Delicious Summer Cooking Ideas: Sweet Paul, Heather Cameron, Redhead Recipes, and Dinner with Julie

Delicious Summer Cooking Ideas

I realize that for some of you summer may be technically over, but here in Southern Italy, it's still sunny and warm. Actually, September is the best time to be here, because it's not so hot and humid and there's less people on the beach.

Normally, I would share my recipes and photos with you, but I've been a little bit lazy these days and I haven't been taking photos of any of my latest cooking adventures. So, I'm taking the simple way out and sharing with you some lovely Summer Recipe Ideas from my go-to blogs for great food photos and ideas that also can be made throughout the year. 

The great thing about these recipes is that they use fresh ingredients, are simple to make, beautifully presented and downright delicious!

This idea is from Heather Cameron's blog - A Day in the Country, who is also from my hometown Vancouver. I hope I get to meet her one day. I love reading her blog about country life and she's so inventive and creative. 

A Cool Summer Treat for Kids and Adults too! 
For full Recipe Details, go here.

An Italian Salad Recipe from the only Online Magazine I read
For full Recipe Details, go here.

Panzanella Salad 
serves 4
1-2 day old country style loaf, diced
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
3 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
1 small red onion, sliced
1-2 cup black olives
1lbs pasta, like penne, cooked
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, just the leafs,
1-4 cup olive oil
4-6 tablespoons good quality balsamico 

Lovely Sarah from Redhead Recipes has a couple delicious recipes that are so simple that you've got no excuses not to try it.

For full Recipe Details, go here.

Apple Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts
1 bag pre-washed spinach
1-2 granny smith apples, cored and sliced thinly
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup spiced caramelized nuts 

Chicken Pesto Panini
1 loaf Ciabatta bread, cut horizontally then in about 6 pieces
6 Tbsp prepared pesto
Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup (ish) Sun-dried tomatoes
1-2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat

A super busy and talented Foodie - Dinner with Julie is a place I often go to for fabulous food ideas and yummy photos!
For full Recipe Details, go here

Curried Grilled Cheese with Pear, Chutney and Brie
1-2 cup butter, room temperature
2 tsp mild curry powder
3 slices naan bread
4 tbsp mango chutney
6 oz Canadian Brie, thinly sliced while chilled
1 ripe pear skinned and thinly sliced

which recipe would you try?


  1. ummm I'd try every one, honest. The one that stands out for me though would be the Italian salad recipe, yum x

  2. Oh they all look delicious! I especially love the apple-spinach salad with spiced nuts.... kind of like an autumn twist on a summer salad.
    Love your blog : )

  3. Yummy...All looks so good..I have to try this Panzanella Salad:)
    Thanks so much for all the recipes..I am off to check out those links:)

  4. Those Chicken Pesto Paninis looks delicious!

  5. This is so lovely, thank you for sharing the deliciousness for my first day back from a long holiday weekend! That panini has my name on it :)

  6. Each and every one sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing because I've been needing some cooking inspiration lately :)

  7. These all look so delish! Yumm!

  8. "The great thing about these recipes is that they use fresh ingredients, are simple to make..."

    Yes -- this is the beauty of Southern Italy -- just let the ingredients sing! E.g.,



  9. i will definitely try the chicken pesto panini! yum! :D

    <3, Mimi

  10. omg, these look so tasty, thanks for the recipes!

    So excited :-)

  11. Yum these all look delicious. But I think the chicken pesto panini would be my choice right this minute.

  12. Yummy Ice Pops! Good idea! Summer is coming down here, totally gonna make this one in a hot summer day! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi Reese! Thanks for your lovely and comments! and also THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ME! :) I'm totally following you too, your blog has so much great idea!! :) especially cooking! THANKS!

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  15. lovely meal ideas.

    I just made a pear pizza with the pears we picked from our neighbours yard last week- but the brie pear- YUM!

  16. I agree with everyone else - all of them. The salad sounds amazing.

  17. These look fabulous! I really want to try them!

  18. This post just made me extremely starved for Popsicles! Great ideas :)

  19. Those berries are inspiring me to do something fabulous... yum!

  20. Wow, what a great blog! I think all these recipes are great! I would love to try them all!

    I love recipes that use fresh and natural ingredients! :)

  21. I tried the pesto panini recipe and it was delicious!! And I really want to try the yoghurt recipe, but berries are hard to come by here....go figure.

    Big hugs and love to you all! Thanks for all your comments and have a fantastic weekend!

  22. those ALL look soooo yummy. Thanks for stopping and commenting on my blog!

  23. YUM yum yum! I would try all of these. The curried brie/chutney with naan bread just looks divine!

  24. Those popsicles look so good! There is still a few weeks left of warmth here I think. I should try that before it's too late!

  25. Wow all I can say is that you are a great writer! Where can I contact you if I want to hire you?


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