quick bites

how to make grilled pizza on the bbq
For a fun spin on a typical BBQ night, grilled pizza is a fun and delicious idea, for your family or for a creative night in with friends. Put out a topping bar and let everyone create their own custom pie — guaranteed belly happiness. We did this a few years ago at my husband’s parents house with their friends and have been meaning to replicate here. Lucky for all of us, TAGG’s food contributor Libby beat me to it, snapping these gorgeous shots along the way. Keep reading for a step-by-step photo tutorial how to make your pizza on your grill, and warning: don’t read while hungry.

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georgia peaches
For a lighter — yet satisfying — summer dinners, food contributor & photographer Libby is back sharing this awesome summer dish. While she made it with pork, must admit I’ve never had a pork chop so I’m ready to pair flavorful ingredient with chicken. Simple enough to swap out the protein! Enjoy…

Libby: It all started with a long drive across the state of Florida, and subsequently a quick pit stop at Yeehaw Junction (this tiny spot where a lot of people get on the Turnpike). There they were – a bucket of beautiful, ripe peaches. Of course, I had to buy them – the smell, even the way they felt in my hands. I was in love.

I realized I had a ton of peaches I needed to use fast. This recipe was a great start – and everything easily available from the pantry (or bar). The rest of the peaches? Consumed with kefir and granola.
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chicken & vegetable lettuce wraps // the average girl's guide

From food contributor, Libby Volgyes: This recipe capitalizes on fresh spring vegetables - snow peas, green onions, butter lettuce (when available) — and delicious garlic  for an easy night recipe that everyone can enjoy. Plus, they just look pretty!

chicken & vegetable lettuce wraps // the average girl's guide

Lettuce Wraps with Chicken and Spring Vegetables


2 Tablespoons sesame oil
One package chicken cutlets, cut into two-inch strips
4 cloves garlic, cut into pieces
2 bunches green onions, green parts only
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped into small pieces (Use morels if you can find them - they’re in season in the springtime)
2 cups snow peas, chopped into small pieces
¼ cup or more Hoisin sauce
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 head radicchio or butter lettuce
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butternut squash soup

February 6, 2014

With the polar vortex icier than ever, now is the time to stay inside, get cozy and indulge in a hearty bowl of delicious soup. Warm, satisfying… it’s perfection. I recently purchased a Vitamix and butternut squash, so couldn’t be more thrilled that Libby is here sharing a fantastic recipe we can all enjoy. In the interim, stay warm!

butternut squash soup

Libby: I LOVE soup. Especially butternut squash soup. Alyson mentioned wanting to keep it healthy for anyone focused on staying healthy in 2014 (herself included).  I generally opt for the “with cream” route, however this recipe works with and without; both are delicious and satisfying. The soup comes together quickly and is full of flavor, and roasting the squash gives it a nice extra layer of flavor. You can even throw in a yam for extra thickness and health benefits.

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