Blueberry Cobbler Muffins | Garlic, My Soul

We’ve made it past Monday, folks, and we’re gliding into the week just fine. I’m being helped along over here by some delish blueberry cobbler muffins that I made this weekend. Jeff loves cobbler and he loves blueberry muffins, so I thought I would make some cobbler muffins and bring them along to an outdoor movie we saw this weekend.

Blueberry Cobbler Muffins | Garlic, My Soul

Have you guys seen Wet Hot American Summer? It was pretty funny to see in on the big screen here in LA. I love summer and how it’s light out until well past eight p.m., and how every night can seem like a weekend, and how weekend nights stretch out in front of you with a world of possibilities. It makes my heart light and free.

Blueberry Cobbler Muffins | Garlic, My Soul

This muffins also made my heart light and free. I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and simply put it into muffin form, and voila! These babies cooked up in just over thirty minutes, and they literally took five minutes to put together – in my book, that’s about as easy as a dessert can get.

Blueberry Cobbler Muffins | Garlic, My Soul Blueberry Cobbler Muffins | Garlic, My Soul

I recommend you go see an outdoor movie (even if it’s in your backyard!) and bring these babies along. You won’t regret it, and you might even make some friends.

Happy August! Happy Summer! Happy Cobbler Eating!

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August Produce | Garlic, My Soul

Well you guys, the dog days of summer are here, and that means more and more delicious ingredients are being harvested. I love when the harvest season comes and the vegetables and fruits seem stretched out for miles. Here’s what we’ve got:

Basil
Figs
Green Beans
Melons
Okra
Peaches/Plums
Peppers
Summer Squash
Tomatillos
Tomatoes

Here are some ideas on what to do with this month’s bounty!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade | Garlic, My Soul

This Strawberry Basil Lemonade is a great way to put that overflowing basil plant to good use that’s not just, “Pesto, again?”

Homemade Salsa | Garlic, My Soul

I am sure you have overflowing tomatoes in your kitchen – I know I do. Make yourself a big batch of homemade salsa and use it on all your chips, quesadillas, tacos…are we the only ones often binging Mexican-inspired food?

Vegetable Tian | Garlic, My Soul

Summer Squash are pretty much coming out of our ears. This Veggie Tian comes together quickly, is gluten free, and has lotsa cheese, which is basically our favorite.

Whole Fried Okra | Garlic, My Soul

These Fried Okra were easy to make with a fresh pile from the farmer’s market, and they were the perfect summer appetizer. I suggest you get at them ASAP.

I literally cannot believe it’s already August, where is this year going? What are y’all making with your produce? Let us know – we love seeing new recipes to try!

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Summer is just overflowing with beautiful produce! This month, we’re doing dragonfruit (made of real dragons! Just kidding…though I kind of wish I wasn’t.) It’s so weird, it’s pretty. Give this weirdo the love it needs and put it on your desktop or phone!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates | Garlic, My Soul

Hey y’all! As you may remember, George and I hosted a test kitchen in June that was vegetarian, and in July we wanted to do the same thing with our friends Ellen (who you know as our paleo contributor) and her fiance Aaron. Add Jeff and our friend Erin and we were a full six for a meal full of mostly paleo dishes – as paleo as we could get! This also being a chance to showcase alcohol as well, we featured beer with this meal.

First up, as you see above, were bacon wrapped dates. We used turkey bacon, and these babies were delicious – sweet, salty, and full of flavor.

Test Kitchen 2 | Garlic, My Soul

George made a fantastic whiskey and plum cocktail to go along with the first course – recipe coming soon!

Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms | Garlic, My Soul

For our second course, we served stuffed portobello mushrooms with quinoa, cashews, and roasted bell peppers.

Avocado Strawberry Salad | Garlic, My Soul

We served a salad similar to the one above next, with blueberries instead of strawberries, and with sundried tomatoes, because DUH. Picture not included because we were distracted eating, whoops!

Paleo Sweet Potato Mash | Garlic, My SoulThen we served up the Paleo Sweet Potato Mash above, with a London Broil and some Swiss Chard, which I also didn’t shoot because at that point we were really into the meal. We will have to get better at pictures…I swear we will!

For dessert, we served those Sunbutter Paleo Brownies from yesterday, and those were certainly a hit!

Next month, we’re moving into seafood, because we think August is the perfect time for some shrimp, perhaps, or salmon…the possibilities are endless!

What other types of menus do you think we should try?!

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Elana's Pantry Sunbutter Brownies | Garlic, My Soul

Earlier this month, George and I embarked on another test kitchen dinner for our friends Aaron and Ellen, who you know as our paleo blogger! We wanted to make our dinner entirely paleo friendly, but we were also working with some food allergies, so this was an extra challenge, indeed! Whenever we need a recipe that is guaranteed to be delish and sensitive to people’s food needs, we head to Elana’s Pantry. She is a marvel in the kitchen, and she writes the most amazing recipes.

I will be posting tomorrow about the rest of the meal, because it was a good one, but I wanted you guys to have this brownie recipe because it’s Tuesday and everyone needs a brownie today, right?

Elana's Pantry Sunbutter Brownies | Garlic, My Soul

Guys, these were so good. They weren’t dry like some brownies can get, and they didn’t even taste grain-free. Which is how you want your brownies to taste – like brownie, am I right? We served these with a blueberry chocolate mint sauce that added a little sweetness to the rich chocolate flavor – the perfect end to a great meal!

Get the recipe from Elana here – and make these yourself, soon. These might become a new staple in our house, even. Friends, beware, these are coming to a party near you.

Elana's Pantry Sunbutter Brownies | Garlic, My Soul

What’s your go-to brownie recipe? A family recipe, or a box from Betty Crocker? Let me know, we love trying new recipes and more importantly, eating brownies.

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