Quick fresh tomato soup.

low-fat tomato and roasted red pepper soup recipe | writes4food.com

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

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

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

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

Golden spiced lentil soup.

Need something warming, happy and delicious for lunch? This Golden Spiced Lentil Soup recipe fills the bill. Quick-cooking red lentils and a handful of aromatic vegetables make this come together with practically no effort, and turmeric and cumin give it tons of warmly spiced flavor. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Buttery root vegetable mash.

Winter squash and root vegetables are abundant in local farmers’ markets even during cold months. (Not like we’re exactly having typically cold winter weather right now.) Sauté these babies in lots of butter, simmer them in vegetable stock and fork them into a chunky mash that’s perfect as a side to grilled steak or roast chicken. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Raspberry hazelnut thumbprints.

raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookie recipe | writes4food.com

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