Easy tabbouleh salad.

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Pack-able, healthy lunch option; easy afternoon snack; part of a festive array of appetizers: Tabbouleh — that Middle Eastern salad of cracked wheat, herbs and vegetables — is a rock star. You know you have all this stuff in your fridge (OK, maybe not the cracked wheat, but we can remedy this). Get this easy recipe for homemade tabbouleh! 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

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

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

Make your own party snack mix.

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It’s Super Bowl Week, which means I’m heading to the grocery to stock up on ingredients for my very favorite homemade snack mix. C’mon, people: Forget the bagged stuff. This better DIY version lets you include whatever salty snacks you want, with an easy garlicky, salty, buttery seasoning. 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

Classic tomato sauce for canning or freezing.

At an organic food conference last spring, I heard about a new-to-me process for making homemade tomato sauce using ripe summer tomatoes. It’s a wonder! This three-part recipe for tomato sauce is super efficient — and delicious! Get the recipe! Continue reading