Recipe Box, Must Make Summer Favorities!

I was going to do a post of favorite stone fruit recipes today in honor of July’s flavor of the month Stone Fruit, but looking back I discovered I have posted a peach recipe round up almost every year…so instead I looked back through the archives and selected the best of the best by category…

In the summertime, cooking doesn’t have to be a lot of work…

My go to every day meals are usually something on the grill

paired with roasted summer vegetables, fresh fruit, and corn on the cob…

But if you want something a little fancier,

and still easy peasy

This is a Baker’s Dozen round up of my very favorite summer recipes!


I have been making this appetizer forever, it’s easy, it’s different and it is ALWAYS gobbled up!

5 Minute Mystery Dip


This casserole is kid friendly and whips up in minutes, bacon, eggs, fruit and biscuits all in one dish!

Blueberry Bacon Biscuit Bake


This unique strata has a little spice to wake up your tastebuds, and it’s nice served with a sweet bread like the Blue Raspberry Loaf below to balance out flavors

Green Chili Strata

Blue Raspberry Bread with Orange Glaze


Talk about eye candy, this one will bring a lot of ohhs and ahhs!  It’s a combination of store bought ice cream, cookie crumbs and chocolate chips

Watermelon Ice Cream Pie


  on the grill

Give your burgers a tropical twist with pineapple salsa!

Beef Burgers with Spiralized Onions and Pineapple Salsa

  in the oven

This can be made ahead of time so dinner is a breeze

Summer Squash Lasagna with Burrata and Tomatoes

slow cooker

Using a slow cooker keeps things cool

Slow Cooker Peach Salsa Chicken Chalupas


You can put just about anything on a pizza or flatbread, and this BBQ chicken pizza is a great way to use up leftovers from weekend grillng

BBQ Chicken and Corn Pizza with Spinach Salad Topping


A potato casserole is my go to favorite, the boys love them, and this one made with frozen hashbrowns, sour cream, creamed soup and cheese gets a kick of flavor from dry Ranch dressing mix and can be put together in under 5 minutes!

Fast and Fabulous Ranch Hashbrown Potato Casserole


This salad can be a side dish or a wonderful light summer supper

Roasted Stone Fruit & Berry Salad


Creamy ricotta, Italian seasoning and Manchego & Parmesan cheese, combine to make a wonderful tomato pie!

Summer Cherry Tomato Pie


This is one of the most viewed recipes on the blog, wonderful summer side dish for any meal

Grilled Fireball Pineapple Slices

And our all time family favorite,

Coconut Fried Shrimp Tempura with Orange Marmalade dipping sauce

This is part of every beach gathering!

Leftovers can be reheated in the oven and make a great poorboy sandwich or salad topping!

Here is the updated version of this family beach favorite

Coconut Shrimp Tempura with Orange Marmalade Glaze

The best shrimp ever!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, condiment, Main Course
Cuisine Seafood, Southern


Coconut Shrimp

  • 6-8 medium shrimp per person peeled and deveined
  • 1 or more boxes Tempura batter I use McCormick
  • shredded coconut
  • peanut oil for frying

Orange Marmalade Glaze

  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 dashes soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard


Coconut Shrimp

  • Make Tempura batter in a deep bowl according to directions on box [be sure to use ICE water, itโ€™s the secret to the light batter]. 1 box makes enough batter for about 2 lbs shrimp.
  • Put some coconut in another bowl, reserving some for adding later to keep the coconut dry.
  • Dredge shrimp in batter and roll in coconut.
  • Fry in batches in medium hot oil, about 400 degrees, 3-5 minutes, until golden. Remove and drain on paper towels and keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

Orange Marmalade Glaze

  • Mix all ingredients together and taste.ย  Add more soy or mustard if desired.ย  Makes enough to serve 4-6. Increase amounts for more servings if necessary
Keyword appetizer, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, orange marmalade sauce, seafood glaze

I hope you will put one or two of these recipes on your to do list soon!

Bon Appetit!


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22 Responses to “Recipe Box, Must Make Summer Favorities!”
  1. Jenna, I love this summer round-up of your favorites. The burger with the pineapple salsa is calling my name, maybe for dinner tonight! All of the food looks so delicious! Happy Thursday!

  2. Jodi says:

    I will have a serving of summer squash lasagna and a piece of cherry tomato pie please!

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    Wow, now I’m hungry. Yummy!

  4. Julie says:

    wow is right Jenna! what an awesome recipe roundup you have here. I will be making the breakfast casserole. All of your recipe look so yummy!

  5. You are one of my two go-to recipe sites! It’s always tasty at your house!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Wow, it all looks so delicious!! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  7. Cynthia Raines says:

    What a great variety and they all look so good and tasty! None of the same old thing at your house! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  8. Nancy says:

    The green chili casserole looks soooooo good! Actually all the recipes look good! You are always one to give us such fabulous inspiration!

  9. Mary says:

    I wish I had a slice of your Blue Raspberry Bread to go with my coffee this morning Jenna! Everything looks delicious! โ™ฅ

  10. There’s so many yummy recipes in this collection and they are so fun and colorful and perfect for summer. The one that caught my eye was the squash lasagna. I will definitely try this before the summer is over.

  11. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

  12. lulu says:

    Oh my goodness, you have gotten my day off to a great start with such a variety of tasty suggestions! Biscuits with blueberries and bacon may be on the table before the day is over.

  13. Miz Helen says:

    I want every one of them, I wish you lived close by! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,442 and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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