I've come to realize that I'm more creative in the kitchen during the winter months. When it's cold out and I don't want to venture to the grocery store I'll turn to my cabinet and whip up something on a whim. But summertime, full of BBQ's and good weather makes me want to use my time in the kitchen efficiently, which means I turn to other people's tried and true recipes.
That Henry's a smart dog; there's bacon in that broccoli salad. And mayonnaise. The recipe is from the ever-popular site Simply Recipes and it really is tasty. I love broccoli already, but this will turn any broccoli hater into a lover. I was going to bring this to a BBQ I'm going to tonight, but I'm saving it all for myself (and telling myself it's because there will be vegetarian's at the party). Henry will be happy.
Potato salad -- another one from Elise at Simply Recipes. This is her Dad's recipe for potato salad and the secret ingredient is pickle juice. It's simply awesome. This is the dish that will make it to the party tonight. Henry likes anything covered in mayonaise.
And cake. Delicious, gluten-free coconut cake (the link goes to a gluten-free forum post where the recipe is listed) care of my favorite gluten-free cookbook, Annalise Robert's Baking Classics. If you ever need to make a cake for company, this is the one to try. The recipes calls for coconut milk in the batter so it is super moist. I made it for my mom's birthday cake and it was a hit.
Oh, and quinoa too! I didn't make this dish, my sister did. It's become quite the family favorite. I don't have the recipe for it, but posting this picture might get my sister to post her recipe (but I understand if that might take a few days -- she's in the process of moving to the mid-west... and breaking my heart....) . It is packed with flavor and overall, just delicious.