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July is almost over but that doesn’t mean these recipes need to be lost forever! Save these for next month.

Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Raspberry Nutella Pop-Tart Cookies

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BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

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BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Brown Butter & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Not to worry, these recipes are good any month out of the year. Have a great weekend everyone! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

Everyone has their own tricks and tips for cooking pasta perfectly. I’m sure you’ve been guilty of doing these things once or twice ( I know I have ) but I’m here to disspell the myths and stop you from throwing pasta at your wall.

1. Myth: Throw a piece of pasta against the wall. If it sticks, it’s perfectly cooked.

Truth: Both undercooked and overcooked pasta can stick to the wall, and stickiness has nothing to do with tenderness. Pasta is naturally starchy and is coated in a thin layer that acts like glue. Instead, taste your pasta periodically during the cooking process to make sure your pasta is perfectly al dente.

2. Myth: Adding salt to water makes it boil faster.

Truth: Adding salt to water will actually do the opposite and increase the boiling point. Salt is used to season the pasta, not speed things up.

3. Myth: Rinsing pasta under cold water after cooking will prevent it from getting mushy.

Truth: Unless you want to quickly cool pasta for a salad, rinsing should be avoided. Rinsing removes all of the pasta’s starchy goodness and changes its silky texture.

4. Myth: Adding olive oil to the water will prevent your pasta from sticking to itself.

Truth: Adding oil to your water is a waste and will not prevent sticking. He recommends simply giving it a good stir instead.

5. Myth: Drain your pasta until it’s completely dry to prevent watering down your sauce.

Truth: A bit of cooking water won’t water down the sauce. The starchy liquid actually binds sauces and creates a smoother texture.

6. Myth: Pasta should only be cooked in salted water.

Truth: While cooking pasta in salted water is the most common method, pasta can be cooked in a variety of liquids to change its flavor and color.

So now that we’ve uncovered some of the answers about pasta, LET’S EAT!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Because it’s too hot to turn on the stove.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad w/Chicken

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Cucumber, Watermelon, & Feta Salad 

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Strawberry Mango Salad

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Chopped Summer Salad with Spicy Ranch

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Have a great weekend everyone, stay cool!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Step away from the coleslaw and try out one of these tasty and easy recipes for your next cookout.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

Jalapeno Peppers

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blistered Tomato Pasta Salad

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

Roasted Potatoes

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

White Queso

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GET THE RECIPE HERE

What’s your favorite side dish at a BBQ? Comment below!

Have a Great Weekend. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Hello fellow bloggers and readers! Sorry for my absence. The last couple of weeks have been hectic with the holiday and long weekend that I can’t believe we’re already in double digits for July! So without further or due, here’s what you should be cooking this hot, summer month to stay cool!

 

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Avocado Egg Salad

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowls

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Mason Jar Fruit Crisps

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Grilled Steak Tacos

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Greek Turkey & Rice Skillet

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Potato Salad

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

S’mores Bars

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Sour Cherry Crumb Pie

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

So many delicious things are in season. What are you most excited to try? Leave a comment below!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

What better way to gear up for the long weekend than by celebrating America’s independence with these red, white, and blue desserts!

Firecracker Cake

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RECIPE HERE!!

Summer Berry Icebox Cake

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RECIPE HERE!!

Red, White, & Blue Brownie Pizza

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RECIPE HERE!!

American Flag Sugar Cookies

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RECIPE HERE!!

Red, White, & Blueberry Cocktail

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RECIPE HERE!!

Jello Pudding Pops

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RECIPE HERE!!

What are your plans for this 4th of July? Leave your response below!

Have a safe and fun filled weekend~ Your Realtor and Friend for Life, Kathy!

Hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it’s too hot to crank up the oven? Take a look at these recipes you can make in your microwave without breaking a sweat!

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

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RECIPE HERE!!

Cheddar and Bacon Muffin

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RECIPE HERE!!

Blueberry Quinoa Flaky Muffins

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RECIPE HERE!!

Cheese and Broccoli Rice

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RECIPE HERE!!

Pizza

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RECIPE HERE!!

Spinach Ricotta Lasagna

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RECIPE HERE!!

Who said you couldn’t make anything yummy in your microwave!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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