I’m currently battling the worst summer thing ever: the summer cold. Is there anything worse? Yes, there is. But this sucks. All I want to do is lay in bed right now and wrap myself in covers but then I get hot and frustrated and want some iced tea.
This carrot cake comes from earlier this week when I was psycho enough to turn on the oven. I actually turn on the oven all the time because it’s sort of my job, but you get the idea! My mantra is this: don’t turn on the oven for anything that isn’t fun to eat.
You might be giving me side-eye right now. Skeptical side-eye. It’s ok. I get it. Tomato and watermelon are a bit of a weird combination.
A few years ago I walked into one of those very LA cold-pressed juice shops in Venice. Not to go on a juice cleanse, oh no that would never work. Instead I just like to have some juice as a bit of a late-afternoon snack. (It’s better for this overly energized human than coffee.)
Anyway, the flavor that jumped out at me the most was watermelon tomato and lime juice. I was intrigued and was surprised at how delicious and refreshing it was. So, here you go. As a popsicle now!
For this recipe, I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet. The hit of cayenne pepper and salt add a nice savory quality to this popsicle. If your watermelon is super sweet (mine wasn’t), feel free to skip the sugar.
It’s a super refreshing snack when it’s sweltering outside.
It’s Monday. There’s probably some a-hole in Positano, Italy in your Instagram feed posting photos while you’re doing your Monday to-do list on a post it note with a pen that barely works. Yes, this happens during the summer and it’s sort of rude. How dare they. Don’t they know that you can’t find a real pen and all you want to be doing is frolicking in the sand and making out with someone kewt, too. They do know but they don’t care so this is why you need sprinkles, today and every day.
Before we get too deep into these thangs, this is the popsicle mold I used. (Last week someone asked me to post it! As for the popsicle sticks with the cute sayings, they belonged to my boyfriend’s mama. They’re from Williams-Sonoma and the box says 2003 so I’m guessing they don’t sell them anymore. Aren’t they the cutest?!)
The summer is especially the time when easy recipes are desired. It’s hot and people are sweating and being outside is more fun than being inside. I have a few more ambitious summer recipes coming your way, but today I wanted to share something that takes literally under 15 minutes to make. It couldn’t be simpler, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not awesome.
You can bake your own pound cake or you can buy pound cake. I recommend the latter because it really does cut down on a huge amount of time and I’ve found a really delicious-tasting pound cake at Whole Foods that’s about $5 for a loaf. I mean…it’s a no-brainer.
My entire world could be crumbling, but if I have a pie crust to make/eat, all is ok in the world.
Good thing I had this pie because this week has been trying. It’s been one for the records in terms of toughness. Amelia is having her own rough week because she hates fireworks and my neighborhood always decides it’s a great time to shoot off fireworks for the whole week of Fourth of July. She’s been hiding in the bathroom all today. EMOJI CRYING FACE!
So, we’ve both stress-eaten a bit of pie. Can you blame us?
Summer is a sad sight without cherries.
They’re the best part of summer. Last fall I made a simple apple pie and took it to a dinner and sort of scratched my head as to how or why there wasn’t a classic and simple apple pie on this blog. So I fixed that issue.
Now, I’m fixing the issue that there isn’t a classic cherry pie recipe on this blog. Because sometimes you don’t want something complicated. Perfectly ripe summer fruit doesn’t need much manipulation—it’s a gem on its own. Just sweet summer cherries swimming in a pool with sugar and tapioca starch and cinnamon and salt. Nothing overpowers, nothing really stands out except the beautiful sweet cherries.
One of my favorite past times is to eat potato chips while watching a movie. Seems like a simple idea but it gets complicated really quickly. It always requires for me to inevitably turn up the volume up REALLY loudly because the crunchy sound from the potato chips interrupts the movie (I can’t hear!) and then I have to rewind and re-watch some parts.
This is sort of a better idea, combining dessert with snack time, resulting in an ice cream sandwich that is chocolate-y, crunchy, caramel-y and overall super awesome. The one downfall? Ice cream sandwiches get melty and messy; life is full of challenges!
