Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

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Romulo Yanes for Bon Apetit

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

Courtesy of Bon Appétit


Quickly grilling kale makes it crispy. Pairing it with fresh plums and ricotta transforms it into our new favorite salad.


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon honey

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

4 medium plums, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced

12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves

¾ cup fresh ricotta


Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl. Season vinaigrette to . . . → Read More: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

A Memorable 4th of July Menu

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Everything Coastal

This week, everyone’s mind is on Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations. Our national holiday, the 4th of July, or more properly referred to as Independence Day, features a color scheme of red, white, and blue for everything from attire to house decorations and table settings to food.

Whimsically Detailed

Nearly everyone attends a party or picnic where staples like hamburgers and hot dogs are universal favorites. However, with a few new recipes you can make your picnic stand out from the crowd.

Here are my selections for the 4th of July 2015:

First, let’s start . . . → Read More: A Memorable 4th of July Menu

Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Peaches

Summer is peach season with juicy, slurpy, sweet peaches in plentiful supply. However, it won’t be long before they’re gone. The only thing left will be the memory of these delectable delights.

Before the season is over, add grilled peaches to the menu as a delicious dessert when you’re grilling your summertime dinner. There are so many ingredients to add to peaches to create a yummy treat. This recipe caught my eye because of the unexpected blue cheese.

Grilled Peaches Serves 4

3 tablespoons white sugar ¾ cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 large fresh . . . → Read More: Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Peaches

Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp is delicious to eat, so simple to cook and ideal for grilling. Of course, you already know that. What I love about shrimp is that you can easily cook it for one, or many, and as an appetizer, or a main dish. In fact, shrimp is often my quick meal for one of those evenings when I find myself at home solo.

One of my favorite ways to prepare shrimp is the classic, shrimp scampi. I never thought about translating a scampi recipe to the grill, so I was thrilled when I recently discovered this recipe for Grilled . . . → Read More: Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Shrimp Scampi

Outdoorlicious! Weekend with Grilled Watermelon

Although we have access to fresh fruit all year even if it comes from some distant place, summer means yummy, juicy, delicious, local fresh fruit—at the peak of ripeness. One of my favorites, watermelon, cools me off just thinking about it. And, watermelon is very good for you. (It’s the color red that holds the key to nutrition).

Always on the lookout for a new grill recipe and always eager to try fruit in a new way (it never fails to impress guests), I found this one very intriguing. Having never eaten grilled watermelon, I think that this will . . . → Read More: Outdoorlicious! Weekend with Grilled Watermelon