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Honey-Sweetened Basil Lemonade

Summer is the season of lemonade. And basil. And basil lemonade!

I have to admit, I didn’t really get why people love lemonade in the summer until this year. It’s just never been my thing. But last year, my mom gave me a huge stack of old cooking magazines, and when leafing through them for recipe inspiration I saw a recipe for basil lemonade. How amazing does that sound? Basically, you take two amazing components of a foodie’s summer and smash them together into a refreshing and delicious beverage. And who doesn’t like smashing things?

I made this recipe for my (somewhat) recent cooking demo at Natural Grocers in Fargo, and I’ve finally honed the recipe and photographed it. Hooray!

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Tuscan Salmon with Coconut Basil Sauce

Okay, so this Tuscan Salmon with Coconut Basil Sauce was seriously fun to make. And fun to photograph with my new DSLR!

I’ve still got a lot of learning to do with this new piece of equipment, but some of the pictures turned out pretty dang well (although, let’s face it, I’m probably going to retake pictures once I get more practice). I haven’t had a ton of time to play around with my camera, but now that I’ve moved and I have more space for fun hobbies like this, the learning curve will be drastic.

Admittedly, I haven’t posted a recipe in a while. I hope this one makes up for it. I seriously miscalculated how much time and energy moving would suck out of me. We’ve been living at the new (totally awesome) apartment for a little over a week now, and the creativity and motivation is just starting to trickle in again.

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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon-wrapped asparagus pleases a crowd without a lot of fuss — you only need two ingredients for this super simple recipe!

*originally published March 2015, updated November 27, 2019.

Bacon-wrapped asparagus is so incredibly simple that it’s almost a scandal to call it a recipe. But here it is.

This side dish is an instant crowd-pleaser — it’s not only easy to make, but it has bacon! Plus, it’s gluten free, dairy free, paleo, low carb, keto, and Whole30-friendly. The only friends it can disappoint are vegans, vegetarians, and weird folks who don’t like asparagus.

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Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

I love how versatile food can be. Seriously, real food can be so, so simple, but it can also be used for a never-ending variety of meals. I’ve recently discovered how versatile spaghetti squash can be. Case in point: Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein.

This recipe makes a lot of food, which is always awesome because then you get to use the leftovers. And let me tell ya, the leftovers are almost better than the original recipe. Don’t you just love when food tastes better the second time around?! Obviously, this would pair extremely well with my Eggroll in a Bowl, and that makes an equally epic amount of food.

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Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

Chopped Brussels Sprout & Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

I’ll get this out of the way immediately: I’m not a salad person.

When I do eat salad, I have a very high expectation for how awesome it is. The main ingredient can’t be lettuce. At that point, maybe it’s not a salad anymore, but there’s something about straight lettuce that is super unpalatable to me. So unpalatable that not even loads of dressing can save it. A salad has to have variety, bulk, and fun flavors playing with each other on my tongue (because that’s a wonderful thought).

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