Archives for June 2011

Top Ten Food to Have on 4th of July

berry shortcake

Doesn’t 4th of July seem like it should be the smack-dab middle of summer?  How is it that we’re already at this point?  Summer is going too fast!

Let’s savor it while we can.  Here’s my Top 10 list of July 4th food.

1.  BBQ Something

Burgers are classic.  Try the World’s Best Burger.  Or go for chicken instead.  BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken is delish.  Checkout my Secret to BBQing Chicken Legs on the Grill if you want to be able to hand everyone a drumstick.

2.  Potato Salad

There are a million ways to make it.  Here’s my version (which is really my mom’s version).

3.  Baked Beans

I love this slow cooker recipe for Homemade Baked Beans.

4.  Slaw

Slaw with Tomato, Red Onion and Jalepeno, Hawaiian Cole Slaw, or Quick Cole Slaw

5.  Berry Dessert

Blueberry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler, Peach and Blackberry Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Pie

6.  Ice Cream

Oh, how I love ice cream.  Here are some Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream, with links to some scrumptious recipes.  You might also try Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches or Buster Bars.

7.  Something Red, White and Blue

I don’t have anything like that on my blog, but here’s a great round-up of patriotic looking food on Living Locurto.

8.  Something Munchy

Try Butterscotch Snack Mix or Citrus Puppy Chow.

9.  Something S’more-ish

S’mores Pie, perchance?

10.  Watermelon

4th of July without watermelon is just wrong!  Try kicking it up a notch (or 3) with chili powder.

Happy Independence Day!  What are your plans for the long weekend?

Ingredient Spotlight: Green Beans

I’m going to admit it right now – Green beans are not my favorite veggie.  I like them fine if they’re fresh.  I’m not a fan of canned green beans.  But I do like green bean casserole.  Don’t ask.  That doesn’t make any sense to me either.

Because they aren’t my fav, I don’t have many recipes that use them.

Okay, so I don’t really have any recipes to share with you since one post is how to cook them and the other is a guest post.  I’m relying on all of you to come up with the green bean recipes!  I can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Link up any recipe on your blog that uses green beans.  It doesn’t have to be a recent post, just be sure to link directly to your recipe, not just the main page of your blog.  I only ask that you include a link back to Eat at Home in your post.  You can link directly to this post or use the button in the sidebar.

Make Your Own Buster Bars

Buster Bar copy cat recipe

When I was little, my Dad sometimes would drive down to the Dairy Queen on 9th street and come back with a bag of Buster Bars and Dilly Bars for us to eat on the front porch.  There still isn’t a better way to enjoy a summer evening.

I haven’t been to Dairy Queen in years (something that needs to change soon, I think).  The other day I was telling my kids about eating those Buster Bars on the front porch.  Mid-story, I gasped.  My eyes lit up as an idea popped into my mind.  My youngest son said, “I love it when she gets that look.  It means she’s about to make something really good!”  He knows me well.

The first thing I needed to figure out was how to do the chocolate dipping.  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 37

This is a decidedly summer menu, with 2 slow cooker meals (in case it’s hot where you live), 1 that can be done on the grill and a couple of skillet meals.  Plus, Blueberry Cobbler for dessert.  Oh yeah!

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Zesty Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Couscous, Fresh Green Beans
Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread
Broccoli, Tomato and Tortellini Salad, crusty bread
Pork Chops Topped with Onion, Green Pepper and Pineapple, Roasted White and Sweet Potatoes, favorite green veggie
Red Beans and Ham over Rice, salad
Southwestern Steak and Cornbread Dressing in the Slow Cooker, favorite green veggie
Blueberry Cobbler

To print, click here: [download id=”99″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

Citrus Chex Buddies or Citrus Puppy Chow – You Won’t Be Able to Stop Eating This

So, I was browsing around on Pinterest the other day and found this delicious twist on the original chocolate/peanut butter Chex snack.  The actual recipe on the Chex site is for Lemon Chex Buddies.

