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

Easy tabbouleh salad.

homemade tabbouleh salad recipe | writes4food.com

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

Fun ingredient: seed toppings.

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

Awesome side dishes to make for Memorial Day.

orzo pasta salad with summer vegetables and fresh herbs | writes4food.com

So, you’ve got the whole grill thing figured out for your Memorial Day cookout: burgers, brats, chops, whatever. Now you need to focus on the sides. Skip the icky storebought potato salad and the greasy, overdressed pasta salad. Here are THE side dish recipes you need for your Memorial Day menu. Check ’em out! Continue reading

Dutch baby croque monsieur-style.

puff pancake (Dutch Baby) croque-monsieur style | writes4food.com

I celebrated Mother’s Day by making my mom a whole bunch of homemade goodies this weekend, including a zesty lemon tart and an antipasti spread. But brunch turned out to be the hit of the weekend, thanks to this Dutch Baby (puff pancake) topped, croque monsieur-style, with ham and Gruyere. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Make your own party snack mix.

Best build-your-own party snack mix | writes4food.com

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

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Orange poppy seed butter cookies.

orange poppy seed butter cookie recipe

These pretty little Orange Poppy Seed Butter Cookies are totally perfect, petite, delicate and not too sweet. This recipe is the last in this year’s Christmas Cookie-palooza collection — enjoy, and happy holidays to you and yours! Get the recipe! Continue reading

Easy nibbles for pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

homemade roasted red pepper hummus recipe | writes4food.com

If your family is like mine, there’s this whole pre-dinner thing that happens before we even sit down at the Thanksgiving table. Here’s an array of great holiday appetizer recipes to keep your guests happily snacking while the turkey roasts (and roasts … and roasts). Get the recipes! Continue reading