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Peaches are my very favorite summer fruit.  (Nectarines come in second.)  I have been buying (and eating) peaches by the dozen.  We simply cannot get enough of our beloved local peaches. Most of the time we eat them out-of-hand with the juice dripping to our elbows.  A few have made their way into frozen desserts […]

Fresh Tomato Pesto Salad

by Marie on September 2, 2009

As our garden is blooming and overflowing with tomatoes, I’ve been looking for some good recipes to use them with. My mother-in-law brought over this fresh Tomato Pesto Salad dish the other night. It was so yummy, I had to share it! Recipe: Tomato Pesto Salad 4 large tomatoes, cut into small chunks with their […]

Vanessa from I Never Grew Up is here again as my guest today. She’s sharing her knowledge on Farmers Markets and how to get the most from your Saturday morning experience. Farmer’s market season is in full bloom; fortunately they are becoming more prevalent each year in cities around the country and the world. You […]

Next time you’re stuck for a dinner idea, grab a take-out menu from your favorite restaurant. But not for the reason you think…nope, you’re not ordering your food, you’re going to create a recipe! Coming up with WHAT to cook is my least favorite part of cooking, well besides the dishes. The initial reason I […]

My zucchini plant looks a lot like the beast from Little Shop of Horrors. I’m waiting for it to talk back to me and say, “Feed me, Seymour!” Anyone else’s zucchini plant taking over the garden? If so, then you too are wondering what to do with all of them! Here’s a few great Zucchini […]

In 1972, Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie of The Hungry Monk Restaurant in East Sussex, England, created one of my favorite desserts–Banoffee Pie.  (You can find their original recipe here on their website.) Most recipes from the UK use Digestive Biscuits or even better–Hobnobs, neither of which I have on hand.  Instead, I opt for […]

My father-in-law is quite handy on the grill! He’s always testing out fabulous food to BBQ. I have to thank him for sharing this delicious recipe with me. These Grilled Portabello Mushrooms are so easy to make with only 3 main ingredients. Recipe for Grilled Portabello Mushrooms: 2 portabello mushrooms 2 slices of a large […]

One Chicken, Two Meals

by Lindsey on July 22, 2009

This is a fabulous recipe my good friend Liz gave me 5 or 6 years ago.  It’s great for summertime when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven.  Plus it’s easy, fast, and really good.  My husband frequently requests this.  Oh, and it can feed your family for several […]

One of my summertime childhood memories is eating the yummy watermelon sherbet dessert at Friendly’s restaurant. I loved it, so I decided to try to replicate this dessert for my own kids’ summertime memories! I made some “watermelon pie” for our 4th of July feast this year…to great success! My 4-year-old daughter loved it – […]

Here’s some yummy treats to help keep the kids cool this Summer, as it’s already a HOT one. I think even you’ll be tasting these cold concoctions to stay cool too! Frozen Watermelon Pops by the Hungry Housewife (pictured above) Frozen Grape Pops by Make and Takes Strawberry Sorbet by Our Best Bites Oreo Pudding […]

Fresh Cherry Pie

by Lindsey on July 8, 2009

I live in a rural community not too far from some lovely fruit orchards.  A few weeks ago I took my kids for a drive to look at the cherry trees.  We’ve been watching them since the early spring when buds first started forming.  We marveled at the lovely blossoms in late April.  Now the […]

These festive 4th of July skewers are the perfect treat for your upcoming holiday party. They’re a great snack for little hands to help with, and they make a colorful treat for the table. Supplies for 4th of July Kabobs: skewers, these are 10 inch strawberries, cut up in 4ths mini marshmallows blueberries Wash and […]

Each year I can’t wait for summer to arrive.  I love the fresh fruit available.  I love using fresh fruit in summer desserts. One way to enjoy I love to enjoy summer fruit (besides eating it out of hand) is to include it in a trifle. Last summer I made a Red, White and Blue […]

I’m so happy to introduce you to another Make and Takes regular contributor! Jane from This Week For Dinner will be with us every 3rd Wednesday! She’s got fabulous tips and tricks for the kitchen, and always giving me great ideas for what to make for dinner! Welcome, Jane! Before I begin, I have to […]

I’m excited to announce another new regular contributor here at Make and Takes. Lindsey is a fabulous foodie and will be sharing her creations with us every other Wednesday! Yay! I’m happy to have her as part of the team. With summer upon us, I wanted to share my very favorite recipe for Tomatillo-Serrano Chile […]

My friend Pamela just shared her famous Baked Potato Salad with me last week, and I’m telling you, you’ll all be making this potato salad for every summer potluck party you go to. It’s soooo good. It’s creamy, sausagey, hot and delicious. And since I already have a few picnics lined up this summer, I’d […]

Last weekend we toasted marshmallows up the canyon, but we only had chocolate chips for our S’mores. We’d never used chocolate chips before, so it was a new experience. Jordan and I ended up having ourselves a friendly competition to make the perfect S’more. Since we both think our own method is the most clever, […]

As strawberries are right at their peak, I thought I’d share some yummy recipes I’ve made in the past. Because aren’t strawberries everyone’s favorite fruit? (Click on each photo to get to the recipe!) Other yummy strawberry recipes around the web: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes by Love and Olive Oil Stuffed Chocolate Strawberries by Beantown Baker […]

Emily from Freshly Baked by Georgie Tees is here today as my guest sharing a favorite recipe Chicken Divan… aka Chicken in a Pan with a Tan! One of my favorite dishes growing up was my mom’s Chicken Divan, aka Chicken in a Pan with a Tan. This creamy, cheesy, broccoli-filled casserole has since become […]

Rhubarb mixed with strawberries is a perfect combination, a little tart and very sweet. And with rhubarb in season, I had to make a yummy dessert. I’ve shared my Mom’s delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake before, so I tried making a pie this time, perfect for a Mother’s Day dessert. Recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: […]

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