Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

10553544_10100648687746823_5924533730741375759_nToday’s post is just a recipe. It’s not Paleo, I am aware, it is for fun. I am all about family. I love my big crazy family so much. For the Fourth we all gathered at my grandparents house on the lake for dinner, fun, fireworks, and ice cream. Yes ice cream. My family loves ice cream! My dad’s main downfall is ice cream. And my nephews (notably Gavin) are nutty about it. My grandfather too. He has been into making his own ice cream lately, superior to the crap they serve in the store which he claims isn’t real (they use too much skim milk to be considered ice cream, which creates the crystallization we see).

10501927_10100648689283743_8407136129965514341_nSo on the Fourth there was an ice cream judging competition. Everyone was to taste four different ice cream flavors and vote on their favorite flavor. The winner of the draw got to take home a container of the ice cream they voted for. I actually made a video of this experience, but it was a little chaotic to say the least. So when I went out to their house to film the boys fishing, I requested a new ice cream video. And he Continue reading “Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream”

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Summer Squash and Cucumber Carpaccio

057Last zucchini recipe?!? (Well at least until I get more, so let’s say the last one for the week). Besides getting summer squash, I also acquired some monstrous cucumbers. This time, rather than baking up a storm, I decided to go with something crisp and refreshing. Chelsey also picked up these bomb little knifes which slice beautifully, so I wanted to practice my chef knife skills. A little oil. A little cheese. A lot of seasonings. Big, crisp flavors and totally delicious!

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Cucumber and Summer Squash Carpaccio

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • mint
  • dill
  • Parsley
  • Sea Salt
  • Blue Cheese
  • 1/4 cup pecans

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Summer Squash Bake

122 Another recipe with zucchini! I’m am down for making things that are tasty but easy to make. This little dish took me no time to scrape together. Plus it was pretty. I layered yellow squash, fading into the green zucchini. Boom, a beautiful little dish and plate. Without further ado another summer squash recipe, for those like me who have a lot of it.

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Summer Squash Bake

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Parmesan

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Chilled Zucchini Soup

111I am still working my way through all the beautiful zucchini I got at the last market and the donated squash from Aunt Judy.  With such an assortment of yummy summer squashes, I’ve racked my brains to see what I could come up with.

When we went on an Alaskan cruise six years ago to celebrate my grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary I had a variety of chilled soups each night. From asparagus to cucumber to cherry. I have been looking for a time to play with chilled soup. What better time than with all this squash?!?! Here is the lovely result.

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Zucchini Crumble

I hope everyone had a very fun, festive 4th! I spent the day baking of course. Friday’s are market prep day, so I spent the morning in a flurry of breads and cookies, before I found a small window for me to go to the parade with my nephews, mom and brother. Taking a quick reprieve to watch them is always a nice little treat. I even finished baking in time to squeeze in today’s post: a zucchini crumble.

A big part of what I love about the market is the connection. The connection to people. But also the connection to your food. I like knowing the people behind the garden, raising the cattle, collecting the eggs, raising the bees, picking the produce. The market is full of more than gorgeous produce finds. Behind each product is a unique person (group of people), family. I am so fortunate to be a part of this. You become a little community. You get to know your neighboring vendors. You help Continue reading “Zucchini Crumble”

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting

These are my lovely, lovely friends. Chels being a young, independent, life ass kicking home owner, means we have been having lots of family dinners together. The other night (the night pictured above) we decided to get fancy and make meatloaf cupcakes (as you’ll see below). These nights are kind of fun. Gathered together in the kitchen. Determining what we can create. What can we imagine and think of. Then helping each other out to make it all happen. Laughing, singing dancing, telling stories, daydreaming….whatever the moment brings. Then we can sit down in the living room and chow down. Ranting about what awesome cooks we are. Plus lots of moaning, in shear tasty pleasure.

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Turkey Meatball Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Mash

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup cashew meal
  • 2 eggs
  • chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 oz. sour cream
  • Chives to garnish

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