Strawberry Watermelon and Blueberry Popsicles

It has been super hot over here in Vancouver, as most summers are.  I recently started a new job, which has been going extremely well, apart from the fact that there is no air conditioning.  I have been searching for some serious ways to beat the heat.  After I walk home from work, I am always ready to cool down with an ice cold beverage, or one of these fruity frozen treats.  I think these are super fun because you can play with all the different fruity layers!Strawberry Watermelon and Blueberry Popsicles 1

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Cherry Basil Gin Cocktail

I know, I know – another cherry post.  Why are we so cherry-crazy these days? Well if you have the privilege of having access to locally grown cherries at this time of year then I’m sure you know why. Cherries and booze is a new one for me but I’ll pretty much mix gin with any kind of fruit or even some vegetables really. When I find a good combo though I am usually eager to share it here and cherries and basil is one of those.

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Cherry Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Sonia and I have been blogging together since October of last year.  Throughout that time, it has amazed me that without any coordination on what we’re making, we have yet to make the same thing, well that is until now.  Well, we didn’t exactly make the same thing, but it sure is similar.  We must be in starting to rub off on each other with our cooking styles, that or it’s just cherry season and we both wanted to experiment with cherries :)

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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Salsa

Cherry season is my favourite season and I think it’s because cherries are one of the few fruits that you can only get your hands on one time a year. I was thinking of cherry recipes that I could do for the blog and the most obvious ones are sweet recipes. However, I am a firm believer in shaking things up a bit so the idea of cherry salsa came to mind. I love other fruit salsas on grilled chicken or fish so why not cherry, right? As always, I googled this to make sure I wasn’t crazy in thinking cherries could be used in a savoury way and I was pleasantly surprised to find that Iowa Girl Eats had a similar inspiration. The verdict is in – I’m not crazy after all (okay, maybe a bit).

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Tequila Roundup + Lemon Basil Margarita

Happy National Tequila day everyone, time to drink up! I didn’t become a huge fan of tequila based drinks until I went to Criollo Latin Kitchen in Flagstaff Arizona and tried their jalapeño margarita (and also other great margaritas). If you ever find yourself in Flagstaff, check out their happy hour for awesome cheap tacos and margaritas. The jalapeño one also gave me some great ideas for more savoury type drinks such as this Lemon Basil Margarita. In honour of the occasion we also want to share with you some of our other delicious tequila recipes that we’re sure you’ll love. IMG_5183

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Coconut Lemon Bars

I know so many people that don’t like coconut. Isn’t that crazy? What is it about coconut that makes so many people not like it? Is it the texture, is it the taste? I will never really know I guess because I certainly LOVE it and think it goes well in just about everything. I mean seriously it can go in desserts, drinks, on fish (WHAAAAT?! Oh yeah, it can, and it’s gooood). It is such a versatile fruit! My mom used to always make lemon bars and I just could not get enough of them. They were one of my favorite desserts as a kid. I actually remember begging my mom to make them for me at one point or another.

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Berry Cherry Ricotta Muffins

Guess what!!  I went berry picking!!  Last weekend, a couple friends and I drove out of the city and into farmland to get our hands dirty and get ourselves some berries.  Have you gone to pick your own berries before?  I used to pick strawberries in Victoria with my family, but I have never gone to pick raspberries or blueberries before.  What a blast!!  So needless to say, I now have an abundance of raspberries and blueberries (and cherries because they were on sale).  So, I decided to make some berry cherry muffins! (like my pun??)

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Cornbread Muffins

Well, another long Monday but the good news is that I am three Mondays away from my last Monday (for a while anyways). Things have been busy lately, so busy that I haven’t really had time to enjoy the summer as much as I should be. I’m itching to change that however. One way I enjoy the summer is through food. Cornbread is really a new one to me but it is great as a side dish for any barbecue. These cornbread muffins are super easy to make and extremely tasty at the same time.

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Summer Fruit: Recipe Roundup

Living in BC one of the greatest parts of summer is having access to great locally grown fruit. It is definitely one of the things I look forward to and I have very fond memories of going out to pick fruit at the local farms in and around my hometown, Victoria. Let’s be honest, this fruit is so good that it is definitely something you could happily devour by itself without putting it into any sort of recipe. But if you’re looking for something new to try with the abundance of fresh fruit during the summer time, we have you covered with this list of sweet and savory recipes.

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Sour Cherry, Lime Mocktail

BC cherry season is in full swing, and I have been taking full advantage of all the $1.99/lb BC cherries. I love buying local ingredients, and this drink is of course made with our fabulous local BC cherries! This is such a great light and refreshing beverage that is perfect for summertime. Although this drink is non-alcoholic, you could easily add 4 oz of vodka to make the drink more adult.  This mocktail is perfect for little kiddies, or to take with you on a summer picnic!

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