June 10, 2011

summer recipes

Jenna Laughs has been pretty dessert-heavy lately. Seems like I am doing a whole lot of baking the last few weeks! So I wanted to go through my non-dessert dishes and post some great ideas for summer parties and barbecues.

First up we have Barbecue Spice Rubbed Pork Chops. These are bone-in thick cut pork chops, rubbed down with a spicy/sweet rub and grilled to caramelized perfection. You're welcome.

Greek Cucumber Salad is light, fresh and the perfect side dish on a hot summer day. It has 4 ingredients: cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and olive oil. Couldn't be more simple and delicious!

These Mediterranean Turkey Burgers with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce are perfectly light and flavorful. The tzatziki sauce is tangy and thick, a lovely alternative to typical burger toppings. I served these with oven baked fries and it was a perfect meal.

Pasta with Lemon and Basil. This unusual flavor combination is heavenly. So light and refreshing - and loaded with tons of fresh basil. I made this last winter when lemons were in season, but now we have lovely fresh basil in season.

This grilled chicken is so flavorful, juicy, cheesy and wonderful. The fresh tomato salsa puts it on a whole other level. Then to make it even better - I made a flavored chili lime butter to brush on corn. This is definitely one of my favorite dishes for the summer.

Finally, to wash it all down - try Sparkling Lime Lemonade. It's super tart, which is how I like my lemonade.

I hope everyone has so many fun barbecues this summer!


  1. Everything looks incredibly goos and now I want to barbecue this weekend! I wish I had one!

  2. What great ideas! I need to keep that greek salad in mind because I've been getting way more cucumbers and tomatoes from my CSA basket each week to keep up with. I always have feta and olive oil on hand, so I think you've just solved my problem. Awesome!

  3. I want that turkey burger and greek cucumber salad!

  4. The Pasta with Lemon & Basil is officially on my to do list! I'm drooling already :)

  5. That pasta. I need it.

    And serious, who would complain about too many desserts?

  6. These all look delicious! Perfect for the summer. Glad I found your blog!

  7. The portions in these photos look a bit small. Will increasing the portion size make a dish like the BBQ spiced rubbed pork chops more appealing?

  8. Yoshi,

    No- that just adds more calories.