overlooking Lake Harriet on a warm summer’s night.  They put on the best picnics—everything is laid out to perfection, with red-and-white checked tablecloths, refreshing drinks, and of course mouth-watering food.  You never know what they’re going to serve, which is part of the fun.  At your next picnic, you may want to think outside the usual picnic basket box and serve up something that’s creative, mobile, and outdoor-dining friendly.

  • Summer Spring Rolls

    Main Courses: Dishes that aren’t messy, don’t need to be heated, and are fun to eat are good choices for al fresco dining.  You could make a teriyaki roast beef ahead of time and serve it chilled with a dipping sauce.  You could also pre-grill a steak and serve it chilled and sliced on a sandwich or with a sauce.  Sandwiches, wraps, and pitas are good, easily prepared choices.  For my favorite veggie wrap, I buy a spinach wrap, spread it with roasted red pepper hummus, and load it with greens, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, pea pods—whatever veggies I have on hand.  Just be sure to leave enough space to roll up the wrap!  Pita pockets can be filled with tabouleh, chicken, or tuna salad.  I also like the “Summer Rolls” recipe from Cobornsdelivers.com under “Easy Eats” (look under “Seasonal”, then “All Seasonal”).

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Only three more days until the Fourth of July! I am very much looking forward to some time off, relaxing with family and friends, and of course, great food! Since summer berries are my favorite, I’m whipping up this effortless “Angel Food Berry Cream Dessert,” found on the Easy Eats section of CobornsDelivers.com, for my picnic. The best part? No cook time means that I can get this sweet treat ready before I head out the door without having to preheat my oven or use my stove in this sweltering July heat. Enjoy!

Angel Food Berry Cream Dessert – ABC Dessert

SERVES: 10
PREP TIME: 45 Minutes
COOK TIME: No cook time

Ingredients
1 Angel Food Cake, prepared
16 oz. Strawberries, halved
6 oz. Raspberries
4 oz. Blueberries
6 oz. Blackberries
1 cup + 1/2 cup Sugar
16 oz. Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions
1. Combine strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in a bowl with 1 cup of sugar and let them macerate until they form their own syrup.
2. Slice an Angel Food cake into 3 layers and set aside.
3. Make whipping cream by mixing heavy whipping cream and ½ cup of sugar in a cold bowl and whip until slightly thickened.
4. Layer a trifle bowl with 1 layer of the cake, then the cream, then the berries and continue until you end with the top layer of the cake.
5. Spread the cream on the top layer and spread with the fruit and garnish with mint and serve – again a very yummy and a bit sinful dessert.

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