Baked Seasoned Fries

Crispy homemade fries – baked, not fried! – tossed in a delicious spicy seasoning mix. The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more.

Delicious homemade fries - baked, not fried! - tossed in a spicy seasoning blend! The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more. | LoveGrowsWild.com

We’ve done delicious oven-baked steak fries here on the blog, but now comes part 2: SEASONED fries.

Every bit as crispy and addictive as our regular fries, but with a smoky, spicy, super flavorful twist!

The first step to really good homemade fries is soaking the potatoes in water first. I have a good set of photos and explanation in the original post, so I won’t go into a ton of detail again, but basically soaking the fries before baking removes some of the starch, which allows the outside to get nice and crispy while the inside stays soft and tender. Just drain and pat them dry really well before adding the seasoning!

Delicious homemade fries - baked, not fried! - tossed in a spicy seasoning blend! The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more. | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Zucchini Bread

The perfect zucchini bread… moist, sweet, buttery, tender, and absolutely delicious. I’m using the base recipe of our ever-so-popular pumpkin bread and turning it into everyone’s summertime favorite… zucchini bread!

This Zucchini Bread recipe is perfection! Moist, sweet, and so delicious! | LoveGrowsWild.com


If you’re one of those awesome people who grow a big, bountiful garden every year, first of all, I’m super jealous of you! How do you keep up with it?? Today’s recipe is perfect for utilizing all those beautiful zucchini plants you’ve been tending to all summer long, and there’s nothing better than baking something delicious with the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown in your own backyard.

For those of you like me who are TOTAL slackers in the gardening department, no worries… the grocery stores are brimming with zucchini right now, so you can make this recipe too!

Last fall, I shared my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and it went crazy on Pinterest. Like majorly CRAZY. It’s now one of the most-viewed recipes on my blog (depending on the season), and I can’t say that I’m surprised. It’s simple… it’s classic… it bakes perfectly every time… and it’s so stinkin’ delicious! I couldn’t let this summer go by without adding a new recipe to the sweet bread collection, so today I present you with my all-time favorite zucchini bread.

This recipe is a little different from others you might have tried, but trust me, it will become your favorite too. This particular sweet bread recipe uses butter (not oil), so it has a rich, buttery flavor that completely sets it apart from others. My past attempts at zucchini bread turned out dense and heavy, but thanks to a suggestion from my sister’s beau, I found the fix for that: after grating the zucchini, gather it in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze it over a sink to remove all the excess moisture. Seriously, don’t skip this step! The bread’s texture turns out soft and fluffy, the cinnamon and nutmeg are right on point, and a handful of walnuts add the perfect crunchy bite into each slice. If you’re allergic or just not a nut fan, you can of course leave them out entirely. I love ’em though!

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Strawberry Crisp

Warm, delicious strawberry crisp with a crunchy, buttery topping and sweet, tender berries…

This crisp is SO much easier than fussing with pie crust and tastes amazing with a scoop or two of ice cream!

Delicious strawberry crisp made with fresh berries and a crunchy topping of oats and pecans. Serve warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Today’s recipe is a real treat, my friends. Sweet seasonal fruit baked until soft and tender… the juices thick and bubbling over the sides of the dish… with a crunchy, buttery topping of chewy oats, nutty pecans, and warm, spicy cinnamon… drool!

I knew I wanted to make some kind of fruit-filled pie or tart or crisp for you this summer and debated which route to go. Do I want to mess around making fussy pie crust all day or do I want to dump some fruit into a dish, pile on a quick and easy topping, and be licking my dessert plate clean as soon as possible? Hmm… looks like the crisp won this round, guys!

Delicious strawberry crisp made with fresh berries and a crunchy topping of oats and pecans. Serve warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! | LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]

Wine Slush

This wine slush is the perfect sip on a hot summer day!  Just blend wine and fruit together and freeze into ice cubes, then enjoy a grown-up slushie whenever the mood strikes.

This wine slush is the perfect sip on a hot summer day!  Just blend wine and fruit together and freeze into ice cubes, then enjoy a grown-up slushie whenever the mood strikes. | LoveGrowsWild.com



Summer, sunshine, and boozy slushies. Does it get any better than this?

Now that the heat of summer is in full force, it’s decision time… do I hide in the air conditioning for the next few months or do I brave the rising temperatures to enjoy a little summer fun?

My answer: grab a wine slush and your sunglasses and hit the pool!

The idea for this recipe actually came from a little vineyard back in Illinois where we used to live called Sleepy Creek. In the winter, they would make amazing warm mulled wine, and in the summer they served wine slushies. OMG… so good. I always thought about recreating the idea, so over the holiday weekend I did a little experimenting, and it turned out to be an awesome success! The recipe (if you can even call it a “recipe”) is so simple to make, and you can easily customize it to your own tastebuds. It’s just a little wine, (okay… a whole bottle) and a little fruit blended together and frozen. But instead of freezing the whole mixture together, I pour it into ice cube trays to make wine slushie ice cubes! [Read more…]

Perfect Pasta Salad

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese… great for a potluck or a light meal!

