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It’s Tuesday and you know what that means……. Tickle My Tastebuds 59 is live!!  Are you looking forward to the 4th of July holiday? Any fun plans in the works?  We have a three day weekend and a party to attend, but otherwise it will be rather quiet.

I want to thank you all for stopping by each week to share your tasty recipes.  I appreciate all of you and the recipes you share. You’re all truly an amazing bunch of talented chefs. I love reading through the recipes you share each week and I get so much inspiration from you all. Thank you!

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4th of July Citrus Martini #holidaycocktail

Perfect 4th of July cocktail. Light and refreshing. www.lorisculinarycreations.com  #holidaycocktail

I went to a martini party a couple of weeks back and what fun that was! Hubby is not much of a martini lover and actually rarely drinks alcohol. This party was more for creative martini mixing and tasting.  Some of the samples included The Dirty Girl Scout, Sweet Tart, Pomegrantini, Orange Cremsicle, Meloncholy Baby and more.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it was trying different drinks and it inspired me to create a Citrus Martini for the fourth of July.

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Tortellini Salad with Tomatoes, Spinach & Corn. This will be your go-to side dish for summer cookouts and parties. www.lorisculinarycreations.com

This past Sunday, Father’s Day, my nephew threw a barbecue at his house. His dad (my brother) was the guest of honor and my other nephew grilled up some delicious burgers and brats for all of us.  I volunteered to make a side dish and a salad sounded good. But a tossed salad? Nah, I wanted something more substantial. I keep bags of frozen tortellini in my freezer for those nights I just want to whip up something quick when I’ve been running around at work all day. I thought a tortellini salad would be good since I see them in the grocery store deli case frequently. But, I wanted color and freshness to go with it.  Adding lots of fresh veggies made this tortellini salad the hit of the party.

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Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday #58 featuring YUM!

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means……. Tickle My Tastebuds 58 is live!!  I want to thank you all for stopping by each week to share your tasty recipes.  I appreciate all of you and the recipes you share. You’re all truly an amazing bunch of talented chefs. I love reading through the recipes you share each week and I get so much inspiration from you all. Thank you!

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Steaks with Pineapple Rosemary Topping. Sweet & savory with caramelized onions and brown sugar. www.lorisculinarycreations.com

Welcome everybody to the June edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge!  What is the Crazy Ingredient Challenge? The challenge is to create a recipe with two unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together. We’ve had some fun combinations in the past and I just love seeing what the ingredients turn out to be.  Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. Want to know what June’s challenge is? Well, hold on to your hats…. It’s pineapple and rosemary!!!

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Slow Cooker Tangy Onion Ribs

Tangy Onion Pork Ribs slow cooked to perfect tenderness.  www.lorisculinarycreations.com

Don’t you just love your slow cooker? I use it often in the winter for soups and comfort food. During the summer months, I use it a lot to keep the kitchen cool in the 90+ temps.  After a day in the yard/garden, the tangy onion ribs my slow cooker put out was just what the doctor ordered.

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Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday #57

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means……. Tickle My Tastebuds 57 is live!!  I want to thank you all for stopping by each week to share your tasty recipes.  I appreciate all of you and the recipes you share. You’re all truly an amazing bunch of talented chefs. I love reading through the recipes you share each week and I get so much inspiration from you all. Thank you!

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Fried Pickle Spears with Red Hot Sauce

Fried Pickle Spears. Simple to make for an appetizer with a nice dill flavor.

I’ve been thinking a lot about summer barbecues, cookouts and picnics lately. With nicer weather I just find myself wanting to get outdoors. When I was a kid (a loooonnnggg time ago), my sister and I would just hate being inside. We wanted to ride bikes, feel the wind hitting our faces and play with the neighbor kids. Now that I’m an adult, I find every reason to be outside in the sun. This includes having friends over and entertaining. This snack works great for a casual party and who doesn’t love fried pickle spears? [click to continue…]

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QuickLids Silicone Suction Lids #quickkitchen

Don’t you just hate it when you need to cover a bowl of food and you go to tear off the plastic wrap… then… it bunches up, you can’t peel it apart and you’re ready to chuck it in the trash? Yep, how many times has that happened to us all?  I’m usually looking for a better solution and that solution dropped into my lap when I had the opportunity to review the QuickLids Silicone Suction Lids. These are perfect and fit my favorite glass bowls perfectly.

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It’s Tuesday and you know what that means……. Tickle My Tastebuds 56 is live!!  I want to thank you all for stopping by each week to share your tasty recipes.  I appreciate all of you and the recipes you share. You’re all truly an amazing bunch of talented chefs. Has the weather improved where you are? It has here even with the spring time thunderstorms. This week, I’m looking for new grilling/cookout ideas. Check out the features below. They are drool-worthy.

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