November 22, 2017

Top “Must Try” Summer Recipes


As I mentioned yesterday, there’s just something special about summer gatherings with friends. Those care free, lazy days of summer, where friends come together around some scrumptious summer foods, are some of my favorite memories.

Today I have the privilege of hosting a few of my blogging friends for a Virtual Summer BBQ right here at my place, and I’ve requested that they all bring one of their favorite cold summer dishes.

I don’t know about you, but I am always in need of some tried and true ideas for our picnics and get togethers, and these are perfect “Must Try” Summer recipes. We are serving them up in just enough time so that you can dish them out this Memorial Day.

Since Philadelphia Cooking Cream is graciously providing an amazing prize, and I have used the cooking cremes since the first week they came out, I am going to sing their praises a bit. As I have been attempting to create a repertoire for my soon to launch Ten Minute Dinners site, I’ve learned that the easy to blend cooking cremes transform everyday dishes from ordinary to extraordinary. Their texture and chef-inspired flavors have become a staple in many of my dishes, so I can’t wait to try out these new recipes for more simple and quick ideas.

Now, prepare to become hungry.

I’ve been looking at these recipes for two days now and my stomach keeps growling. They all look SO yummy, but you will decide which one wins the top prize, so browse generously and vote.

I’ve invited these ladies because they are all bloggers that I enjoy and respect, so hopefully you will find some fun new reads, as well as great recipes.

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip: Savings with Shellie

Philly Creamy Deviled Eggs: Smockity Frocks

Southwest Chicken Salad: My Home Sweet Home

Shrimp Campanelle Salad: The Peaceful Mom

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad: Life in Grace

Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce – 4Tunate

Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad: Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Creamy Potato Salad: Mommy Hates Cooking

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars: Saving Dollar and Sense


Don’t they all look amazing? Not it’s your turn!

Please come join in our Virtual Summer BBQ, and enjoy browsing these amazing recipes.

  I would appreciate you pinning this post, so that others can join in on the fun and enjoy these amazing summer recipes.

Creamy Potato Salad – Mommy Hates Cooking
Creamy Italian Pasta Salad – Life in Grace
Southwest Chicken Salad – My Home Sweet Home
Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce – 4Tunate
Shrimp Campanelle Salad – The Peaceful Mom
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip – Saving with Shellie
Philly Creamy Deviled Eggs – Smockity Frocks
Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars –  Saving Dollars and Sense


  1. All of them look divine!


  2. We have a restaurant in town that sells the YUMMIEST creamy jalepeno dip. I will have to give that recipe a try.


  3. Seriously… that Southwest Chicken Salad from My Home Sweet Home is making my mouth water. Would love to have that for lunch today!! 🙂


  4. These all look so amazing! And now I’m starving. Jen, love what you do here. And I triple couponed at Harris Teeter this week and thought of you 😉

    love ya, girl.


  5. STephanie says:

    I am for sure going to try the jalepeno dip!


  6. lots of inspiring summer recipes!


  7. Yum! Lots of delicious ideas!


  8. All look good, but my favorite is the Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad by Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Anything with potatoes, tomatoes, and bacon has to be the best. Can’t wait to try it.


  9. Love Edie’s recipe!!


  10. Judi Merrow says:

    I want to try the Creamy bacon and tomato, potato salad, sound yummy for sure. But then again all the recipes do.


  11. Edie’s pasta salad!!! Yum, making it tomorrow. That’s my vote!


  12. Hi Jen. Just happened to get to your site for these cool recipes. I think I will try Edie’s pasta salad!
    Ps I was at one of your Dec posts, the one about the Christmas mantle, really charming. Thanks for the gentle reminder, in real life it’s not perfect and the sweet info of blog land that we pick and choose. 🙂

    I wonder if you could share your green paint color that I have seen next to your fireplace (in your family room)??

    I want to paint, I think I have procrastinated for ..10 years!!

    Thank you! 🙂


  13. that is so awesome. What drive and determination! Wow! Too cute.


  14. Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures looks great!


  15. Thos Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars are absolutely gorgeous, made them the other day and now i wish i had made a bigger batch, so nice!



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