Awesome side dishes to make for Memorial Day.

orzo pasta salad with summer vegetables and fresh herbs | writes4food.com

So, you’ve got the whole grill thing figured out for your Memorial Day cookout: burgers, brats, chops, whatever. Now you need to focus on the sides. Skip the icky storebought potato salad and the greasy, overdressed pasta salad. Here are THE side dish recipes you need for your Memorial Day menu. Check ’em out! Continue reading

Whole grain salad with tomatoes and corn.

whole grain farro salad with corn and tomatoes recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe is inspired by a dish that a colleague many years ago brought to an office potluck. Some 15 years later, it’s still one of my favorite lunchtime salads, and a great side dish for grilled chicken, too. This fantastic salad features whole-grain farro, sweet vegetables, herbs and an easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Get the #recipe! Continue reading

Arugula green garlic pesto.

arugula green garlic pesto recipe

A glut of overgrown arugula in my garden — combined with some beautiful green garlic I scored at the farmers’ market — went into a big batch of spring arugula and garlic pesto this week. It’s fantastic over pasta, or as a condiment for grilled Italian sausages and new potatoes. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Spinach frittata with fresh herbs.

spinach frittata with herbs recipe | writes4food.com

Spring’s finest ingredients — farm-fresh eggs, spring greens and tender herbs — come together in this beautiful spinach-and-herb frittata recipe. We make frittata often; it’s a great Meatless Monday dinner option with fat slices of buttered toast and a glass of white wine. Get the latest recipe from writes4food.com! Continue reading

Dutch baby croque monsieur-style.

puff pancake (Dutch Baby) croque-monsieur style | writes4food.com

I celebrated Mother’s Day by making my mom a whole bunch of homemade goodies this weekend, including a zesty lemon tart and an antipasti spread. But brunch turned out to be the hit of the weekend, thanks to this Dutch Baby (puff pancake) topped, croque monsieur-style, with ham and Gruyere. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Beautiful chicken, carrot and fennel salad.

chicken salad with carrot and fennel | writes4food.com

Here’s my idea of the perfect lunch: bright, clean, fresh tasting, with equal parts protein and vegetables. It’s one of my go-to salad-in-a-jar lunch recipes. Use leftover grilled or roasted chicken in this salad recipe; the vegetables and light vinaigrette are super easy to make. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Fresh chickpea (or edamame) guacamole.

healthy hummus-guacamole dip recipe | writes4food.com

Have you ever spotted fresh garbanzo beans in your grocery or food shop? They’re amazing: bright and green and full of flavor, funny wrinkly little beans tucked into puffy green shells. When I spotted fresh garbanzos at Madison’s at Findlay … Continue reading

Baby kale caesar salad.

baby kale caesar salad recipe | writes4food.com

When I spotted a bin full of beautiful purple and green baby kale at the farmers’ market recently, the farmer and I agreed it would make a terrific caesar salad. And it did. Of course, you could use the traditional romaine lettuce, or do a mix of baby lettuces and salad greens like arugula. Don’t be afraid of the anchovy or raw egg — both are essential to caesar dressing. Give this a try while greens are still in their adorable baby stage. Get the recipe! Continue reading