What Makes Fresh Taste Better?

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If you’ve ever compared a frozen piece of chicken cooked alongside a fresh, free-range piece of chicken, then you’ve undoubtedly tasted the difference in quality.  It’s a combination of texture, flavor and smell that ultimately make up what it means to have a good piece of food.  Where the food comes from, however, can also have a psychological impact on how we see certain meals. For instance, there are case studies that show that consumers are more likely to pay more for emotive wine labels.  So in a way, the psychology of knowing that your food is fresh can also help improve your dining experience.

But is it really such a big deal, and how can we create fresher food to give ourselves a better meal? Let’s find out.


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Summer Eats That Are BBQ Musts

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There’s nothing better than eating outdoors in the open air.  Summer is al fresco.  Enjoying seasonal foods, fine wines and cool, homemade drinks is the spirit of the summer season.  For some reason, gathering with friends and family to eat in the sunshine lifts the spirits of everyone around. There is a real community feeling when everyone comes together, especially with such a small window of good weather for grilling!  The moment the sun comes out and the skies brighten to blue, all you can smell in the neighborhood is the charcoal burning and the meat sizzling.  Hot weather and sunshine pair with a great barbecue very nicely. The laughter and outdoor games that can be played just add to it!

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No Churn Lavender Ice Cream

While we were out on our road trip, I picked up some culinary lavender.  I’ve been seeing “no churn” ice cream recipes all over the place and decided to give one a try – and here is what I came up with!

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Baby Artichokes au Gratin

I went to the farmer’s market looking for something fresh but different to have with dinner.  There was lettuce and berries and loads of herbs – some tomatoes starting to come on and lots of root veggies – then I spotted these – a bin of beautiful, tender, baby artichokes.  Ah HA!  That’s what we’re having!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up # 107

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been incredibly busy!  I’ve run behind a few times on this party and some other things too – makes it hard to find time to figure out what to cook.

Are you looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Well here’s the place to find the answer to that age-old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

And come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here –   Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please NO sales, travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or posts without recipes will be deleted).

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

So thank you everyone that shared!  I try to visit every post, please make sure to leave me a comment and visit some of the other great blogs!

Here are the most popular posts from last week –

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how fantastic they are!

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Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

Summer just calls out for pasta salad.  My mom made the version with the little ditalini pasta and lots of mayonnaise, eggs, and cheddar cheese!  And I love pasta salads – of any kind, but I was looking for something a little lighter – a little fresher – something that said summer with a lot less fat.

Then came this super simple salad with fresh ingredients from your garden or the farmer’s market.  It refreshes your mouth and satisfies your belly and has summer all over it!

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Grilled Chicken with Fresh Peach Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Peach Salsa – pair with a Southwest style Chopped Salad  and you have a perfect summer dinner.

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Camp Steak

We love to serve this with sliced potatoes fried with onions and mushrooms.  A salad kit works great for a side while camping.

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #106

Are you looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Well here’s the place to find the answer to that age-old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

And come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here –   Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please NO sales, travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or posts without recipes will be deleted).

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

So thank you everyone that shared!  I try to visit every post, please make sure to leave me a comment and visit some of the other great blogs!

Here are the most popular posts from last week –

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how fantastic they are!

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Beets and Beet Greens – A Perfect Pair in One Dish

Farmer’s Market had some gorgeous beets!  I bought a bunch with golden, red, and chioggia.

Brought them home and  cooked them right up!

Here’s the recipe….

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