I decided to add some lime juice.  And because I’m much too lazy to zest an actual lemon, I needed to use dried zest and all I had was orange.  But the combo of orange, lemon and lime is fantastic.  Sweet, sunny and slightly addictive.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Slaw with Tomato, Red Onion and Jalepeno

This is a guest post from Micha at Cookin’ Mimi.  Welcome, Micha!

In my family this is known as Mama’s slaw. I saw a similar coleslaw
recipe on a Food Network show and decided to tweak it to our
tastes.  The mix of the crunchy cabbage, creamy dressing, and
slightly spicy jalapeno has been a favorite for about seven years.  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries

Little orbs of denim blue

Juicy sweet inside

Disappear into my mouth

I was in a haiku mood.  It happens to me sometimes.

I love fresh blueberries.  Or dried blueberries.  Or chocolate covered blueberries.  I can’t wait to see the recipes you have to share with me this week.  Here are some that I have to share: [Read more…]

43 Enchilada, Taco, and Burrito Recipes

smoky chipotle chicken tacos done

Raise your hand if you love Mexican food!  Today, we’re celebrating enchiladas, tacos and burritos.  Basically, anything wrapped in a tortilla.


Smokey Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

Shrimp Tacos

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans in the Slow Cooker

Lentil Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Lime Slaw

Taco Night Recipe – from Single Mom on a Budget

Taco Ring – from Hoosier Homemade

Pulled Pork Tacos – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Tacos – from Family Balance Sheet


Grilled Chicken and Cream Cheese Enchiladas

White Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas with Chili-Tomato Sauce

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Golden Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas (with help from batch cooking) – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken Enchiladas – from Above and Beyond

Too Easy Chicken Enchiladas – from Coupon Cookin’

Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas – from Bargain Briana

Chicken Enchiladas – from Single Mom on a Budget

Chicken Enchiladas – from The Happy Housewife

Beef and Bean Enchiladas – from Cookin’ Mimi


Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

Easy Bean Burritos – from The Happy Housewife

Shredded Beef Burritos – from The Happy Housewife

Burrito Tacos – from Lunch It, Punch It

Veggie Bean Burritos – from Kitchen Stewardship

Easy and Inexpensive Black Bean and Salsa Burritos – from Simply Frugal

Shredded Pork Burritos – from Cookin’ Mimi

Bean, Rice and Cheese Burritos: Perfect for Freezing – from Cookin’ Mimi

Other Goodness Involving Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas – from The Happy Housewife

Chicken Tortilla Dippers – from Sunday Baker

Austin Fajitas and Veggies – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken Chimichangas – from The Cutting Back Kitchen

Pineapple Green Chile Pulled Pork – from The Cutting Back Kitchen

Build Your Own Mexican Feast – Real Food Recipes – from Granola Catholic

Homemade Tortilla Chips – from Single Mom on a Budget

Tostados – from Cookin’ Mimi

Beef and Bean Chalupas – from Cookin’ Mimi

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 36

I am on the beach this week (yeah!), but I do have a menu for you.  I’ve also got posts scheduled, so things will click right along here.

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert in the menu.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Ravioli with Tomato and Onion Sauce, salad
Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker, angel hair pasta, salad
Steak Burgers with Red Wine Onions, baked potatoes, Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers
Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice
Stromboli, salad
BBQ Ham Steak on the Grill, Hashbrown Casserole, watermelon
Nutella Muffins

To print, click here:  [download id=”98″]

Weekend Reading

I hope you have time to do some porch sitting and watermelon eating this weekend.  Here are a few links that caught my eye this week.

This tutorial makes me think maybe, just maybe I could make a pretty cake – How to Frost a Cake

I seriously love wrinkle release spray.  It has to do with my hatred for ironing.  Next time, I’m going to try to make it myself.  How to Make Homemade Wrinkle Releaser.

One day I’m going to do something interesting with my watermelon like this – Minted Lemon Lime Watermelon Agua.

You know how much I love muffins. I must make these soon – Sugar Donut Muffins

I’ve been trying to reuse glass jars lately, but that sticky stuff from the labels is so hard to get off.  Thankfully, I’ve found a tip on getting off the sticky stuff.

The Happy Housewife has challenged her family to eat a home for a month.  Want to join her?

What kind of plans do you have this weekend?

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