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Summer is in full swing around here and I have to say, I am not a huge fan so far. Debbie Downer here.  It’s just so hooooooootttttttt.  I know it is always hot down in these tropical parts, and it is super hot everywhere else in the country, but it just seemed hotter than normal for June.

I cringe for what August has to offer.

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen though…

Cauliflower-Kale Soup

First up, totally appropriate for the hot weather (??), was Cauliflower-Kale Soup with Crispy Kale Topping.  The soup was really delicious – great flavor and I loved the crispy kale contrast on top.  I might try to reduce the amount of olive oil next time to make it a little healthier, but really good.  Probably better in the winter too.:)

Made Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce for the Misses – an easy weeknight meal that they really enjoyed. I served it with egg noodles.

I continued with the smoothies for breakfast with this Cherry Blueberry Smoothie. Delicious and full of fruit, spinach, and chia seeds.  Yum.

I made a half recipe of Butter Cake Cupcakes for D’s birthday and topped them with my favorite Easy Buttercream Frosting. I have to admit that I didn’t really taste them, but D and the Misses said they were tasty.

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

I needed to use up some prime blackberries, so I made Blackberry Crumb Muffins. Oddly, the Misses don’t like blueberries or raspberries, so by default, they assume that they don’t like blackberries.  Continuing their line of thinking, they didn’t much like these muffins either.  I did though and they were quite tasty.  Ended up tossing quite a few because I was the only eater… boo.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I assumed the Misses would like this Tuna Noodle Casserole, but I was wrong.  In all fairness, they were tired and cranky – not the best time to introduce a new dish… I had it for lunch the next couple of days (the recipe is from Cooking Light, so I didn’t feel awful about eating kid food for lunch) and thought it was good.

Corn and Crab Fritters

One of my favorite dishes of the month – Corn and Crab Fritters with Guacamole! A great weeknight meal that we loved. Delicious flavor combo, but the guac was overkill.  The fritters have a mild flavor that needs a stronger sauce.  The second night I made a Sriracha cream sauce that worked so well.  Will definitely make again and again.

Next up was Lemon Gooey Bars and I’ve just realized that I only made two dessert-y things this month.  Whaaaaatttt?  I’ve made different kinds of gooey bars before (here, here) but never lemon.  Very sweet, easy and yummo white chocolate and lemon combination.

I halved recipe for Rosti Casserole with Baked Eggs for D and me.  Yummy, but I slightly overcooked the eggs so they weren’t nice and runny…

Father’s Day breakfast was Carrot Cake Pancakes. Prepped everything the night before so it was easy for the morning.  These were yummy and less guilt-inducing because the recipe is from Cooking Light.  Probably didn’t do myself any favors by frizzing with sweetened condensed milk instead of syrup (but it was an excellent substitution!).  :)

I made a quick Dijon Dressing (Southern Living, November 1994) for salads and sandwiches.  Nice and tangy.

I don’t like tuna melts, so I’m not sure why I made Tuna Panini, but I am so glad I did!  The tuna has fennel and lemon zest, topped with provolone, and squashed in a panini press.  Sooooo good.

We had breakfast for dinner when I made Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey.  I knew they would be sweet (Duh.  See title of recipe.), but I didn’t mind.  These would be good for brunch or cut up for little appetizers.

Shrimp Sauteed with Fresh Tomatoes

Last for the month was Shrimp Sautéed with Fresh Tomatoes, Wine, and Basil.  The article the recipe was from was about brining (which I did), so the dish was a little salty but the shrimp was really juicy.  The next night I added more pasta, chicken broth, and artichoke hearts and it cut the salt to make a yummy dish.

So this month, I filed 14 cards away for a grand total of 83. Moving on up!

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