What’s in Season? July Produce Guide

Learn what to do with July fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more. cookieandkate.com

Welcome to July! Ninety degree weather is here and so is all the colorful summer produce that comes with it. This month’s list features quite a few of my favorites, like peaches, raspberries and tomatoes. Scroll through the preparation ideas and recipes below, then hit the farmers’ market!

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. See her July screensaver here. You can pin this resource for later right here or at the bottom of the post. For more seasonal inspiration, be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

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Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

Blueberry lemon yogurt cake, a healthier pound cake for summertime! cookieandkate.com

First things first. Are you on Snapchat? I am. For the longest time, dismissed it as an app that teenagers use to send scandalous photos to one another. Apparently that’s not all it’s good for, though! I’ve gotten hooked on other bloggers’ behind-the-scenes Snapchat “stories” lately.

I’ve been following Gaby (whatsgabycookin) and Lindsay and Bjork (pinchofyum) on their travel adventures, keeping up with Dana and John (minimalistbaker) and their general shenanigans and caught glimpses of Ali and her pup/our pal Henry (gimmesomeoven) during their weekend at the lake. I also saw what happened when Jessica (howsweeteats) used liquid dish soap in her dishwasher yesterday. Oh my.

lemon yogurt cake ingredients

You can find us on Snapchat over at cookieandkate! Consider it a Cookie cam. Now you can watch her fly up the ladder to steal my food while I’m trying to photograph it. I’ll show you what happens when I pull out a treat and tell her to “roll over,” too. (Spoiler: somersaults.) I’ve been throwing in some behind-the-scenes cooking experiments, too.

All this is to say, please follow us! Send me snaps of your Cookie and Kate cooking, too. I would love that.

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Cold Brew Iced Tea

Cold brew iced tea is so refreshing! No bitterness at all. cookieandkate.com

My mom made sun tea when I was little. She would fill up the same clear plastic pitcher with Lipton tea bags and water and set it out in the sun to steep. I’d go out there and marvel at the process. As an experiment, I filled cans with water and macaroni noodles and set them next to her sun tea to “cook”. Never worked, no matter how long I left them out there.

Fast forward a few years, and my mom let up on her soda-once-a-week rule. I started guzzling Dr. Pepper like she guzzled unsweetened iced tea, and I squealed every time I grabbed the wrong cup from the cup holder. Yuck!

Cold brew iced tea ingredients

Nowadays, I’ve given up the soda in favor of good clean water. I’ve always wanted to understand my mom’s iced tea thing, and I’ve finally found a way to really, truly enjoy it—cold brew!

The cold brew method reminds me of sun tea, since you’re just steeping tea in water for hours, but cold brew takes place in the refrigerator instead of the back porch. Heat brings out the tannic, bitter flavors in tea. In the absence of heat, you’re left with perfectly refreshing, super smooth tea for slow summer sipping. It isn’t bitter in the slightest.

The method itself is incredibly simple. Just combine loose-leaf tea and water in a pitcher and let the tea infuse the water for 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator (see instructions below for specifics). Strain, and you have cold-brew tea that will taste great for days!

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Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Quinoa black bean tacos with avocado crema! Quick, easy and delicious. cookieandkate.com

You guys are the best. You know that, right? Two months ago, when I shared my roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos recipe, I asked you to hop over to Facebook and vote for my recipe. You did, and my tacos won!

That means my tacos will represent the United States at the United Nations’ 2016 International Year of Pulses celebrations. (Pulses are beans, lentils and other dried legumes and they were selected based on their significant health, economic and environmental benefits.) Basically, you’ve made this food nerd verrrry happy. Thank you! Thank you to the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council for letting me participate, too.

quinoa black bean tacos ingredients

Since 2016 seems so far away, I thought we’d celebrate today with some more tacos! These are inspired by some that I ordered last week at my friend’s bachelorette party. I was sitting next to my college roommates, sipping my cocktail very slowly, and feeling sappy about how grown-up we are now.

The waiter came by and I ordered some quinoa tacos, hoping that they would be hearty enough to fill me up. They were, fortunately, and they were so tasty that I had to recreate them at home right away.

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Peanut Dipping Sauce

This peanut sauce is a healthy party veggie dip! cookieandkate.com

After a weekend full of wedding festivities, I have party food on the brain. Feeding one hundred people at once is no easy feat, you know? I have enough cooking and restaurant experience to really appreciate the planning and preparations that go into big events… which is not to say that I want to take on the task myself. Oh no! I’m thrilled to sit down and eat dinner with friends while the dirty dishes disappear like magic.

peanut sauce ingredients

Since we’re entering the season of potlucks and barbecues, I thought now might be the perfect time to share my go-to peanut sauce. It’s been the backbone of my peanut noodle dishes and the dip for spring rolls. You can drizzle it on steamed or roasted vegetables or tropical fruit for some extra protein and tons of flavor. It also makes a stellar veggie dip, which are notoriously full of preservatives. It’s creamy, savory, a little spicy and totally satisfying. Make some and you’ll want to drizzle it on everything!

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12 Healthy Barbecue Salads and Sides

12 healthy barbecue salads and sides! See them all at cookieandkate.com

Oh happy weekend! I’m a bridesmaid for the most lovely and laid-back bride this weekend (you’re the best, Tessa!). The past couple of days have been full of laughs and good food, too.

It’s hot down here in Oklahoma, so I thought I’d share a collection of my most barbecue-worthy salads, side dishes and snacks today. They’re all meatless, of course, and many are vegan and/or gluten free as well (see labels below recipe titles). Here we go!

Asian chopped kale salad

No. 1: Chopped Kale Salad with Edamame, Carrot and Avocado
Gluten free and vegan

“Delicious recipe! A weekly staple at my house. I add 1/2 Tbs of Sesame Oil for a little extra flavor in the dressing.” – Peter

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