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honey-glazed grilled watermelon

April 18th, 2012 · 14 Comments

So, it’s summer here — serious, full on summer with long hot days, light till 8 o’clock, and wearing shorts is practically mandatory on the weekends.  And I LOVE it. 

I love it so much that I’ve created this recipe for you would-be barbeque-ers out there!  I did these in a grill pan in our kitchen, but I cannot WAIT until we’re living in a house with a a real outdoors grill!  It’s no fun setting off the smoke detectors every time I try this. 

Coco hides under the bed when I get the grill pan out.  (Smart dog.)

You could easily serve this as a light appetizer or mix it into a salad, but these would also make an excellent healthy dessert!  There’s nothing better than fresh summer watermelon, is there?

honey-glazed grilled watermelon

8 slices seedless watermelon
2 tablespoons honey
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper


Lightly sprinkle the watermelon wedges on both sides with the salt. Stand the watermelon wedges on their edges on a rack over a sink or pan and let them drain for half an hour.

Preheat the grill to high.  After the watermelon has drained, rinse each piece under cold running water. Place each piece between two folded paper towels and gently but firmly press to remove excess water.

Brush the watermelon lightly on both sides with the honey. Grill over high heat until grill marks have formed and the melon is slightly softened, about 5 minutes.  Remove from grill and sprinkle with sea salt and a little fresh ground pepper.

Tags: appetizers · desserts · food

strawberry balsamic tart

April 12th, 2012 · 15 Comments

This dish was tumbling around in my head after I saw an inspiration photo on Pinterest — and then combined it with the flavors in this recipe and this recipe, to come up with this tart!  I love the strawberry-balsamic combo, and this felt like the perfect way to make it into something a little prettier! 

There’s something so beautiful about a tart like this — it only takes a few minutes to pull it together, but it looks like you put a ton if time and effort into it!  I also love that this could double as an appetizer or a healthy dessert!

Strawberry Balsamic Tart

1 puff pastry crust (I used Pepperidge Farm)
1/3 cup strawberry preserves
1 pint strawberries, greens removed, sliced
10 small basil leaves
2 tsp balsamic vinegar


Defrost puff pastry and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees in a preheated oven.  Microwave the strawberry jam with 1 tsp of water for 30 seconds.  When the puff pastry comes out of the oven, brush it with the warm jam, leaving about 1 inch around the edges of the tart.  Layer the strawberries over the jam and add basil leaves as desired.  Drizzle 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar over the tart, and serve.

Tags: appetizers · desserts · food

portobello “pizza”

April 2nd, 2012 · 5 Comments

I don’t know if you guys consider this a full dinner, but at the very least, this is one of my absolute favorite snacks.  I can almost never resist a portobello anything on a restaurant menu — whether it’s a salad, burger, or a delicious combo like this!

Chad and I have spent a good deal of the last few weekends househunting (basically everytime we’re not working or committed to something else) and it’s a long, intense process that so far isn’t even close to finishing. 

Have any of you guys gone through it?  We had a few places we were considering, and they’ve inevitably sold before we could even decide whether to make an offer!  I guess it’s good news for the economy, but it’s a little stressful for us. 

Fingers crossed that we find something soon!  I’m really looking forward to living in one place for more than 3 years in a row — I haven’t since I was 17!

Portobello Mushroom “Pizza”

4 portobello mushroom caps
8 ounce can store-bought pizza sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese (pulled apart or thinly sliced)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Clean mushroom caps with paper towel and remove stems. Spoon 1/4 cup tomato sauce into cap.  Layer parmesan cheese and then with mozzarella cheese. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.  Add two small basil leaves as a garnish.  Serve warm.

Tags: appetizers · main dishes