Meat, seafood, veggies and chicken. They’re all on the list for Grilling Month here on FoodieCrush. Last week I introduced you to this grilled pork chop, topped with grilled spicy balsamic peaches—huzzah! Week two is a chat about grilled fish.

Smoked Paprika Grilled Swordfish with Fruit Salsa on foodiecrush.com

The subject of fish couldn’t come at a more appropriate time because I’m in Cordova, Alaska on a tour of all things Copper River Salmon. I’m betting the farm that I’ll leave here with a belly-full of fish and some serious casting skills. Or fish eating skills. Either way, it all works because it’s Alaska after all.

Before I left for this trip, I prepped myself for some serious fish eating by whetting my fishy whistle with a perfectly grilled piece of swordfish. It was bathed in spicy and smokey paprika flavored butter. With rosemary. And a fresh fruit salsa. The combination of flavors, savory and sweet, all played perfectly into my fish eating plans.

Smoked Paprika Grilled Swordfish with Fruit Salsa on foodiecrush.com

Especially when my man helmed the wheel at the grill. With the help of our four legged sous chef who never misses a drop.

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Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with Corn and Sun Dried Tomatoes on foodiecrush.com

This week I’ve been visiting my old hood in Venice, California, where the air has been clear (surprise, no smog at the beach folks!), the sand and surf has beckoned every. single. day. and I’ve woken up each morning to the kiss of the ocean breeze coming my bedroom’s french doors.

I think I’ve finally hit my stride of relaxation and I’m lapping it up as much as I can.

Before I left for vacation I was asked to make you a summertime macaroni and cheese in honor of today being, drumroll please, National Macaroni and Cheese Day!

Pesto Macaroni and Cheese on foodiecrush.com

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Friday Faves

by heidi on July 11, 2014

Happy Friday friends! This week I’m back in my old hood of Venice, CA with my husband, daughter and her BFF on a little family vaca. Wow, what a time warp we’ve flung ourselves back into.

Friday Faves FoodieCrush.com

Some things have changed, and a lot of things we wish would have, just. haven’t. Traffic. Gas prices. Young, hot couples in the grocery store who we think look just like us in our mind’s eye 15 years ago…we just can’t compare.

So instead of comparing, we’ll just hang out at the beach. As if that’s a challenge.

Happy Friday to you all, today’s a shortened list, because hey! I’m on vacation…Next week we’ll be back with an extended fave list, I hope you’re all ready to also enjoy a GREAT weekend.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake

by heidi on July 9, 2014

I have to tell you, this wasn’t my idea.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake foodiecrush.com

This milkshake is 100% Smudge. I mean, cereal and ice cream? It’s a 10 year old’s dream! At first I scoffed the idea because it’s a pretty simple concept but then what milkshake isn’t? And when I recalled how Momofuko Milk Bar does a cereal milk ice cream, I realized this might be pretty much GENIUS!

Posting a milkshake in the middle of summer isn’t really a novel idea, but it wasn’t until I heard about Milkshake Week hosted by Julie of The Little Kitchen and Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil that I jumped on the chilled bandwagon to join in some serious chilling. And give Smudge a reason to slurp to her little heart’s content.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake foodiecrush.com

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As far as summertime in America goes, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than pie.

20 Classic Pies to Love foodiecrush.com

This quintessential all-American treat beckons nostalgia with every bite, conjuring memories of baseball games, bare feet and catching fireflies in mason jars. Pie comes in many incarnations these days — in bars and milkshakes, gussied up with pretzel brownie crusts, booze, and salted-caramel-vanilla bean-caramel whatever. Perhaps the most overly ambitious variation has been the cherpumple — you remember, that awkward dessert with the major identity crisis, the cake/pie hybrid? It might sound like the best of both worlds, and we’re not pie prudes, but it’s actually a hot mess.

Glammed up pies are fine and dandy every so often, but sometimes less is more, and sometimes we just want pie. Unadulterated, old-fashioned, make-your-mama-proud pie like Mountain Fresh Peach Pie or Caramel Apple Pie ala FoodieCrush.

We’ve found 20 classic recipes to conquer your hankering for comforting goodness, and render you homesick for your childhood. Andie MacDowell’s adorable pie song from the ’96 film Michael says it all, “Me oh my, I love pie.” So put on your best apron and get rolling.

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