If a lot of these seem a little summery, that's because, well, we ate most of these things during the summer. So don't forget these things come next summer! In the meantime, enjoy your hot cocoas and pies and perhaps some ham.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
I had never really made anything like this before. Partly because, well, I just don't really like rice. But if there's a way to make me eat rice (besides making it sticky), it's to cover it all up with tomatoes and cheese. This was delicious! I think as it is, it's a good main dish for two hungry people, but for more I would probably double it, if only for leftovers.
Strawberry Summer Cake
I'm not even sure how many times I have made this cake now. It's so easy, it's so tasty and it's so pretty. I love my triple-decker cakes, but this is a little more...shall we say, practical. (PS, I love smitten kitchen. It never fails me!)
Pizza Stromboli with Spinach, Mushrooms and Cheese
Try to look past the unappetizing photos! It really was good. I prefer my pizza crust recipe from Betty Crocker, but theirs is fine too (a little tougher/denser). It was quite a pretty thing to behold right out of the oven!
Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting
I know, right?? But trust me, these were SO good. We ate the entire first batch ourselves. The brownies don't taste like avocado--just like super fudgy, dense brownies. The frosting, if you add all that powdered sugar, doesn't tastes like avocados either. Personally, I thought the frosting was way too sweet, but it's definitely a taste-as-you-go situation. I liked having it taste a little more like avocados.
Dark Chocolate Banana Cookies
An easy, tasty way to use up bananas. They aren't terribly pretty but that's never stopped me.
Tomato and corn pie
I wanted to try this out both because it looked so pretty but also as a different take on our regular tomato pie. They're both winners, but this one is definitely a little more labor intensive. Also I had corn all over the kitchen. It's a small price to pay! Gosh, I want some tomato pie right now.
So delicious you won't even notice they're vegetarian. I like my enchiladas stuffed so I used 4 avocados, and of course it's flour tortillas all the way
Smitten Kitchen Brownies
Well, not my favorite brownies, but, you know...brownies nonetheless.
(Still hanging in there? Like I said, this has been building up for a while now...)
Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Soup
Maybe bok choy isn't my thing, but while I liked this soup, it did not amaze me. I made it a little too spicy on accident, which didn't help, but Drewbles was a big fan so there's an endorsement for you.
This is not high-brow eating. But it IS good eating, when you're in the mood for something a step up from a Hot Pocket. We baked ours.
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Over the last year or two I have become a big, big fan of poppers. I save them for special occasions when I need something to look forward to, but since this isn't *technically* poppers, I could make it for no reason whatsoever! And then eat it all.
Oreo Pudding Cookies
Another item we ate all on our own...with no complaints. Maybe we need friends? Anyway, I was a little skeptical about these cookies, maybe since Oreos aren't my favorite. But, hear me, blog world, you want these cookies and you want them ASAP. Do yourself a favor and eat them fresh out of the oven.
Panko Mozzarella Sticks
You KNOW these were good. Don't even stop to wonder. Bonus: they fried up nice. Much nicer than the poor, ill-fated fried cheese curds...
Baked Mac and Cheese
This summer I kind of went on a homemade mac and cheese streak--partly because I've never met a homemade mac and cheese I love more than Velveeta and partly because, well, I've also never met a mac and cheese I didn't like (except YOURS, Ikea). Anyhoo, this was one of the experiments. Better than Velveeta? Hah! I thought it was a little heavy and didn't have the smoothness that I like. But that doesn't mean I didn't scarf it down.
Banana Ice Cream
Meaning, made out of bananas. Though it's kind of annoying to have to use the food processor, this really does work! And it even tastes like ice cream. It's just amazing, and worth a try if only to see how it really works.