Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, relaxing with family, and taking in those extra rays of sunshine. Even if you love food like me, you don’t want to spend all of your time cooking. With everything suddenly in season, you can get away with minimal effort and still eat like a king. Enter: the summer caprese dinner salad.
The reasons I love to cook are similar to the reasons why I love summer: They are both celebrations of ingredients. Both are vibrant, full of color. It’s nice to get a little hot sometimes. Time is relative: to what you’re cooking, what you’re doing, what the weather is like… Guidelines are helpful, but improvisation is … Continue reading Reasons to Love Summer, Cooking
At last… Summer. Or what feels like summer, judging by these blissful temperatures late into the evening and the sudden abundance at the farmer’s market! I didn’t really post a May seasonal recipe roundup because May really felt more like March here in Maryland, and so none of the produce you usually get around that … Continue reading Recipe Roundup: Seasonal Produce in May & June
Though the weather is warming up, I’m still in winter mode—protective and desperate over every shred of sunlight I can get. I’ve been spending all of my evenings and weekends soaking up the sun outside in the garden, hiking, with friends, even when the temperatures start to dip in the evenings. The garden especially has … Continue reading Homemade Pickles and Rustic Radish Toast
The flowers are out, the leaves are sprouting on the trees, and it’s gotten steadily warmer and sunnier (except that one freakish day we still had some flurries last week but I’m just going to pretend like that didn’t happen) so spring is officially HERE in Maryland. And I couldn’t be more excited! That means … Continue reading April Seasonal Recipe Roundup
As it’s getting warmer and warmer in Maryland, our weekends are filling up with plans and activities. After a fun-filled yet busy weekend, I was craving something light and simple for dinner. I am absolutely in love with homemade dips, sauces, and soups (especially when I get to use my food processor or beloved blender). … Continue reading Easy Olive Tapenade
For Easter, I tried out a new deviled egg recipe to add a little pizzazz to the party. These beet-pickled deviled eggs from The Kitchn were so pretty, I had to try them! The ingredient list is relatively small (canned beets, ACV, pepper, salt, eggs, mustard, mayo, brown sugar, curry powder) and just like any … Continue reading Recipe Review: The Kitchn’s Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs
I decided to make veggie pot pie for Easter as a vegetarian entrée because it’s pretty, I can prep it ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven when we start the appetizer course, and it’s a hearty dish that’s not another vegetarian lentil loaf (not that I don’t love me some … Continue reading I Tested Three Pie Dough Recipes So You Don’t Have To