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5 Simple Summer Recipes to Make at Home Yourself

A little secret a chef may tell you is that some of your favorite foods are quite simple to make yourself.

I learned this personally one summer while working in a local restaurant’s kitchen.  I realized that many of summer’s popular dips or side dishes are not that much more work making them from scratch than just buying them already prepared at a store.

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So, I created a list of simple summer recipes for you that will make you feel like a master chef yourself when you make them from scratch.

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 TBL chopped cilantro
  • ½ TBL salt

Optional add-ins: diced onion, diced tomato, diced jalapeño

Directions: Mash avocados and combine all ingredients in a bowl (yes, it is really that simple).

Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream

Optional: For sweeter whipped cream add in 2-4 TBL powdered sugar.

Optional add-in flavorings (pick one): ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp maple syrup, ½ lemon juice, and zest, etc.

Directions: Place mixing bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer for 15 mins (you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer).  Then, pour whipping cream (and optional ingredients including sugar or flavorings) into a mixing bowl and whisk at a medium to medium-high speed for approximately 7 minutes until stiff peaks form.  To tell if you have stiff peaks, remove the whisk from it and turn it upside down.  The cream should form a peak (picture a mountain) and will either slightly curl at the top or will be a firm stiff peak.

Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Chickpeas
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • lemon juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 TBL extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ tsp cumin

Directions: Blend together ingredients in a food processor.  Add water 1 TBL at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl each time water is added.  Garnish with paprika.

Restaurant Style Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 10 oz cans of diced Tomatoes
  • ½ onion
  • 1 jalapeno (halved and stem removed)
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of cilantro
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp sugar

Directions: Put ingredients into a blender. Blend to desired consistency.

For a pico de gallo style of salsa use fresh tomatoes, skip the blender, dice up all your ingredients, and combine in a bowl.

Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Basil (leaves no stems)
  • 2 TBL pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan

Directions: Blend together basil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor until finely minced.  While the food processor is running, slowly add in oil and blend until smooth.  Add the cheese and process just until cheese is mixed in.

I am certain some of you mamas will have a surplus of vegetables from your garden that you can use to make homemade dips or as vehicles for the dips. I have never been great at gardening, but I do have some basil growing in my kitchen.  I am so excited to make pesto using the fresh basil I have grown myself!

Which recipe are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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