The Dish on Summer

Cool recipes for warm weather
The Dish on Summer

Cool recipes for warm weather

Take a trip to your local farmer’s market to find several of the ingredients in these recipes. Whether you’re looking for a light pick-me-up for your summer camper, a quick picnic meal, or a little something to take to the Independence Day family cookout, try one or all of these simple and delicious recipes suited for summer.

Apple Chips
Lemon Ginger Apple Chips


1 Pound apples (pink lady)

2 Lemons, juice only

1 Tablespoon ginger juice

Parchment paper

*If you want to add the chips to granola or trail mix, chop the rounds into smaller pieces.


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Turn the apple on its side and slice the apple into 1/8 inch thick rounds. (The core will create a star; the seeds will fall out as the slice dries.)
  3. Repeat for all your apples.
  4. Put all the slices into a bowl and pour the lemon and ginger juices over the slices. Stir to ensure each slice is evenly coated.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your apple slices out in a single layer. Place into oven and let apple slices dry for 2–3 hours or until the slices are crisp.
Strawberry Salad with Chicken
Strawberry Salad with Chicken


2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cubed

4 Tablespoons olive oil – divided 2 and 2

4 Tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing – divided 2 and 2

1 Bunch fresh spinach – rinsed, dried

1 Pint strawberries – sliced

4 Ounces crumbled goat or feta cheese

5 Ounces candied pecans (optional)


  1. Cook chicken breast in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Once cooked through, remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Place spinach in salad bowl.
  3. Add strawberries, goat cheese and candied pecans.
  4. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  5. Top with chicken.
  6. Served slightly warm or chilled.
Independence Day Dessert Pizza
Independence Day Dessert Pizza


1 18-ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or your favorite cookie dough recipe)

8  Ounces whipped topping

½ Cup strawberries

½ Cup blueberries

½ Cup blackberries

½ Cup bananas

12 Inch pizza pan


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Press cookie dough into 12-inch pizza pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. Spread whipped topping over cooled crust. Arrange fruit. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*Change fruit to your tastes. Those in this recipe will give a red, white and blue effect in honor of July 4.
About author:

Kandice Matteson is the Advertising & Editorial Director and Co-Publisher of From Our Nest magazine, residing in Ozark with her husband, two daughters and two dogs. With a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s in rhetoric, Matteson spends almost as much time dissecting the meanings and motives behind language and composition as she does watching Frozen with her two daughters. She's a quasi-crunchy mama who cherishes children and loves to share knowledge and information with all that will let her.

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