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Dog Days of Summer

May 20, 2010

It’s not even June, but it already feels like the dog days of summer. 

Of course, that might have something to do with the company we’ve been keeping:

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And of course, these dogs too:

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Smart Pups! Yum!

Along with our “hot dogs,” we had Cilantro Lime Honey Sweet Potato Fries:

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Mmmmm….these were an experiment, and they were good!  To make these, I simply mixed together 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. olive oil, and 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, and poured it over the raw sweet potatoes, then baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  The lime juice and cilantro flavors were actually really subtle after these cooked.  Just an extra little thing to make you go, “Hmmm!”  Perfect!

We had another experimentation recipe last night as well:

Grilled Onion, Blackberry, and Mango Salad


1 red onion, cut into thick slices

1 cup chopped mango

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

juice of 1 lime


To prepare the onions, drizzle with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning (such as Tony’s), then grill for 10-15 minutes, flipping occasionally (you might need to use a grill pan for this so that the onions don’t fall through the grill).  Once onions are cooked and slightly cooled, use your hands to break them up into individual rings, then combine with the rest of the ingredients.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

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This salad was SO good!  It was an unusual combination of flavors, but they went really well together.

All in all, ’twas a great meal!

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See you this afternoon!  I’ll be eating lunch with my grandmother today, so it might be a later post…but be sure to check back in, because I’ll have the Veganomicon winner!!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Ali permalink
    May 20, 2010 1:39 pm

    Hi Anna! Love the dog pics, and LOVE the “Got Biscuits” shirt!! 🙂 I made your Vegan Potato Salad (from the “Summer Meal” post) – L-O-V-E-D it!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. May 20, 2010 1:52 pm

    That salad sounds absolutely awsome. As do the sweet potatoes. I must try that version!

  3. May 20, 2010 1:53 pm

    OMG the sweet potato fries sound awesome.. so does the salsa

  4. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    May 20, 2010 1:54 pm

    I want to eat EVERYTHING on here! Immediately!

  5. May 20, 2010 2:13 pm

    My eyes are all over those sweet potatoes

  6. May 20, 2010 2:19 pm

    That salad just screams summer!

  7. May 20, 2010 2:38 pm

    hey girl!! wow everything ALWAYS LOOKS AMAZING ON HERE!! loving the sweet taters too!!

  8. May 20, 2010 2:53 pm

    Those sweet potatoes look incredible! I wish I had some of that for lunch today!

  9. louisianagrown permalink
    May 20, 2010 3:04 pm

    The sweet potato fries look awesome! I have fresh cilantro in my garden right now, and I’ll have to be trying those out real soon.

  10. May 20, 2010 3:27 pm

    Gosh all those flavors sound delicious together! And I love anything grilled 😉

  11. May 20, 2010 4:03 pm

    it looks like your grilled onions worked out REALLY well! i can never get them to stay together when i do that, but it’s so amazing when we have them at restaurants and such. can’t wait to read the winner (and hoping it’s me hehe) 🙂

  12. May 20, 2010 4:10 pm

    That salad and sweet potatoes look insanely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. May 20, 2010 5:15 pm

    My goodness, you should seriously have a cookbook – your eats are always so wonderful!!
    Beautiful dogs too 🙂

  14. May 20, 2010 6:44 pm

    Those pups are killing me! And I love your sweet potato creation.

  15. May 20, 2010 7:16 pm

    Ugh I just love summer and everything in this post-that salad looks great!

  16. May 20, 2010 8:09 pm

    Oh god that salad sounds amazing. I NEED to make it asap. Or better: as soon as blackberries are in season over here 😉

  17. May 20, 2010 10:46 pm

    That salad looks FAB. Love the grilled onions 🙂

  18. May 20, 2010 11:34 pm

    that salad looks amazing! i love grilled red onion and mango and berries so all together this would be SO GOOD!

  19. May 20, 2010 11:41 pm

    Cute puppies! That salad looks so perfect for summer! Yum 🙂

  20. May 21, 2010 12:05 am

    I really wish the weather would make up its mind–chilly and rainy the past two days and then suddenly today it’s summer!

  21. May 21, 2010 12:27 am

    Aww, puppers!

  22. May 21, 2010 1:20 pm

    Aw, love the pup pictures! The sweet potatoes look divine and I love the idea of putting onions with fruit, they’re awesome in a watermelon “fire & ice” salsa. Looks like we’re due for a crazy weathered weekend here.

  23. actorsdiet permalink
    May 22, 2010 1:34 am

    look at those pooches! reminds me of whenever i am with my in-laws and my sister-in-law in philly – they have a standard black poodle too.

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