Featured photo Pizza Spinach Vegetarian

crispy spinach pizza

Have you heard me mention this 2012 book before? It’s a Top 10 for me, for sure. Even if you think you’re not a pizza person (gasp), I find his treatment of vegetables as toppings, such as this (and also his mushroom pizza, and also this astounding summer squash one) innovative and fantastic. No matter how much spinach it looks like when you put it on, I promise, it’s not too much. We all know…

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5 Ingredients or Fewer Bars Featured gluten-free photo Quick Snack

flapjacks

Golden syrup — picture corn syrup, but made with cane sugar and lightly cooked for a caramel-y vibe — is a central flavor in flapjacks, which is frustrating as it can be hard to find in the U.S. (Although Amazon sells it in many sizes, including the one I keep around.) (It’s also my favorite thing to put in pecan pie instead of corn syrup, if you need more convincing to pick some up.) I…

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5 Ingredients or Fewer Featured Italian Pasta photo Quick Vegetarian

foolproof cacio e pepe

Soon, extremely soon, I’m going to tell you more about our 12 days in Andalucía but before that, before summer is truly over, before I start thinking about cooking more complex meals again, before I even consider turning on the oven again, I wanted to tell you that this summer was the year I finally figured out how to make cacio e pepe, one of my favorite pastas, as good at you’d have in Rome,…

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Celebration Cakes Chocolate Featured photo Recipes

layered mocha cheesecake

Prepare pans: Line two 9×13 cake pans or quarter-sheet pans (what I use) with foil. You really don’t want this foil to tear; a trick I like is to press it over the outside of the cake pan first to mold the shape of the foil. Then, when you flip it over and line the inside, it’s easier to press tightly against the walls without tearing. Lightly coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Line…

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Bread Featured photo Picnics Sandwich Summer Vegan Vegetarian

focaccia sandwiches for a crowd

Last year, Alexandra Stafford published a very good book about bread. It sprang from a recipe for the peasant bread her mother made often when she was growing up. When she shared it on her site, it went viral, which is no surprise given that it’s no-knead, comes together in under five minutes, rises in about an hour, and after a brief second rise, you bake it in buttered bowls that form it into a…

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cake Celebration Cakes everyday cakes Featured photo Raspberries Recipes

marbled raspberry pound cake

The cake, as written below, makes 1 standard loaf. To make it in the doughnut-looking pan I show, you’ll want to use 150% of the recipe (it bakes in 38 to 40 minutes). To make a bundt or tube cake, you’ll want to double the recipe (it will take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes, as shapes range a lot). For the doughnut or bundt cake, I double the glaze. For the raspberries, fork-mashing is…

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5 Ingredients or Fewer Chicken Dairy-Free Featured Grilling photo Quick Savory Sauces and Condiments Summer Weeknight Favorite

minimalist barbecue sauce

Needless to say, the recipe as written below will not make a lot, about 1/4 cup. I merely wanted to establish the base formula that I like and how to tweak it. Scale it as needed. I use about 1/3 cup to coat 2 1/2 pounds of chicken cutlets, in large chunks, with some brushed on as it cooks. It’s thinner than a bottled sauce, ideal for cooking on and into other ingredients. 1 generously…

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bourbon Drinks Featured Peach photo Summer

bourbon peach smash

Most conversations about shrubs go like this. “Wait, like the green bushy things that grow in the ground?”“No, it’s a drink.”“A leafy drink?”“No, it’s actually just three ingredients — fruit, sugar, and vinegar…”“Wait, you drink vinegar? Why would you drink vinegar?”“Well, we love sour things like lemon and lime in drinks, they complement sweet flavors…”“So there’s booze in this?”“… Sometimes. Sometimes it’s just a soda.”“Well, that sounds nice.” [Note: They are being polite.] Vinegar —…

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Corn Featured Freezer Friendly Lunch Pancakes photo Snack Summer Vegetarian

corn fritters

The photos show me making a half-recipe. We got 12 to 16 fritters from it, just enough for our family with a few leftovers. Serve these with a simple green salad, or as a side for a heartier meal such as grilled chicken, sausage, or pork chops. They’re also good with an egg on top for breakfast. See additional flavor suggestions above. 6 ears of corn (about 3 cups corn) 4 scallions, both white and…

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Beans Featured Grilling Italian photo Quick Recipes Side dish Summer Summer Squash Vegetarian Zucchini

grilled zucchini ribbons with pesto and white beans

This is a very loose recipe. Sure, I made it with zucchini ribbons, but there’s no reason you cannot use smaller or angled slices. Sure, I grilled it but if you don’t have a grill outside or an indoor grill pan, you could roast or broil it instead. It will taste essentially the same, which is to say, I hope, awesome. You could eat this with grilled bread for a light summer meal. You could…

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