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Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Raspberry-Cashew Cream

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding #festfoods

I was a little skeptical when I first saw chia seed pudding. It does, in fact, have a very interesting appearance. I’ve used chia seeds in smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal for an extra pop of crunch and fiber, but was hesitant to try the pudding {even though it resembles tapioca, and boy do I love tapioca}!

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Yukon Gold Hash with Leeks, Greens and Over-Easy Eggs

Yukon Gold Hash #festfoods

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a meal that uses simple ingredients, is quick to make, and tastes delicious! Hash (sautéed potatoes and veggies, often made with meat too) is one of my favorite ways to accomplish this. By dicing up my favorite seasonal veggies and cooking them with golden potatoes, I can have a nutritious and filling meal on the table

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Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Chocolate Yogurt Dip

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Summer is officially here, and what better way to enjoy it than barbequing with friends and family?! One of my favorite foods to grill is fruit {the grill isn’t just for meat and veggies}! Grilled fruit kabobs make the perfect sweet ending to any summer meal. And you finish the meal just how you started it – next to the barbeque!

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Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze

Cedar Plank Salmon #festfoods

There is just something about salmon that makes me happy – It may be the combination of the richness and melt-in-your-mouth juiciness, or just the simple fact that is it a nutrition powerhouse that makes me feel really good about eating it. Either way, it’s delicious. BUT, what if I told you that you could amplify the deliciousness of your salmon by simply grilling

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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Sliders with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Arugula and Lemon Basil Aioli

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Sliders #festfoods

I am a sucker for pretzel buns, and was immediately excited when I found mini soft pretzel buns in our bakery department at Festival! What a perfect way to hold together some of my favorite flavors…. Juicy grilled turkey, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and peppery arugula with fresh lemony basil goodness. You may be wondering where the cheese is {because we are in

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Grilled Hawaiian Pizza

Grilled Hawaiian Pizza #festfoods

Today we are grilling pizza… yes, grilling! This extra step takes pizza to the next level, and I don’t know why I didn’t try it years ago. Imagine combining the wonderful, cheesy goodness of pizza with the smoky flavor from the grill… Genius! And because it’s summer, I am all about making this pizza Hawaiian-style. Let’s get cooking!

The Hawaiian toppings I put

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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There’s no dessert I love more than cheesecake. The creamy sweetness of the custard paired with the crunchy graham cracker crust is pure perfection. Then to top it off with one of nature’s gems: Tart ripe strawberries! Cheesecake is the perfect summer treat for an after-dinner delight or to please a group of hungry kids.

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Quinoa Caprese Salad

Quinoa Caprese Salad #festfoods

I’m a born-and-raised Wisconsinite, so I’ll proudly admit… I love cheese! Luckily for me (and for all of you too!), we’re kicking off June Dairy Month at Festival Foods with some great deals on cheeses and other dairy products as part of our annual Dairy Fest celebrations!

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Black Bean & Mango Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Black Bean & Mango Salad #festfoods

Are you in need of a last-minute salad or side dish recipe for your Memorial Day get-together? If so, you’re in luck! Black Bean & Mango Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a perfect picnic salad: it can be made ahead of time and holds up well in the fridge or cooler, it doesn’t contain mayo (so food safety is less

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Red, White & Blue Salsa

Red, White & Blue Salsa #festfoods

I love being that person… you know, the one who brings the special dish to the picnic that catches everyone’s attention and becomes the talk of the party? Maybe I’m being presumptuous, but I have a sneaky suspicion that I’m not alone in this sentiment J So, if you’re looking for a uniquely delicious and utterly patriotic recipe that will be

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