Summer Fruit Salad

July 17, 2018

Everyone has their go-to salad and this one is mine. This salad is so simple that a recipe is hardly necessarily. There is one key thing that makes this salad so good– quality ingredients! Make sure to source the best, most ripe fruit and quality prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and flake sea salt. This salad is otherwise easy to make and serve. I like to keep the fruit in big pieces to make this almost a fork-and-knife salad, but you could slice and dice this any way!

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Grilled Mussels Al Fresco

July 11, 2018

I’ve been living in the Bay Area for nearly 10 years now and I’m still not accustomed to the gloom that dampens the start of summer in June. As soon as it finally heats up in July, all I want to do is spend my time outdoors. For me, nothing epitomizes summer quite like dining al fresco in my own backyard, sharing a meal with friends and family. Keeping things simple is what summer is all about – honestly, my ideal menu consists of anything fresh that I can throw straight on the grill. It’s summer cooking at its best. And this is exactly why I’m loving La Brea Bakery’s Take & Bake French Baguette, the perfect accompaniment to grilled mussels, not to mention, the best, most timesaving way to serve fresh bread. After all, not a minute of that glorious summer warmth should be taken for granted, am I right?

Grilling seafood is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. It’s fast and it’s fresh. Inspired by my love of France, I recently threw a little “Moules et Frites” dinner party. You won’t believe how easy it is to grill mussels, in fact, you might never cook them over the stove again. Simply toss them in a large cast iron pan with some herbs, butter and wine and voila, they’re ready to serve in just a few minutes, hot off the grill. I recommend serving them with slices of La Brea’s Take & Bake French Baguette, toasted straight on the grill, to sop up all that delicious herby and buttery sauce. Boom. Instant crowd pleaser.

Grilled Mussels with Herbed Butter

You won't believe how easy it is to grill mussels, in fact, you might never cook them over the stove again. Simply toss them in a large cast iron pan with some herbs, butter and wine and voila, they're ready to serve in just a few minutes, hot off the grill.



  1. Heat a large cast iron pan on the grill on medium high heat.
  2. Add 3 tbs butter, and sauté garlic, shallots and chilis until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the clean mussels, wine and a small handful of parsley and thyme.
  4. Toss the mussels and close the grill for about 3-5 minutes or until all the mussels have opened.
  5. Remove any unopened mussels and divide them up into bowls.
  6. Place the remaining 2 tbs of butter into the liquid, season with salt and pepper if necessary, and reduce for about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Pour sauce over the mussels and add a handful of fresh parsley and thyme.
  8. Serve with grilled French bread.

(Photography by HonestlyYUM. This post was created in partnership with La Brea Bakery. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep HonestlyYUM cooking!!)

Potato Salad with Saffron Aioli + Vitamix Giveaway

July 9, 2018

I love a good potato salad, but what I love even more is… saffron! Saffron is one of my favorite spices to work with, and it pairs perfectly with potatoes. Today, I’ve partnered with Vitamix to make a simple potato salad with roasted potatoes and saffron aioli. With the Vitamix Aer Disc Container, this potato salad is easy to make and we’re giving away the Vitamix E310 with an Aer Disc container so one lucky reader can make this at home! To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know what your you’re excited to make this summer. We will pick a winner on Friday, July 13th!

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Everyday Granola {Gluten-Free + Vegan}

July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!! I know, you’re probably expecting an abundant outdoor entertaining post, or grilling recipe for today’s holiday. Well, I figure you’ve probably already done your meal planning for the day, so instead I have this amazing little granola recipe to ease you into the upcoming weekend. I know you’re gonna love it!

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I go in phases with granola. I’ll find a recipe that I like, and that’s all I eat for the whole week. Then randomly I’ll get sick of it, and I won’t touch the stuff. But this granola, THIS GRANOLA . . . is different. This granola I can’t (I won’t) get sick of eating. It’s the perfect everyday granola: not too complicated, but not too simple. It has just the right amount of crunch, without being hard or overly crispy. It’s not too heavy-handed with any single flavor, and has perfect amount of sweetness. Did I mention it’s vegan and gluten-free? Serve it however you typically prefer to eat your granola.

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Grilled Bloody Mary

June 28, 2018

Not a single meal comes even close to challenging brunch atop the mighty meal hierarchy. Brunch has all the best parts of breakfast: namely eggs, coffee, and bacon, yet without the early wakeup call. Not to mention, brunch is a social event and cocktails are often involved! What’s not to love?! As you know, this summer I’ve challenged myself to get out of the house and enjoy time outdoors with friends and family. What better way to start than with brunch! Baby steps. Did I mention there’d be cocktails? 😛

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Erica’s backyard here in Oakland is our go-to hangout during these warm summer months. We love getting our little Honestly family together for gatherings amongst the redwoods and the oaks. Of course, the grill is a must. Speaking of which, for today’s cocktail I wanted to feature my new favorite summer cocktail: Grilled Bloody Marys! Hangar 1 Vodka has always been my go-to for Bloody Marys. It has the depth to hold up in a busy cocktail like a Bloody Mary, without being harsh. Like I said, brunch is a social occasion, and Hangar 1 is always a crowd pleaser.

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Krafting with Coco

June 20, 2018
Entertaining,Food + Drink

This post is sponsored by KRAFT and SheKnows Media.

Finding that work-life balance as an adult can be a struggle. Add 2 kids under 5 and a dash of mom guilt to the mix, and well, welcome to the world of adulting. Between work-related events, trips and meetings, it’s difficult to rely on a consistent schedule at home. This is why, unless I’m out of town, I’m almost always present for meals at home. I value this engaging time together, as family, in the kitchen and around the dinner table. Getting our kids involved with helping in the kitchen has also been something all of us at YUM love to do with our families. It has created such an invaluable bond between us and our children. But as much as I try to make all of our meals at home, from scratch, I’d be lying if I said I don’t occasionally find myself in a pinch come 5:30 pm, when I’m working late and without dinner plans. This is where KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Cauliflower saves the day.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Popsicles

June 18, 2018

I always know summer has arrived when the freezer reaches full popsicle capacity. We have quite the variety: both homemade and store bought; juice pops and creamsicles. The latest creations line the door, while old freezer-burned batches hide at the back. Not to worry – today’s popsicle recipe has no danger of being forgotten. They hardly lasted a single day at our house.

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I must admit, at first I was skeptical that this classic flavor combo would translate well to popsicle form. And yet, it only took one lick to prove me wrong. Oh, so wrong. The coconut milk keeps the pops smooth and creamy, while also helping to evenly distribute the poppy seeds throughout. Hope you enjoy!

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Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

June 15, 2018

There’s so much to love about the start of summer. For me, summer fruit season is on the top of that list. By June, I’m consuming berries, melons, peaches and tomatoes at a pace my stomach can hardly keep up with. Seriously, it’s terrifying how much cold watermelon this pregnant lady can consume! All the beautiful summer fruits available are a source of recipe inspiration for me. Fruit tends to find its way into everything I make in the summer, whether it’s grilling fruits, using fruits in salads or incorporating them into desserts. I’ve had this idea to do a buttermilk strawberry cake for a while now and was waiting for strawberries to be in peak season.

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