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Zucchini boats are hollowed out and filled with ground beef, onions, and pine nuts before they are baked and then topped with yogurt, tomatoes and cucumber in this healthy dinner recipe.

Zucchini Boats on Taste and Tell



I think it’s pretty evident that I’m not ready to let go of summer yet. Just this week, I’ve talked about peaches, tomatoes, ice cream inspired cupcakes and now – zucchini.

Really – there is still so much of summer left to love. And here in Utah, we’ll be enjoying lots of fresh produce for another month to come. Thank goodness, because come January, we are going to be thinking longingly for things like garden fresh tomatoes and zucchini.
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Healthy doesn’t have to be boring. This family friendly Southwestern Shrimp and Quinoa Recipe is filled with nutrition and lots of southwestern spice.

Southwestern Shrimp Quinoa Recipe



Over 5 years ago, I had my first child. I have never been super skinny, but I loved working out before I had kids. I worked out 5-6 times a week. Then life, kids, and food blogging happened, and while I still like working out, I just don’t have the time that I used to have.

And if you are a mother, you know that body post baby is not the same as body pre-baby.

I’ve been pretty lucky, and I’ve been able to lose the baby weight after each of my children. But just because the weight on the scale says that my weight has dropped, it doesn’t mean that the way my body looks is the same.
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Reminiscent of a favorite ice cream treat, these tasty Drumstick Cupcakes start with a vanilla bean cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream, a silky chocolate sauce and then chopped peanuts. Ice cream cone pieces make the cupcake complete!

Drumstick Cupcakes on Taste and Tell



We have come to that time of year when everyone gets a little confused. School has started, so that means fall, right? But it’s still 90 degrees outside and the calendar says that we still have nearly a month until the official start of fall.

I get it. I like the fall, too. The pumpkin candle burning in the living room. The apple pie cooking in the kitchen. The boots and the sweaters and the scarves. I get as excited as the next guy thinking about it.

In most areas of my life, I’m pretty impatient. But when it comes to summer – I’m hanging on. No rushing into fall for me.
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Summer in a sandwich – this Open Face Caprese Steak Sandwich has Certified Angus Beef ® brand steak topped with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, all on top of cheesy bread.

Open Face Caprese Steak Sandwich


9 times out of 10, if I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, or what he wants me to add to the weekly menu, it will be steak. Steak and wings. I’m not even kidding. Just the other day, I asked him what he wanted for dinner the next night, and I laughed to myself for even asking. I didn’t even have to wait for the answer – I already knew.

And let’s be honest – I’m a steak girl myself, as well. You know that “last meal” question we’ve talked about before? Well, 9 times out of 10, if you were to ask me what my last meal would be, it would probably be a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak, seasoned only with salt and pepper and cooked in butter in a cast iron skillet. Yep – that’s what my dreams are made of.

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Look no further for an easy lunch idea or recipe for a quick dinner – these Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps come together in minutes and are filled with Swiss cheese, ham and shredded chicken that is coated in an easy honey mustard sauce.

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps



I don’t know if it’s like this for everyone, but I swear 5 o’clock is my nemesis.

We could be having a great day. The kids would be getting along, the house isn’t a total wreck, I have had a productive day. I’ll sneak away to the kitchen to start dinner and… BAM.

Everyone wants/needs my attention. The sippy cup is empty or someone is being mean. Or someone wants her hair put in a ponytail. One thing after another.

Dinner time isn’t always a walk in the park. In fact, most nights, it’s not.
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Peach cobbler is a summer staple, and this Coconut Peach Cobbler recipe takes a traditional peach cobbler and gives it a delicious coconut twist.

Coconut Peach Cobbler Recipe



Originally posted August 10, 2011. Photos and post updated August 2014.

The Utah peaches are still going strong. Thank goodness. Because I feel like I haven’t taken proper advantage of them this year, which is a shame, because if you are a regular reader, you’ll already know that I think that Utah has pretty much the best peaches. Ever.

I’ve enjoyed my fair share this year straight from my hand, but as far as actually cooking or baking with them, I’ve pretty much failed. But just a couple of days ago, after looking at some gorgeous peaches sitting on my counter, I had a craving for peach cobbler. And this peach cobbler recipe is the first one that popped into my head.
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