Quick fresh tomato soup.

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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

Quick, summery tabbouleh salad.

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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

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

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.

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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

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

Orzo pasta salad with seasonal vegetables.

Ever been to a potluck or cookout and had quote-unquote pasta salad? You know what I mean: mushy corkscrew pasta, raw vegetables and icky bottled Italian dressing. Gross. *This* pasta salad is not *that* pasta salad. This Orzo Pasta Salad with Seasonal Vegetables recipe starts with the right kind of pasta, homemade dressing, and crisp-tender seasonal veg. Perfection. Hack it with different vegetables all year round. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Sheet pan vegetable soup.

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Around here, we love sheet pan suppers: Pile everything onto a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast until it’s all tender and browned. Dinner — and cleanup — done! For the win! This Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetable Soup uses the same technique as a starting point. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading