July 31, 2014

Peach Tomato & Burrata Salad

Peach Tomato & Burrata Salad

This is a super simple recipe that we enjoyed on Martha’s Vineyard over vacation. I love it because it reminded me of my favorite Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad recipe. It has the same components of the sweet fruits (peach and tomato), warm herbs, and tangy cheese. The burrata is a new one to me as a salad cheese. I usually lean toward goat, feta, or blue, but the silky burrata worked beautifully. The milky mozzarella oozed into the crevices of the chopped tomatoes and enveloped the peaches. There was just a little bit of it in each bite and the trifecta of flavors was summer perfection.

July 30, 2014

Hello, TODAY Show!

Setting Up in the Today Show

In case you’ve been missing all my announcements, or if you are new the site, I just thought I’d mention one last time that you can catch me on The TODAY Show on NBC this morning, July 30th, around 9:45am. Yay! I am so excited for my first (and hopefully not last) segment cooking on TODAY. In this case I’ll be no-cooking since the whole segment is on no-cook meal ideas for summer.

In the mean time, here are a few more notes on me and my site so we can get better acquainted:

{one} I send out an awesome, and brief, weekly newsletter and you can sign up for it immediately to the right. I never sell addresses so I promise you won’t get spam. Enjoy!

{tw0} I am a recent convert to Instagram and you can follow me here.

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{four} You can always tweet with me on Twitter.

{five} You can find lots of my work on Babble, Momtastic, and Lifetime Moms. I write for all of these outlets every month and love reaching all of you through them!

{six} My first book, The Naptime Chef, is still for sale on Amazon. My next book, The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthday to Bake Sales Good Food to Carry You Through the Year, will come out next March and is available for pre-order. Cover to come soon!

{seven} Last spring I started working with Arla Dofino Cheese as their national spokesperson. I love their naturally delicious cheeses and you can read more about my work with them here.

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I hope to keep seeing you around these parts. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

July 30, 2014

Lemon Verbena Shortbread

Lemon Verbena Shortbread

During the summer I’m all about making the most of my edible gardens. My herbs have been thriving ever since they were moved from the sunny raised bed to the shadier porch. Now my daughter and I are collecting bunches of fragrant greenery to use in my cooking. Over the weekend I was inspired by my gorgeous lemon verbena plant. Every year I am tempted to plant it in the garden but have been advised against it since I’ve been told it will take over everything. Instead I just buy a new plant each year and keep it in a pot until the first frost hits. I make sure to use every single leaf in everything from tea to ice cream to baked goods. This shortbread was new to us this year and we loved it.

July 29, 2014

Roasted Corn & Tomato Salad

Roasted Corn Salad

I know summer is in full swing when the farmer’s market starts to fill up with good local corn. I snagged my first bag the other day and nearly skipped home. There is nothing better then fresh sweet corn! I can’t wait to get my hands on more when we get to Cooperstown at the end of the week. A lot of the time I simply grill or boil corn and eat it with butter and salt. But this time I decided to kick off the season with a salad full of fresh tomatoes, a little onion, basil, and corn that had been roasted to concentrate its flavor even further.

July 28, 2014

Instagram: Martha’s Vineyard

Vineyard Haven Harbor

We had so much fun on Martha’s Vineyard last week. The island was just as wonderful as it always is. Traveling with two kids is always a bit of a circus, especially since our little guy caught a bad cold, but it was so nice to get away. Here are some instagram shots if you’d like to see:

July 25, 2014

Naturally Delicious Cheese Ideas with Arla Dofino

Arla Infographic

Earlier this summer I shared some interesting information about naturally made versus processed cheese. The short story is that we all want to be eating and serving naturally delicious cheeses like Arla Dofino. They are the easy healthy choice for our families. To give you more information Arla Dofino cheeses check out this awesome infographic above. It features their five main varieties of cheeses and ways you and healthily incorporate them into your everyday diet. Which one is your favorite?

p.s. Some great cheese recipe: Homemade Queso Dip, Cheese Tartine, Gourmet Grilled Cheeses

Graphic courtesy of Arla Dofino, used with permission

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Arla Dofino. The opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)


July 24, 2014

3 Summer Wines for Mom & Dad

South African Wines for Summer

This summer I’ve been thinking about expanding my writing to encompass wines. I frequently suggest pairing food with wine at each meal but never go more in the depth than that. This is mostly because my wine vocabulary is somewhat limited and I don’t want to sound dumb when I try to articulate what kind of wine I like and why. The best way to remedy this is to dive into the subject ready to learn as much as I can. I won’t become a wine writing genius overnight, or even in a year, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Today I’m going to begin with writing what I know, which is about three summer wines we’ve been enjoying at home lately.