Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

There are so many reasons I love warmer weather, but for sure I love the change of food. The things that are in season and the foods we start to crave as the temperatures rise changes so much, doesn’t it? There are two things that feel like the true start of the warmer months to me: a cheeseburger and a cold pasta salad. Today, we’re talking about a quick and easy pesto pasta salad with just a few ingredients and almost no effort.

If you entertain a lot during the summer months, or even go to friends’ and family a lot in the summer months, a solid pasta salad is perfect to have in your back pocket. With the right ingredients a pasta salad can be so refreshing and the perfect side dish for grilling.

Two Ingredient Prosciutto Cups for Brunch

I just love a simple recipe. And I just love brunch. So when the two come together, it’s really a win-win in my book. These prosciutto cups have quickly become a favorite of ours for weekend breakfasts when I find myself having a little extra time. And to be honest, most days I’m out of the house around 6:30 AM and just can’t bring myself to eat so early. If I could, I would definitely be making these two ingredient prosciutto cups 7 days a week.

What I love about the simplicity of this breakfast idea is that you can easily riff on it for yet another, you guessed it, you-do-you recipe. You could throw in veg. You could sit the egg on a bed of sauteed spinach in the prosciutto cup. You can dollop with pesto or zhoug or top it with chives, cilantro, scallions – whatever you fancy!

Churro Bites Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Guys, I whole heartedly intended to make churros from scratch. And then, I was like, nope. Hard no. Let’s make cheaters. So. Here we are today, with churro bites that literally require 4 ingredients. Okay, plus maybe some raspberry “sauce” (2 ingredients) and caramel (store-bought) for dunking.

Maybe you’ve seen this short cut before, but it’s one of the. best. to have in your back pocket for a super quick donut-y dessert.

Skinny Orange Pitcher Margaritas Recipe

If you asked me to pick one drink for the rest of my life, I think I’d have to go with margaritas. I mean, they’re so versatile so if you chose margaritas you’d have basically endless possibilities. As solid as picking tacos or pizza for your one food, right?

For cinco de mayo, I obviously couldn’t not serve margaritas, right? Plus, margaritas are a perfect cocktail for a crowd. You can whip up a pitcher so easily, taste and adjust as necessary and guests can serve themselves. I’ll be honest, I set out to make a good ol’ skinny margarita using OJ instead of triple sec or cointreau. Then, I really just went for that orange-forward flavor. They were deeeeelish!

Posole with Chilies & Pork Recipe

Oh, y’all. If you’ve never had posole, you’ve gotta make this posole recipe with chilis and pork ribs! I will be making chili a whole lot less now that I know how to make posole. It’s like a chili in terms of flavor and like a bowl of ramen in terms of toppings, and if you didn’t know this about me, I’m all for lots of toppings and condiments.

Now, I want to tell you – I like a quick and easy recipe as much as the next gal, but this one is a project recipe. Most of your time is hands off, but, it’s a project. And you gotta know that going in. But it can be made ahead, which is super helpful for when you make this for your cinco de mayo party!

Steak Quesadillas Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

This year, we’re not doing the whole taco bar thing. In fact, there are. no. tacos. on this year’s cinco de mayo menu! But, there are steak quesadillas! I’ll be honest with you – when I was thinking about the menu and I put steak quesadillas on, I thought, “Hailey, nobody needs a recipe for steak quesadillas! It’s steak and cheese and tortillas!” But, I actually really loved how the steak came out and 100% need to share this recipe!

Now, the good news is: steak quesadillas are so super easy to make. The even better news: They’re delicious. It’s really a win-win, isn’t it?

Chips & Salsa Grazing Board for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is definitely one of my favorite days of the year, because it’s one of the few I can force my husband to have tacos. For some unknown reason, he’s not a huge Mexican food fan even as I try my hardest to make him a convert. This year’s Cinco de Mayo menu is kicking of with a chips, salsa, and a few other things, grazing board. You guys know how much I love a good grazing board!

Thankfully chips and salsa are a fan fav in our house and I don’t have to try so hard to rally support for those on cinco de mayo or any other day of the year.

Citrus Roasted Salmon with Jalapenos Recipe

Guys! I forgot to share this recipe a few weeks ago when blood oranges were in season (read: were my obsession). With or without them, this citrus roasted salmon with jalapenos is hands down my new go-to recipe for roasted salmon. There’s so much flavor you can totally make it for dinner guests, but also really makes a weeknight dinner feel special. We can’t eat plain chicken and broccoli every night, right?

I mean, doesn’t that just look amazing?! I think I’ll have to make it again tonight since it’s Good Friday – no meat! But really. This is basically the equivalent of plain chicken and broccoli just actually good with a lot of flavor. But there’s practically nothing to this!

3 Ingredient Crackers

Oh yes, you read that right! 3. Ingredient. Crackers. When we’re entertaining, I try not to make everything from scratch and focus on just a few touches where I can invest my time and get the most proverbial bang for my buck. I love adding these quick crackers to the mix, plus, they can be made ahead!

These are so light, too, they’re great for a grazing board to balance meat and cheese and pair so perfectly with a hummus.

Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe

“Strawberry fields foreverrrr…”

Guys, I am SO into strawberries right now! Yesterday, we shared the Strawberry Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin we’re serving up for Easter and today – a Strawberry Pound Cake! I’m so obsessed with this cake. It is so good. We’ve already made and devoured two of these. In one week.

This cake is: moist, sweet but not too sweet, full of strawberry flavor, buttery, and did I mention, moist? Don’t you love that word? I’ll say it again for the people in the back – this pound cake is so MOIST!

I’m also writing this as we’re baking a third (a gift to a friend, thankfully not staying in the house), and it’s wafting in here and it just even smells so incredible.