Pretty. Easy. Watermelon Salad

Watermelon, Feta, Mint, and Pistachio Salad |

Here’s the thing: it’s comes around each and every summer yet we wait for it with such anticipation, you’d think it’s never happened before. I’m talking about that window of time when watermelon is any and everywhere. Once upon a time we all ate it just as is — huge half moons, ideally ice cold, and preferably at a cookout after a few too many burgers and cobbed corn. But, these days? Well, it’s hard to imagine summer without feta watermelon salad.
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Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Hot Hot Heat

Favorite Pins – Hot Hot Heat – Mai Tai Cocktail // #pairswellwithfood

Someone please, please throw a bucket of water on us. We’re melting.

The sudden heatwave this last week has got us fired up in a big way. We did everything we could to fight it, but mostly these efforts were thwarted by a kind of confused haze. As in, why did we think we could walk a mile out of our way on a time crunch in 95˚-and-sunny temps? Why did we not line the freezer with popsicles beforehand? Why did we even attempt to blow dry our hair today?

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Chile Basil Coconut Ceviche

Basil Chile Coconut Ceviche Recipe |

You know that deep sea fishing trip where you caught that mahi then headed to the local restaurant where they made that epic ceviche? It just may be your favorite memory from your last trip to Mexico. But recreating that and dealing with raw fish, juicing tons of citrus, seeding hot chiles at home? Well, it can scary pretty quickly. But that doesn’t have to be the case. 

This Chile Basil Coconut Ceviche recipe requires only a little bit of patience and that you keep super clean in the kitchen (but you’re already do that now, don’t you). Oh, and this ceviche isn’t quite like that one from Mexico — instead of the tomato-lime juice combo you’re used to, we’re turning it on its head with the help of coconut milk and mango. It gives ceviche a Caribbean slant and makes for a keeper of a recipe.

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Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Pool Party

Favorite Pins – Pool Party – Floating in the pool // #pairswellwithfood

We’ve recently formed a summer hypothesis that boils down to this: the hotter and hotter it gets, the less and less effort we want to exert.

Goodness knows we love a good beach day, but that requires effort what with the travel, the sand, the snacks and drinks. When it comes to the most weekend fun for the least effort? Nothing beats the no-effort bliss of a backyard pool. Lately a little pool envy has been creeping up on us, so we’re throwing a pool party for ourselves, Pinterest-style.

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Slow-Roasted Tomato and Cilantro-Cashew Picnic Sandwich

Slow-Roasted Tomato and Cilantro-Cashew Picnic Sandwich |

I’m a romantic at heart so I have these swoon-worthy visions of summertime picnics. At the seaside, at sunset, or at a music performance, there’s something about the perfect picnic that just makes my culinary heart pitter patter. And, yes, the vision of my perfect picnic has cold lemonade, a more adult sipper, and a great salad, but it’s pretty much incomplete unless there’s a sandwich like this  Slow-Roasted Tomato and Cilantro-Cashew Picnic Sandwich.

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Our Five Favorite Pins of the Week // Ice Cream Sunday

Favorite Pins – Ice cream Sunday - jeni's ice cream // #pairswellwithfood

You know what can make these summer days a little cooler, and a little sweeter? Ice cream. Because ice cream is always a good idea.

Other good ideas? Keeping a healthy stock of options in the freezer at all times, and a well-maintained Pinterest board for when cravings (and inspiration) start to spike along with the temps. There’s nothing like a frozen cone when you need one! These days, that’s becoming a near-daily occurrence.

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Reverse Engineering The Perfect Roasted Tomato Salsa

Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe | | #pairswellwithfood

We did it — we cracked the code. True it was years ago but I still do a little victory dance everytime I think about it. Back when I moved to San Francisco and in the very first days of my life as a recipe tester, my then-boss was obsessed with figuring out how to make the Roasted Tomato Salsa from his favorite taqueria, Papalote.

We bought batch after batch after batch and, through trying to replicate it, I learned the ins and outs of timing, weighing, and all the other nitpicky stuff that makes up test kitchen life. It took countless batches, taste tests, and lots of chip dipping, but we cracked the code on a homemade version of our favorite Roasted Tomato Salsa.

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Marinated Zucchini Chicken Salad with Marcona Almonds

Marinated Zucchini Chicken Salad Recipe |

Can we talk about these so-called dog days? Does anyone know when they’re supposed to start? Or end? I always had August pegged as the dog days month — but, let’s be real, that’s solely based on the fact that Dog Day Afternoon takes place in August.

What I do know is that the dog days are here in Hollywood and have arrived with a vengeance. And that means we’re starting in on that time when two summertime truths emerge: a) it’s too hot to really cook and b) you somehow find yourself with have a bushel of zucchini to get through. Since I liken myself a problem solver, I thought I’d kill two culinary birds with one stone with this Marinated Zucchini Chicken Salad.

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