'Crisper Whisperer' on Serious Eats

Miso Soup

It seems like everyone has their own ritualistic practices surrounding food as remedy. If you're into brothy soups, one of the easiest and most savory broths to brew up with on-hand ingredients is miso broth. It has a satisfying flavor of its own but still accommodates a wide variety of soup ingredients. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Caramel Apples for Labor Day and Beyond

For the past few growing seasons, I've been thrilled to see more and more varieties of summer apples popping up at my farmers' market. Though many people, at least in the northeast, associate apples with autumn, plenty of heirloom varieties are ready to eat in mid-summer. That makes me happy for lots of reasons, not least of all because now I get to make caramel apples for my Labor Day barbecue and feel totally legit about it. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Zucchini and Pesto Pizza

This pizza clearly originated in the mind of a Jersey girl. But now I can vouch for the fact that it tastes just as good no matter where you are—and no matter what you call a zucchini. Like many pizzas, it's a flexible recipe. Just make sure you slice the zucchini as thin as possible so it will be tender by the time the pizza is done. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Garlic Scape Tart

I have an affinity for garlic scape pesto that borders on the unnatural. Although I've previously suggested to you that there are at least seven worthwhile things to do with garlic scapes, the truth is that I rarely care to do anything with them myself besides whiz them with nuts, cheese, lemon, and olive oil in a food processor and eat them with a spoon. This inclination may be due to the fact that, in my heart of hearts, I seem to believe that I invented garlic scape pesto. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Awesome (Herb) Sauce

Whether you grow your own herbs and end up with a bumper crop or buy a big bunch at the supermarket and use a few tablespoons in a recipe, leftover fresh herbs can threaten to overtake your home, garden, and sanity as the weather warms up. Making this flexible recipe is like waving a magic wand in the general direction of the garden and—voila!—what was once a looming burden is suddenly awesome sauce. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Ratatouille in Buckwheat Crepes

Ratatouille in Buckwheat Crepes is not a recipe. Well, technically it is a recipe, fine. But it's more than that, too. It's a first-rate problem solver. It solves the age-old paradox of feeding brunch to a houseful of vegetarians without plunging them directly into diabetic coma. I love a good [insert baked good here] as much as the next guy, but it's always nice to have some variety on a brunch menu. More

Cauliflower and Tofu Curry

This easy and delicious Indian-inspired curry is satisfying winter comfort food that just happens to be vegan. It is adapted from Weeknight Fresh & Fast by Kristine Kidd, who recommends serving purchased chutney alongside and fruit sorbet for dessert. More

Nachos with Cabbage, Beans, and Cilantro Sauce

When I make nachos, I play to win. I like powerful flavors, multiple sauces, lots of creaminess and plenty of crunch. I like to balance all of those elements carefully in every bite. These nachos have got all that and more, because when my mind turns to the Super Bowl, it's football be damned. Every ounce of attention gets heaped onto a platter of tortilla chips. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Collard Greens Mineira

How's this for a crisper confession? If I hadn't cooked this vegetable myself, I don't think I could have identified it. At least not right away. If you're used to collard greens braised to the point of near-extinction (and believe me, I like them that way, too, so no hard feelings), you'll be surprised by what else they can do. More

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