Sweet and spicy, this Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is the perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.

Sweet and spicy, Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is a perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.

I’m really excited, y’all.

It’s Popcorn Week! And I’ve teamed up with 14 other fabulous bloggers to share some innovative popcorn recipes with y’all, as well as bring you a popcorn-centric giveaway. We’re using the hashtag #popcornisforbloggers on social media this week, so be sure to follow that for all kinds of popcorn goodness.

But first? First, I’ve got a story to share with y’all about this recipe and where it comes from. View full post »

  • Susannah // Feast + WestJuly 6, 2015 - 9:34 am

    You know the way to my heart, Erin. This is a Texas-sized treat. I am in love! Cannot wait to try this. Thank you so much for being a part of popcorn week!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      So happy you’re loving this popcorn, Susannah! Thanks for including me in popcorn week! I cannot wait to see what everyone else makes!ReplyCancel

  • BrittanyJuly 6, 2015 - 9:43 am

    This is so intriguing! I might have to try this this weekend!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:02 pm

      Thanks, Brittany! If you give it a shot, let me know what you think of it!ReplyCancel

  • KrystenJuly 6, 2015 - 11:39 am

    You’re right, I did kind of hate you for that semester. ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 6, 2015 - 4:03 pm

      I KNEW IT! (Just kidding. But really… I think everyone hated me since I only was taking the capstone and didn’t have to do any balancing like everyone else did.)ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Club NarwhalJuly 6, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    Holy yum!! This sounds al kinds of delicious. Love the sweet and spicy you have going in here :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda@2 Cookin' MamasJuly 6, 2015 - 7:17 pm

    I love experimenting with different popcorn flavors! This one sound yummy and is definitely getting added to my list!ReplyCancel

Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

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I don’t know about y’all, but I find that even with the best intentions, I don’t get around to plotting our my holiday menu until the week before festivities.

Maybe you’re like me.

If you are, I’ve compiled some favorite patriotic (and summertime!) recipes for y’all to try out this July 4th weekend.

Ready for this huge list of recipe recommendations?

You sure?

Mmmmkay! Let’s do this thing!

Independence Day Drinks | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Strawberry Lemonade | Blended Mimosas | Mint Lemonade

Kingston | Sweet Sunrise Mocktail | Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca

Tom Collins | Honey LemonadeStrawberry Honeysuckle Sparkler

Independence Day Appetizers | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizer, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Black Bean Dip | Cucumber and Feta Salad | Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels

Parmesan Pretzel Bites | Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus | Oven Fried Pickles

Oven Fried Okra | Roasted Tomato Salsa | Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Independence Day Entrees | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers | Memphis-Style Barbecue Ribs | Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions on Homemade Pretzel Buns

BBQ Pulled Pork Shoulder Sandwich | Memphis-Style Barbecue Turkey Burgers | Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw

Juicy Lucy Burgers | BBQ Turkey Burgers | Spinach and Feta Burgers

Independence Day Side Dishes | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Spring Pea, Asparagus and Strawberry Salad | Sriracha Baked BeansHoney Mustard Coleslaw

Cucumber and Feta Salad | Spicy Sesame Kale ChipsHeirloom Caprese Panzanella Salad

Ramen Noodle and Clementine SaladParsnip Fries with Tahini SauceBlueberry Pecan Feta Salad

Independence Day Desserts | Looking for the perfect July 4th foods? Look no farther than this July 4th Recipe Round-Up, including summer appetizers, entrees, sides, drinks and desserts!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream SandwichesApple BuddyRoasted Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Strawberry and Blueberry Hand PiesBlackberry and Strawberry Yogurt PopsiclesMini Peach Pies

Dairy-Free Key Lime PieBerry Pound CakeM&M’s Red Velvet Brownie Pops

What do you plan to cook on July 4th?

  • Trish @ Well Worn ForkJuly 1, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Oh my gosh!! What an amazing line up! Thanks for the killer resource. 4th of July is no sweat with this post!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 5, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Trish! It took a looooooong time to pull this post together, but it’s so helpful and actually helped so much with our 4th! I hope you had a lovely holiday, too!ReplyCancel

Last year, I launched a monthly feature to share some of my favorite things with y’all. Because it’s fun to share the stuff I’ve been digging, and because I think y’all might like some of the same things, too.

Since it’s the end of June — where the heck has the year gone?! — I’m continuing this series today with another list of products (and more abstract things) I currently adore.

To recap, I’m sharing my version of a potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster:

the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively <a potluck supper>; whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time.

