Yes We Can Eat Pierogies In Summer: Peach Crumble Pierogies Recipe

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There’s no better warming winter treat than a Polish pierogi stuffed full of potato and cheese, then topped with gobs of sour cream. BUT pierogies don’t have to be only a cold-weather treat. Casey Barber’s new book Pierogi Love puts a whole bunch of new-school spins on this old-world treat. One of our favorite versions makes great use of summer’s bounty. Here’s more from Casey Barber… 

IT’S MY SUMMER BREAKFAST RITUAL: standing over the sink, devouring a fresh peach, no plate necessary. In the height of peach season I can plow through two pounds a week this way without even thinking of saving a few for a cobbler or pie. But because all things must end, I’ve stashed a few dozen of these in my freezer to remind me of warm-weather days. The crumble topping freezes
incredibly well, too—spread it on a baking sheet as you would pierogies and transfer to a bag once it’s hard.

Peach Crumble Pierogies

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp Salad

Spicy Shrimp SaladShrimp! And white wine! When it comes to this combo, consider me a regular Beaver Boy. (And if you aren’t a Tim and Eric fan, that video might not make sense, but roll with it.)

Another thing that’s great together, besides shrimp and white wine, is shrimp and avocado. Also, shrimp and garlic. This salad mixes up all of these things! You sauté fresh shrimp in coconut oil, lemon, white wine, lemon, and of course lots of garlic and red chili flakes. Then It’s tossed with a delicate green salad full of fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes, and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. Since shrimp cooks so quickly, this entire salad takes about 10 minutes to throw together. You’re welcome.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Salad

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The Best French Onion Soup Recipe. Ever. (Hint: It Has Beer)

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We’re excited to welcome this guest post from Trisha Miller, a freelance writer from Boise, ID — and a dedicated vegan who enjoys all things craft beer, gardening, and video gaming. Welcome, Trisha!

This soup is so flavorful that it doesn’t rely on bread to give it a nice punch. Guess what? It actually calls for beer.

While this is one of my longer recipes, I love it all the same. It can take an hour to an hour and a half to make, but you need such few ingredients that I feel it is totally worth it. Bread is definitely always a plus, and beer is too. You won’t find a French onion soup that stacks up quite the same. I personally love soup all year round, but you can definitely beef this up a bit for winter or slim it down for summer if you would like.

Beer Onion Soup

What you will need:

  • 1 whole onion (any kind is fine)
  • ½ tablespoon of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of high heat oil (I use grapeseed)
  • 3 tablespoons of beer (optional)
  • 2 cartons of vegetable broth
  • 2 large mushrooms
  • hemp hearts (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper +1 loaf of bread (optional)
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The Best Pad Thai Recipe. Ever.

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After years of testing and trying, I’ve finally found it! The perfect, best, most fail-proof pad thai recipe. This is a major feat, as it’s easy to mess up authentic Thai cooking at home, especially for someone like me who did not grow up in a Thai home. I’m learning this stuff as I go along. My brother Eric and I had the Summer of Pad Thai back in 2011, when we attempted SO many versions and nothing seemed to turn out just right. It was the noodles that caused the most trouble. And Eric is a chef who went to years of culinary school! You’d think he would be the ideal accomplice. But pad thai stumped us both.

NOT ANYMORE, thanks to this recipe! We’re talking something that anyone can make, right in their own kitchen. You might have to run around the Asian markets to pick up all the ingredients, but it’s well worth it. Then, as long as you have a hot stovetop and a big skillet, you’re in business.

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Of course, credit where credit is due. I did not come up with this awesome tutorial and recipe. Leela from one of my favorite food blogs, She Simmers, did. Everything she writes is great, but this recipe in particular is SO thorough and SO well executed. The result? No gloppy noodles, nothing overcooked, nothing undercooked. A perfect sauce that isn’t too spicy, too sweet, too salty – just the best mix of all the Thai flavor profiles.

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And in case you were wondering, no, She Simmers did not solicit this shout-out whatsoever! (Trust me, she wouldn’t need to be begging us for publicity, psshhh. Her site is super popular and she published a wonderful cookbook.) I just wanted to give the world a piece of my mind… and some pics of my beautiful pad thai.

So, are you ready for a project with a VERY delicious and pride-inducing result? Check out her tutorial here! This is part five (I told you it was thorough) but it links to the first four parts throughout the intro. So be sure to go through and read them all and watch her video before attempting!

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If you try this (or any!) pad thai recipe and have great success (or great failure, for that matter) I’d love to hear about it! Or do you have any other go-to pad thai recipes ES should try? Let us know!

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Pork and Pesto Picnic Bites

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Woo-hoo for BBQ season! If there”s one thing we Simmer-ers love most about the weather getting warmer, it”s the opportunity to cook outdoors all day, every day, And as much as we like to do epic BBQ experiments, this time of year the weekends are filled with so many cookouts and picnics that sometimes we just don”t have the time to get super fancy-pants for every grill session.

When I had to make something super-quick for a BBQ/picnic party after work this week, I improvised with what I had on hand and came up with this winner, which took me about 20 minutes total.

I had one of these Smithfield Seasoned Pork Tenderloins in Teriyaki Marinade (I”ve previously cooked these up in the slow cooker and in the oven) but they can actually be quick and easy too, if you just slice up casino pa natet thin pieces of the pre-seasoned pork and throw it on the grill for a few minutes on each side.  Here”s what I did:

Pork and Pesto Picnic Bites

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Ultimate Summertime Cole Slaw

Ultimate Summertime Cole Slaw

Let’s talk summer cookouts, specifically COLE SLAW. I love cole slaw in the summer. Like, looooove. I could eat a whole head of cabbage to myself if I put my mind/stomach to it. Maybe this is thanks to my Austrian/Hungarian heritage.

Or maybe it’s just because I make one of the best cole slaws ever. I want to be modest but oh well, the secret’s out, my cole slaw is the bomb! I get requests for this slaw all summer long. Make it for your friends and you will, too.

My cole slaw is so much better than anything you’d buy at a grocery store. It’s not creamy or heavy. It’s light and bright with a bit of an Asian flair. It’s healthy, it’s inexpensive (important when you’re making slaw for like 40 drunk & hungry people), and it comes together in seriously five minutes. And it’s full of avocado. That’s the real game changer right there.

Ultimate Summertime Cole Slaw

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