The perfect pasta salad recipe! Tender noodles tossed in a zesty Italian dressing with vegetables, meat, and cheese... great for a potluck or a light meal! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Okay, guys… let’s bring on the summer recipes! I’m so ready for steak kabobs on the grill, glorious slices of apple pie, my famous orange-lemon shake-ups, and this perfect pasta salad. Summertime is AWESOME when it comes to good food. It seems like anytime there’s a potluck or a backyard barbecue, this is my go-to side dish to bring. It serves a ton of people, needs just a few simple ingredients, and seems to be something that everyone loves.

The foundation of this recipe is spiral noodles and Italian dressing. Super easy, right? I’ve tried a few different dressing variations over the years, but this is the one I always come back to: 2 cups of Italian dressing (I just grab a bottle from the store) and 1 packet of Italian dressing seasoning mix (found right next to the salad dressings). Adding in the seasoning packet gives an extra kick of zesty flavor that makes this pasta salad really stand out from the others.

Everyone has their own pasta salad preference, but here’s what I like in mine: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, colby jack cheese and salami (or summer sausage). If you like black olives, go ahead and throw those in there too, but we usually leave them out. I cut all my pasta salad add-ins into nice, big chunks so it’s easy to for picky eaters to eat around anything they don’t like… Wyatt always leaves a pile of tomatoes in his bowl, and Jeremy steers clear of the cucumbers. I personally devour every last bite of mine! [Read more…]

Mushroom Swiss Burger

Meaty mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms… juicy, flavorful, and great for stretching a dollar!

Juicy, meaty, mushroom burgers topped with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms - get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

So today is all about burgers, which I think is the perfect way to kick off summer! Summertime in our house tends to get a little crazy with the boys out of school and Jeremy and I both working from home, but then…

… I decided it was time to dive into our master bedroom renovation! We have big plans for this long-awaited makeover, and this week has been full of sawdust, paint cans, and power tools. Our house is a hot mess, the laundry is once again piled up, and we’re stuck sleeping on couches until it’s all done, so I sincerely apologize for it being a little quiet on the blog this week! I have lots of fun posts coming up for the next few weeks though, so hopefully I’ll be able to get all this behind-the-scenes work done and keep new content on the blog for you guys! P.S. I’m sharing sneak peek photos on Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

Okay, so now that I’ve filled you in on life here at the Fourez Farm, let’s talk burgers!

This burger recipe came about for two main reasons: #1 I looooove mushrooms and #2 I’m trying to drop a few pesky pounds. See, not only does this recipe have buttery sautéed mushrooms on TOP of the burger, but I snuck a whole bunch of them INSIDE the burger too! [Read more…]

Strawberry Peach Salad

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. This recipe (plus a fun salad-inspired giveaway) has been sponsored by Kuhn Rikon.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Guys… I’m obsessed with this salad. Like, I’ve actually eaten salad for lunch almost four times this week, obsessed. Normally I’m a side salad kind of girl… eating bunny food as a main dish doesn’t usually satisfy my carnivorous taste buds, so it usually just ends up as little greenery on the side of my plate. But THIS salad is anything BUT a boring side salad.

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s filled with the best flavors of summer… fresh, sweet, juicy, ripe peaches and strawberries, plus cool cucumber, creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and a honey balsamic dressing that will knock your socks off. So much flavor, so much texture… basically it’s a summertime party in your mouth! Oh yes, I just described salad as a party in your mouth. That’s just how GOOD this salad is!

This recipe is perfect while peaches and strawberries are in season, but feel free to sub in other fruits too… blueberries, watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe… they would all be great options! I’m normally not a huge fan of balsamic dressings, but this one has just the right amount of sweetness to curb the flavor of the vinegar, and it’s super easy to make. Just 3 ingredients (plus a little salt and pepper)! You can reduce this recipe to just make a salad for yourself for lunch or make the full recipe to serve guests at a dinner party, but either way, promise me you’ll try this awesome strawberry peach salad this summer!

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing. | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Strawberry Peach Salad
 
Try this fruity Strawberry Peach Salad for a fresh, fast, and healthy meal any time of day! Fresh greens topped with juicy peaches, ripe strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and a yummy honey balsamic dressing.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • Dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place greens in a large bowl and top with peaches, strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, and almonds. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl (or shake them in a mason jar) and pour over the salad when ready to serve.

– adapted from Comfort of Cooking


Did you notice that gorgeous cutting board and knife while I was chopping up my produce? Kuhn Rikon was kind enough to send me some supplies to help with my summer-inspired salad… a salad spinner, box mandoline and grater, peeler, cutting board, and several of their knives… all very high-quality and perfect for easy kitchen prep!

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