Delicious Summer Recipes

Recipes that will make the whole family excited.

With summer comes relaxation and delectable garden selections. Here at Smart Neighbor, we’re celebrating summer with culinary fare that brings fresh ingredients to the table and puts smiles on faces.

For the Love of Noodles

The word pasta comes to us from—no surprise—Italy, and means paste, which is a reference to the consistency of the dough. While pasta is not specific to Italy (the Chinese have been making pasta at least since 5,000 BC), some of the most commonly enjoyed dishes in the US (think spaghetti) are inspired by the boot-shaped country.

Pasta’s near-limitless versatility has inspired some of the most treasured cuisine the world over. Now, you can follow in the footsteps of generations of Mediterranean chefs by making your own pasta. It’s a breeze with the Philips Compact Pasta and Noodle Maker. We love the Tagliatelle al Pesto recipe, where fresh basil and pesto welcome spring to the palate.

Tagliatelle al Pesto

Tagliatelle al Pesto

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Fresh pasta:

~ 300 g (10.5 oz) tagliatelle


1 clove garlic
10 g (1 tbsp) pine nuts, roasted
2 handfuls fresh basil
50 ml (3 tbsp + 1 tsp) extra virgin olive oil
20 g (2 tbsp + 1½ tsp) Parmesan cheese, grated
Ground black pepper, to taste
Sea salt to taste


Tomatoes, chopped
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Parmesan cheese


  1. Follow instructions in the recipe booklet included with your Philips Pasta Maker for making pasta.
  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil.
  3. Prepare the pesto. Using a processor or mortar and pestle, blend pine nuts with garlic, add basil and, slowly, the oil. Add cheese and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook pasta until tender, about 8 minutes.
  5. Serve the pasta with a generous helping of pesto, top with garnish and serve immediately.
  6. Add fried chicken breast, zucchini, or fennel to make this dish into a complete meal.


More Than Cold Brew

Nothing is better than a nice cup of iced coffee on a hot summer morning. Treat yourself to a smooth and balanced cold brew at home. What's even better about cold brew coffee? It's lower in acidity – According to a study done by Toddy, cold brew coffee is over 67% less acidic than hot brewed coffee! ... It's sweeter and smoother – Because the coffee grounds aren't exposed to high temps, cold brew coffee usually tastes more flavorful and less bitter. The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is easy to use, pour, and clean. With this nifty recipe book you will find you can do so much more than just make coffee. We have some mouth-watering recipes below that will have your whole family excited for summer.



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2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 cups 2% or whole milk
1 tablespoon coffee concentrate
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Whipped cream
Fresh berries


Makes 4 Servings

  1. In a medium saucepan, add sugar, cocoa powder, and corn starch; mix well.  Add milk, coffee, and vanilla to the pan; move to the stove over medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk ingredients well. Continue whisking every few minutes to prevent lumping. The mixture will start to thicken, looking smooth and creamy.
  3. Once the mixture comes to a slight boil, remove from heat and transfer to serving bowls.

Serve immediately or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate to cool.
Top with whipped cream and fresh berries. 

Snicker Doodle Icy


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3⁄4 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla creamer
1⁄3 cup coffee concentrate


Makes 1 Serving

  1. Add 2 cups (475 ml) of ice.
  2. Add the milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, creamer and coffee to the blender.
  3. Secure the lid and blend 1-2 minutes until ice is finely crushed and ingredients are well blended.
  4. Pour into a 12-14 ounce (350 ml) glass and serve. 


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