July 14, 2013 – July 20, 2013

Basil and Parsley Pesto with Anchovies from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

Summer is pesto time, at least in my house. Almost every green leaf I can get my hands on, from basil and parsley to carrot tops and kale, will get a whirl in the food processor with the requisite garlic, nuts, cheese, and olive oil over the course of the season. Yet despite my willingness to push pesto boundaries, I've never slipped in anchovies and green olives. This idea, from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day, was a revelation. More

Composed Summer Salad with Lemony Aioli from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

This summery composed salad from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day is my favorite kind of summer finger food. I can cook an array of colorful produce (and indispensable hard boiled eggs) whenever the kitchen is coolest and stick it in the fridge until dinner time. Once hunger strikes, all I need to do is whip up a sunny lemon juice-infused aioli and dig in. More

Preserved Strawberries and Jamón Serrano on Little Toasts from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

I have a terrible habit of stockpiling open jars of jams and jellies in the fridge. Inevitably, the second half of the jar will languish in the back of the fridge after I've grown tired of that particular strawberry, peach, or blackberry preserve. So recipes like Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's little toasts with preserved strawberries and jamón serrano in Canal House Cooks Every Day are a godsend (to me and my sad, half-empty jars). Pairing sweet, tender strawberries with salty, fatty ham is an easy way to battle jam palate fatigue as it turns a breakfast staple into a fast hors d'oeuvre. More

Sour Cherry-Lime Sorbet with Amaretti Cookies

Sour cherries have a gloriously fleeting season, and since I can rarely afford to buy them more than once a year I splurge and make this sorbet in the peak of summer. Wonderfully tart and refreshing, it's always worth it, and homemade amaretti cookies make an absolutely lovely accompaniment for a naturally gluten-free, almost healthy treat. More