Sweet and salty trail mix.

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In advance of National Trail Mix Day on August 31 (who knew that was a *thing*?), here’s my favorite homemade trail mix recipe. My ideal mix is a salty-sweet combo with mostly healthy stuff (whole grain cereal, unsalted nuts, raisins) plus some Reese’s Pieces. I’ll be packing this along on our next road trip. Let my trail mix recipe inspire you to try your own combination: see it on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Mom’s quick gazpacho.

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This stretch of otherworldly hot weather has me craving my mom’s gazpacho: cool, savory, unfussy, utterly satisfying. All I have to do is gather some fresh summer produce and plug in the food processor; it does all the work and the kitchen stays nice and cool. Make this at least a day before you plan to serve it; the flavors really develop over time. Get the recipe for Mom’s Quick Gazpacho! Continue reading

Quick dill pickles.

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Just when I thought our cucumber crop was a bust (pollinators were slow to find all those yellow flowers hidden beneath giant leaves), we’re finding ourselves with something of a cuke farm. What to do with them? As they say on Portlandia, “We can pickle that!” Get the recipe for quick refrigerator dill pickles; they’re on our dinner table alongside burgers and chips for a summer supper tonight! Continue reading

Best summer tomato recipes.

Are you ready? I mean, READY, people? It’s tomato season, folks. Here’s a whole library of my favorite summer tomato recipes to get you psyched about this most magical of times. Bookmark it: You’ll be wanting these tomato dishes all summer long. Get the recipes! Continue reading

Fun ingredient: seed toppings.

If you’ve dined out recently, you’ve probably spotted this new food trend: toasted seed toppings on all kinds of salads and main dishes. I’ve been playing around with toasted seeds (and with seed-herb blends) to dress up my summer cooking. It’s like adding a pretty scarf to a plain dress — just that little bit extra that makes it memorable. Get the recipes for toasted seed toppings and start playing yourself! 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

Spinach frittata with fresh herbs.

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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

Fresh chickpea (or edamame) guacamole.

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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

One-bowl chocolate snack cake.

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Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. (Who knew?) So you’ll need a chocolate cake recipe that’s quick, simple, and uses ingredients you may already have on hand. No frosting, no fuss, just your basic snacking cake that satisfies the chocolate urge. THIS, friends, is that easy chocolate cake recipe! Continue reading