Double carrot risotto.

Double Carrot Risotto recipe | writes4food.com

In my kitchen, ingredients often give rise to recipes instead of the other way around. Recently, I had a bunch of leftover carrot juice from another dish. I had some garden carrots in the “rot drawer.” Carrot juice + carrots became Double Carrot Risotto. It was a hit! With its seasonal flavor and beautiful orange color, it’s the perfect recipe for this time of year. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Truck stop corn chowder.

truck stop corn chowder recipe | writes4food.com

I mean, c’mon: Who wouldn’t love a recipe called Truck Stop Corn Chowder? (I’d like to know what kind of truck stop is serving this excellent soup!) This recipe, which I presume my grandmother Dorothy clipped from the Indianapolis Star and stashed in her recipe file, is a real winner. Unlike most old-fashioned recipes, this calls for fresh vegetables, and it’s right in season now. Get the recipe on writes4food.com Continue reading

The Dorothy Project: Spanish rice pilaf with zucchini and tomatoes.

Spanish vegetable rice pilaf recipe | writes4food.com

As I’ve been browsing through my grandmother Dorothy’s “Kitchen Klips” recipe file, I’ve smiled as I discovered recipes that are very familiar to me. That’s because I sent them to her. Back in the 90s, Grandma published a cookbook, and she included many recipes from family and friends in addition to her own favorites. I sent her this recipe for Spanish Rice Pilaf with Zucchini and Tomatoes — it didn’t make the cut for her book, but Rob and I make it all. the. time. It’s the perfect summer-to-fall transitional dish. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Summer melon and golden tomato salad with honey-lime vinaigrette.

Working on the theory that food that grows together tastes good together — and on a corollary theory that Feta cheese makes pretty much any summer salad that much better — I hacked together this recipe for Summer Melon and Golden Tomato Salad (did I mention Feta?). It’s so simple it’s stupid. Plus, honey-lime vinaigrette. You’ve got all the ingredients on hand or at your neighborhood farm stand. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Quite possibly the best summer gazpacho.

quick blender gazpacho recipe | writes4food.com

I’m sort of a junkie for gazpacho — that most refreshing (and no cook!) of summer soups. I’ve shared many variations on writes4food.com, including a Cool White Gazpacho that’s traditional in Spain but uncommon here. This latest Quick Blender Gazpacho recipe is my go-to for the Summer of ’17. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Quick breaded chicken tenders with corn salad.

You’ll want to bookmark this recipe, not just because it’s the thing to fix for dinner tonight (what with summer sweet corn being totally awesome right now), but because these Quick Breaded Chicken Tenders is a basic, all-year, even-for-picky-eaters kind of lifesaver recipe. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Quick, summery tabbouleh salad.

homemade tabbouleh salad recipe | writes4food.com

Traveling in Italy recently, we saw a whole range of prepared salads on antipasta bars and at little food shops. Salads made with couscous and roasted vegetables, or white rice and chopped veggies, or farro with cheese and seasonal vegetables (my personal favorite). I’m sharing on writes4food.com a recipe for tabbouleh salad, a Middle Eastern composition of grain, herbs and chopped vegetables that’s in the same vein. No-cook, refreshing, the perfect centerpiece of an easy summer supper. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Basic fruit shrub.

Folks, now is THE time to make a vinegar shrub using seasonal fruit. What’s a shrub, you ask? It’s a very old-fashioned-but-super-trendy infusion of vinegar with sugar and fruit or other flavorings. And it’s a great starting point for any seasonal cocktail you can come up with. Also great with a splash of club soda for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink. Get my basic fruit shrub recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

What to do with garlic scapes.

how to cook with garlic scapes

They’re here! Garlic scapes! What’s a garlic scape, you ask? It’s the cute curlicue that sprouts from the center stalk of garlic as it grows. Gardeners and farmers know to clip off the scape — it’s delicious! — and removing it sends the plant’s full energy toward the underground bulb. Here’s a primer on what to do with the garlic scapes you find at farmers’ markets now. Continue reading