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6.18.2016

Turkey Club Picnic Sandwiches

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These turkey club picnic sandwiches are the perfect savory lunch for a fun outing!

These turkey club picnic sandwiches are the perfect savory lunch for a fun outing!

Today is national picnic day! I bet you didn't even know that was a thing, did you? It's pretty awesome that there's a day set aside to celebrate one of my favorite summer activities - eating delicious food outside. I've teamed up with my Celebrating Food blogger friends to share our favorite picnic recipes today, and these turkey club picnic sandwiches are fantastic! Crusty sandwich rolls spread with homemade pesto mayo, then stuffed with turkey, provolone, bacon, avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Pretty much just the perfect sandwich!

These turkey club picnic sandwiches are the perfect savory lunch for a fun outing!

I know I'm not exactly reinventing the wheel here, but let me tell you - that pesto mayo takes these sandwiches from ordinary to awesome. Plus you know anything with bacon's going to be fantastic, right? I made these sandwiches the other day for lunch, and my husband took a bite and then said, "Wow, these are good." I agreed with him, and then he reiterated, "No, I mean these are GOOD. They might be your best sandwiches ever!" I can't help but agree. Make them for your next picnic, and you won't regret it!

These turkey club picnic sandwiches are the perfect savory lunch for a fun outing!
Turkey Club Picnic Sandwiches

4 crusty sandwich rolls
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh pesto
1 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
1/2 pound thinly sliced provolone
4 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and cooled
1 large ripe avocado
1 large ripe tomato
2 cups lettuce, roughly chopped

Slice the sandwich rolls in half lengthwise. Mix together the mayonnaise and pesto, and spread both side of each roll with the pesto mayo. Assemble each sandwich by layering turkey, provolone, bacon, avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
These turkey club picnic sandwiches are the perfect savory lunch for a fun outing!

For more delicious picnic recipes, check out some of these favorites from my blogging friends!

21 Perfect Picnic Recipes from your favorite food bloggers!

S'more Truffle pops from Ashlee Marie 
Macaroni Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Kara's Creations
Italian Orzo Pasta Salad from The Stay at Home Chef
Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad from Life Made Simple
Slow Cooker Savory Baked Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Real Mom Kitchen
BBQ Chicken Salad Wraps from Summer Scraps
Cheese and Sausage Kolache from Ashlee Marie
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Like Mother Like Daughter
Secret Ingredient Potato Salad from Kara's Creations
Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches from The Stay at Home Chef
Graham Cracker S'mores Bars from Life Made Simple
Wheat Berry Salad from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Ham and Havarti Sub Sandwiches from Real Mom Kitchen
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad from Summer Scraps
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad Wraps from The Baker Upstairs
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps from The Baker Upstairs
Basic Potato Salad from The Baker Upstairs
Strawberry Lemonade from The Baker Upstairs

6.17.2016

9 Fantastic Father's Day Menus

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20+ Father's Day meal ideas for your favorite guy!


Father's Day dinner and brunch idea that any guy will love!


So hey, gentle readers! It's Cort again from Little Red Hen and I've got a Father's Day roundup with recipes ready for all the guys you love. I like Father's Day because Father's Day means really good food. Growing up, my dad worked a lot.When he happened to be home on a Sunday, he always spent the evening experimenting in the kitchen, creating delicious and memorable dinners for our family. Consequently, our family spent a lot of time just hanging out in the kitchen. Now that we are all grown and married, we still congregate there!

Once my dad and mom put together a restaurant called MoDas for us, creating a menu which featured all our favorite foods in three courses. That is impressive considering there are four kids in our family! My parents blocked the entry to the kitchen with tablecloths so we couldn't guess what was going on, marked the entrance to the "restaurant" with block-letter signs drawn with red magic marker, and my dad was our waiter. Even though that was 25 years ago, I still remember the stuffed shells I "ordered." -sigh-

While my mom taught me how to bake, my dad taught me to experiment boldly and with confidence in the kitchen. Watching him toss things into the frying pan without a recipe taught me that sometimes it is fine to just eyeball ingredients and throw the recipes out the window... as long as you use lots of olive oil and garlic!

But, if you are a follow-the-recipe person, or need some Father's Day menu ideas, here you go! I've put together 9 menus based on different dad taste-buds. Fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, cousins, neighbors, friends, mentors- we've all been influenced by amazing men and what better way to celebrate them than with food, right!?!

Bake the bread. Share the slices.

Burger Dad
Carolina Style Burgers from Sugardish



Easy German Potato Salad from Yellow Bliss Road 


No Bake Strawberry Shortcake from Lil' Luna 



Brunch Dad
Liege Waffles from The Baker Upstairs


Million Dollar Bacon the Sweetest Occasion



Bacon-Lover Dad
Brown Sugar Baked Beans from the Chunky Chef


Monterey Chicken from the Baker Upstairs



Vegetarian Dad


Homemade Naan Bread from Clever Housewife


Toasted Coconut No Churn Ice Cream from Yellow Bliss Road



Meat and Potatoes Dad
Barbecue Pot Roast from The Gunny Sack


Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Steamy Kitchen




Brick Street Chocolate Cake from Through Her Looking Glass


Grill Master Dad
Best Grilled Chicken from Noble Pig


Grilled Vegetable Salad from Proud Italian Cook


Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Whipped Cream from Spicy Southern Kitchen



Tex-Mex Dad
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Tacos from The Spice Kit Recipes



Mexican Corn on the Cob from Pinch and Swirl


Honey Lime Berry Salad from Somewhat Simple



Deep Fried Dad
The Best Oven Fried Chicken from The Baker Upstairs


Boardwalk Fries from Tide and Thyme 


Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw from Lil' Luna


Churro Cupcakes from The Baker Upstairs

6.10.2016

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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This chocolate zucchini cake is so rich and delicious, you would never guess there is over two cups of zucchini inside. The perfect way to use up all that summer zucchini!

This chocolate zucchini cake is so rich and delicious, you would never guess there is over two cups of zucchini inside. The perfect way to use up all that summer zucchini!

Oh, boy, this cake. You wouldn't think that chocolate zucchini cake could be life-changingly good, but here we are. I know I say a lot of cakes are my favorite, but I think this one might actually be my favorite. I like chocolate cake, but it has to satisfy a lot of requirements... it has to be rich (but not so rich that I can't make it through a piece), it has to be moist but not soggy, it has to hold together well and not crumble. This chocolate zucchini cake passes all my requirements with flying colors! I'm prepared to say that it is the best chocolate cake I make, better than the cakes that use butter and aren't full of vegetables. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true! If you didn't know, you honestly would never guess that this cake has zucchini in it. There's no zucchini taste, and no change to the texture, except that the cake is extra tender and moist because of it. This really is chocolate cake perfection!

This chocolate zucchini cake is so rich and delicious, you would never guess there is over two cups of zucchini inside. The perfect way to use up all that summer zucchini!
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 heaping cups peeled, shredded zucchini
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray. In a large bowl whisk together oil, sugar, vanilla, egg, and milk. Fold in zucchini. In a small bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan, and bake 25-28 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool completely before frosting.

To frost, I used the chocolate frosting from this recipe, which went great with the cake!

adapted from Lulu the Baker
This chocolate zucchini cake is so rich and delicious, you would never guess there is over two cups of zucchini inside. The perfect way to use up all that summer zucchini!
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