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12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

I love cherries.  I find them ‘cherry’ delicious…they’re really the ‘cherry on top’ of every dessert…not getting cherries year round is really the pits…in fact, I consider cherries ‘mon cherri’ of summer baking…

OK, I’m done.

Cherries really are a delicious fruit and can add sweetness to both savory dishes and desserts.  Now in the peak of their season, cherries are great for summer cooking and baking…or just snacking on during a backyard BBQ or picnic.

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If you’re looking for fun and clever ways to use cherries in your food this summer, here are 12 Amazing Cherry Recipes that are sure to please!

12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Fresh Cherry Cobbler

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Cherry Frangipane Tart

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Cherry Chocolate Shortcake

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Quinoa Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

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Grilled Tofu with Cherry Salsa

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Cherry Curd Cookie Tarts

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Fresh Cherry Salsa with Goat Cheese

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Duck and Cherry Hamburger

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Cherry Bruschetta

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Are you nuts for coconuts?  Even though summer is almost over, you can still enjoy a bite of summer sunshine with these 12 delicious coconut recipes!

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Coconut Cake

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Coconut Lush

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Coconut Bars

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Chocolate Coconut Poke Cake

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Toasted Coconut Pudding

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Coconut Loaf Cake

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

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Outrageous Coconut Cheesecake

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Coconut Oreos

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Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Brownie Bites

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Coconut Ice

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Mini Waffle S’mores Sliders

You guys…August 10th is National S’mores Day!

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I LOVE s’mores.  I’ve made them in the oven, in the microwave, in brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and trail mix.  I’ve made them with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (YOU GUYS!), fruit, spicy chocolate, and a whole slew of other weird ingredients.

But in a few days it will OFFICIALLY be s’mores day…which means we can indulge in sweet s’mores without the guilt!

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To celebrate, here’s a fun little recipe for tasty s’mores made with mini waffles.  For my chocolate, I actually used s’mores flavored Candy Melts candy…because why the F not?!

These are a quick and easy snack for after school, after dinner, or just for a taste of something sweet!

Mini Waffle S’mores Sliders

Ingredients:

  • Mini Waffles
  • Standard Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate Bars (or whatever chocolate you like!)

Instructions:

Toast mini waffles.  As waffles toast, melt a few bars of chocolate.

Once toasted, let waffles cool slightly.  If desired, dip half of waffle in melted chocolate and let harden.

Place marshmallows under broiler for 1-2 minutes.  Watch them closely, especially if you’re using a toaster oven…they’ll brown fast!

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Place chocolate bar on waffle and top with marshmallow.  Top with other waffle and dive in!

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Baked Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Sometimes mornings are hard…

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Getting up, getting ready, getting dressed, making breakfast, AND making lunch…that’s a lot to handle in the short span between the alarm and the start of work…and that’s why I’m loving these make-ahead breakfast bars.

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Made up of oatmeal, fruit, and chocolate for a little something sweet, these Baked Oatmeal Bars are great for a healthy grab n’ go breakfast.

I used strawberries, blueberries, and bananas in these bars, but you could easily add raspberries or blackberries instead.  Play around with adding your favorite oatmeal ingredients (I’m definitely trying pumpkin pie spice and cranberries in the fall!) to update and improve the recipe!

*One batch made 12 bars for me and they’ll keep in the fridge for about a week.

You can find this recipe at Diary of a Debutante.

 

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

So it seems that watermelon was the new cupcake…and now pineapple is the new watermelon.  There’s pineapple stuff everywhere!

But, IMHO, the most important place for pineapple to be is in my face.

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And if you’re a fellow pineapple lover, here are 12 scrumptious and delicious pineapple recipes to get you through the rest of summer!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

Pineapple Salsa
The Gunny Sack
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken
Carlsbad Cravings
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Delish D’Lites
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Pineapple Bars
Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Pineapple Popsicle
Mama Loves Food!
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Pineapple Fluff Salad
The Country Cook
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Pineapple Pancakes
The Stay at Home Chef
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Pineapple Cooler
Pizzazzerie
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Pineapple Chicken Salad
The Kitchen is my Playground
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Pineapple Coconut Thumbrint Cookies
Cooking Classy
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Pineapple Empanadas
Kitchen Gadget
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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts
Baker by Nature
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Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

It almost hit 100 degrees F in Chicago last week.  100 DEGREES.  My car was 99 degrees at the end of the day…When I got home, my apartment was 85 degrees.  My face was melting.  I was hangry and hot and not even about to turn the oven on to make dinner.

