Seasonal Sundays (Week 26) Happy Father's Day!

So here it is, another Sunday recipe collection, my usual patchwork of June-ish recipes plus three special features, last-minute pies to make your favorite dad happy-happy-happy and what to make with fresh mangoes while waiting for peaches to ripen plus a Scandinavian menu for Midsummer.

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Here's to lovely father's day moments everywhere ...

And here's to solidifying / learning how to celebrate Juneteenth each in our own ways.

One way? Watch the movie "Miss Juneteenth" which sounds like a silly teenybopper thing but instead turned out to be a really lovely film about dreams/self-reliance and mothers/daughters. Watch it for $3 on Amazon or find it free on Kanopy, which is a streaming service through public libraries, just ten a month but they quality is much higher. Much recommended! Good with older kids too, I think ...

ON A PERSONAL NOTE You may (but might not) see Seasonal Sundays next week but then I need to take some time off for family business. New recipes will post plus I have been toying with the idea of a much-abbreviated Seasonal Sundays: how would that suit you? Chime in, please!

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: I love photos that tell a story. And at least in my mind's eye, you can see three generations here, a grandfather, a son and three grandsons, the kids getting an early casting lesson. There are no fishing rods in sight, no cane poles but perhaps from the stances, the attention, the water in the background, you see this story too? It's one of my all-time favorite photos. Funny. At least four are of dads / granddads with kids / grands.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Best Ever New Potatoes & Green Beans, a classic summer combo ♥ Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Budget Friendly. Gluten Free. Rave Reviews.
  • THE RECIPE "Best Ever" New Potatoes & Green Beans
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW This combo is like that one thing you didn't know your life really needs. It'd be great to pull together for Fathers Day, still, but don't let the week pass by without giving it a try.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Five-Minute Shrimp Cocktail Sauce ♥ An easy DIY, just six ingredients, mixed to taste, sized to use.


Chicken Sybil ♥, the 'multiple personality' chicken, just pan-cooked chicken in a creamy-mustard sauce with on-hand ingredients.
  • THE RECIPE Chicken Sybil My favorite Quick Supper, multiple personality chicken.
  • WENDY's TAKE "This is such a great recipe! No matter how many times I make it, I'm always amazed at hoe quickly it comes together and with such great flavor. Tonight I used mushrooms, sour cream and marmalade. Just delicious! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!"
  • Thanks to Wendy for her kind words! Click through and you'll see that many other cooks share her enthusiasm.

Just Updated!

Ten Tips for Better Burgers ♥ Simple tips for juicy burgers from the grill.

Pickled Bell Peppers (Pied Pipers) ♥ Quick pickles for the fridge or canned for later.

Kitchen Parade's Reader June Favorites

Mini Blueberry Tarts ♥, miniature cheesecake-like tarts baked in a mini muffin pan with a pop of fresh blueberry, a welcome colorful addition to a tray of mini desserts. The press-in crust is easy, so is the sour cream filling.

Minnesota Sloppy Joes ♥, sloppy joes made from scratch in the crockpot.

Easy Ham Salad ♥, a great way to use up leftover ham from the freezer.

A Veggie Venture's Reader June Favorites

Simple Arugula Salad, another simple but special light salad ♥ Vegan. Weeknight Easy, Company Special. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Whole30 Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Beet Pesto, another healthy vegetable spread ♥ Gorgeous Color. Budget Friendly. Quick to Make. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Low Fat. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Beet Smoothies, more healthy vegetable smoothies ♥

Last-Minute Pies for Happy Fathers

Last-Minute Pantry Pie ♥, just five ingredients, all from the pantry, excellent with both canned fruit and fresh fruit. Just Five Ingredients Plus a Crust. Fresh & Flexible. Crowd Pleaser. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

Perfect All-Rhubarb Pie ♥, a summer masterpiece and a perfect balance of sweet and tart and cinnamon.

A Midsummer Menu

No Midsummer celebration for me this year, unless, that is, I just step outside at sunset to acknowledge the wonder that is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

For three years in a row now, my grand ambition for a Midsummer dinner has been speared by real life. So this is the menu of my dreams ...

When to celebrate? Well, the summer solstice is on June 21, that's Tuesday. But to celebrate like a Finn or a Swede or a Dane or a Norwegian or an Estonian, maybe "get in the mood" on Tuesday (maybe with this, my favorite Finnish breakfast, Finn Crisp with Marmalade & Cheese? or a soothing bowl of Finnish Summer Soup (Kesäkeitto)?) and then go Deep Nordic over the weekend.

Smoked Whitefish Spread on Cucumber Slices, another easy summer recipe ♥ Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Salmon with Crispy Crust, another Quick Supper ♥ Quick, Easy, Adaptable.

Finnish Summer Potato Salad, ♥, just new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette. No Mayo. Vegan. Paleo. Easy. Nordic.

Finnish Fruit Tart (RahkaPiirakka) ♥, here with sour cherries, also try rhubarb, raisins, blueberries. One Bowl. Press-in Crust. Super Easy.
  • THE RECIPE Finnish Fruit Tart For blueberries, lingonberries, sour cherries, rhubarb, raisins, figs and more ...
  • THE BITE-SIZE VERSION Mini Blueberry Tarts With a "pop" of fresh blueberry right in the middle.