Every month, I share some of my favorite things. While this list might not be a traditional “meal,” I hope to provide some unique and interesting stuff (products/entertainment/links/etc.) I’ve recently loved in the hopes that y’all will enjoy them, too.

June… it’s been a month, y’all. A good one, for sure, and we’ve seen a lot of changes as our girl gets older and more mobile. We’ve traveled, we’ve eaten, we’ve been more active and are enjoying the summertime, even though it’s a bit, uh, toasty in Dallas.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite things from the month of June:

The Potluck: June 2015 | Continuing the monthly tradition, I bring y

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1. Road trips: We took our first road trip with Lady Baby this month… and it was a blast! While it certainly was different than previous road trips and included crawling into the back seat to do some entertaining and serenading, I was happy we took the plunge and visited our friends and family in Louisiana. We’ll be taking another road trip in July, and I cannot wait to introduce Lady Baby to everyone when we visit my family in Memphis!

2. Sunshine-y days and long walks: It’s hot in Dallas, but not too hot to enjoy a long walk on a pretty day. While I’ve walked significantly less since having Lady Baby, it still feels wonderful, and I hope I can ramp up my walking once again.

3. Community Coffee: I haven’t really drank much coffee since I got pregnant because the taste didn’t sit well with me… but coffee was much-needed this month. We’re unsure if Lady Baby is going through a sleep regression, a growth spurt, teething or a combination of the three, but this mama has needed some liquid energy to add some pep to her step, especially since she’s been waking up at all hours to feed a hungry babe.

4. Damien Rice’s My Favourite Faded Fantasy: I’m a little late on the bandwagon on this one, but I have always adored Damien Rice… and his new(ish) album is nothing short of spectacular. His time off did him some good because these songs are a lot different than the songs from 9 Crimes.

5. New photography backgrounds and props: This month, I picked up some black granite tiles and a black display board (like the kind you’d use for a science fair) to create a new backdrop for food photography. Since we got the windows replaced in our home in February, I’ve been lighting my images using off camera flash, and I wanted to try something different. And I’ve come to realize that the dark backdrop is perfect for displaying various recipes!

6. Pie: Yes, I realize this is a random thing for me to be enjoying… but pie just sings of the summertime, and I’ve had a few slices this month that have made my tastebuds do a happy dance. Emporium Pies is by far my favorite spot in Dallas… though homemade pie is definitely good by me, too. I’m thinking that we’ll make an apple or peach pie this weekend for July 4th festivities.

7. True DetectivePlease tell me some of y’all have been watching this season of True Detective. I can’t decide what I think about it — no surprise there — but I adore that Tim Riggins and Regina George are combining their powers to potentially solve crime(s). And after watching Sunday’s episode? Well… as Winston put it, “This show is so messed up.” And I agree… except I’ve gotta know what happens next and who’s behind all this crazy stuff. Murder mystery/psychological thriller addict, party of one.

What did you love in the month of June?

Curious about other things I’ve loved? Check out my previous potlucks: October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. The perfect dessert for a warm summer’s day.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer

It should be no surprise that I’m adoring all kinds of fresh berries while the summer months are upon us. I mean, have a look at these recipes I’ve made recently.

Berries are my favorite, and I knew I wanted them to play a part in my July 4th dessert this year.

The question was how to make a recipe that was simple, easy to make in advance and refreshing but not as simple as serving fresh berries in a bowl and calling it a day.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer

I found the answer in this ultra-moist pound cake, which is dairy free. (High-five for dairy free desserts!)

… Then I went and served with homemade whipped cream.

Once again, my mother was called in to help make this because, as previously discussed, whipped cream is not my forte. However, if you’re avoiding dairy products, I suggest chilling a can of coconut cream and whipping it up to make whipped coconut cream. Use the same technique and add the powdered sugar, and you’ll be set.

Here’s how I made this dessert:

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Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. The perfect dessert for a warm summer's day.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
Pound Cake
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, tossed in 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Blueberries and Strawberries, sliced
Strawberry Puree
  • 1 cup strawberries, blended
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
Whipped Cream
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • A pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
Make the strawberry puree
  1. In a blender, combine the strawberries and the sugar. Blend until pureed and smooth. Set aside.
Make the pound cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, measure the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until smooth.
  4. Pour in the almond milk, olive oil and the vanilla extract, whisking until well incorporated.
  5. Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, folding them into the batter until smooth.
  6. Pour the strawberry puree into the batter, folding it until the mixture is combined.
  7. Add the blueberries to the mixture, folding the berries into the batter until just mixed in.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, then insert a knife or a toothpick to check the doneness. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, checking every 10, until the pound cake is cooked through.
  10. Let the pound cake come to room temperature.
Make the whipped cream
  1. In a medium-sized glass bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer at a high speed.
  2. Sprinkle in the powdered sugar and the salt as the cream is being whipped.
  3. When it reaches the desired consistency, stop the hand mixer. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap until time to serve.
Serve the pound cake
  1. Slice the room temperature pound cake.
  2. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries sprinkled on top.

