blueberry cobbler Cookies Featured Fruit Summer thumbprint

Blueberry Cobbler Thumbprint Cookies

There’s a subtle difference between craving pie and craving *making* pie.   Craving *making* pie usually hits me when I’m reaching for a cozy sweater and maybe want to therapy bake my way out of any maybe holiday induced stress.  Craving actual pie… well that’s constant.  Truly constant. So! When the need for pie doesn’t align with my craving to actually make it… I turn every other dessert into a version of pie, with less…

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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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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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Date Night Featured Italian Pasta photo Quick Seafood Summer

linguine and clams

It’s only the first day of summer and I’m already weeks deep into our unofficial dish of it, linguine alle vongole, preferably hastily prepared about 10 to 15 minutes before we dive in, eaten outside with a current favorite rosé, caprese salad and a massive bowl of kale caesar (from SKED). It’s infinitely summery. It’s pasta, but I don’t feel like I need a nap after I eat it. And hey, there’s even a t-shirt…

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5 Ingredients or Fewer Cucumber Featured photo Quick Recipes salad Summer Vegetarian Watermelon

watermelon cucumber salad

We’ve decided to spend as much time as humanly possible at the beach this summer, which has led to my other new favorite habit: grabbing a few cookbooks I’ve been meaning to go through and reading them en route. In the fleeting moments when the kids have limited their bickering in the backseat and the traffic isn’t too terrible, when I’ve been away from my laptop and the kitchen for enough hours that I’m ready…

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Dinner Featured Summer

Creamy Spinach Penne with Watermelon

Hi friends, hope you’ve had a great summer. We took a little break from the blog as we have been in Copenhagen and Barcelona. But we are back now with a great little dinner recipe. It’s a version of something we have been eating all summer. As it has been record-breaking hot in Europe, pairing lukewarm buckwheat penne with juicy and crunchy watermelon just felt vegg right, very often. Satisfying, simple and soothing. Our kids love this buckwheat penne so that also plays…

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caramel corn Featured gluten-free Holiday popcorn Recipes Snacks spiced caramel corn Summer

Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn

There are a few things I think of as secret weapons in the kitchen.  You know, skills that are pretty simple once we get a few things right and inspire self-confidence in the kitchen.  A rich, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie is on this list of kitchen secret weapons, as is a simple Roasted Chicken.  Both inspire comfort and confidence.  Also on our list of kitchen secret weapons is homemade caramel for its secret ease and…

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