August Recipes

Let’s welcome August with some great new recipes!  I think these choices will give you something to hang on to and serve over and over again.  You probably have noticed that there was no BRC last month.  I’ve decided to give this challenge a break for July and August to allow you to focus on the two required recipes each month and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by trying to squeeze in three BB recipes in the midst of vacations, swimming lessons, camp, and the seemingly never-ending heat where some of you call home. This leads me to tell you that we’re going to take the bonus recipe in a different direction for September.  I’m working the kinks out of a new challenge which will be announced early next month so stay tuned!  So without further ado, I give you August’s recipes…


Veronica of Supermarket Serenade

has chosen Mango Banana Daiquiris

which can be found in Back to Basics on page 47 (which is not available on – recipe below)

and should be posted on Thursday August 13th.


Andrea of Nummy Kitchen

has chosen White Pizza with Arugula

which can be found in Back to Basics on page 82

and should be posted on Thursday August 27th.


Mango Banana Daiquiris

serves 4

2 cups chopped ripe mango (1 to 2 mangos, peeled and seeded)

1 ripe banana, chopped

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (4 limes)

1/4 cup sugar syrup*

1 1/4 cups dark rum, such as Mount Gay

Mango slices, for serving

Place the mango, banana,  lime juice, sugar syrup, and rum in a blender and process until smooth.  Add 2 cups of ice and process again until smooth and thick.  Serve ice-cold in highball glasses with the mango slices.

*To make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.  Chill.



13 Responses

  1. What a great idea and thoughtful. July was just overwhelming for me. Both of these sound fantastic. In fact, together. I may have a Pizza and Daiquiri night.

  2. Thanks for great selection, love the refreshing daiquiri recipe and the pizza looks delicious!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make the white pizza! Its looks amazing on the back cover of Back to Basics. I hope I can find mangos, living in Arizona makes it difficult to find fresh, out of the ordinary, fruit.

  4. Oh god.. .literally my mouth just started to water reading this …. :o)

  5. These are great, light choices for summer! I kind of fell off the wagon the last few months, only able to do one of the two recipes, but I am really looking forward to both of these.

  6. I just bought some baby arugula at the grocery yesterday. I had other plans for it, but mayber there is enough to make both recipes this week!

  7. That pizza sounds so yummy!

    Tessa- I just bought amazing mangoes at Sprouts (I’m not sure where you are in AZ, but there are several in the valley) for .69 and they were delicious. Hope you can find them! 🙂

  8. Great recipes!

  9. Looking forward to making this months menu for my friends

  10. Oh my. These sound amazing!! Especially love that we’re trying out a drink this month. Great picks.

  11. Anne- Thank you so much! There’s a Sprouts not too far from me.

  12. Yay for booze!! That pizza sounds really yummy!

  13. The Daiquiris are amazing!! Yum! Great picks!

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