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  • While a basic sugar cookie is a treat, it doesn’t hurt to put a twist on that classic to turn it into something a little more special. In this case, the Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream from Heather’s Dish have a couple of twists that add a lot of flavor to them. The cookies are sweet and nutty, with a rich browned butter flavor to them. They’re sandwiched together with a bit of lemon-spiked buttercream frosting that is a bright flavor contrast for the rich tasting cookies.
  • As good as peaches are on their own, they’re a great fruit for grilling during the summer. You really only need a bit of ice cream to take a grilled peach over the top, but you can also incorporate them into another dessert, like the Grilled Peach and Vanilla Cake Trifle that Evil Shenanigans put together. The trifles have layers of vanilla-cardamom cake, grilled peaches and whipped cream sweetened with golden syrup. You can use other kinds of cake (even store/bakery bought if you’re looking for a shortcut), too, but when these are assembled they’re pretty close to getting summer in a glass.
  • Artichokes are another wonderful summertime ingredient and Circle B Kitchen‘s Artichoke Bread Pudding is a great way to enjoy these seasonal vegetables. The savory, souffle-like dish is packed with fontina, romano and asiago cheeses, fresh herbs, garlic, and plenty of artichoke hearts. It makes a great side dish, but is hearty enough to act as a vegetarian main dish. It is also one of those dishes that is easier to make than it looks, so you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
  • Vanilla Garlic put a twist on some classic biscuits to make a batch of Blue Cheese Scallion Biscuits to celebrate a blogging milestone (happy b-day Vanilla Garlic!). You definitely don’t need an occasion to have an excuse to whip up these biscuits, though. The buttery biscuits are flavorful and packed with blue cheese and freshly chopped scallions. Make them for a snack, a side or a birthday – because even if you don’t need an excuse to make these, it doesn’t hurt to have one.
  • Strawberry ice cream is one of the most popular ice cream flavors available. Homesick Texan put a little kick into her version of this popular flavor, creating Strawberry Ice Cream with Guajillo Chile and Lime. The ice cream isn’t spicy, but it has just enough spicy chili and zesty lime to really lift up the strawberry flavors, making the ice cream both more refreshing and even more strawberry flavored than it might be without them. The spicy elements will also make the ice cream seem a bit more cooling, making it even more refreshing on a hot day.

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  • Martha in KS
    June 1, 2011

    Nicole, I love this part of your blog – where you lead us to other yummy blogs. Thanks for never leading us astray.

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