Old New Kitchen Trend
The nice thing about a holiday week is that the weekend comes round again a little bit sooner. It’s here already, and so is June. I know we’re all supposed to be grilling out now, and eating strawberries and tender greens, but man — I can’t get Anjali’s deep dish chocolate chip cookies out of my head! What about you? Did a recipe strike your fancy this week? Do you have plans to try something new? What’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend?
This weekend, we will officially be taking dinner outside. Salad Niçoise is a favorite once the weather gets warm — easy to make, easy to carry to the picnic table, easy to share. If you’re more in the mood to grill, our beef and bacon burgers are the perfect candidate for first burger of the summer. Still chilly in your neck of the woods? A scoop of creamy baked orzo and a deep dish chocolate chip cookie is exactly what you need. And whether you’re eating inside or out, definitely shake up a few jam jar cherry spritzers to go with the meal!
Q: I recently received a big bag of cacao nibs as a gift, and I don’t know what to do with them. The person who gave them to me eats them plain as a snack, but I don’t think I’ll make it through the whole bag that way. Any good recipes out there for baked goods? How else do you use them?
Sent by Ellen
What’s better on a steamy summer evening (afternoon? morning?) than a chilled glass of sangria, punctuated with booze-soaked fruit? ‘Tis the season for sangria — but why stop at the basics? Read on for five recipes to try one at a time…or perhaps all over the course of this weekend!
If you’re already shaking up cocktails or sipping your morning smoothie from mason jars, you’ll be glad to hear about the Portland Press, a french press coffee maker that uses a 24-ounce canning jar in place of the usual glass beaker. Even better, it is made in Portland from materials sourced in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty.
I’ve been holding on to this one for a while, barely able to keep it to myself and just waiting for the right moment to share it with you. With these sunny days tempting us with summer and strawberries filling farmers market tables, that moment is now! Yvette Van Boven’s new cookbook Home Made Summer is packed with the kinds of recipes that we’ll be wanting from now until apple-picking season: bright and colorful salads, tarts filled with warm summer fruit, cocktails muddled with fresh herbs, and lots of other tasty surprises. This is the book of the summer.
Q: I buy a fantastic lemon blueberry granola from a store nearby, but I’ve been making my own granola lately and want to recreate it. This granola is SOOOO lemony, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I’ve tried some other recipes online but you can hardly taste the lemon! Any ideas?
Sent by Zipporah
Your mom can’t have gluten and your co-worker is vegan. Your postman can only have sugar substitutes and yet the alternative baking aisle leaves you quaking in your boots. Here are a few tips to get you over the fear and instill in you the confidence to bake with love and some new-to-you ingredients and recipes!