Garlic Basil Mustard Dip

*This post is not technically sponsored.  French’s sponsored my post the other day about a picnic.  But I also wanted to share the recipe for the dip I made.  So this post isn’t sponsored but I DID use mustard they sent me.  And this photo IS from that sponsored shoot.  Have I covered all my bases?  All opinions are mine.  Full disclosure, I bought almost all pre-cut vegetables.  And then I reused them after the shoot on friends.  There.  Now you know everything. Garlic and Basil Mustard  Veggie Dip.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comVeggies and dip.  Match made in heaven.  But I’m kind of sick of ranch.  And a vinaigrette would have been too messy (I will NOT ruin this blanket.  It’s my new fave. Is it weird to have a special occasion blanket?)  So I decided to modify a recipe for French’s Basil and Garlic Mustard (which I can’t find on their site to link to) and turn it in to a dip.

I  first showed you this dip in my summer picnic post from the other day.  But today, you get the recipe. This Garlic Basil Mustard Dip is super tangy AND creamy with a touch of heat from the garlic and herbaciousness from mi amor basil.  I added some chives for good measure.  A quick squeeze of lemon juice and you’ve got yourself a dip!  Eat with fresh vegetables and behold the wonder that is nature.

Garlic Basil Mustard Dip

Ingredients

  • Adapted from French's Basil and Garlic Mustard recipe
  • 1/2 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 6oz. containers of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh chives
  • Juice of 1/2 of lemon

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. You can leave out the mayo if you are looking for more of a "clean eating" recipe.
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/garlic-basil-mustard-dip/

 

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Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Buns

*This is a sponsored post by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions are mine.  I love this company.  Mustard and herb marinated grilled veggie sandwiches on King's Hawaiian Buns.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAh, summer.  I’m so glad it has finally started for us!!  School got out late this year so it didn’t really feel like we could really DO summer until a week ago.  Now our days are filled with swim lessons and keeping cool.  And it finally feels right to barbecue everything.  I’m not a huge fan of steak though, and I eat a ton of chicken so I wanted to switch it up a little.  Grilled veggies are one of my favorite things to eat so I thought, Hey!  Why not make them in to a sandwich?!  

Easy marinated grilled vegetable sandwich with King's Hawaiian buns.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA quick trip to the store yielded all the ingredients for the grilled sandwich of my dreams!!  But you could easily sub out whatever makes your heart happy.  Do not switch out these King’s Hawaiian buns though.  I’ve never loved hamburger buns but THESE I could eat on their own.  Same great taste as their rolls.  And super light and airy.  While this is a sponsored post, I totally don’t have to make lifestyle changes based on the writing of a post for one company.  But I plan to only use these buns for my burgers from now on.  Gross regular hamburger buns, consider yourselves replaced!

Mustard and herb marinade for grilled veggies.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI really like to play around with different flavors for my grilled veggies.  I love how caramely they can get with a good balsamic vinegar and how flavorful they can be with a drizzle of evoo and some fresh minced garlic.  But when I came across this recipe for a mustard and herb grilled veggie sandwiches.  I knew I had to try them out!  I also knew the sweet touch of the King’s Hawaiian buns would be the perfect balance to the tang of the mustard.  If you are not a fan of mustard (which I am usually not) then you can still make this grilled vegetables sandwich by using an easy vinaigrette (mix about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar, 1/8 tsp salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste, 1 clove garlic minced, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil).

Marinade the vegetables in a mustard and herb mixture before grilling! So yummy!  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI made the mustard herb sauce and tossed all my veggies in it.  They don’t need to really marinade in the sauce, just need to be coated.  I also didn’t baste them throughout the cooking process.  I’m a lazy cook…  Well, my husband usually does the grilling, but I guess I was too lazy to tell HIM to baste them…

Tip:  Spread mustard on King's Hawaiian buns before grilling to mimic In N Out's "fried mustard"!  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHere’s the kicker you guys.  So I love In N Out (a pure California treat!  So sorry if you have never experienced it.  Put it on your bucket list).  On their animal style burgers they do something called “fried mustard” where they grill mustard on to the bun.  It’s so great!  So I decided to try that out on the grill.  All you need to do is spread a light layer of yellow mustard on each side of the bun before placing them directly on the heat.  

