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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

Summer is here!!


Hello, fellow foodies! I'm Patti Saunders Mays in Boise, and I'm glad you're here!
Isn't summer the best? It just seems like things are a little easier, even if our days are packed with kids, popsicles, road trips and entertaining. Here at  Great Cooking Ideas.com, I am rolling out my very favorite summer recipes - several new; some old faves.

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I love trying new things and use my very understanding family as guinea pigs. :) Some recipes turn out fantastic and some, well - not so much. .Enjoy! And please come back often. I update and change things all the time; nothing around here gets stale! (ha! no pun...)      - Patti


  For yummy summer recipes that call
    for fresh farmers market produce,
               
CLICK HERE

       LOTS MORE NEW RECIPES BELOW. Keep scrolling!
                     
                Ahhh. . . summers in Idaho.

                        We sure know how to have a good time!  :)
                 
            
NEW RECIPES THIS MONTH:


 JERK SHRIMP SALAD   
      with ORZO
    5-STAR RECIPE!

This is truly one of the best salads I have ever made! I just can't recommend it enough. It's SO flavorful,
SO pretty, and SO PERFECT
for summer. I've included lots of tips, pictures and ideas on the recipe page.  Click Here.

   
 Here's another one. . .
     
       SUMMER TUNA PASTA  SALAD WITH PEAS & DILL 

A hearty, high protein, very filling salad that can be used as a main course. Serve it cold with a couple easy side dishes and then sit back and soak up the compliments. :)  We love this!  CLICK






MY FRIEND CARLA'S SUPER-DELISH
"ALABAMA CHICKEN"

I don't know why they call it "Alabama Chicken" but who cares? This recipe is just the ticket for home-style summer dinners because you make in advance and throw it in the oven.   Click Here



 GARLIC BEEF and VEGETABLE
          STIR-FRY
        
This yummy dish has a secret ingredient that I swear by! See my comment in the "Notes" section below the recipe.

 
  MORE JULY RECOMMENDATIONS
                 and FAVES...

                        
         HOLY SMOKES! BE STILL MY HEART!!                            
   CHECK OUT THIS
          PASTA


OH BOY- this stuff is just perfect for a summer brunch, lunch or easy  dinner. It's just fancy enough for company yet not stuffy - never "too good for the fam." For summer, I like to serve this with a light fruit salad and a citrus-y sorbet for desert (lemon or lime are perfect! ). We love this dish! 
CLICK HERE    (and expect raves!)




                      FOR THE KIDS. . .
How fun is this for the 4th of July!?
         ICE CREAM FLOATS that CRACKLE and POP
               like TINY FIRE CRACKERS!
          HINT:  Adults like these just as much as the kids!

    3 scoops vanilla ice cream
    1 envelope Pop Rocks candy
       (flavor of your choice)
    1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda

Directions. . . 
Place a scoop of ice cream in a tall glass; sprinkle with one-third of the Pop Rocks. Repeat layers twice. Top with soda. Serve immediately. This is a huge hit with kids! So fun and funny.


HERE'S ANOTHER FAVORITE DRINK. EXTRA BUBBLY
           AND SO COLORFUL! Kids love these!

   Kids' Extra-Bubbly, Super Yummy Summer-
   On-The-Patio Drink
                         
Ingredients. . . 
1 (12-ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate
4 cups raspberry sherbet
1 (12-ounce) can of lemon/lime soda* (I use Sprite)

Directions. . . 
1. In a pitcher, mix the lemonade concentrate with the recommended amount of water.

2. In a blender, combine the sherbet with 4 cups of the lemonade mixture; mix until combined. Pour into individual glasses. Add the soda, stir gently and serve.

* If this recipe is a bit too sweet for your tastes, substitute club soda or ginger ale for the Sprite. It makes it more "adult-like." Speaking of "adult-like", try this with a hefty splash of Tequila. Really livens up the party! :)


                                      
                             
    

  
And here's a favorite summer gem that we've loved for years. . .  easy and (don't tell 'em) NUTRITIOUS!
Black Bean Salad with
Lime.
(Click)
 
 
 


                                                                                                        
                                            
                                                 BANG BANG SHRIMP!!

                         What 4th of July celebration would
                           be complete without a dish called
                       BANG BANG SHRIMP!

This recipe is even better than the Bang Bang Shrimp served at Bonefish Grille (which they are famous for). Perfect for easy, delicious appetizers on the patio ANY TIME, but especially on the 4th of July. Click!

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Other ideas for hot day eats . . .  heartyChicken Schnitzel with ArtichokesSpinach Salad w/Apples & Brie; (SO GOOD!!)   Flank Steak Teriyaki (fab-o for grilling, and just 5 ingredients); Easy, delicious, no-gimmick POTATO SALAD  Mmm! This recipe gets RAVES every time! It's been in our family for centuries.
 
OK, and here's one that really is SPECIAL! For a fresh-out-of-the-garden summery side dish, use those delectable garden tomatoes and whip up my tomatoes and mozzarrella! 
 
                                                                

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