For this post I teamed up with Kettle Brand Chips (my all-time favorite is the Sea Salt & Vinegar) to bring you this fun, summer-filled recipe. The cookies are soft and chewy; the perfect cookie for ice cream sandwiches. If the cookies are crunchy or hard the ice cream will spill out the sides—not ideal!
Crushed potato chips are folded into the batter, chocolate is melted on top and then more pulverized potato chips are sprinkled on top of the chocolate, almost like how you would do with sea salt.
Yep. Time to slather on that sun tan lotion, squeeze into a bathing suit :/ and eat all the watermelon available.
Summer has never been my season. I’m more of a fall leaves, scarves kind of girl (even though I live in LA, I know I’m complicated) but this is how I embrace the season: cakes that require no oven. Cakes that aren’t really cakes! Because there’s no batter, no icing, no nothing cake-like. Except this recipe relies on cookies to soak up all the mascarpone/coffee/chocolate mixture and then it slices up so lovely, so deliciously.
This cake is very tiramisu-like. The flavors are v v similar except you don’t have to both with lady fingers, which if I’m speaking honestly, is the biggest bummer about tiramisu. Most lady fingers are dry and bland and taste like cardboard. Of course, we could make our own but am I really going to do that??! I mean, maybe, yes, very likely. I am the type…stand-by maybe we’ll do this.
Ice cream was one of the first non-baby food items I ever ate. I know this only because there are tons of pictures of baby Adrianna with ice cream all over my face. I must’ve been 3 months old? Is that even ok? Probably not but it was the 80s and my parents were too young to care. I totally survived but it left me with a huge love for ice cream. My dad is to blame, obviously.
It’s no secret that I love pairing summer fruit with spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ground ginger. Those warm, fall-ish spices are so glorious with fresh fruit. Today I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet to bring you these Blackberry Pie Bar Milkshakes. The ground ginger works gloriously with the fresh blackberries.
And can we speak about pie bars for a quick moment? I’ve always loved a good pie bar. I was looking through the recipe index a few days ago and was sort of appalled that not one recipe for a pie bar lives in the archives. We will change this! Change is coming! I’m thinking something peach-y and creamy…and maybe something else.
In the meantime, we have milkshakes! Let’s make a syrup and a crumble and pair it with milk and ice cream. This milkshake is something I want to drink, guiltless, on a stoop while I watch people walk by. I think of myself in a place like New York or something. There’s something sort of magical and gross all at the same time about New York in the summer. It’s muggy and balmy but everyone is outdoors and I love that so much. I love New York in the summer.
You know that part in Clueless when Cher turns to Ty and says, “Elton said you gave him a toothache.” And Ty was like, “What’s dat?!” And Cher was like, “It means he thinks you’re sweet, stupid.”
This S’mores Pavlova will give you a toothache, in a good way. It oozes summer fun. It shines bright just like a diamond. And it’s screaming to be made and taken and bragged about at a BBQ.
I feel like this recipe is a lil’ ratchet. It’s definitely not the most classy recipe I’ve posted in my life, but it sure is fun.
The pavlova is chocolate-y by way of sifted cocoa powder and folded in bits of dark chocolate. The 7-minute frosting acts like a marshmallow and gets all toasty when a flame kisses it. (You can also do this in the broiler.)
The crushed graham cracker is sprinkled on every. single. layer. My favorite part about this recipe is the chocolate-y pavlova. It’s not crisp and dry throughout, which sometimes I want; this one is gooey and fudge-y in the center.
The idea is that it’s supposed to mimic how a piece of Hershey’s chocolate gets when a warm, toasty, burnt marshmallow is placed on top. It’s like that!
I feel like matcha is having a moment. Spotlight is on matcha. Like every week on the Instagram I see a new-to-me dessert using beautiful green matcha and am like WHOA! SIQ! Well, here’s another I’m throwing in the mix, though when I went to Google “matcha cheesecake,” thinking I would be the sole inventor, I quickly realized a genius I am not.
That’s usually how my day goes: 1. Think of genius idea. 2. Google genius idea. 3. Discover a million people have already done it and watch as my genius idea turns into a “genius idea.” It’s sad.
So, to make mine different, I did a lil’ swirl action, which made me super excited. This cheesecake actually sort of matches this green gazpacho. If you wanted to do a green and white swirl themed dinner party, these two guys would be great for that!