Finish your July 4th feast on the lighter side with Berry Pound Cake, full of blueberries and strawberry puree, then topped with homemade whipped cream. The perfect dessert for a warm summer

Are you a big berry fan during the summer months, too?

What do you plan to serve for dessert on July 4th?

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastJune 29, 2015 - 8:28 am

    Mmmmmm this sounds incredible! I love pound cake and anything that involves berries. I’ll take a slice, please!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJune 29, 2015 - 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! I totally agree with you — anything involving berries and pound cake always sounds good to me! And if I could send you a slice, I would!ReplyCancel

Sweetened with honey and barbecue sauce, spiced with Bloody Mary Mix and Sriracha, these Sriracha Baked Beans are a tasty side dish for any summertime get-together.

Sweetened with honey and barbecue sauce, spiced with Bloody Mary Mix and Sriracha, these Sriracha Baked Beans are a tasty side dish for any summertime get-together.

I’m a Memphis girl, and I love me some barbecue, as well as all the “traditional” barbecue sides that come with it.

“Traditional sides?” you ask.

Yes. There are certain side dishes, to me, that you cannot enjoy a barbecue meal without. In Memphis, the side dishes that come to mind are baked beans and coleslaw. For me, they’ve gotta be done right to round out that perfect barbecue feast and potentially be added on top of a pulled pork sandwich for good measure.

Since moving to Texas, the land of beef barbecue, I’ve learned about some new barbecue sides. They’re all delicious, and I certainly won’t complain when served fried okra or macaroni and cheese with my barbecue… but I like what I grew up with.

And whenever I think about making barbecue at home, I gravitate to those sides from my past.

However, that doesn’t mean we’ve gotta make them the same ol’ same ol’ way they’ve always been made.

Sweetened with honey and barbecue sauce, spiced with Bloody Mary Mix and Sriracha, these Sriracha Baked Beans are a tasty side dish for any summertime get-together.

A few years back, I was horrified to learn that baked beans are full of — you guessed it — sugar. Like, more sugar than some baked goods.

And while I still enjoy baked beans, when I’m making them at home, I try to make them a little better for me. So this version? It’s sweetened with barbecue sauce — which calls for quite a bit of sugar — but also gains some sweetness from honey.

Once the sweetness was on point, I poured in Bloody Mary Mix to add some tanginess and spice, then some Sriracha… because why not?

The end result is baked beans that are not too sweet and pack a major punch of heat.

Here’s how you make ’em:

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Sweetened with honey and barbecue sauce and spiced with Bloody Mary Mix and Sriracha, these Sriracha Baked Beans are a tasty side dish for any summertime get-together.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Beans
  • 1 cup dried navy beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Baked Beans
  • 4 slices peppered bacon
  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Bloody Mary Mix
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, boil the soaked beans in the water, which has been seasoned with salt.
  2. Boil over high heat until the beans are tender, then drain and set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven, cook the peppered bacon down, then remove from the drippings. Leave the drippings in the pan.
  4. Heat the pan to medium-high and add the onions and garlic to the bacon drippings, cooking until soft.
  5. Pour in the Bloody Mary Mix, barbecue sauce, honey, Sriracha sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stirring and bringing to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat, and add the beans, stirring until incorporated.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Cover the Dutch oven with its lid, and transfer it into the preheated oven.
  9. Bake the beans for 60 minutes covered, then remove the cover for an additional 30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm!

Sweetened with honey and barbecue sauce, spiced with Bloody Mary Mix and Sriracha, these Sriracha Baked Beans are a tasty side dish for any summertime get-together.

What are the “traditional” barbecue sides where you come from?

How do you like your baked beans?

  • KrystenJune 26, 2015 - 1:24 pm

    Potato salad! Mustardy as can be!ReplyCancel

  • Trish @ Well Worn ForkJuly 1, 2015 - 2:34 pm

    You had me at sriracha! A bowl of these beans is the “tall, dark, and handsome” of the food world. I feel like I just found a catch! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish MeJuly 5, 2015 - 7:17 pm

    I am dyiiiiiiiing over these baked beans!!! Love it to infinity.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJuly 5, 2015 - 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Heather! They’re pretty darn good… and we made them again yesterday. Because you can’t have a 4th of July celebration without some kind of baked beans!ReplyCancel