July 22, 2016

Savory Tomato Tart

Tomato Tart | The Naptime Chef

Tomato season is upon us and I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up my new favorite tomato tart recipe. It is from one of the best ever French cookbooks, A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorrison and is, quite literally, as easy as pie. A savory pie. Made with tomatoes. That is perfect to serve for dinner, or lunch, or breakfast with a fried egg on top!

July 21, 2016

Burgers & Fries 2 Ways

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Burgers and fries are the ultimate summer meal for us. I know it isn’t totally original to say, but it is true. We just love a good cheeseburger like it is nobody’s business. We also adore a crispy flavorful French fry. And, while I can make them from scratch, I often don’t want to because it is so messy and smelly. Instead I take a more practical approach and buy some frozen fries I can bake in the oven. It is so much easier all around and they taste amazing.

July 20, 2016

Can-It-Forward Day 2016 + Giveaway

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One of my favorite food events of summer is Can-it-Forward day. I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating it for the past four years, each time showcasing some new cool Ball jars. This year their new jar is a gorgeous wide mouth jar in a beautiful shade of turquoise blue. They’d be perfect for pickles or beets or tomatoes!

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July 19, 2016

3 Lavender Drinks for Summer

Earlier this summer I got a beautiful care package from one of my favorite food companies, Sonoma Syrup Co. I adore their natural line of extracts, simple syrups, and more. Knowing my love of floral flavors one of the things they sent me this gorgeous Lavender Simple Syrup. It can be used for all sorts of things including flavoring ice cream, infusing strawberry soup, and stirring into yogurt. This week I decided to make some beverage with it and here were our favorites:

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Lavender Iced Tea: 2 teaspoons lavender simple syrup + 1 cup iced team

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Lavender Lemonade: 2 teaspoons lavender simple syrup + 1 cup lemonade

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Lavender Prosecco (for the adults!): 1 teaspoon lavender simple syrup + chilled Prosecco

I’ll share more of my favorite things to make with Sonoma Syrup Co. products as I use them. There are so many tasty things!

(Disclosure: Sonoma Syrup Co. sent me these products to sample and I love them all. The opinions and photographs are wholly my own. I was not compensated for this post.)

July 14, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream | The Naptime Chef

There is something about the strawberry rhubarb flavor combination that screams summer to me. The tart rhubarb and extra sweet strawberries compliment each other so perfectly. One can easily tell that the sweet flavor isn’t from granulated sugar, it is a natural sweetness that can only be produced by warm fruit that has enjoyed a long spring growing in the sunshine.

This ice cream opened the summer season for us last week. We returned from our annual Cooperstown 4th of July celebration and I set straight to work making it. I even made our homemade ice cream activities a little easier on us this year because I used our favorite Davidson’s Safest Choice® eggs. They are pasteurized in an all-natural warm water bathto eliminate the risk of Salmonella. Even though I am confident in my ice cream making skills, this eliminates any hint of worry I might have about foodborne illness. This way we can enjoy our delicious strawberry rhubarb ice cream on the back porch with peace of mind.

Find the recipe on Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs. The recipes and photographs are wholly my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

July 13, 2016

Fun Tip: Degustabox

Mail order food is all the rage these days. There are so many fun services that send you bits of this and that to make amazing meals, or samplings of delicacies like craft sausages or hot sauces so you can try new ones all year long. I’ve tried and a lot of them and one that really stuck out to me was Degustabox. It is basically a surprise food box that ships you a whole range of different products for cooking or snacking. We loved it because the food they sent us wasn’t so unusual that we would never eat it. Plus, there was a nice balance of sweet and savory items. I also liked the condiments, like the salad dressing and the Soy Vey, I put them in the fridge and have been using them all month.

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Here are some of the delicious treats we received in our box. I wasn’t able to photograph the popcorns or sour gummy bears because our kids ate them right up!

Degustabox would make a terrific gift for a family. It would also be fun to order right before a vacation or when you are in the mood to freshen up your eating routine. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

(Disclosure: I received Degustabox to sample, but this post was not sponsored. I just really enjoyed the product.)

July 11, 2016

The Best Summer Homework with Box Tops

Apple Bread

Sponsored by General Mills Cereals

Since my children are in nursery school and elementary school we are going to be using a school calendar for many more years to come. For this reason, and for other reasons that pertain mostly to my own sanity, there are parts of our school routine we stick with year round. Not stopping these things during the summer means we don’t have to go through the pain of restarting each fall! Sticking with these easy routines keeps ours days somewhat predictable and fun.

The Breakfast Routine: During the school year my kids devour their breakfast before heading out the door. Having a good breakfast is incredibly important and I make sure, above all else, they walk to school with full tummies and plenty of energy to start the day. Though our breakfast routine is a little lazier during the summer, we never skip the meal altogether. Each September we reinvigorate the breakfast table by picking out some new cereals and pulling out some favorite recipes. I make sure they stick with cereal brands I know and trust and let them pick out a new flavor or style they haven’t tried yet. So long as I know the cereal isn’t filled with artificial flavors and colors I am happy to let them pick out a box or two!