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Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing | foodiecrush.com

Who is ready for summer? Who is ready for summer fun? And summer trips? And who wants to go on trip with me and a few other bloggers to see where the food on our tables actually comes from?

I’ll fill you in on that opportunity right after this potato salad fills you up.

Memorial Day conjures up a serious craving for barbeques and deck time. Which translates to grilling and potato salad for most any red-blooded American. And even a few border straddling Canadians. It’s the start of summer so let’s ring it in right.

This recipe is an adaptation of one my sister in law makes for nearly every BBQ feast at their house. While Chad is busy pulling his smoked salmon or ribs out of the smoker, Audrey has usually whipped up a simple, roasted potato salad that is supremely delish.

G Dawg and I were craving something similar last weekend when we had a few friends over for eats and sips. With a few errant strips of bacon languishing in the fridge, he got all inspired to create a riff on Audrey’s recipe, sans the mayo. Why no mayo? Probably because we’re a house divided on mayo/Miracle Whip preference and he didn’t want me giving my two cents on what tastes better. However I did lend my opinion on his recipe documentation skills as he scribbled his notations on a napkin. He’s a mad scientist in the kitchen with no time to dawdle around looking for paper.

Napkin notations or not, his potato creation was spot on: Create a hot bacon dressing to be soaked up by crispy, roasted, bacon spruced potatoes. Inspired it was, leftovers it was not. These babies went fast and hard and happily so.

Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing | foodiecrush.com

Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing | foodiecrush.com

Roasted Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing | foodiecrush.com

To ring in barbeque and picnic season, I’m going to be featuring several of my favorite potato salads perfect for every occasion from canyon cookouts to luncheon main dishes. There’s so many options you’ll be potato-sized in no time, especially after you pack your bags if you win this hands on giveaway.

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Roasted Garlic and Pickled Jalapeño Guacamole | foodiecrush.com-016

How many times have you heard it? You know the phrase, the not-so-very-much-original one we all say because it’s just so perfectly descriptive.

You know it. Come on, say it with me. Think it. Live it: “Hoooooooly Guacamole.”

Okay it’s a little trite, but so true. Guacamole is the ultimate dipper, topper, finger licker. Cinco de Mayo by now is in the holiday back seat but with summer’s festivities on the bright lights horizon, there’s so many more reasons to kick back and “dip-toe through the tortilla chips.” Okay, that was a stretch but let’s just roll with it.

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photo via Garlic Girl’s Instagram

My recipe for Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole is a riff on a recipe created at this spring’s Big Traveling Potluck by Jodi of Garlic Girl, Des of Life’s Ambrosia and Melba of Out a Thyme, the ladies who stole the show and won the Best Tasting Recipe award at the Guacamole Challenge we all competed in. It was a friendly competition. That said, there may have been some tears shed when the winner was announced and my team didn’t win.

We were CONVINCED we were shoe-ins with mango and bacon in our version of guacamole. We were wrong. read more →

Suuuuummmertime, and the livin’s easy. Well, almost. Regardless, I’m ready to put some summertime gas in our tanks to get us started and on our way to sun, fun and general summer goodness.

Sign me up. And sign yourself up too and you could win one of these sizzlin’ giveaways.

Summer Favorite Things Blog Hop & GiveawayTo celebrate the almost arrival of summer, I’ve teamed up with 19 other bloggers to share some of our favorite things with our readers. We each chose a few favorite things, each item is under $50, to give away to our readers. Every blogger’s giveaway is different so make sure you hop around to see what awesome stuff you can win.

1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke | 2. No Biggie | 3. Tatertots and Jello | 4. The Idea Room | 5. TidyMom | 6. Dine & Dish | 7. Skip to My Lou | 8. House of Smiths | 9. I Heart Faces | 10. Nest of Posies | 11. The Inspired Room | 12.Living Locurto | 13. 30 Handmade Days | 14. Picky Palate | 15. Today’s Creative Blog | 16. Live Laugh Rowe | 17.Snap Creativity | 18. My Baking Addiction | 19. FoodieCrush  | 20. Sweet Sugar Belle

Here’s how it works…

  • Scroll down and check out all of the things that I personally sought out and gathered for you. Personal shopper? Maybe in my next life.
  • Enter to win my gift basket using the giveaway Rafflecopter widget below ($200 value)
  • Take another look at the other 19 bloggers and their giveaway items in the collage above and then make like a summer bunny and hop on over to the other sites to enter to win their gifts. Don’t forget to tell them “hi” for me.
  • Gain extra good karma and tell your friends to enter. Sharing the chance to win is so much more fun than winning alone.

You can enter to win ONE or all TWENTY, whatever’s your pleasure, they’re all available for the taking.

Here’s a close-up of what I’m giving away.

Summer Essentials Giveaway | foodiecrush.com

Summertime to me means a lot of evening concerts and picnics in the park, and while I was shopping I found so many cute things that fell right into that theme that this giveaway pretty much put itself together.

The stuff in my basket aka cooler isn’t stuff that I’ve been asked to promote or paid to share. I just liked it all (especially some of my favorite Utah providers) and thought you’d like it too. And I really, really want to say thank you for visiting FoodieCrush, for checking out my recipes and linking through to the recipes of the food bloggers I feature.

So hey, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll take a minute to enter to win.

Click to see My Summer Favorite Essentials up close-up and personal and find out how to enter to win all of this summer stuff.

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S’mores in a Jar and Friday Faves

by heidi on May 17, 2013

Smores In a Jar | foodiecrush.com

Looking down at my calendar, I’m stunned to see it’s already Friday. The week has flewwwn by, thanks to lots of catch up after a great trip to Monterey earlier in the week with a group of other bloggers to tour the fields of Dole Salads (I hope you didn’t miss the Instgrammed hairnet shots? Just lovely.)

I almost didn’t want to come back, Monterey is one of my favorite spots in the world. More on my trip to come next week.

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What else was on my dance card? I had Mother’s Day in the mountains, I ate lettuce in a field, watched a man make art at the ocean and was dubbed the solo coach this week for Smudge’s soccer team. Please Lord, let us play our best. And a win wouldn’t hurt either. read more →

Quinoa Buratta Caprese Salad | foodiecrush.com

There are few ingredients that have made as big a splash on the current food trend scene, with as quick of a rise in popularity—and I’m not talking bacon here—than the superfood we call quinoa. It’s pronounced, keen-wa, but I’ve heard tongue-tied foodies say kwiin-wa and even kwin-O-uh.

However it’s name passes your pearly lips, quinoa has definitely made an impression on food bloggers and their recipes. Heck, it’s made an impression on the world, with 2013 being named the “International Year of Quinoa” by The United Nations General Assembly thanks to its potential to assist in eradicating world hunger.

Quinoa Caprese Salad | foodiecrush.com

Quinoa is an ancient grain, revered as a staple in the diet of the pre-Columbian Andean and Incan people who harvested it over 7,000 years ago. But until the past few years, quinoa was anything but a favored alternative to potatoes, rice and pasta. It wasn’t the chosen one cuddling up to the grilled chicken on your plate. But I’m here to tell you my theory on what helped change that. read more →