Broken noodle bowl with broccoli peanut pesto.

broken noodle bowl with broccoli-peanut pesto recipe | writes4food.com

It’s always fun when I make up a recipe from scratch and idea translates from my head to the plate more deliciously than I imagined. Like this recipe for Broken Noodles with Broccoli-Peanut Pesto. Because I’m craving healthy lunches right now, I stocked up on crisp veggies and grabbed some soba noodles and threw together this lunch-able noodle bowl. And I LOVED it!!! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Sweet-spicy red bell pepper jam.

sweet and spicy red pepper jam recipe | writes4food.com

What to do with the crop of red bell peppers from the garden or farmers’ market? Make jam, of course! Sweet and a bit spicy (you can up the spice level to suit your taste), this is the perfect accompaniment to a salty cheese like Manchego. Inspired by a dish we had on vacation earlier this year. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Spiced cherry tomato jam.

homemade spiced cherry tomato jam recipe | writes4food.com

You may ask yourself, “tomato jam?” And I say, “yes! Tomato jam!!!” Fantastic with sharp cheddar and chevre on a cheese board. This excellent Spiced Tomato Jam recipe is a gateway to both jam-making and home canning: It yields a small batch, cooked without pectin, that’s easy to manage if you want to give canning a try. (Freezes well, too.) Get the recipe! Continue reading

Radish and avocado salad with toasted seeds.

radish and avocado salad with toasted seeds recipe | writes4food.com

A recent trip to California provided tons of culinary inspiration! It’s such a cliché, but California cuisine is just so fresh, so flavorful, so simple. This recipe for a beautiful salad of radish, avocado and toasted seeds typifies this method of cooking. Nothing complicated about it, but it’s jaw-droppingly delicious. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Arugula green garlic pesto.

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

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