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Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

My idea for this salad initially started out as a Grilled Avocado Salad… that didn’t turn out as planned when two of the avocados were super ripe and then one was hard as a baseball. Truly living out the avocado memes. So, instead, when gardens are thriving this time of summer, I decided to use some home grown zucchini, and kinda throw in whatever else sounded good. This grilled zucchini salad did not disappoint.

 

I kind of just threw in all things summer and colorful because salads can be fun like that. Yes, fun. I would be lying if I said I looked at this salad and didn’t squeal out of excitement. It doesn’t take much to excite me.

The only thing I would change is I would marinate the zucchinis before grilling them. Here is a great, basic zucchini marinade recipe from the Food Network.

Below is the recipe for what I used for this salad. I won’t include the amounts, because salads are up to your making… if you want more tomatoes, get on with your bad self, and put lots of tomatoes in there.

Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

Ingredients

  • Arugula
  • Beets, chopped
  • Pear Tomato, halved and sliced
  • Zucchinis, chopped and marinated
  • Blueberries
  • Blue Cheese (optional)
  • Dressing of choice, I used a basic balsamic

Instructions

  1. Top your bed of arugula with all your fruits, veggies and cheese.
  2. Dress + enjoy!
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S’Mores Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

S’Mores Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

 

Today is National S’Mores Day, so naturally, I’m a sucker for basically any and all national holiday… and I made these s’mores chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches to celebrate. They are so freaking good, and actually so easy to make because I kinda took an easy route to make these. AKA I used bakery bought cookies and I bought ice cream. There’s real no culinary skills needed for these, just a massive appetite and appreciation for all thing s’mores.

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National Avocado Day + My Favorite Avocado Recipes

National Avocado Day + My Favorite Avocado Recipes

Today is National Avocado Day (not to be confused with National Guacamole Day in September), so being super basic… I couldn’t resist doing a recipe round up of my favorite avocado recipes.

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Summertime Happy Hour featuring Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Summertime Happy Hour featuring Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Summertime is the best time and happy hour is the best hour…. or hours…. because who actually limits happy hour to an hour. This summer I’m partnering with Barritt’s Ginger Beer to bring you some Moscow Mule recipes to freshen up your happy hour.

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48 Hour Ribs

48 Hour Ribs

My dad makes ribs once a year every 4th of July weekend. Even though 4th of July has passed, that doesn’t mean that you can’t fire up your grill this weekend and make some bombbbbbb ribs. These things are seriously so good, they will be gone and eaten in the blink of an eye.

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best bits + bites of 23

best bits + bites of 23

I’m finally turning 24 on Wednesday, so I’m taking the time to give you all some photos of my favorite bits + bites of 23… because it’s Friday, and everyone’s sick of reading. Plus, let’s be honest, no matter how old we all probably prefer picture stories over word stories. I will say in my year of being 23 I traveled to Nashville, New York, D.C. (for my third time… it’s one of my all time favorite places), Baltimore, Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin. I became a bandwagon Cubs fan for a few short months and experienced that World Series win… that was insane. I rebranded to what is now bits + bites. I had some meltdowns about what on earth I’m doing with my life. But overall, 23 was hands down phenomenal, here’s to the last few days of my Jordan year, and to what 24 brings.

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Favorite French Fries

Favorite French Fries

Apparently it’s National French Fry Day…. considering those are one of my favorite foods, I have got to do a french fry recipe roundup. I mean, potatoes are great, when you fry something 9 times out of 10 it just get greater. Aside from fried Oreos…. those things are seriously so gross, like ugh disgusting. But these recipes are some of my favorite fries. Enjoy!

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Proxi, a restaurant review

Proxi, a restaurant review

I’m not superpicky, I don’t have some sophisticated taste buds, there’s rarely a meal I don’t like, but this meal I had at Proxi was unnnnnnnreal. Proxi opened just under a month ago in the West Loop, and I was lucky enough to have a friend include me on her dinner reservations there. Between three of us, we did damage on the menu, and it did not disappoint. Plus, at 23 (almost 24) years old I tried my first oyster. I didn’t get photos of exactly everything, so I’ll throw their social media links in here for ya.

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Berry Caprese Dip

Berry Caprese Dip

Anyone else extremely last minute? As in like, going to a 4th of July party in a couple hours and just had an idea of what to make? Well, here’s a super easy appetizer for you to bring to your 4th of July party… berry caprese salad.

This long, holiday weekend I finally started the Harry Potter series… 23 going on 24 in a few weeks and I have never read a book or a movie. Aaaad since I decided to spend the long weekend back home in the ‘burbs, I aimed to finish that book along with two others on this long weekend. Instead, I bought a ton of berries and made 3 berry recipes, and utilized the massive basil plant in my parent’s backyard and convinced my mom and my little brother to be my handy helpers.

SO, going to a neighborhood 4th of July party, I told my mom I will make something. Classic, I didn’t make 4th of July recipes weeks in advance leading up to today… Told myself I would… didn’t. Thinking of something, patriotic, quick, and easy… I stuck with my berry/basil theme of the weekend and made this berry caprese salad.

Personally, I sliced my blueberries and the mozzarella pearls in half, but in all honesty you do not have to do that. Clearly you have to chop the strawberries, but not so much the blueberries or mozzarella. The berries mixed with the cheese, basil, salt and garlic give you all the sweet and savory feels. Plus, it’s red, white and blue… keep with the theme.

I sliced up some french bread, made some balsamic reduction (FYI… I only made the reduction because I couldn’t find pre-made reduction)… throw some berry caprese on the bread and you have yourself a killer appetizer.

Below is the recipe so you no longer have to think about what to last minute make for your 4th of July recipe!

Berry Caprese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 container Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint Blueberries, halved or not... up to you
  • 1 container Mozzarella pears, halved or not... up to you
  • 5 Basil leaves, sliced
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  • Balsamic Reduction, to drizzle

Instructions

  1. Mix your sliced berries, cheese, basil, garlic and salt.
  2. Serve on your sliced french bread and top with balsamic reduction.
  3. Enjoy!
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Cookies ‘n Irish Cream No Bake Cheesecake

Cookies ‘n Irish Cream No Bake Cheesecake

Whether it be for Father’s Day, 4th of July, or just a regular summer dessert… you are 100% going to want to make this cookies ‘n Irish cream no bake cheesecake at least once this summer. And by once I mean like minimum 5 times. (more…)