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Watermelon Shaped Raspberry Lime Sherbet

A sherbet shaped like a watermelon? Yes please! Originally the word, sherbet, was referred to as a cold drink made with sweetened and diluted fruit juice. In the U.S., the word now most commonly refers to a frozen dessert made with milk (or cream) and flavored usually with fruit juice, with egg white or gelatin sometimes added. By federal regulation, in the US, sherbet must contain between exactly 1% and 2% butterfat.
It’s the fruiter version of ice cream that tastes delicious and is great to have on a summer’s day. You get the sweet, fruity flavors in each bite of …


S’mores Banana Pudding with Alternatives

It’s summer time! The time of the year for s’mores, parties, and good times with family and friends. If you love s’mores and you love banana pudding, then this is the perfect recipe for you. This recipe is also good for anytime of the year when you want some s’mores mixed with some pudding. A mix of chocolate, banana pudding, graham crackers, and marshmallows all combined as one. It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s s’mores you can eat with a spoon!
This recipe is not allergy-friendly and is definitely one I can’t eat without substituting some ingredients, so I …


Green bean, zucchini, and wheat berry salad

Summer isn’t over yet, is it?
I’m still holding on with this summery salad. It’s great warm or cold, it’s hearty enough to eat for lunch and perfect as a side dish for dinner, and it would make a great addition to the last picnic of the season.

Green bean, zucchini, and wheat berry salad
3 Tbsp olive oil
12 ounces green beans
2 small zucchinis, trimmed and cut into matchsticks roughly the size of the beans
3 Tbsp pesto
1 1/2 Tbsp capers
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cooked wheat berries

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the green beans …


Labor Day

The first Monday in September is Labor Day and is dedicated to the American workers!  Something which we should be celebrating daily for the difference they make in our lives! We celebrate them today and thank them for all they do for us.
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882 but that is not when it became a national holiday! Who created the holiday might be unclear but it is something we celebrate proudly every year.
When Labor Day rolls around, it always marks the unofficial end of summer which flies by once Memorial Day comes and …


Try a No-Bake Cheesecake for your Labor Day Weekend!

When I saw this recipe in the Boston Globe, I was intrigued by the beautiful story of this recipe being made for a father’s summer birthday and how the recipe came from a co-worker of his wife from the University of Connecticut in the 60’s.  The longevity of this recipe says so much!
I was also curious what a no-baked cheesecake would taste like!  The cheesecake I bake has a creamy, smooth texture and a golden finish.  I knew a no-bake dessert would not have that same taste and texture, but would it have a similar taste to be called a …


Four smoothie recipes to try

I’ve been drinking a smoothie for second breakfast (I hate the word “snack”) for a few months now. It’s always good to get some fruits in before lunch: I think it sets the tone for the rest of the day to eat healthy.
Here are four recipes in my regular rotation:

Tropical avocado smoothie
1 avocado
Juice of 1 small orange
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
The avocado gives the smoothie a thick, creamy texture. If you need to add a little extra liquid, add a little more orange juice or a few ice cubes. 
Cherry almond
1 cup cherries
1 cup almond milk
2-3 Tbsp almond …


August Fests and Events

It’s time for the next installment of Boston summer food festivals. It’s August and things aren’t slowing down a bit. Some of the festivals and tours like SoWa Open Market and the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Food Tour still have dates this month. If you’re looking for something else, keep reading. And remember to click on the links to get more information:
Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean: This event is a campaign to educate people on the sustainable seafood available in Massachusetts and features demos by local chefs using fresh seafood. It will be held at the East Boston Farmer’s …


Jazz on Cape Cod!

Last year I was a little too late to go to the 9th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.  I am happy to say I made it to one performance during the 10th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival which takes place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the summer on the Garden Terrace. A wide variety of performers perform all summer long and I enjoyed evening listening to the very talented Grammy nominated Rebecca Parris who was joined in the end by Suede. What a treat the evening was!
But I can’t forget how the evening …


Beat the Heat: Summer Drinks

The past few weeks have been a bit brutal temperature-wise with the highs soaring close to the hundreds. And even though it seems the worst is over, the warmer weather is here to stay, at least for a little while longer. It’s important to stay hydrated in heat this intense, so here are a few drink ideas that are a bit more fun that just water or Gatorade (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens and Shaw’s – click links for full – and more –  recipes):
Strawberry Iced Tea: For a different twist on the traditional black iced tea, try this …


Welcome to Summer!

The festivities of July 4th are now behind us! The numerous firework displays and concerts celebrating the birth of our country are over for this year!  The evenings leading up to the 4th and after have been filled with the sounds of fireworks.
Now summer is in full gear!  The weather we have waited for all winter is here for us to enjoy! Winter seems to last forever but summer always seems to fly by without a second thought or glance.

Summer entertaining and grilling takes center stage as well as long awaited visits to the beach where the water temperature is …