Mad for Mangoes

Story goes, everybody has a mango story. You too?

At the moment though, it's still some weeks before prime peach time but oh! the mangoes are dripping good. Stock up!

Mango Lassi with Fresh Mint ♥, an Indian-style mango smoothie.

Mango Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, quick and easy chicken salad, just cooked chicken with chunks of mango in a light yogurt sauce.

Summer Couscous with Mango & Tomato ♥, couscous all dressed up for summer, quick to make and studded with bites of fresh mango and perfectly ripe summer tomatoes.

Vegetable of the Month: Green Beans!

Green Bean Garden Salad, a 'real' garden salad ♥, just fresh beans, tomatoes and corn tossed in tangy feta dressing. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

This Week's Summer Salad

Turns out, I've been turning out one one summer salad after another since the beginning, almost twenty years ago now. No wonder that Favorite Summer Salad Recipes will keep all of us (me included!) inspired all summer long. Here's a sample.

Bloody Mary Salad ♥, a vegetable-packed jello salad, perfect for potlucks, dieters and healthy eaters. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

This Week's Soup

Fruity Gazpacho ♥, an unusual savory-sweet, vegetable-fruit soup that's good as an appetizer, an entrée, even a dessert. Positively fresh and delicious.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Celery & Chickpea Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, a captivating salad, a simple lemony mix of crunchy celery (extra points for celery with leaves!) and creamy chickpeas, held together with a touch of feta.

Snack Before Supper

Easy Shrimp Bites ♥, just four pantry ingredients, a snap to assemble.

Summer Easy: Less Cookin', More Livin'.

More than a decade ago, I started collecting a certain style of summer dishes that espouse my summer motto, Less Cookin', More Livin'. These are Kitchen Parade's most simple, most fresh, most memorable and most summery recipes, all in one place. I hope you love 'em all! See Easy Summer Recipes!

Fish with Herb Butter, another Quick Supper ♥, simple broiled fish, topped with a little butter and fresh herbs, quick enough for a weeknight, special enough for company. Low Cal. Low Carb. High Protein Weight Watchers Friendly.

Good to Know

DIY Spice Blends & Homemade Seasonings ♥, made to order, mixed to taste.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Homemade Egg McMuffin ♥, the egg is cooked in the microwave, creating a tender, tasty round just the right size to tuck into an English Muffin with cheese and Canadian bacon.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Savory Rhubarb Chutney ♥ with fresh ginger and golden raisins.

Meal Prep

My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets, another time-tested technique ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Summer = Simple Smoothie Season

Cantaloupe Smoothie ♥, how to make a 100% cantaloupe smoothie, either creamy or frosty.

Mexican Food

Quick Jalapeño Pickles ♥, easy homemade refrigerator pickles, no canning required. Great for Mexican Meal Prep.

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

Baked Bacon ♥, how to cook bacon in the oven, so easy, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too!

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

My Perfect Sangria ♥, how to make sangria from scratch, 'dry' and not sweet, 'fruity' and not boozy.

Tuna & White Bean Dip ♥, a real crowd pleaser. Low Carb. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Soups & Salads Especially for June

In June, regional food differences really begin to appear. Florida and California have been dripping with juicy tomatoes for a couple of months while here in the middle of the country (Missouri, specifically St. Louis), we're still pinching suckers off our tomato plants and restlessly tapping our feet in anticipation. That's why I spent an entire year collecting favorite salads and soups for A Veggie Venture. And what a collection it is! Here's a sample.

Nana’s Cucumbers with Sour Cream, a German-Russian salad ♥ Family Recipe. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Rhubarb Cake ♥, simple, rustic rhubarb cake, less sweet to really taste rhubarb's 'sour'.
  • THE RECIPE Rhubarb Cake Simple and rustic, less sweet to taste rhubarb's wonderful "sour".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Rhubarb Muffins Whole grain, less sweet.

Strawberry Ice Cream ♥, an easy no-cook ice cream base. Big strawberry flavor, way more than a hint.

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ♥, creamy-cold cream cheese and peanut butter filling, drizzled with chocolate, tucked into a graham cracker crust.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Rethinking Fruit for Weight Watchers, how and why to count points ♥ WW works but free fruit doesn't work for everyone. If your weight loss journey is stalled, fruit might be the culprit.

How to Make Green Smoothies with Leafy Greens ♥ 14 Tips + 5 Sample Recipes.

Something to Read

I've been book-hopping in recent weeks, never really settling into even one book I didn't want to end. But two books were enjoyable, each in their own way.

Readers who liked The Rose Code will appreciate The Diamond Eye. The two books are both set in WWII, both tell little-known stories of women's contributions to the war effort. In the Rose Code, the women are code breakers. In The Diamond Eye, the heroine is a sniper. This is chick-lit: both are also love stories and reveal the difficulties women faced in men's worlds during the 1940s.

I flew through The Island, one of Amazon's picks for Best Books of 2022 So Far. I wouldn't go that far but this was a compelling story if violent. And you may think twice about taking an impromptu sidetrip on vacation ...

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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