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pepper jack juicy lucy

a pepper jack juicy lucy burger cut in half on a plate

Great news, friends! Tillamook is now in the Twin Cities and to celebrate, I’m sharing my new favorite burger recipe: this Pepper Jack Juicy Lucy. Thick-cut Pepper Jack cheese slices are stuffed inside burger patties, then cooked until the beef is done and the cheese inside is OMG-melty. Top it with a spread of jalapeño cream cheese, buttery caramelized onions, juicy fresh tomato, crispy bacon and leafy lettuce on a toasted brioche bun and dig in to the burger you never knew you needed all your life.

fluffernutter cups

stack of fluffernutter cups on parchment paper

Fluffernutter Cups, you guys! Aka, homemade chocolate peanut butter cups stuffed with fluffy marshmallow cream and smooth creamy peanut butter and topped with flaky sea salt. Aka, my dream dessert (and it’s no-bake, too!). Cue all the praise hands emojis.

cherry pie bars

cherry pie bars on plates

Nothing is more important this summer than baking these Cherry Pie Bars and getting them into your life. A sweet-tart fresh cherry filling, buttery lattice pie crust and sparkling sugar topping (plus a dollop of whipped cream!) make these bars absolutely irresistible. Make them for the upcoming holiday weekend or as a fun weekend baking project and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

creamy mango pie

slices of mango pie on plates

If you need a go-to pie recipe for the summer, this Creamy Mango Pie is IT. A homemade graham cracker crust is topped with a fresh mango custard filling, pillowy whipped cream and toasted flaked coconut for the ultimate dessert worthy of any occasion.

Holy cow, you guys. This pie is everything I’ve ever wanted in a pie and then some. Sweet, cookie-like graham cracker crust? Check. Creamy fresh mango filling? Check. Mountains of homemade whipped cream and crunchy toasty coconut flakes? Check check.

watermelon mojitos

watermelon mojitos on a surface

Need a go-to drink for the summer? You’re looking at it. These Watermelon Mojitos are super refreshing and delicious! Made with fresh watermelon and mint, light rum, lime juice and a splash of fizzy club soda, these cocktails are made for patio nights, cookouts or lazy summer days by the pool or in your backyard.

Most nights, I can be chill with just a glass of wine. But on the weekends or on special occasions, Elliott and I really enjoy making fun cocktails at home. That’s when this ridiculously tasty Watermelon Mojito was born and, well, let’s just say I’ll be drinking one of these every weekend from here until September (and then some). Join me, will you?

peach crisp

peach crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream

Summer just isn’t complete without a fresh fruit dessert, and this Peach Crisp is up to the task. Juicy sweet peaches are topped with a cinnamon-spiced crunchy granola topping for a truly delightful treat appropriate for any time — breakfast, dessert, after-lunch dessert, pre-dinner dessert, second breakfast, etc. You get the idea. Top it with a scoop or two of vanilla bean ice cream and, listen, you’re going to reach for seconds. Just let it happen.

I have a few weaknesses in life, but my friends, the greatest among them is fruit crisp. I just cannot stop with it. If you put a bowlful in front of me, warm and fresh with a crunchy topping and melty vanilla ice cream cascading down into the pools of sugary fruit syrup, I will lose all willpower. The only way to get me to stop eating it is to remove it from the room entirely (and even then, I might sniff it out for more).