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Café Zupas World Tour Fall 2014: German Sausage Starting with the German Sausage and Potato soup!Café Zupas World Tour German Sausage Soup

In Season: Basil

Pesto-Guacamole-1 Basil is my all-time favorite herb and I am so excited it is in season. There is nothing like fresh basil! There are several species of basil, but the most common is sweet basil. It is often used for caprese salad, pesto, tomato sauces, and to liven up Italian dishes. To harvest fresh basil, clip the stem where it extends from a two-leaf joint. A new stem and leaf will grow from this point. Continuing to clip and use the basil while it is young and tender keeps the leaves and stems from maturing and forming buds and blooms. If the plant flowers, the basil will have a slightly bitter taste so try to keep basil plants trimmed! If you harvest more than you can use, you can place the basil in a jar of water and store it on the counter for a few days. You can also freeze basil! To prevent the basil from wilting and turning brown, blanch the basil first.  Chill and pat the basil dry and put the leaves in a blender or food processor and puree, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to make a smooth paste. Freeze the basil in ice cube trays for easy use! You can also make batches of pesto to freeze. If you are looking for ways to use up your summer basil, here are a few of my favorite basil recipes!

Pomegranate Lime Punch

Sparkling Black Currant Punch

non alcoholic drinks refreshing - stephanie brubaker I love to make special, non-alcoholic drinks for friends and family; not having a mini bar should not mean you are destined only to a glass of water all evening!  Start with pretty bottles (I purchased mine at IKEA; they are pictured above) and good ingredients and you’ll be on your way to a delightful evening.  Since black currant juice is a beautiful, deep color and boasts a tartness that cannot be beat, it’s a great base to this simple, but delicious drink.  Please note that each of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Sparkling Black Currant Punch” »

12 Must Make Avocado Recipes

Avocado4 Avocados are in season and I can’t stop eating them! They are so good right now! If you are looking for new avocado recipes to make this summer, give these 12 must make avocado recipes a try. They are all winners! Continue reading “12 Must Make Avocado Recipes” »

20 Holiday Worthy Burgers

15 No-Bake Desserts for Summer

no-bake It is heating up outside and that means it is cooling down in our kitchen. I don’t like to turn the oven on during the hot summer months, but I still enjoy making delicious desserts. Today I am sharing 15 No-Bake Desserts that are perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the house to enjoy these tasty treats! Make one or make them all! Enjoy! Continue reading “15 No-Bake Desserts for Summer” »

Superfood Delight: Delicious Deconstructed!

Superfood_salad_bowl Summer time means longer days and tons of outdoor activities. It also brings along cravings for something light yet satisfying– the ideal summertime salad. We love a salad that tastes refreshing while still offering the perfect amount of pick-me-up. It’s just one of the reasons we created the Superfood Delight Salad. Continue reading “Superfood Delight: Delicious Deconstructed!” »

Best Of State Winner 2005-2014

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Best Of State Winner 2005-2014:

Cafe Zupas is proud to have been awarded the Best of State in the Soups, Salad, or Sandwich Category since 2005. Best Of State honors those who have shown and executed exceptional dedication to their craft. We are honored to be recognized year after to year for our devotion to delivering House-Made food for our guests and communities.
http://bestofstate.org/winner2014_dining.html

Soups, Salads & Sandwiches Star At Lehi Café Zupas – Daily Herald

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Soups, salads, and sandwiches star at Lehi Cafe Zupas:

“our recent visit to the new Café Zupas location in Lehi: We discovered not one, but several items in the soup, salad and sandwich realm that are All-County worthy and would merit special detours just to experience them again. Let’s start with the soups. My, oh, my, I am cuckoo for the Wild Mushroom Bisque. The soup boasts a blend of three different mushrooms — shitake, crimini and button — and the combination with the broth is otherworldly. In fact, just writing about it now is nearly enticing me into leaving the office for an encore experience.”
http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/dining/soups-salads-and-sandwiches-star-at-lehi-caf-zupas/article_e5855871-4ad7-5413-ad53-c2a41797e96d.html