summer food

Charred Corn & Halloumi Salad

Charred Corn & Halloumi Salad

This is as seasonal as it gets! Tomatoes are at their pick right now. And, so are sweet and juicy corns. What a better time to throw all these seasonal vegetables together to make a delicious salad! I added a little Middle Eastern flair to the salad by adding grilled halloumi. Halloumi is the only cheese you can grill, and once you grill it, it changes its texture and flavors completely, which goes so well with the rest of the salad. Make this super simple, but a super flavorful salad for your next party!

Photos by Lauren Zaser

Serves: 3 - 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pints Campari tomato, clean and sliced in quarters

  • 8 oz halloumi cheese

  • 4 corn on the cobs

  • 1/4 cup mint

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Husk and grill the corn for 3 minutes on each side, a total of 8-9 minutes or until charred.

  2. When corn is cool, cut kernels from cobs into a bowl. Reserve.

  3. Slice the halloumi into 1-inch slices.

  4. In a large saute pan on high heat, sear the halloumi for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden.

  5. In a large bowl, combine the quartered tomatoes, grilled kernels, and seared halloumi. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.

  6. Garnish with mint leaves.

  7. ENJOYY!!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Like Ina would say “Store bought is fine” - I mean of course you can make your own cookies, and ice cream but when you are entertaining this is the easiest way to go about dessert. Simple, easy, satisfying, and a crowd pleaser! Make them for friends or for yourself - whatever you do always have fun with the flavors !!

Serves: 6-8 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 24, of your favorite cookies (I used chocolate chip, oatmeal, double chocolate chunk)

  • 2 pints, of your favorite ice cream (I used vanilla, pistachio)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a sheet with parchment paper, and place 12 cookies facing down.

  2. Scoop ice cream on each cookie.

  3. Layer the remaining cookies on top of the ice cream.

  4. Pick up each sandwich, and press softly until it is at your desired thickness.

  5. Using a spatula, or knife smooth out the edges of the sandwich by getting rid of any extra ice cream.

  6. Place in the freezer for 45 min - 1 hour.

  7. Enjoy!!!

PS. for some extra fun you can dip them in sprinkles, or crushed candy!

Sheet Tray Nachos

Sheet Tray Nachos

An American classic! Of course we had nachos in Lebanon but believe me it was nothing like an all American loaded nachos! I mean the amount of cheese, and toppings that can be added are endless. This recipe is an easy, go to, leftover type of thing. Start off with chips, any meat or veggie, cheese - pop it in the oven - then layer all the fresh ingridients on top and voila you got yourself a great crowd pleaser! Crack a can of beer open, or shake up a margarita cause this sheet tray is coming your way! 

Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 bag of tortilla chips

  • 2 cup rotisserie chicken, shredded

  • 1 lb cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1 jalapeno, sliced

  • 3 radishes, sliced

  • 1 pint sour cream

  • Cilantro - to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.

  2. On a large sheet tray, start off with a layer of chips.

  3. Scatter the chicken all over the chips.

  4. Sprinkle with cheese, if you want to be extra - tuck some cheese under some chips.

  5. Place the sheet tray in the oven, cook for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted.

  6. Layer the rest of the fresh ingridients on top!

  7. ENJOY

PS. anything goes here - ground meat, sauteed vegetables, avocados, corn, beans, tomatoes - so have fun with!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad!

Yes my favorite fruit is watermelon - it's juicy, delicious, and refreshing. My least favorite food is salad. So I decided to combine the best with the worst. A savory and sweet crunchy salad that tastes like the perfect summer day! Make it for your next BBQ, or gathering and watch everyone be like "OMG that is genius - who made that salad", all I ask that you share my website. Cheers! 

Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large watermelon, chilled

  • 2 cup cooked corn

  • 1 cup feta, crumbled

  • 1 cup mint, chopped

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • Salt, and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the watermelon, into 1-2 inch slices.

  2. Remove the rind, and cube into 1 inch cubes.

  3. In a large bowl combine the watermelon, corn, feta, and mint. Toss until well combined.

  4. Add lime juice, salt, and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.

  5. Toss again, and you are ready for summer's best salad!

  6. ENJOYY!!