Corn Relish

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A classic summer side that goes with anything grilled!  Top a burger, serve with steak or pork, or toss it into a salad….

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Grilled Lime & Garlic Pork Skewers

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Grilling is a tradition for the 4th of July – Hamburgers, hot dogs … Well how about Pork?

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German Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a staple for summer barbeques.  I usually make the mayonnaise based type, but my husband likes the warm, bacony German style – So this is what I put together…
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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #50

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We’ve been going for 50 weeks!  Wow – that’s two weeks short of a year!!  Thanks everyone for your continued participation!  I challenge each of you to support one another and visit AT LEAST two other blog posts and comment!

And now, here is the question that we just keep hearing…

“What’s for Dinner?”

 – and then we realize, what IS for dinner?  Here is the place to get AND share those delicious recipes!

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Help us find some great menus and recipes for the week – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related as well!  (Sadly, non food posts will be deleted).

It gets harder and harder to choose the features!  I want them all – but here are the winners from last week…

Drum roll please….

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Hopping Blog Parties

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This post is really about blogging, not cooking.  It’s about bloggers helping each other.  As I sit on my couch with my coffee on this wonderfully quiet morning, I am posting to a large number of blog parties.  If you don’t know what that is (blog hop, linky party, etc.), it’s a place bloggers go to share their posts.  Some of them are huge!  You could never navigate through all the posts – and some are really small.  I host two.  One here and one on my Pleasures of the NW blog.  And through hosting I’ve learned something about bloggers.

Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.

I try to post a comment to the host of every party I go to.  It’s polite and it is a way to give back to the blog that has put the work into me being able to share my own blog.  It gives back in the way of stats and traffic.  I also try to visit four or five other posts and comment on them.  That’s part of why I go to the parties – to increase my stats and traffic and to get some exposure to what I am doing out here.  I check out the ads (that’s how us bloggers earn a little for our labors) and then move onto another.  Yep – it takes some time.  But if the party host has taken the time to host, I’m going to take the time to do my part.

But here is what I’ve learned.  Most bloggers don’t do any of that.  I’ve had days where not one ad has been looked at, but I know I’ve had traffic by the number of posts to the party.  And I can tell how many people actually visit the other posts by the stats at the Inlinkz (the party platform) dashboard – and I can tell you there are very, very few.  The comments vary.  One week I’ll get 9 or 10 (from 88 posts) and some weeks I get 2 or 3.  I value your thoughts.  I’d love to hear why you chose this party – what features you liked – and so on.

So here is my challenge to all those out in blogger land.  When you go to a party – any party – give your host a heads up – Hey, thanks for your time to host this party!  Tweet or share the party on facebook.  Then go and do what you are hoping someone does for you – visit 3 or 4 other posts.  It really doesn’t take that long.  Stop by – leave a note – “Hey, I found you at such and such party.  Great idea here!”  And see any ads that look interesting?  Check them out!  (I’ve actually found things that are relevant to me and I’ve purchased!).

Support your fellow bloggers.  Don’t just link up at a party then run off to the next.  Remember WHY you are posting to the party.  Everyone is there for the same reason.  Everyone wants a little attention.  Don’t leave people just sitting alone by the wall – mingle!  Chat.  Talk about what’s trending.  Connect.

Thanks –

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Red, White and Blue Berries

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The 4th of July is right around the corner!!  I don’t know about you, but we have a big barbeque with lots of festive food!  I love really easy ideas.  When I was serving berries for breakfast the other day, I added whipped cream for my hubby (it’s the only way he’ll eat them) and I notice – hey – these are red, white and blue!

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I’m sure it’s not a unique idea – I bet if you search pintrest you’ll see it in a hundred places, but here you have it.  Just strawberries (or raspberries), blueberries and some bright white whipping cream!  A festive dessert.

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Pasta of the Month – Chili Mac

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When I was a kid, my dad made us chili mac.  I always thought this was dad’s own invention and we loved it growing up! (But as I learned, it was not his own creation).  As I prepared to write this post, I decided to learn more about chili mac.  About the only thing I could find was that it was a dish that originated and is rather common in the mid-west.

Dad made his with ground beef and kidney beans.  At my house we prefer shredded beef and my husband does not like kidney beans.  So here is MY version of chili mac!  Hope you enjoy!

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Whats for Dinner? Sunday link up #49

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We’re growing here at What’s for dinner!!  Our goal is to reach 100+ shares –  Please Pass the party along!  And please visit one post for every one you share –  SHARING IS CARING!

And now, here is the question that we just keep hearing…

“What’s for Dinner?”

 – and then we realize, what IS for dinner?  Here is the place to get AND share those delicious recipes!

What's for Dinner-

Help us find some great menus and recipes for the week – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related as well!  (Sadly, non food posts will be deleted).

And don’t forget to visit a few of the other posts too!

There were so many amazing recipes last week!  I could barely keep up!  Here are just a few of them – Check them out – and Enjoy!

Every feature gets pinned!  And here they are…..

This week’s features include fantastic food from Chemistry Cache, Crystal and Co., Embellishmints, Briny Lemon & Thyme to Embrace Herbs –

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Meat lovers Meatball Sandwich

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I asked readers to tell me what they thought would be a good Father’s Day dinner.  I got several really good ideas, but Rusty Hammer suggested a meatball sandwich – and my husband concurred!  So I went with that theme and added a couple of surprises and this is what we ended up with!  What do you think?

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Pork Fried Rice

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The last of the pork roast – a quick skillet meal – Dinner is served!

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