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Bartlett Pear and Maytag Bleu Crostini: Use It Up App

Have those pears from last week’s box still sitting pretty in your fruit bowl?  I did too so I made this handy little appetizer with them and they vanished in no time.  Four ingredients and no dishes to clean except for a few crumbs on a cookie sheet -- yes, please!

Grilled Lamb Gyros with Cava Mezze Tzatziki

Football food is here (even if you don't care about the sport, I can assure you, you will at least like the hearty fare that comes with it).  

Heirloom Tomato & Peach Caprese Salad

What a combo! two of summer's best: heirlooms and succulent peaches.  I have a feeling this is going to become my go-to summer salad dish.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Garlic Marinated Chicken Kabobs with Summer Veggies

If you ask me, between kabobs, soup, and lasagna, you never need to throw away any vegetable in your fridge.  These are the penultimate vehicles for using things up.  Literally, throw just about anything into each of these and it just enhances the taste.  For this version, I just decided to do a basic summer veggie medley and some honest-to-goodness delicious marinated chicken.  

Hog Wild Hop Pickle Dip

Sometimes, it’s so good to be bad! Last night, in between wasting time on Facebook, People.com, and Dlisted, I stumbled upon something intriguing on Pinterest: Pickle Dip.  I thought about it all night.  I had dreams about it. And today, around lunchtime, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to try my hand at this dip with my Brooklyn Brine Hop Pickles.

Swiss Chard Gratin with Baby Bellas & Summer Squash

Even the non-veggie lover will have to admit this creamy, cheesy casserole is delicious.  Isn't it amazing the power a little parmesan can have?!  This gratin isn't the most beautiful side dishes, but it sure is tasty. 

Citralicious Ice Pops

As we usher in the dog days of summer give this homemade ice pop recipe a whirl!  Fresh brewed Citralicious tea from serendipiTea and orange juice lend a certain sophistication to these cold treats.  

Yacht Club Chicken Salad

One of my favorite chicken salad recipes with grapes, apples, and pecans.  I stole this from a version the Erie Yacht Club served back in the early 90s.  Ah, memories!

Tomato Pie with Chia Seeds and Yogurt

A summer classic with a healthy twist: the savory and delicious tomato pie.  A slice of heaven with a serving of Omega 3 and probiotics. 

Garden Vegetable Potato Salad

This week's use-it-up recipe was born out of necessity and is a great use-it-up for your summer veggies.  Plus, it's a great mayo-free potato salad!