It's summertime, we have half day Fridays, a few extra hours of daylight to get our cocktails going, and things are supposed to be easy, darn it! In a conscious effort to simplify our lives and celebrate the awesomeness of fresh summer produce, we're spending the whole season coming up with the absolute easiest, freshest, and tastiest summer dishes we can think of. On the menu today: figs, melon, Spanish ham, and basil in one gorgeous salad.
Moist buttermilk red velvet cupcakes are filled with the whitest ice cream you can find (such as coconut or vanilla). Rings of white- and blue-tinted cream cheese frosting are piped on top to complete the 4th of July theme. Make these cupcakes ahead of time and serve directly from the freezer for a cool treat.
This sweet-tart rambutan cocktail, made with blanco tequila, is a perfect summer escape.
German potato salad and red cabbage are combined in this easy grilled recipe to make a warm slaw topping for tender bratwurst.
One of the world's great fried seafood dishes, jalea features a pile of mixed fried seafood including fish, shrimp, and calamari that's topped with a bright, refreshing, slightly spicy salad of lime-marinated red onion, tomato, and cilantro. This version is made with a beer batter that comes out incredibly light and crisp.
Japanese versions of Western dishes, known as yōshoku cuisine, may look like the originals that inspired them, but the flavor is unmistakably Japanese. Take this potato salad, which derives its unique flavor from Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard.
This summer punch bursts with tangy citrus and a touch of the unexpected, thanks to celery bitters.
The classic flavors of Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are reworked into the form of Italian panzanella, a salad designed to make stale bread delicious again. This version features pickled and fresh vegetables, lemongrass-marinated tofu, and two sauces that deliver spicy, sweet, and savory flavors.
When I get out of New York City and actually have a chance to grill, I don't just want to cook the obvious stuff on the grill, I want to cook everything. Case in point: This grilled pork sandwich with a grilled plum chutney and miso-cabbage slaw. It's been held over the flames, from top to bottom.
Crunchy toasted pine nuts and lemony sumac are great partners for eggs scrambled softly in extra-virgin olive oil.
Mushrooms are a great choice for grilling, but that doesn't mean there's no wrong way to grill them. The secret to flavorful, succulent grilled mushrooms? Moderate heat and multiple rounds of seasoning.
There are lots of tabbouleh recipes in the world, but many give instructions that can lead to a sopping wet salad with bulgur that's too hard to eat. This one uses pre-salting steps to remove excess moisture from the tomatoes and parsley, then uses the water drained from the tomatoes to soak the bulgur until tender and flavorful. A hint of spices adds complexity and depth.
Scallion pancake dough grills up as marvelously as it fries, getting crisp, bubbly, and nicely charred.
This grilled potato salad offers a range of textures—crispy, crunchy, and creamy—with a nice smokiness from the grill balanced by a tart grilled lemon vinaigrette flavored with scallions and shallots. The key is par-cooking the potatoes and roughing them up a bit for extra crunch.
Two classic dishes—Italian-style seafood salad and refreshing pasta salad— collide in this perfect summer dish, bright with lemon and olive oil. The secret is in the selection of pasta: Asian rice noodles deliver the perfect texture and flavor-absorbing powers to make every bite taste like pure seafood-salad bliss.
No mint leaves can match the charged blast of a slug of mint extract, but fresh mint ice cream has an unbeatable roundness of flavor you just can't find in a bottle. Add in lacy straciatella swirls that don't turn brittle like regular frozen chocolate for a mint chip ice cream that'll put all the others to bed.
A whole chicken gets the Greek treatment with a simple marinade of olive oil and lemon along with plenty of garlic and oregano. The key to the juiciest meat and crispest skin? Butterflying the chicken and cooking it low and slow before finishing with a sear to crisp up the skin.
Green papaya salad is a Southeast Asian classic, but that green papaya can be hard to find in many parts of the States. Inspired by the flavors of that salad, but using more readily available produce like cabbage, carrot, and green apple, this salad hits all the same notes without sending you on a shopping wild goose chase.
This simple and refreshing pasta salad is made with soba (buckwheat) noodles, raw cucumber, lightly cooked asparagus, and wakame seaweed. It's tossed in a lemon-soy vinaigrette with sesame oil, sesame seeds, and a hit of fresh ginger.
Extra-juicy butterflied grilled chicken gets a flavor-packed kick with a fresh homemade za'atar-style spice blend made with fresh and dried herbs, sesame seeds, and sumac.