Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Banana Bread (Loaded!)

Banana Bread loaded with goodies | Cooking on the Front Burner

It's a first!  I've never in my life made banana bread.  I like it, I really do but I guess I prefer when others make it for me!  I decided to take the plunge when I had two very ripe bananas sitting in the basket.  I've had black bananas before and have had no guilt tossing them out but this time, they seemed to be calling my name.  P-l-e-a-s-e use us and so I did.  And not only did I use them, but I invited some friends to join in - chocolate, nuts, dried cherries and blueberries.  Now that's a banana bread!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Best of the Weekend - Celebrate!

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Whoosh!  Hard to believe this is our last party in the month of June!  Please Father Time slow down - we need to make summer last a lot longer.  This week I'm featuring food and crafts to help you celebrate the 4th.  Please note, we will not be hosting a party next Friday on the 3rd - take time to make some of these yummy treats or get your craft on!  We'll be back on the 10th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oatmeal Cookies Red, White & Blue

Fruity Oatmeal Cookies | Cookie on the Front Burner

Oatmeal cookies happen to be one of the DIY Guy's favorite.  Me, well, I'm more of a chocolate chip cookie kind of gal.  But this past weekend was all about the dad's (right!) so I wanted to make him something to enjoy over the weekend.  I've tried different mix-ins before like pecans, coconut and of course chocolate, but these are definitely more on the fruity side with dried cherries, dried blueberries and white chocolate chunks.  A bit on the patriotic side and a lot on flavor!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Best of the Weekend with Watermelon

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TGIF!  I'm so glad the weekend is here and I bet you are too.  We are supposed to have some pretty decent weather and with it being Father's Day, I'm thinking it might be a good weekend to cookout and relax!  I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned.  Can't wait to see what you are sharing this week.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Moscow Mule Popsicles

Moscow Mule Popsicle | Cooking on the Front Burner

Have you heard of a Moscow Mule cocktail?  This drink has been around since 1939 but has recently gained a lot of popularity.  I'm seeing them more on restaurant menus and up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't had one.  I was really curious since the main mixer is ginger beer (not ale).  The ginger beer has a bit of a kick to it and with the rest of the mixings (lime and vodka), this drink is quite refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.  Typically they are served in a copper mug that keeps your drink cold from first sip to last.  And making them into a frozen treat can really cool you down! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Best of the Weekend-Summer Sipping

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Welcome to The Best of the Weekend where we are looking forward to seeing what you have been up to this week.  It's been a whirlwind of week here and can't believe how fast time is going.  This week we've been enjoying some grilling out and working around the yard.  Probably more of the same for the weekend!  Hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend - take time to relax with some summer sipping drinks I'm featuring this week.

Caprese Burger with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Burger with Balsamic Glaze | Cooking on the Front Burner

Cheezeborger cheezeborger, no coke, Pepsi!  Today's June 12th so that means your #12 bloggers are coming to you with this month's recipe selection of BURGERS!  Oh my gosh, you are going to flip (as in a burger on a grill) when you see what the gals have cooked up for you this month!  And just in time for summer, you'll find a variety of burgers to please every palate!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jicama Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

Jicama Salad with Asian Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Lighten up for summer with this cool Jicama Salad with a tasty Asian Vinaigrette.  I'm so in the mood for lighter recipes now that summer has started to arrive.  We tend to grill out a lot and I like simple recipes to compliment the main course.  I'm sure some of you have heard of this vegetable but for those that haven't, Jicama is a crispy, sweet, edible tuber that resembles a turnip in physical appearance, although the plants are not related.  How's that for a definition?  I didn't make that up but it can be found at this link if you want to learn more.  All you really need to know is this is one fantastic recipe!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Caprese Bites with Pesto

Caprese Bites with Pesto | Cooking on the Front Burner

Your farmer's market can provide some wonderful produce during the summer months.  I love moseying around the vendor stands looking for the season's best fresh ingredients.   One of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes is making a caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and basil with a drizzle of olive oil.  These bite sized appetizers are made with the same fresh ingredients but what makes them so special you might ask?  It's making your own pesto!

You'll find me over at Real Housemoms with this recipe and learn how you can make your own. It's really easy and once you do, you'll never buy the store stuff again!  Enjoy!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Best of the Weekend with Frozen Treats

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Well it's June and that means summer is starting to be in full swing.  Maybe time for vacation, kicking back, relaxing, gardening, swimming, grilling, etc.  The list goes on and on.  What are you looking forward to the most?  We are heading out to vacation in about a month with renting a cabin in northern Minnesota.  We've done that for a few years and love the tradition.  Can't wait!  Since we are starting to heat up, be sure to check out my features of frozen treats!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Raspberry Lemon Smoothie

Raspberry Lemon Smoothie | Cooking on the Front Burner

What do you reach for when you want to chill out and have a refreshing drink?  Pop (or soda depending where you live), water, juice?  Well, give yourself 5 minutes to whip up a batch of these cool Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Smoothies.  Up until recently I was a big diet Pepsi kind of gal.  I would have about one a day and more on the weekends.  I felt it gave me the lift I needed but then decided not really, because then I was searching for a salty snack to go along with it.  Oh what a vicious cycle I was in.  Well, that has all changed. I've mostly switched to water but when I feel I need an energy boost, out comes the blender and away we go.....