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

Grandmother’s blueberry buckle.

Armed with a pint of fresh blueberries from Northern Kentucky’s Thistlehair Farm, I dug out Grandmother’s recipe for Blueberry Buckle. I found it in her battered copy of “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book” from 1950 and made several enhancements, notably adding orange zest to the streusel topping. It’s perfect with vanilla ice cream, and nearly as good eaten over the kitchen sink right before bed. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Easy individual strawberry trifles.

Strawberries are just a jumping-off point for these Easy Individual Trifles; you’ll be making them all summer long, I promise, with all kinds of fruit. Get the recipe on writes4food.com — along with my secret to the perfect dessert (it’s an amazing hack for your whipped cream). Continue reading

Grandma’s red raspberry chiffon pie.

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This recipe for Red Raspberry Chiffon Pie is one of my favorite recipes from my grandmother Dorothy. She made it all the time when I was growing up, and no wonder: It’s so simple and so good. I think every day should include pie. You’ll want to give this recipe a try! Get the 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

Savory granola topping.

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If you’ve bought into the whole Non-Lettuce Salad trend, which you totally should, then you’ll want some fun toppings to finish off your plate of lightly dressed seasonal vegetables. Here’s a fun recipe to try: Savory Granola. Works great on salad, soups, or as a cocktail nibble. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Best non-lettuce salad recipes.

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If you’ve been out to dinner recently and scanned the ‘salad’ portion of the menu, you’ve probably seen this trend: the non-lettuce salad. Chefs are getting away from the steakhouse wedge and basic house salad and featuring beautiful presentations of seasonal veg, lightly dressed, and with interesting add-ons. Get inspired by this collection of non-salad salad recipes 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

Broken noodle bowl with broccoli peanut pesto.

broken noodle bowl with broccoli-peanut pesto recipe | writes4food.com

It’s always fun when I make up a recipe from scratch and idea translates from my head to the plate more deliciously than I imagined. Like this recipe for Broken Noodles with Broccoli-Peanut Pesto. Because I’m craving healthy lunches right now, I stocked up on crisp veggies and grabbed some soba noodles and threw together this lunch-able noodle bowl. And I LOVED it!!! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading