Because I whine incessantly about my life on this little random website, it means that I make a lot of food that I “omg! insanely!” love and then forget about. And you might ask that why, if it was really that “omg! insanely!” good then how could I possibly forget about it?

Well it goes like this… when I’m not trying to come up with something new because of my complete and utter boredom, the standbys like pizza or tacos come into play. And if it’s not that, it’s like melted cheese in a microwave quesadilla. And if it’s not that, then it’s a bag of those Snapea Crisps, which I have an intense obsession with and which is totally weird right? Because I don’t even like vegetables. But I can’t stop eating them and as of five minutes ago, I was… halfway through the bag. It says there are three servings in the bag but that is BS. There is definitely only one serving, and they are definitely healthy because they have three grams of fiber.

Anywho, I was looking through the archives of last summer, trying to come up with something new for dinner and came across a bunch more “omg! insanely” good recipes that I… (spoiler alert)… forgot about. These are my faves that I found… and I’ve already made seven of them. I’ve been busy.


Clams Casino Pizza

Grilled Corn Fettucine

Hot Fudge Root Beer Floats

Caprese Quinoa with Homemade Basil Oil

Greek Grilled Chicken Salad

Avocado Lime Fruit Salad

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Broiled Shrimp with Tomatoes, Basil + Brie

Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Cupcakes

Grilled Corn Summer Breakfast Hash

Salt + Vinegar Chip Crusted Fish Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Now please give me some fun summer dinner ideas because I’m diving head first into Snapea bag #2.

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51 Responses to “12 Summer Recipes I Forgot About.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 4, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I love your forgotten faves! Especially the floats and the cupcakes – you can see where my head is at :) Hope you have a great weekend!


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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — August 4, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    When you’re coming up with brilliant creations practically 365 days a year, it’s gotta be tough to remember them all! The salt and vinegar crusted fish is brilliant and the grilled corn dishes have my mouth watering.

    And Snapea Crisps? Just, YES.


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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — August 4, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    OK those last two sound amazing!!! I love the idea of using salt and vinegar chips to make a crust for fish. Too bad my husband doesn’t like salt and vinegar chips. That would have to be a meal just for me! ;)


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    Simply life — August 4, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    oh you are making me HUNGRY with these pictures! thanks for all the great ideas!!!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 4, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    All of these look great, and thanks for reminding me about them! The clams casino pizza is what inspired me to try my first ever clams last year! As for the Snap Pea Crisps, I think your soul mate shops at my Costco. Last week I saw a guy walk out with a FULL cart and it had absolutely nothing in it but Snap Pea Crisps!!


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    robyn — August 4, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    fab ideas. i have non for you-sorry-iam a taker not a giver….ops!


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    Alicia @ peachtopie — August 4, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    It is so great to rediscover old favorites. I think I could eat that Avocado Lime Fruit Salad all day… maybe with a couple of those Mocha coconut cupcakes for good measure. Thanks for the great summer inspiration!


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — August 4, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Buffalo chicken tacos!!! I want some of those now :D


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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — August 4, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    yea all of these = pretty much amazing. definitely need to try that shrimp and brie recipe soon!!!


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    Krista — August 4, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    It’s always a bad idea to look at your blog when I’m hungry… Now my mouth is watering and I want to make all these recipes- 5 minutes ago. This summer, I’ve been eating a ridiculous amount of garbanzo bean salads. It’s so simple to throw anything in and (bonus) there’s no need to turn on the oven. My favorite has been garbanzos with avocado, tomatoes, fresh jalapeno, cilantro. Just add garlic, lemon juice and s&p!


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    Erin @ The Food Doctors — August 4, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Hands down best part about having a blog is that it forces me to write down and organize my recipes. That and it gives me license to cook really rediculous food on a regular basis. :)

    I remember that basil oil like it was yesterday. Sooooooo good!


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    j3nn — August 4, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Not sure if I will forget any of these anytime soon, they all sound so good!! Especially the hot fudge root beer float and salmon… OMG. I want to dive right into this whole post. :)


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 4, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Um, I need that breakfast hash RIGHTFREAKINGNOW. And I forget about really good recipes all the time. We’re food bloggers. If it has cake batter or sprinkles in it, it automatically trumps any other recipes and then they become all lonely and forgotten in some random stray album on our computers until… until now. Yay!


  14. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — August 4, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    So many delicious recipes. I need to eat them all. Like, now.


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    DessertForTwo — August 4, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I’m SO glad you posted this. These are recipes of yours that I bookmarked & then never got to. Thanks for the reminder. Hello, salt & vinegar chip crusted fish sandwich! You look like my lunch!


  16. #
    ellenbcookery — August 4, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Your pictures always make me so hungry! Lovely shots!


  17. #
    Jenna — August 4, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Mix loose-leaf lettuce, sour cream, and chopped scallions. Then add something sweet to it. My boyfriend says it needs something sweet (it’s a traditional Acadian salad, so my first instinct was not to mess with it). I don’t know where to start in adding sweetness. Then I thought, “Heeeeyyyyy….”

    I know who to ask. She’s all into this sweet business.


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    Tracy N. — August 4, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Those all sound delicious.
    One of our summer favs is to make a black bean and corn salad and add it to cooked quinoa.


  19. #
    Esther — August 4, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    you put like three of my all-time favorite recipes of yours in this list: the buffalo tacos, the greek chicken salad, and the mocha coconut cupcakes. they are all OMG INSANELY good.



  20. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 4, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    You photographs seriously make me SO HAPPY to look at it.. I need a photography lesson from you. :)


  21. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — August 4, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Buffalo Chicken tacos and Mocha Coconut Frappucchino Cupcakes.

    I think I have what I want for dinner tonight. :-)


  22. #
    JulieD — August 4, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    OMG, forget being neighbors, I’m moving in.


  23. #
    Krissy @ Make it Nakead — August 4, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Pork! I’ve been loving some grilled pork tenderloin lately. With a side of grilled cajun sweet potatoes and green beans. I actually just had a photo sesh to blog it but I hate all the pics so I’m making it again. Darn. One of your recipes that I love in the summer is a fruit roll you made in rice paper? I can’t find it on your blog now but I’m pretty sure it was you? It could just be that I’ve been sipping vodka since 11am…


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    Emma @ BITE | Boredom Is The Enemy — August 4, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    I revived your Caprese Quinoa last week! So delicious that I want to name my children Caprese and Quinoa. They are certain to be very well-adjusted.


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    Leigh — August 4, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    Oh I adore you! TOTALLY making the fish sandwich for dinner tomorrow! We usually bake our cod the same way, but with boring old seasoned panko – those salt & vinegar chips will really kick it up a notch!


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    Christine @ BookishlyB — August 4, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Hey- I’m a vegetarian but still want to make the breakfast hash. Should I just sub olive oil instead of the bacon grease? Any other subs that you can think of that will give it some good flavor?

    And I make that caprese quinoa all the time- so good!


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — August 4, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    oh jessica and here I am retreeting to your blog 20 days out from my show…I just cant…I want everything you posted but most probably the rootbeer floats right now!!


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    Kristi — August 4, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Did you just say “salt & vinegar chip-crusted” fish???? Because that sounds SO. AWESOME!!! We did the potato chip crust thing on fish once on vacation when (of course) we didn’t have any bread crumbs, crackers, bread or anything similar. We did have 3 “empty” bags of chips about to go in the trash, though. Those were plain potato chips – I can’t wait to try this with S&V chips, or dill pickle chips!!! However, that would mean I’d have to BUY a bag… And we all know I can’t be trusted with chips in the house. Hm. Maybe I bet I could get my mom to buy a bag, crush up a cup or so and just bring me the crumbs. GREAT IDEA! Hey ps – it’s summer: why don’t you have some kind of brat or hot dog or something, or are you too healthy of a person to have anything that neandrathal-ish? Our local market makes some killer chicken-sundried-tomato-basil brats we love. Anyway, that’s what we’re having tonight. We get fairly creative with the toppings – blue cheese, avocado – you know. And really, we’re just having cocktails (gin, mint, cukes). The brat/dog thing is just there in case we get starving later. I mean, it IS summer. ;)


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    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — August 4, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Amen on the blueberry bbq salmon. I made that last year and it was life changing, especially that barbecue sauce.


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    katie — August 5, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    hello from australia! its winter here, but if it were summer, i would be making donna hay’s asian chicken slaw –
    6c shredded chinese cabbage
    2 carrots shredded lengthways
    1c roasted unsalted cashews
    1/4 snipped chives
    1c mint leaves
    1c cilantro
    2 long red chillies, seeds removed, finely sliced
    4 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
    combine all ingredients and dress with:
    lime&coconut dressing
    1/2c coconut milk
    1tbsp fish sauce
    2tbsp lime juice
    1tbsp sugar


  31. #
    Alfie — August 5, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    I love this post! That corn fettucine looks heavenly…


  32. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 5, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Ohhhh yummy! Everything looks fantastic! I don’t know how you could have forgotten these wonderful dishes! By the way in February I made your mocha cupcakes and I was told they were the best cupcakes ever!!! :)


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    Kelly — August 5, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I cannot wait to try the chip crusted fish. Though I cannot eat bread (or anything with gluten), this made my mouth water as soon as I read the recipe title. As did the grilled corn hash. Yummy! I’m certainly cooking today! Thank you so much! K


  34. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 5, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Love this collection! Your Greek grilled chicken salad looks out-of-this-world amazing! And those cupcakes…. Yum!


  35. #
    Vera Zecevic ā€“ Cupcakes Garden — August 5, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    It is to hot for this slice of pizza but it looks so delicious! But if I have to chose I pick Greek salad!


  36. #
    Anita — August 5, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Gosh you are on a roll ! Genius about the fish coating !


  37. #
    Rhonda — August 5, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Addicted to Snap Pea Crisps as well. Gotta buy at Costco!
    Pirate’s Booty too! Really LARGE bag! Hey maybe you bread or do
    Something with the Booty! LOL ā¤


  38. #
    Ala — August 5, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love that you’re diving back into old recipes for a good, reliable fall-back–I’m going to try the mocha coconut frap cupcakes as soon as I get the chance. Out of curiosity, have you (re-)made the root beer floats yet? If not, I was wondering if you’d be interested in making it for National Root Beer Float Day (delicious!) tomorrow? I’m hosting a daily themed challenge this month in honor of National Eat Dessert First Month, and this means a different recipe/submission for each day of August. It would be great to feature this scrumptious dessert if you’re interested! Either way, thanks for some great summer ideas! (As for dinner ideas–huge fan of stuffed mushrooms and grilled veggie or kim chi quesadillas.)


  39. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 5, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    grilled corn fettuccine – yes please! :)


  40. #
    Ashley — August 5, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    You have my mouth watering! My husband just looked over my shoulder and told me the hash needed to go on the “to-make” list asap. :)


  41. #
    Katie @ Oh Shine On — August 5, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    At least you’re eating “peas”… I’m eating right now out of pure boredom and my go-to is definitely chocolate-covered pomegranates. Killing me slowly.

    I seriously want to make those buffalo chicken tacos. So delicious, I’d imagine.


  42. #
    Tina — August 5, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Wonderful images as always-so inspiring!
    Please take a look at my blog for recipes. I write it for my daughter who is in a group house: so not a lot of time on her hands, but a household that wants healthy, interesting and fun meals.
    Love the look of your fish sandwiches……….


  43. #
    Gary — August 5, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Lobster is only $4 a lb now and the fresh picked sweet corn is here! Made a Lobster Fettuccini Carbonara with corn, leeks, mushrooms for the veggies. Lobster & bacon marry very well!


  44. #
    Chelsea — August 5, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Grilled Shrimp over Jalapeno Chedder Grits – it’s a recipe I made when I worked at a resteraunt this past summer. So – Good.

    *Maque Choux is a Louisiana side-dish-esque. Has onions, tomatoes, peppers, corn, cream, white wine, s & p and fresh herbs. Delightful over this dish.

    *A fresh roasted corn relish would also be really good on top.


  45. #
    what katie's baking — August 5, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    omggg those cupcakes look amazing. it ALL looks amazing, actually


  46. #
    Stephanie — August 6, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    Clams Casino pizza= my childhood in Connecticut! I always felt like a grownup when I shared the casino pizza with my parents, and my younger brother and sister ate pepperoni…Snap pea crisps are my sanity at work by the way, funny how a whole bag is just the right amount to get through the 8-hour work day…


  47. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 6, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I am loving seeing extra posts in my google reader from How Sweet Eats recently. :) What a great round-up. I may have forgotten some of these too! Those salt and vinegar fish sandwiches… omg. Want. NOW.


  48. #
    ros — August 7, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I feel hungry :)


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