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: 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

The Dorothy Project: Poppy seed cake.

Welcome to installment No. 1 of The Dorothy Project, in which I’ll cook my way through many of the recipes in my grandma’s old recipe file. First up: one of my favorite desserts from growing up. I loved poppy seed cake so much it was the top layer of our wedding cake. Get my grandma’s old-fashioned recipe on writes4food.com — it’s really easy! 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

Black pepper taralli (or, the best cocktail snack ever).

black pepper taralli

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.

Grandma's red raspberry chiffon pie recipe | writes4food.com

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