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Happy Tuesday everyone!!  I hope you’re all starting this week off great.  Tickle My Tastebuds 68 is live!! I wait for this day every week because I love seeing what you share. Recipes just keep getting better & better. I’m amazed it’s September 1st. Where has the time gone?

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Tropical Bowtie Pasta Salad

Tropical Pasta Salad. Little bit sweet, little bit tangy, a whole lot of good. www.lorisculinarycreations.com

The last several days I’ve really felt fall in the air. Our temps are still in the upper 80’s and 90’s but there was something… It just “fallish” to me. I even got the email that our community pool was closing next Monday. I’m so not ready for summer to be over so I’m packing as much summer in as I can before the leaves start changing. This tropical pasta salad is just one way for me to keep summer around a bit longer.

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I received this product in exchange for an honest and objective review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I only review products that I feel will benefit my family and my readers.

 

ekSel Grill Mats - Making grilling easier and problem free  #ekSelGrillMats

I recently  had the opportunity to review ekSel BBQ Huge Grill and Baking Mats. These are mats you lay down on the grill right over the fire and cook your food on top of the mat. This is pretty awesome since grilling salmon usually leads to some falling through the grates. Did it do it’s job? Read on for more.

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Happy Tuesday everyone!!  I hope you’re all starting this week off great.  Tickle My Tastebuds 66 is live!! I wait for this day every week because I love seeing what you share. Recipes just keep getting better & better. I’m amazed that it’s almost September.  But what does that mean? FOOTBALL! This week, my features are all about game day food.

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Ranch Orzo Salad with Corn. Great summertime  salad for your barbecues or parties. www.lorisculinarycreations.com

This morning I had a rude awakening when I looked a the calendar and it said August 24th.  Serious? Is summer coming to a close? I’m so not ready for this. I feel like we just planted our garden! Wow. Even though fall is just around the corner, this ranch orzo salad will make summer last just a little longer.

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Creamy Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Ranch Dressing. Similar to Cafe Rio and absolutely delish!!

Ever get a hankerin’ for some Cafe Rio? I do and their salads are some of the best around. When I go, I usually get a salad with steak or chicken and top it off with some of their delicious creamy cilantro dressing. After scouring the internet for a recipe, I couldn’t find anything that came close. So I pulled a bit of many recipes together to make this yummy Cafe Rio copycat dressing.

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Mocha Latte Ice Cream with Cashews #CIC

Mocha Latte Ice Cream with Cashews. This contains everything I love; coffee, dark chocolate and cashews.. www.lorisculinarycreations.com  #CIC

Welcome everybody to the August edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! I just love this challenge every month.  The challenge is to create a recipe with two unique ingredients that are not traditionally found in the same recipe. And I was so very excited to get the two ingredients this month. Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, we are a group that likes to think outside the cookbook and create some fun recipes each month. Want to know what the August challenge is? I hope you’re as excited as I am…. It’s coffee & cashews!  Woot, woot!

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Tyson Cornish Hens and Kikkoman Orange Sauce make a great pair for an easy weeknight date with the hubby

We are smack dab in the middle of grilling season and I can tell you this is my favorite season of the year! Hubby always grills but on this occasion, I wanted to do the grilling and give him a relaxing date night. We live outside during the warm summer months and our grill gets quite a workout, even on the busiest of weekdays. I’m always looking for a new adventure on the grill and Tyson® Cornish Hens are the adventure we were looking for. Add a marinade made with Kikkoman® Orange Sauce and you have a winner winner chicken dinner.

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Some of you have asked about food in various locales when traveling. Today I have the pleasure of giving you some information about dining in the fine city of Chicago. Enjoy!

Exploring the Culinary Legacy of Chicago on a Budget

Chicago might be known as the Second City but it takes a back seat to no one when it comes to the quality of its restaurants. Tourists flock to Chicago hotels every year for vacations that are often centered on culinary exploration. Eating affordably in Chicago is about more than just getting a hot dog from a vendor on the street. Here is a look at a few ways that you can dine deliciously in Chicago without breaking your budget during your vacation:

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Happy Tuesday everyone!!  I hope you’re all starting this week off great.  Tickle My Tastebuds 66 is live!! I wait for this day every week because I love seeing what you share. Recipes just keep getting better & better.

Are your kids back in school yet? I know some schools have started in our area and relaxing evenings have shifted to school sports and homework. Our grandkids are back in school in Arizona and New Mexico and we can’t wait to hear all about it.

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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