Chilled Cucumber Soup

When most people think of making a summer dish, soup probably doesn't immediately come to mind. Summer warrants cool and refreshing, not hot and comforting. Have you ever tried chilled soup?  They're the most refreshing appetizer to any summer meal and they're simple to make.  My mom was heralded for her Chilled Cucumber Soup.  It always perked eye brows and taste buds whenever it was served.  She usually whipped up a fresh batch before we went over someone's house for dinner.  The Cuisinart would be humming as the cucumbers and yogurt … [Read more...]

Black Bean Power Salad

In two short weeks both of my kids will fly the coop and nestle themselves in the backwoods of Main for 7 weeks of sleepaway camp. Lucky for me, I still do love my husband and I still cherish our time together.  I'm looking to these next few weeks as an opportunity to share quality time and experiences and conversation that are otherwise robbed from us when we're in the throws of parenthood.  Additionally, I'm looking forward to  some no bake recipes, and others that I know for certain, one or both of my kids might not eat. For a simple … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

My favorite recipe roundup of the year is for Memorial Day Weekend.  We know you want to fire up the grill this weekend and kick-off your summer with a smorgasbord of recipes that will quench your thirst and satiate your hunger. From sangria to salad to burgers, we've curated our summer blog favorites from the past six years of My Judy the Foodie. So, tighten your apron, get your spatulas ready, and bring on the FOOD (and drink): White Wine Sangria This sangria only takes about 5 minutes to make and it tastes so refreshing (I let it sit … [Read more...]

Finding Perfection in Unrip Fruit

Memorial Day is right around the corner and so are our fantasies of backyard BBQ's, fresh grilled food and succulent summer fruit.  However, this doesn't mean that you should shy away from using those fruits that aren't quite "ripe". I love these creative ways to salvage your unripe fruits in your recipes, to avoid waste but also to tap into their yet-to-be-discovered potential (sage advice from Celilia Estreich of Baldor Specialty Foods). Green Apricots This immature apricot is harvested early in the season and resembles a green … [Read more...]