Sunday, August 7, 2011


These are some of the recipes we’ve tried around here of late.  Some of them have already been made more than once.

sliced heirloom tomatoes with marinated fresh mozzarella balls and basil Stock Photo - 5976849

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese from White on Rice Couple.

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves from Real Mom Kitchen.

Cornbread baked in Bell Peppers from Rhonda on Tasty Kitchen.

Cucumbers are the flavor of the week for Summer Fest (a celebration of seasonal summer ingredients on the Food Network Blog: FN Dish) and I couldn’t be more excited!
Being Greek and all, I believe I am genetically pre-programmed to have a soft spot for cucumbers.  I’m sure most will have expected a tzatziki recipe, but instead I went with one of my favorite things to make and bring into work for lunch during the summer.  It’s a take on a salad that Gina at has made in the past and it will NOT disappoint.  I love how the juices from the tomatoes mix with lime juice to create a guilt-free dressing.  When you’re in the mood for something cool as a cucumber (pun intended), refreshing, crunchy yet buttery and ultimately satisfying - this is the salad for you!   
INGREDIENTS:2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved1 avocado, chopped½ red onion, minced1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained2 limes, juicedsalt and pepper
DIRECTIONS:Put the chopped cucumbers


onion and black beans

and avocado in a bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then douse in the lime juice.  Stir to combine and taste to see if you need to adjust the seasoning. 

Serve immediately or chilled and enjoy!

Check out these links to other great cucumber recipes by other bloggers participating in the FN Dish’s Summer Fest this week:
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes
Pinch My Salt: Chilled Cucumber, Kefir and Avocado SoupWhat’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil GimletIn Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber CrostiniBig Girl Small Kitchen: Spicy Cucumber Salad with Shallot, Ginger and MintAnd Love It Too: Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon SaladNapa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumbers Coolers with Agave Simple SyrupCooking With My Kid: Cucumber LimeadeCIA Dropout: Relishing CucumbersHealthy Eats: Cool Cucumber SoupFood for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry SalsaCooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber PopsGlory Foods: Cucumber and Shrimp BoatVirtually Vegan Mama: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cucumber GazpachoFood2: When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Make a Cucumber CocktailCooking Channel: Cucumbers Stuffed with Crab-Mango SaladRecipe Girl: Bread and Butter PicklesTaste With the Eyes: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers with Wakame and Garlic BlossomsVirtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint SoupAdd a Pinch: Cucumber Tea SandwichesThe Cultural Dish: Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and SaladDaily*Dishin: Cool n’ Zesty Cukes: 7 Minute Summer in a JarDaydreamer Desserts: Cubanita MargaritaPurple Cook: Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp RelishIndian Simmer: Cucumber at its Best with Chaat MasalaBig Apple Nosh: Quick and Easy Homemade PicklesSweet Life Bake: Agua de PepinoThe Sensitive Epicure: Tzatziki with Grilled Gluten-Free Pitas and Fresh Cucumbers and PeppersZaika Zabardast: Cucumber GazpachoA Way to Garden: Cucumber-Growing Q&A and the Best PicklesCooking with Books: Summer Fest: Cucumbers 

Summer Cucumber Salad from Culinary Exploration

Sesame Encrusted Baked Chicken Tenders from Gina at Skinnytaste.

Italian Heirloom Wax Beans with Mint

Roasted Wax Beans with Mint from Market Matters.


Elizabeth Akins, RDH, BS said...

Yum! I see some meals for my vegetarian who is coming tomorrow!

donna said...

I wouldn't mind you making this a regular feature on your blog.

Am I the only one not to know what the TNT stands for?


Sue said...

Tried N True! Learned that somewhere in the blogging world.

TimidChanteuse said...

The cornbread and the meatloaf recipes look great !