Meatless Monday grilled veggie sandwich recipe.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen you send your husband outside with a whole lotta veggies to grill.  And then give him instructions like, “Look pensive.  Now really sell it.  You ARE summer grilling!” while taking photos of him making your dinner.  We just got one of those bbq grill pans, btw and it is awesome!!  My husband no longer gives me the stink eye when I give him tiny little pieces of veggie to try to balance on the grill. 

Delicious summer grilling recipe.  Marinated grilled veggie sandwich.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comOnce the veggies are done you are ready to assemble the sandwich.  How yum do those crusty mustard buns look?! 

King's Hawaiian grilled vegetable sandwich with mustard and herb marinade. #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStack the veggies in any order you want.  Leave off what you don’t want and put on what you do.  The buns will have a nice little crisp edge to them but I felt like I wanted to have a little bit more texture for my sandwich so I grabbed some crispy onion straws.

Mustard and herb marinated grilled veggie sandwich recipe.  #spon // www. cupcakesandcutlery.comThe taste is tangy and sweet from the mustard and the King’s Hawaiian bun.  It feels hearty from the thick cut veggies and fresh from the herbs in the mustard sauce.  You can pair it with anything from chips like I did since this was my husband’s night to help with dinner and since he was grilling I didn’t want to have to make anything…lazy.  But this would go really well with a salad, baked beans, coleslaw, etc.

I can’t wait to make these again!  And a quick side note, the leftover vegetables  were fantastic cold the next day!

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Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Buns

Ingredients

  • (Mustard Herb Marinade recipe is from French's)
  • For the Veggie Marinade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 Yellow Mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • For the Sandwich
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Green Zuccini
  • 2 Yellow Zucchini
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian Sandwich Buns
  • Crispy friend onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Slice all vegetables into "steaks" and coat with whatever marinade you prefer.
  3. Grill vegetables.
  4. Spread mustard on each half of the bun and grill on direct heat on the grill.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches to your liking topping the vegetables with crispy fried onions if desired.
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/grilled-vegetable-sandwiches-kings-hawaiian-buns/

Popsicles for Summer Family Fun

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Fruttare, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A DIY popsicle topping bar for your next summer party! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAh, summer.  To my family, it means long days of playing, finding new adventures and spending tons of time with our extended family.  Our local cousins moved in to a new house with a pool a few months ago so we end up hosting a lot of family gatherings and swimming playdates there.  Mostly the kids don’t want to get out of the water for snacks – which is CRAZY, since when at home, all my kids do is ask for snacks. But you can always entice a kid with a popsicle.  These Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars have become a favorite of all of us, kids and adults alike.  So on our latest family swim day, I decided to bring out some toppings so everyone could boost their bars.  Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars are the perfect treat for your summer swim parties!  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy mom had been talking up these bars to me for weeks.  She loved that the have a real fruit flavor and that the ones with milk are super creamy and refreshing.  I finally checked them out and was bowled over at how many choices there were for flavors.  I had to get Strawberry and Milk, duh, you ALWAYS have to get strawberry but also grabbed a box of the Black Cherry because I knew my boys would be all over those.   Have a family swimming party to kick off summer!  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile the kids swam (PHOTO BOMB!)  I got the toppings together to create an easy little DIY bar “bar.”  Set up a popsicle "bar" for your next family get together.  Provide Fruttare Pops and then let each person add their own "toppings".  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had never tried this idea before but it sounded good.  So through some trial and error, each kid picked their favorite bar and jazzed it up with yummy topping options.  NOTE:  On a hot day, these bars melt quick.  It worked best to keep them in the freezer (which is where you can find them at your local grocery store.  I found mine at Ralphs, or Kroger to you non West coasters) and have each kid make theirs one at a time. Kick your usual popsicle up a notch by adding toppings! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe tried several ways of adding the toppings.  We tried dipping the bar in water and then adding the toppings to a cup and trying to shake them on the bar.  The water was not needed.  The popsicle, as it warms up, was tacky enough to get the smaller toppings to stick to it. Dip your Fruttare Bar in to dark chocolate chips for a super yummy treat this summer! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd because I am mess averse, the way I liked best for the kids was to give them a cup with a handful of the toppings that they wanted and then they could just dip the bar in a little at a time. Have each kid add their own toppings to their Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bar for a DIY dessert! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then we realized that when the bars got smaller, you couldn’t reach the toppings in the tall cup.  So we turned to smaller bowls.  This kid certainly wanted his bar covered… Customize popsicles with delicious toppings at your next family party! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd I’ve never known popsicles to need a plate to be eaten off of but… Popsicles and pools.  The perfect way to have summer family fun.  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut the best thing about these bars is that they are really great on their own.  The kids loved the black cherry flavor and I’m glad I demanded a bite of one before they were all gone.  Celebrate summer with family and popsicles.  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThese Fruttare bars were the perfect refreshing treat for this hot summer day. Nothing says summer like eating popsicles in the pool! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis guy had never had food in the pool before.  You’re welcome, sister-in-law.  I’ve just corrupted your son.  Just wait until he experiences his first swim up bar!  His head might explode.  I know mine did.   Popsicles are the perfect treat for your next summer family get together! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis DIY popsicle topping bar was a super fun thing to try out but really the star of the show was the fruit bar itself.  Fruttare has a really fun summer promotion going on right now where you can find a special code on the boxes which can be redeemed for a $4 music reward where you can download music.  See full details on their site.  Codes available through July 31, 2014 and are available while supplies last.  Follow Fruttare on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about this awesome summer treat!

