Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This is the perfect recipe for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream– a great base for topping with goodies!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I’ve always been a vanilla girl.  I’d choose blondies over brownies, I’d much rather be eating white cake than chocolate, and I’d eat vanilla ice cream over chocolate ice cream any day of the week!  So a homemade tub of vanilla bean ice cream… churned freshly in my favorite ice cream maker… doesn’t last very long in my house.

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Here’s another one of everyone’s favorite posts of the week! >> Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

20 Best Brownie Recipes

On Parade Magazine‘s blog, I shared a delicious post last week:  20 BEST BROWNIE RECIPES EVER CREATED.  There will definitely be some chocolatey treats in that collection that you may wish to bookmark to make later.

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Grilled Chicken Summer Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Here’s a summer salad recipe that you must try! >> Grilled Chicken Summer Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad

There are so many things that I wanted to include in the title for this salad, but Google makes you come up with something sort of short and succinct, so a summer salad it is!  Let me describe it for you:  It begins with fresh greens.  Fresh peaches, raspberries and a little cheese are added in.  It’s topped with grilled pesto chicken and grilled corn, and a few simple-to-make candied sunflower seeds are sprinkled in too.  The whole thing is tossed with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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Weekly Menu Plan #1

I’m introducing something brand new to you today:  a Weekly Menu Plan!!  Read on for details…

Weekly Menu Plan #1

Planning meals for the week can be super challenging.  Having some new ideas at hand and a little bit of guidance can be helpful.  So I’ve joined forces with some of my favorite food bloggers to begin an amazing weekly menu plan! We will all be sharing some of our favorite recipe ideas for you to use as you are planning out your meals for the week. Just click any of the recipe titles or pictures below to get the recipe.  Our weekly menu plan will be posted every Saturday morning so be sure to check back each week!

Here’s Week #1:

from these bloggers >> The Girl Who Ate Everything | Lil Luna | The Recipe Critic | Recipe Girl | Real Housemoms |
Creme de la Crumb| Favorite Family Recipes

Monday

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
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Tuesday

Mexican Lasagna
Mexican Lasagna

Wednesday

White Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups
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Thursday

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
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Friday

* DATE NIGHT *

Saturday

Peanut Noodles
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Sunday

Grilled BBQ Pork Roast
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Dessert

White Chocolate Lasagna
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fav bloggers pic 2 The Girl Who Ate Everything | Lil Luna | The Recipe Critic | Recipe Girl |
Real Housemoms |Creme de la Crumb|
Favorite Family Recipes

I hope you enjoy this new feature on RecipeGirl… you’ll be able to check out a new menu every Saturday morning.  Let us know if you try out any of these recipes this week!


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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Dads love these.  Kids too.  Ok, I love them the most! >> Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

If you are looking for something to make for dear ‘ol Dad this weekend, this is it.  Dad likes pancakes, right?  He’d be crazy not to love these pancakes.  They are fluffy, they have a delicious, cinnamony flavor, and there are bananas added in for good measure… because adding bananas to pancakes is the best idea ever in the entire history of ideas.  Well… I guess not exactly that extreme, but let’s just say that pancakes with bananas baked into them is a darn good idea. 

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Cubano Sliders

Here’s a slider recipe using grilled pork… make it for your fun summer parties!  >>  Cubano Sliders

Cubano Sliders

I’ve had a Cubano sandwich a few times in my life.  It’s a Cuban sandwich filled with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and mustard.  You’ll find them in abundance in Florida- and you’ll spot copycat versions all over the US.  But there really is nothing better than a truly genuine classic Cubano… made by someone who knows what they’re doing!  I decided to surprise my husband this year and make his favorite sandwich in slider form:  Cubano Sliders.  I’m not Cuban, and I’ve never lived in Florida, but these little sandwiches are my best copycat.

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The pork used for the recipe is from Smithfield’s line of already-marinated pork.  I used the Peppercorn and Garlic Pork Tenderloin for my sliders- it’s 100% fresh pork slow marinated in peppercorns and garlic.  I love that it comes pre-marinated… it saves me time in the kitchen when I’m crazy busy assembling dinner! You’ll be able to locate Smithfield’s already-marinated pork tenderloin, loin filet and pork sirloin at your market.

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Orange Sherbet Jello Salad

It’s time to bring jello salads back in style:  Orange Sherbet Jello Salad

Orange Sherbet Jello Salad

My mom used to make this jello salad all the time when I was little.  It showed up on every single Thanksgiving table, it showed up at potlucks, and it made an appearance as a special treat for us kids once in a while too.  Jello salads have gotten a bad rap over the years because people try to put too much stuff in them.  This one is simply made with orange jello and mandarin oranges.  And it has orange sherbet in it too, so that makes it the best jello salad ever!!!

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No Bake Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

Since the oven isn’t all that welcome in the summer, this dessert is the best plan:  No Bake Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

I’ve raved before about pumpkin, but I’m going to do it again here.  You can use pumpkin all year long in both desserts and savory recipes too.  It’s not just all about the pumpkin pie, you know?  I have a good stash of LIBBY’S Pumpkin in my pantry at all times.  My family loves my famous Pumpkin Bread recipe, and I’m kind of partial to my Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin Cornbread!  Today I’m showing you how to make a dessert that won’t let you stop at just one piece (or if you do then you’ll go to bed dreaming about it and will immediately want a piece in the morning for breakfast!) These No Bake Pumpkin Shortbread Bars are a must-try dessert for the hot days of summer.

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Here’s the favorite post of the week! >> Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Restaurant Copycat Recipes Crop

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Parade Magazine‘s blog lately:  I shared recipes that are fabulous copycats of restaurant favorites: 15 COPYCAT RECIPES FROM YOUR FAVORITE CHAIN RESTAURANTS.  Do you have a favorite you’ve always wanted to make at home?  I’m dying to make Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Rolls… and those are included in this bunch!

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Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Here’s a delicious recipe to try on the grill this summer:  Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Since my family loves chicken so much, we tend to grill it all summer long.  That means I have to come up with some different ways to serve it, or we’ll all be bored to death of chicken come September!  It helps to have some different marinade recipes on hand.  I hate buying the already prepared marinades in the store since it’s so easy and so much more delicious to make your own! I love this recipe for Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers because it’s so very simple, yet it packs a flavorful punch.

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