My Secret Spice

I have used this Japanese seven spice mix in about every meal as of late–it gives a great flavor that’s not too spicy, but gives a seemingly plain dish a delicious kick! I first came across it at a ramen restaurant and liked it so much that I ordered it in bulk on amazon.com. (It’s … Read More

Watermelon Spritzers

It’s Friday and there’s no better way to celebrate the start of another sunny weekend than with a watermelon spritzer. You can pretty much consider it a healthy fruit juice. Makes 8 cocktails Ingredients 3 cups of watermelon 1 cup simple syrup 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup lime juice 1 liter club soda mint … Read More

Jalapeño Poppers

If it was up to me, I would eat appetizers and cheese plates for dinner every night. At restaurants I usually spring for two or three appetizers and call it a meal. I love having a variety of flavors and lots of options to try. These bacon wrapped jalapeños (I stole the recipe from my sister, … Read More

Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza

This pizza recipe may be my favorite dish to make and eat. It’s fast, easy, and low-in-guilt since it comes with a built in salad*! Serving Size: 2-3 people Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 ball of pizza dough (this can usually be found in the deli section of your grocery store–if they don’t have it out, … Read More

Shrimp Skewers

My mom’s entire side of the family (read: a ton of people) spends each 4th of July on a lake in Maine.  This 3-day party consists of a lot of eating, drinking, horseshoes, and cribbage. This year, I wanted to change things up a bit on the food front. I’m thinking lots of small appetizers … Read More

Basil Lemonade

Every summer I am inspired to create new specialty cocktails. Nothing is more fun than having a few friends over and relaxing by the pool with something light and refreshing in hand. I highly recommend this for your next summer BBQ. Serves 8 Ingredients 6 lemons (juiced to make about 1 cup lemon juice), 1 … Read More

Sausage and Pepper Sliders

If you’re looking for an easy and quick way to feed a crowd, these sausage and pepper sliders are exactly that. They can be made ahead of time and warmed right before serving, or you can make them on the grill during a summer BBQ. Serves 6 Ingredients 6 hot italian sausages* 1 red pepper … Read More

Summer Salad

I have made this salad at least a million times and every person I have made it for has asked for the recipe.  So here you go everyone! The best salad to serve all summer long. This salad is called “Summer Salad” because it is summer in a bowl: fresh corn, avocado, onion, cilantro and … Read More

Cobb Salad Tacos

Here at Before Friday, one of our more popular expressions is “put a blazer on it,” because we think that adding a blazer to most outfits that are on the more casual side can make them office appropriate. When it comes to making lunches and dinners, a common phrase we use is “put it in a … Read More

Quinoa Tacos

Two weeks ago, we posted this deliciously easy quinoa tabbouleh recipe.  I make this dish with almost embarrassing regularity.  To keep it from being boring, especially when I pack it for lunch* multiple days during the same workweek, I’ve found that making it into quinoa tabbouleh tacos is the perfect way to transform the dish … Read More