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Even if you don’t readily know the name, you’ve certainly taken notice of their brightly colored hues of their noticeably durable, obviously quality cookware.

And if you’re like me, you’ve coveted the day you could add a piece to your growing kitchen collection. What cook doesn’t covet owning a quality, enameled baking vessel that performs each and every duty it’s assigned at the stove or oven and is equally presentable at the table.

If only Le Creuset® also created boyfriends worthy to take home to the parents for presentation, we’d really be in business.

While they may not be in the match making business, Le Creuset® definitely knows cookery. And now, they’ve added yet another baking beauty to their storied line of distinctly cool kitchen cooking accessories and I’m giving you the chance to win not just one, but TWO Cocottes, for yourself.

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It’s mid-summer and I am soaking it in. Even my numbed-by-pain-killers-broken-wrist can’t dull the memories in my post-week-at-the-beach-where-did-the-humidity-go-summer-lovin-skin. It’s what summer’s all about and I have the tan to prove it.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich for foodiecrush.com

With just 2 more weeks of July we’re narrowing down to the final 2 recipes for FoodieCrush Grilling Month. Break out the ticker tape because this week it’s a parade of a veggies on the grill.

So far this month we’ve sharpened our grilling skills with recipes for Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Balsamic Grilled Peaches and headed to the sea for a bite of Grilled Swordfish with Smoked Paprika and Herbed Fruit Salsa. This week we’re circling back to dry land and the farmer’s market to take advantage of summer’s opulence.

Too often we get caught in our tried and true methods of steaming, baking and sautéeing when it comes to cooking veggies. But it’s summer, time to shake things up by biking rather than driving, wearing short shorts instead of maxi skirts and smiling extra sweetly at the cute barrista who always gets your name right…just because you know you can.

And when it comes to cooking, it’s time to break out of the expected because it’s summer and the grill is where the flavor. is. at.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich for foodiecrush.com

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Friday Faves and Summer Sips

by heidi on July 18, 2014

This week started with the end of a bang-up vacation in sunny Venice, CA and flowed into the trip of a lifetime to spectacular Cordova, Alaska.

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Sadly, just one day into my trip and after a spectacular view as up close and personal with a glacier that I’ll probably ever get, fisherwoman Heidi took a spill on the docks and ended up in the ER with a broken wrist and tragically no Copper River salmon in hand.

I’ll be sharing more about my (brief) trip after my return to the lower 48 and a visit to the surgeon so please excuse the one-handed type-os and daydreams of once again kneading pie dough and homemade pasta in the future.

In the meantime, you can join me in following my other blogging pals on the trip by living the trip vicariously at #copperriversalmon on Instagram. I know I will be.

Prior to my smash-up, I worked up a few Friday Faves to share, so let’s dig on in…

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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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