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

Heavenly pecan pound cake.

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Ohmygoodnessohmygoodness! This pound cake, laden with toasted pecans, is just about perfect. Not too hard to make, either. Be sure to use really good, ginormous Georgia pecans here. The cake is great for breakfast or snacking, and it freezes beautifully (good thing, ’cause it makes a ton). Get the recipe! 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

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading

Perfectly smooth, practically no-fat red pepper hummus.

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This easy homemade hummus is full of flavor and extremely low in fat, making it a healthy dip for veggies, pita chips or breadsticks. Discover the trick to making the smoothest, creamiest hummus ever! Get the recipe! Continue reading

BGT salad: bacon, goat cheese and tomato.

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Here’s a new take on the ubiquitous summer tomato salad with … wait for it … BACON. Even better: a warm dressing of bacon drippings (let’s call it what it is, people: bacon FAT) and balsamic vinegar that softens the tomatoes and releases their juices. Oh, and goat cheese. Yep. You want this. Get the recipe! Continue reading