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Cucumber Basil and Lime Vodka Cocktail

*I was sent a bottle of American Harvest Organic Vodka for this post.

cucumber-and-basil-vodka-cocktail-for-summerUm, yeah.  Cucumber.  Lime.  Basil.  Each of those things screams refreshing to me.  Then put them altogether in a cocktail and of course you aren’t going to hate it.  This cucumber basil and lime vodka cocktail might just be my summer drink for 2014.  But let me tell you a little bit of a funny story…

American-Harvest-VodkaSometimes brands send me alcohol to use in posts.  Just like American Harvest did.  But most of the time I already have an idea for something I want to make with it.  The bottle arrived with a little recipe booklet and I flipped through.  Each cocktail sounded more delicious than the last.  And then I came across this cucumber number. 

slicing-cucumbers-for-the-vodka-cocktailI sliced up the cucs, quartered the limes and got almost through the entire recipe before I realized…

refreshing-vodka-drink-perfect-for-summerthat the drink is pretty much straight vodka.  Like, there is a little bit of lime juice from the muddling but it’s pretty much a big old cup of icy cold vodka.  You would have thought I would have figured that out when I read the recipe the first time.  Or made my grocery list of things I needed for making the cocktail.  But no.  I’m a total lightweight so I was super concerned that I would not like it and be drunk just from one sip.  I am happy to report that while the cocktail was on the stronger side (again, the whole thing is pretty much vodka) the taste was fantastic!  The basil, cucumber and lime took a little of the edge off but the real star is the American Harvest Vodka.  For real.  I wouldn’t just say that since they sent me a bottle of vodka.  I could totally see drinking these this summer.  Like, really slowly.  Over several hours.  With lots of food in my stomach.  And a baby sitter for the kids.  And some Drinkwel.  But I have heard that organic vodka’s are not as likely to induce a hang over…

summer-cocktail-vodka-basil-cucumberWhat I loved most about this cocktail is that the flavors were so crisp and clean.  The ice made this super easy to sip and the fragrance from the basil and cucumber made it a really enjoyable from start to finish.  It goes to show that with the right brand of spirit, you might like something you were never a huge fan of before.  This has also happened with me and whiskey.  But still not probably going to drink that straight.

You can find the full recipe right here (I didn’t use the agave because I don’t generally add sweeteners to my drinks)

*Thank you for supporting the brands, like American Harvest, that let me do what I do.  All opinions are mine.

 

Beer Floats

Banana bread beer floats are a refreshing treat for summer.  And dessert too.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDo this.  For real.  Beer floats are kind of amazing.  And this one, with banana bread beer(!) is super yummy.  I was thinking these would be fantastic for Father’s Day celebrating.  Or a man’s birthday.  Or Saturday.

Banana bread beer floats!! YUM!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy local supermarket has been carrying craft beers for the last year or so, so I didn’t even have to go track this down any where fancy.  They also have a chocolate stout version (which I used here) that is GOOD.  There is no recipe for a beer float.  Add scoops of ice cream, pour beer on top.  Drink. 

Make a beer float this summer!  This banana bread beer is perfect.  Or try a stout with chocolately flavors!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt’s dessert and adult beverage in one.  I don’t see why you wouldn’t have one of these on a balmy summer night.  Have you ever tried a beer float before? 

Beer floats are perfect for summer.  And Father's Day.  And any other manly holiday. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comJust like a regular float, the beer foams up when you top the ice cream.  But please drink responsibly, and by that I mean make sure the kids know this is not a root beer float.  And don’t drink and drive.  And don’t drunk text.