I could have just bitten the bullet and gone to Chipotle on the way home like I actually wanted to, but I decided to be good and make a salad instead.

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This chopped Greek salad was actually really refreshing and tasty, and if you’re from the Chicagoland area, is a pretty close copycat recipe of the Portillo’s Greek Salad.

I also added a slice of olive focaccia bread, which was a delicious addition to this light dinner.

Another little tip…I also season my tomatoes before adding them to basically anything.  Just a little salt and pepper makes them even better on a sandwich or in a salad.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 chicken tenders, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 handfuls Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2-3 handfuls orange or red cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

Once your chicken is cooked (I seasoned mine with salt and pepper), set it aside to cool completely, then cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Then just toss together the rest of the ingredients and top the salad with additional feta cheese and cooked chicken!  I served mine with a store-bought Greek dressing, but you can use whatever vinaigrette or lemon-based dressing you like!

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Sansa’s Lemon Cakes and Daenerys’s Dragon Egg Truffles

WINTER IS (almost) HERE.
OMG!  OMG!  OMG!

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers next weekend and I could not be more excited!  Every preview I’ve seen has been better than the last…and with the series wrapping up next year, things are about to get ca-RAY.

To help get us all in the mood for the GOT premier on Sunday, we’re going to be celebrating Game of Thrones all week this week!

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To kick things off, we’re going to celebrate two of the leading ladies of GOT:  Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen.

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A few weeks ago, we had a little engagement party for my sister and her fiance.  To go with their theme of epic nerdiness, we had amazing decorations and food that all catered to their favorite nerdy things.  Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Pokemon popcorn, even a handmade IRON THRONE that my aunts made were all part of the epic celebration!

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I mean, look at this awesome thing!

So my contribution to the party was the sweet table…and to pay homage to Game of Thrones, I included Sansa’s famous lemon cakes, as well as spicy chocolate truffles, decorated to look like Daenerys’s dragon eggs.

I had a few requests for recipes, so here they are!  The Lemon Cakes are from Rosanna Pansino, and the recipe for those is linked below.  The truffles were my own creation and you can find that recipe at the bottom of the post!

Happy Game of Thrones week!!

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Sansa’s Lemon Cakes Recipe

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These lemon cakes were made using Rosanna Pansino’s Lemon Cake recipe on her channel, Nerdy Nummies.  The recipe is written out in the description of her video.

Daenerys’s Spicy Chocolate Dragon Egg Truffles

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (keep it around 60% cacao)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • White fondant
  • Green fondant
  • Brown fondant

*If you don’t want to make these spicy, just eliminate adding the spices.

Directions:

In a medium sauce pot, heat the cream and spices over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer.

Place chopped chocolate in glass bowl.  Pour hot cream over chocolate, shaking bowl slightly until all the chocolate is covered.  Let sit until chocolate is semi-melted, about 5 minutes.

With a spoon or silicone spatula, mix the chocolate until everything is combined.  Cover with cling wrap.  Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.

In the meantime, roll out any color of fondant (white, green or brown).  I suggest going from light to dark so your white fondant stays white.

Roll out white fondant to about ¼ in. thickness.  To cut out the scales, I used a tiny diamond cutter, originally meant for clay.  You can also cut out your pieces by hand…whatever works for you.

Cut out a bunch of scales in each color…like, a bunch.  Like, cut as many as you think you need, then cut more.  I think I averaged about 20-40 scales per truffle.

Once your chocolate as set, take it out of the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Using a spoon or a small ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out your truffles.  Roll them into a ball first, then shape them into a flat egg (like a Reese’s egg at Easter) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Work quickly, as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate.  I rinsed my hands with cold water after every 2 or 3 truffles I made.

Once your chocolate is shaped, just add your scales.  Starting at the narrow end, add one scale in the top center…then just layer the scales all the way down the truffle until it’s covered.  The fondant should stick to the chocolate pretty easily, but you can use a little dab of water if it’s not sticking.

Put truffles back in the fridge to harden up a little bit and then serve!

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