Hot Eats and Cool Reads: July 2015

Jul 30, 2015

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

This sauce is ready in 15 minutes and tastes amazing! You'll never want to buy store bought sauce again!


This sauce is ready in 15 minutes and tastes amazing! You'll never want to buy store bought sauce again! Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


Today's recipe is one of those that has you thinking... why haven't I ever made this before? It's so easy and it's something I can make if I need it. I've found myself without pizza sauce in the past when I've wanted to make garlic bread or homemade pizza .


Jul 27, 2015

Blueberry and Wild Rice Breakfast Bowl Recipe

A delicious breakfast bowl with juicy blueberries and Minnesota grown wild rice! The perfect start to any morning!


A delicious breakfast bowl with juicy blueberries and Minnesota grown wild rice! The perfect start to any morning! Blueberry and Wild Rice Breakfast Bowl Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!



Growing up in Minnesota, wild rice is something you'd see everywhere! 

From chicken wild rice soup, to a cream of something hotdish at the family potluck, or in pancakes! It's everywhere! 

I especially love wild rice in breakfast recipes and I have such a tasty new one for you today!

Jul 22, 2015

Creamy Poppyseed Pasta Salad Recipe

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This delicious pasta salad is loaded with cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella! Perfect for any summertime meal, especially when grilling!


This delicious pasta salad is loaded with cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella! Perfect for any summertime meal, especially when grilling! Creamy Poppyseed Pasta Salad from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


By now, you should know I'm a lover of all things pasta salad! I've shared tons of new recipes this summer and they all are a great addition to your next BBQ! I'm sharing an especially fabulous one today!


Jul 20, 2015

Spicy Garlic and Basil Sesame Noodles Recipe

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Simple and delicious Asian inspired side or meatless main dish! Perfect for busy weeknights!


Simple and delicious Asian inspired side or meatless main dish! Perfect for busy weeknights! Spicy Garlic and Basil Sesame Noodles Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


My eight year old, Ella has been a somewhat picky eater these last few years. It's been a struggle getting her to try new things and when she does, she doesn't like any of them. She came to me the other day and expressed how much she'd love to help in the kitchen with prep and cooking. I can't even begin to tell you how excited that made me! She started paging through some cookbooks for meals she might like, and today's recipe was created using some recipe ideas she found.


Jul 16, 2015

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Skip the store bought stuff and make your own! Ready in less than five minutes and SO tasty!


Skip the store bought stuff and make your own! Ready in less than 5 minutes and SO tasty! Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Fishing is in full swing right now in Minnesota! 

There's nothing like going out on the boat and catching some sunfish or walleye to bring home and fry up! 

What goes best with some fresh, breaded lake fish? Homemade Tartar Sauce!

Jul 13, 2015

Individual Strawberry Pretzel Desserts with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Recipe

A perfect no bake summertime dessert that everyone loves! Ready in less than 10 minutes!


A perfect no bake summertime dessert that everyone loves! Ready in less than 10 minutes! Individual Strawberry Pretzel Desserts with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!




July 13th already? This summer is flying by! We've been enjoying all the delicious local produce available, especially strawberries! We've also been spending alot of time in the water, listening to music at our local summertime concert series and will take a trip up to the cabin next month! I just love everything about this time of year!

Book Review: Forever For a Year By B.T. Gottfred plus Giveaway!

Samples and prizing are provided by Macmillan. All thoughts are my own.


About the Book:
When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can't happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


About the Author:
B.T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and director. Some stuff he has done to feign sanity includes writing, directing & producing feature film The Movie Hero; writing the Off-Broadway play Mary, F**ck, or Kill and web series “Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World”, and writing & directing the play Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes, which has played over four years in Los Angeles and Chicago and is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere this year. Forever for a Year is his first novel. Sort of.


Giveaway: 
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Forever For a Year by B.T. Gottfred, $25 Sephora Gift Card, Nail Polish and Compact Mirror. US addresses only. 



Good luck!

Jul 6, 2015

Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe

Sure to be a new family favorite! The tangy flavor of the dill pickles adds a delicious pop of flavor to this salad!



Dill Pickle Potato Salad



Dill Pickle Potato Salad! Sure to be a new family favorite! The tangy flavor of the dill pickles adds a delicious pop of flavor to this salad! Make it for your next picnic or BBQ!


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Dill Pickle Potato Salad! Sure to be a new family favorite! The tangy flavor of the dill pickles adds a delicious pop of flavor to this salad! Make it for your next picnic or BBQ!


One thing I absolutely love about summer? It's salad season!

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