Quick fresh tomato soup.

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Who doesn’t love grilled cheese and tomato soup? It’s, like, the best lunch ever. And it makes a great easy supper. But—blech!—canned tomato soup. Nope, you need this Quick Tomato Soup recipe: really great, good for you and almost (almost!) as easy as opening up that can. Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Black pepper taralli (or, the best cocktail snack ever).

When Rob and I traveled to Italy recently, I was obsessed—obsessed!—with taralli, those most perfect of cocktail nibbles. Cute and round and packed with flavors of olive oil, pepper and salt, these little, round, shortbread-like crackers are perfect with an aperitivo. They’re hard to find in the U.S., so I was delighted to find an easy recipe to make them at home. Get it at writes4food.com! Continue reading

Easy skillet pita bread.

One of my favorite things to make for dinner on a warm evening is practically no-cook: some homemade hummus or tabbouleh, a fresh tomato salad, some meats and cheeses, and a few homemade pita breads. Pita’s a great starter bread — easy to make and quick to cook on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet. Get my homemade pita bread recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Dorothy’s homemade noodles.

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My beloved grandmother, Dorothy, taught me how to cook many things; No. 1 on the list is homemade noodles. In her memory, I’ll be making a batch of these soon. They’re easy and fun to make, and don’t require a pasta machine — you can use these noodles as you would pasta, with a light sauce as they’re fairly delicate. Or, you know, in chicken soup. Here’s the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Blood orange French yogurt cake.

With a blush of glaze and a bright golden interior, this not-too-sweet Blood Orange French Yogurt Cake recipe has a ton going for it. Make it now, while blood oranges are available, and bookmark the recipe to make with other citrus in season. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Raspberry hazelnut thumbprints.

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Quick: You have to bake a batch of Christmas cookies for the kid’s school party, or the office gift exchange, or the neighborhood caroling festivities. Here you go: an easy butter cookie rolled in toasted nuts and topped with a jewel of jam. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Grandma’s homemade egg noodles.

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I thought of my grandmother Dorothy today, which prompted me to recall this favorite recipe she shared with me for homemade noodles. Like all cooks of her generation, Grandma is a “some of this, some of that” kind of cook, so I had to wrangle her to get the actual measurements for this recipe. Learn to make homemade egg noodles (pasta all’uovo) at writes4food.com Continue reading

Low-fat red pepper hummus.

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In this lower-fat hummus recipe, I’ve added nonfat Greek yogurt to add tang and smooth texture. In place of tahini, I’ve used a splash of toasted sesame oil—so you get all that bold sesame flavor with less fat. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Caprese salad with homemade ricotta.

If you’re tired of sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella — the classic Caprese salad — try it with freshly made ricotta cheese instead. Homemade ricotta? Absolutely! Super easy and fun. Start with high quality dairy (we love Snowville Creamery products) and let heat and acid work their magic! Get the recipe for homemade ricotta cheese on writes4food.com! Continue reading

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