BLT Panzanella Salad for #SundaySupper


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BLT Panzanella Salad #SundaySupper #GalloFamily

Things I love about summer: late nights, grilling with friends, fruity fresh cocktails, and picnics! I’ve got the late nights with friends, grilling while sipping cocktails down, but sadly, not nearly enough picnics have been had.

The last picnic Jason and I went on was last summer to the beach – it was a perfect night. There was absolutely no stress. We threw two chairs and our cooler in the trunk, and picked up a few salads and snacks from the grocery store. #perfection

sandkey beach, fl

That is pretty much the best thing about a picnic, no stress. Seriously why haven’t I gone on more picnics?!

One of my all time fave sandwiches any time of year is a good ol’ BLT, but since that’s a sammie best served hot, it isn’t going to hold up all that well for my perfect picnic. Do you know what will work? A BLT salad! But not just any salad, a Panzanella Salad. If you’ve never had a traditional Panzanella, you’re totally missing out; an Italian salad made of bread and tomatoes that’s just perfect in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and fresh tomatoes. I only recently discovered this flavorful, yet simple salad myself a few years back when I was at a local restaurant here in Tampa. WHY HADN’T I HEARD OF THIS SALAD BEFORE?! It’s all good though, I will eat all the Panzanella to make up for lost time.

BLT Panzanella Salad #SundaySupper #GalloFamily

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Lobster Tacos with Avocado Aioli #WeekdaySupper



I pretty much used all my vacation time up with our spring break cruise in March, and our trip to DC in May. That means no summer getaways for this kid. But I can pretend I took a trip to Key West over the summer with Lobster Tacos!

Lobster Tacos with Avocado Aioli #WeekdaySupper

We have several groups of friends that take an annual trip to The Keys for Lobster Season, and lucky for me, they bring us back lobstah – which may actually be better, because while I love KW, I have like zero desire to dive for lobsters. I do have a strong desire for pub crawls, bike rides, and Key Lime Pie, but I digress.

These tacos are fresh, light, and indulgent! They sound fancy, but are easy to make, and can be on your table in less than 3o minutes. If you’re going on a summer vacay, you could wow friends and family with these tacos. If you’re stuck at home, you can ‘pretend’ like me, and always pick up lobster from your local seafood counter.  [Read more…]

Grilled Pound Cake


I love a good par-tay (says the food blogger/event planner #obvs). I clearly don’t need an excuse to celebrate any and all events in life, but it’s nice when there is a legit reason to.

summer pound cake grilled1

So when Erica, at The Crumby Cupcake, asked for fellow foodie bloggers to help her celebrate the one-year blogiversary of her site, you know I was totally on board. Plus, she’s also a Florida gal, and so I double had to join her virtual shindig!

What better way to celebrate a Wednesday/blogiversary week/summer than with Grilled Pound Cake? Have you ever grilled dessert like this? I hadn’t until very recently, and didn’t get why I was seeing this pop up all over the place. It seemed pointless for a while to me. [Read more…]

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Honey-Lime Vinaigrette


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Grilled Chicken Salad with fruit and a honey-lime vinaigrette

I way overindulged this weekend. And like most Mondays I am back at it, and I am all about that bass salad. We eat a lot of salads at Casa de Crews. Jason could pretty much live off of the same ol’ salads everyday and be just fine.

I get bored easily, and am always finding new ways to jazz up a salad. “Jazz up a salad.” Did I just say that? I need to find some hobbies, you guys. Or at least maybe one of those word of the day desk calendars. 

…back to salads. I need variety okay? But salads are good for you, and super filling, and the best way to get back on track with your eating if you ate all the food over July 4th weekend like me. [Read more…]