25 Fresh & Tasty BBQ Side Dishes

25 Fresh & Tasty BBQ Side Dishes

Summer is here and grillin’ season is in full force! No backyard barbecue is complete without a side. Make sure your have all the fixins at your next party with this list of 25 fresh and tasty BBQ Side Dishes. Be the star of your next cookout with these hot-weather eating foods! Greek Pasta Salad – The Lemon Bowl Black Rice Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash – Pastry Chef Online Grilled BBQ Chicken Potato Skins – The Recipe Rebel Garlic Parmesan Corn on the Cob – This Girl’s Life 5 Minute Tequila Lime Coleslaw with Cilantro – The Chunky Chef Tangy Apple Slaw – Life of a Ginger Dill Caprese Bruschetta – Pastry Chef Online Balsamic Grilled Vegetables with Goat Cheese – NeighborFood Roasted Poblano and Charred Corn Guacamole – The Chunky Chef BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Buns Recipe – …

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Avocado Overload Chicken Nacho Burger

This “Avocado Overload Chicken Nacho Burger” post is part of the #burgermonth celebration happening all month long at GirlCarnivore and across the interwebs with 100 other talented foodies!! Be sure to follow #burgermonth to check them all out! While this epic burger creation is my own for #burgermonth 2017, I would love to thank American Lamb Board, Anolon, Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, Char-Broil, Curly’s BBQ, Cuttingboard.com, Melissa’s Produce, Primal Stone, Spiceologist, Thermoworks, and Veal Made Easy for the kick butt grill prize packages! Enter to win here. I like to consider myself somewhat of a foodie. I love to try new foods and visit new restaurants… fancy places, diners, dives, I don’t discriminate (well, I kind of discriminate against chain restaurants, but that’s another story). While Indian and Mexican …

Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style

Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style

Disclosure: “Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style”  is sponsored in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) but all opinions are my own.  I love sushi (so do three of my five daughters). To clarify, when I say sushi, for everyone except my adventurous 16 yo, I mean the “safe” rolls, specifically anything that doesn’t have raw fish in it. The closest to raw I will get is seared tuna. The thing is, sushi isn’t cheap (and if it is, be afraid, be very afraid). Last week I took my girls to a local restaurant that serves half-price sushi at lunch, our bill for 5 people was STILL $70 (not including tip) shh… don’t tell my husband. Since I had such good luck making California Rolls and Vegetable Rolls a while back, I …

Lazy Baker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread

Lazy Baker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread

I love biscuits. What’s not to love about a biscuit? All that flaky-tender goodness in a little round package! But I’m a lazy baker. I really don’t like to turn out dough or cut out biscuits, and I HATE to clean up the counters after making any kind of rolled out dough. It’s such a mess! One day when I was craving some biscuits I decided to try a “lazy baker” method and just put the finished dough in a baking pan. I was really happy with how they turned out. The first time I made Cheddar and Bacon Potato Biscuit Bread they came out a bit salty. So I played around with the recipe until I found the perfect combination of dough, cheddar, and bacon to create a moist “biscuit” bread. It has …

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

25 Luscious Lemon Desserts

I’m a sucker for lemons. It’s such a versatile fruit. They add a fresh burst of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes, and have a way of making other ingredients in a dish sing. These 25 lemon desserts range from the classic Lemon Bar to old favorites made with a twist! After checking out all of these yummy lemon dessert creations you’re gonna want to pick up an industrial-sized bag of lemons the next time you’re at the store! 25 Luscious Lemon Desserts Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle – Life of a Ginger Lemon Thyme Tea Cakes – Pastry Chef Online Lickety Split Lemon Torte – Peanut Blossom Strawberry Lemon Cake with Basil Buttercream Frosting – The Shady Lane Lemon Heavenly Oreo Dessert – Mandy’s Recipe Box Lemon Pudding With Cream Cheese Frosting – Whole and …

Quick & Delicious Hot Sandwiches Even Your Kids Can Make

Quick and Delicious Hot Sandwiches Even Your Kids Can Make

“Mom! What’s for dinner?” “I’m working. Make a sandwich.” “Not sandwiches again!!” “It’s that or go hungry.” “UGH!!!!” The past two months I have been working as much as I possibly can because my husband lost his job and bills don’t stop just because your income does. On top of all the extra work, my 16 year old is in duel enrollment (taking both high school and college courses) so I have to drive her to the college every Tuesday and Thursday night. Because I’m not available as much as usual, my girls have had to become a lot more self-sufficient. The bulk of our groceries this month have been cold cuts and bread. The girls have been eating so many cold sandwiches in fact, that when I brought home $5 Fav pizzas from Papa …

Chocolate Irish Crème brûlée

If you have followed me for a while you probably know that my husband will spend the next eight months in Arizona for a job. The girls and I are staying behind in North Carolina. My husband and I decided we just can’t uproot the girls again, especially for a temporary job. Our hope is that once the season is over he will find a job back in our area. So over the past two weeks we have been doing a lot of special things with my husband, like taking him to his favorite Indian restaurant, out to the movies, treating him to surprise lunch with our girls at a great little Mexican place we discovered, and making him many of his favorite foods. Well, crème brûlée happens to be one of my …

Pomberry Margarita

When I was in my 20s I could stay out until 4 am closing the bars in NY (crossing the border from CT because the bars there closed at 2 am) and get up at 7:30 every morning for work. We used to take turns being the DD (designated driver) and had a lot of fun getting the “boys” to buy us drinks. NOW that I’m…. ahem [no longer in my 20s], I find it very hard to stay awake past 11 pm, lol. So very sad, I know, but I still enjoy a cocktail every now and then. My favorite drink in the whole world is a margarita. At first, I could only drink a frozen margarita–no one really seemed to know how to make a tasty margarita on the …

Copy Cat Chick-fil-A Garden Market Salad

Copycat Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad

My favorite salad is a Chick-fil-A Grilled Market Salad. It’s sooo good. The flavors are so yummy together and honestly I could eat one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and not get tired of it! But I always crave it on Sunday when Chick-fil-A is closed! So now I just make my own (if I can keep berries in the house, my kids can eat them by the pound faster than locusts!) You just have to try it!! Now I tweaked the Chick-fil-A recipe a little bit towards my personal tastes. I don’t like blue cheese so I used goat cheese crumbles, and I like a lot of flavors and textures in my salad so I added some dried cherries. Their tartness goes really well with the sweet strawberries and tangy …

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be. Over the past three and a half years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states. Three years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break. My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year. After thinking about what we could do that would be …