Favorite Summer Recipes

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I went to the farmer’s market this morning on my way to work.  No strawberries.  Did I miss them?  I hope not because I was planning on making strawberry bruschetta this weekend.

Fresh strawberries in summer are so delicious.  Paired with goat cheese (I will order anything on a menu if it includes goat cheese) and spicy arugula and you have a great summer treat that will tempt even the kids.  The basil lemonade with vodka is pretty darn good too.  I searched out the lemonade recipe after discovering it a restaurant while visiting a friend in Minnesota a few summers back.  In my hunt, I ran across both of these in Better Homes and Garden.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Baguette, sliced
4-oz goat cheese
1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
½ cup arugula
Olive oil
Sea salt or kosher salt

Toast baguette slices under broiler about 1 minute per side, let cool.
Spread each baguette slice with goat cheese, then strawberries
Toss arugula in olive oil and season with salt
Warm under the broiler until cheese is softened, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Top each with arugula

Lemonade and basil scream summer. Put them together, toss in some vodka, and you have a grown-up lemonade!

Basil Lemonade
6 cups cold water
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 T. sugar
Juice from 1 lime
¼ cup packed basil leaves, torn
1 cup vodka (optional)
Lemon slices and basil leaves for garnish

Combine all ingredients (minus garnish) and serve over ice garnished with lemon slice and basil leaves.  [Note: Crystal Light is a good sugar free option to replace the lemonade concentrate and sugar.]


Submitted to Life as Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap and Tasty Tuesday and Eat At Home


  1. jilly says:

    I could go for a basil lemonade at the moment! I started an email to you Monday, added to it yesterday, still have not finished it. Maybe tomorrow? UGH!

  2. Jacky Hackett says:

    Overlooked the most important detail, discovering the lemonade when visiting you. Edited the post 🙂

  3. Mollie Nothnagel says:

    I made both of these for a small gathering of friends last summer. Scored a home run with each. Highly recommended! Thanks to Jacky for sharing.

  4. Jacky Hackett says:

    Glad you enjoyed them. Whipping up some lemonade now. Minus the vodka, until later.

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