bowl of summer fruit with shaved coconut on top

Summer Recipes!

Let’s whip up some fun summer dishes from our Vendors!

skillet dish with eggs, cherry tomatoes and shredded basil

     Summer is here and with it comes Summer food!  I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Summer food!  Everything is at its freshest and the flavors are so intense.  The colors are amazing and with very little work and not much time, you can put a beautiful and filling meal on the table.  Following are a few recipes from some of our favorite vendors.  They look so delicious.  I just wish I could smell and taste them through my screen!

     First up is Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Cook’s Vanilla  Why not start with dessert – it’s summer!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

chocolate chip cookie bars in rectangle pan



  • 1.5 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Sticks (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Cook’s Vanilla
  • 2.25 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 24 Ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (2 standard bags)
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Grease a 9X13 casserole dish with butter.

  3. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

  4. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  5. Mix in the vanilla extract.

  6. Mix in the chocolate chips.

  7. Fold in the flour, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch. Mix until just combined.

  8. Press the dough into greased pan.

  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and when a knife is inserted it comes out with no dough (there will be melted chocolate on the knife.)

  10. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and enjoy with ice cream!

So, we started with a dessert.  Let’s move on to a refreshing beverage.  This recipe comes to us from Tea Drops

Sweet Peppermint Arnold Palmer

glass pitcher of tea on table beside canister and 2 packets of sweet peppermint tea drops


  • 10 oz Tea Drops Sweet Peppermint, cooled
  • 2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Honey
  • 6 oz Swoon Pink Lemonade
  • 4 oz Mix Berries
  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • Strawberry for garnish


  1. In a pitcher, combine Tea Drops Sweet Peppermint, lemon juice, honey, Swoon Pink Lemonade, mixed berries, and mint leaves.
  2. Stir mixture until well combined.
  3. To serve, fill glass with ice and pour mixture on top.
  4. Garnish with strawberry and enjoy!

Next we have a main dish recipe – pizza crust using crushed grains.  This recipe is from Our Fathers Foods right here in Ohio!

Pizza Crust Recipe

yellow logo with green farm scene and Our Fathers Foods banner across it


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups Crushed Wheat #1
  • 1 cup Crushed Wheat #2
  • ¼ cup Crushed Flax


  • Combine warm water and yeast
  • Next add in salt and butter
  • Next, add in crushed Wheat #1 Crushed Wheat #2, and Crushed Flax
  • Mix together until all is stuck together in a ball
  • Let rise for 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Split dough into two pieces (makes 2 medium crusts)
  • Roll each piece of dough out
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes
  • Top with your favorite pizza toppings, bake until done and enoy!

The next recipe is from The National Honey Board http://www.honey.comand it’s a salad to go along with that pizza!

Spinach Salad with Honey Bacon Dressing


YIELD: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 6 oz. -fresh spinach leaves 5 slices -bacon, about 4 oz.
  • 1/4 cup -red wine vinegar 3 T -honey cherry tomatoes, for topping
  • red onions, for topping
  • mushrooms, sliced, for topping


  • Wash and dry spinach thoroughly. Place in a large bowl.
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet on each side until crisp. Place bacon on paper towels and remove skillet from heat. Pour bacon fat into a heatproof cup and measure 2 T back into the skillet. Let bacon cool, then crumble into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • In a small bowl, mix honey and vinegar.
  • Heat the 2 T of bacon fat in the skillet over medium-high heat and carefully add honey-vinegar mixture. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and cool 2 minutes.
  • Pour dressing over spinach and toss well. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Add bacon pieces to spinach and mix. Serve immediately.
  • Optional Toppings: cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions

And another one from the National Honey Board, because who can resist a frosty, fruity popsicle?

Honey Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles


Yield: Makes 8-10 popsicles


  • 2 cups -fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed, 1/2 cup reserved and diced
  • 1/2 cup -fresh or prepared lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup -honey 1 cup – water


Place all ingredients except the 1/2 cup diced strawberries in a blender and mix on high until the strawberries are completely incorporated, about 1 minute.

Divide the diced strawberries between the popsicle molds and carefully pour the strawberry lemonade mixture to the top of each mold.

Insert the popsicle sticks in each mold and freeze until the popsicles are completely frozen.


Run warm water over the molds for just a moment for easy popsicle removal.

And where would we be without appetizers while we are preparing all of this food?  Here’s a recipe – well, actually multiple recipes in one! – from Rosebud’s Real Food for a dip to go with your daily veggies!

Rosebud’s Dip Recipe

logo bnner with Rosebud's spelled across it with vines of grapes and a cut green pepper at the top

“Did you know that almost all of our mixes are Dairy Free? ONLY Buttermilk Ranch contains organic dried Buttermilk. They are all Gluten Free and made from Certified Organic ingredients too! With our very versatile seasoning mixes, you can’t go wrong!”

Seasonings great for dips:

  • Buttermilk Ranch
  • Chipotle
  • Dairy Free Ranch
  • I Love Garlic
  • Southwest Ranch
  • Taco

Dairy Free Recipe:
Mix 3/4 C. Avocado Oil Mayo plus 1/4 C.  canned coconut milk plus
1 Tbsp Rosebud’s Seasoning Mix 

Contains Dairy Recipe:
Mix 3/4 C. Organic Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream plus
1/4 C. Avocado Oil Mayo plus
1 Tbsp Rosebud’s Seasoning Mix

Okay – one final recipe.  This is another dip, but it’s very different than traditional dips.  Citrus Black Bean Dip from Shagbark Seed and Mill would be great with Shagbark chips or used with taco salad, burritos, etc!

Citrus Black Bean Dip


  • ½ pound dry black beans
  • water for soaking
  • ½ lemon for soaking water
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 ½ onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small fresh hot pepper OR ¼ tsp. dry chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. Whole or ground coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Juice of 2 fresh lemons
  • Dehydrated ground lemon peel, to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Cover dry beans with at least 2 inches of water with a squeeze of lemon juice to neutralize phytic acids, and soak for 8-24 hours
  2. Drain water from beans and rinse in fresh cold water.
  3. Cover again with at least 1-inch water and bring to a boil
  4. Skim white foam from water and turn down to a very low boil and let cook, covered for 1.5 hours.
  5. DO NOT ADD SALT until done – otherwise you will have a tough, indigestible bean.
  6. Heat coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  7. Sauté onions and oregano on medium heat until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  8. Add peppers, garlic, coriander, cumin and a sprinkle of salt and cook for 5 minutes more.
  9. When beans are cooked, drain cooking water (reserve ½ cup of cooking water) and put beans in food processor with regular chopping blade.
  10. Add onion mixture, the juice of 1 lemon and a Tbsp. or so of cooking water along with a dash of lemon peel.
  11. Whiz mixture until thoroughly mixed, adding more lemon juice and plenty of salt and lemon peel (to your individual taste). If it’s too thick, add more cooking water a teaspoon at a time.
  12. If using, add rough chopped parsley to food processor bowl right at the end.

Garnish with fresh lemon zest and chopped parsley.

Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.

Did you see anything you want to try?  What’s your favorite summer recipe?  Share it with us in the comments below.  Enjoy!

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