In this recipe from her new cookbook, A Change of Appetite, Diana Henry elevates the classic caprese combo of mozzarella, tomato, and basil with the addition of nectarine. The ripe fruit adds a juicy sweetness that I never realized was missing. Dressed with just olive oil and white balsamic, every element shows at its best. So simple, so smart.
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Traditionally pan-fried, this grilled version of an Argentinian dish features provolone cheese that's soft but not completely melting, and is finished with a sprinkling of oregano and crushed red pepper.
Zucchini and yellow squash slices are grilled and layered with softened kasseri cheese, then given a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of mint to create a fresh and satisfying side dish or appetizer.
Queso panela may be semi-soft, but it keeps it shape when grilled. It's mild flavor gets a boost in this recipe from a fruity and tart tomatillo and poblano salsa along with an onion and cilantro topping.
Greek kefalotyri cheese browns and maintains its shape on the grill, and it's so flavorful it needs little more than lemon juice and black pepper to make it great.
Salty halloumi cheese browns beautifully on the grill and is perfect for making filling pita sandwiches with tomato, red onion, lettuce, and creamy tzatziki.
This pesto sauce, through rounds and rounds of testing, has been honed to the perfect ratio, ingredients, and method. And while a mortar and pestle is a bit of work, the superior sauce it produces compared to a food processor can't be argued. This is the true, best pesto. Using a food processor, this ratio of ingredients will still produce a great sauce.
These intense, soy-soaked mushrooms from Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook, were inspired by chef David Chang's Asian-inflected pickles at Momofuku in NYC. The Pitt Cue crew take them a step further by deep-frying them in this week's killer Crispy Pickled Shiitakes.
Balsamic vinaigrette adds a tanginess to fresh vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.
It's my opinion that fresh, sweet corn should be incorporated into pretty much every meal in the summertime. So as soon as I saw these bodaciously corn-y fritters in Kimberly Hasselbrink's new cookbook, Vibrant Food, I knew I'd be making and devouring them as soon as possible.
Quick and easy stir-fried lo mein noodles with cabbage charred until sweet, sauteed mushrooms, and Chinese chives in a light sauce.
Black beans are pitch-perfect in this Southwestern-style bean salad, which is finished with sweet nubs of corn, cilantro, jalapeño, and a crumble of corn chips.
When summer hits, one of my favorite dishes is tabbouleh, its bright and fresh aroma from the various chopped herbs interspersed with airy bites of bulgur. Here, I swap the bulgur for chickpeas that are crisped in a pan with shallots, a generous hit of cumin, freshly shucked corn kernels and bite-sized asparagus. Combined with the chopped herbs and topped with sumac-filled yogurt, it makes a nutrient-packed, fresh summer dish that hits the table in less than 30 minutes.
Made with vegetables that have been cooked until meltingly soft, this penne pasta dish is one of those great examples of what makes classic rustic Italian cooking so special: It makes the most of humble and unassuming ingredients, turning them into something downright delicious.
The key to the deeply-seasoned potatoes in this tangy and creamy salad is to cook them in water seasoned with salt and vinegar. A dressing flavored with olive oil, sour cream, and dill binds it together.
Radicchio, a hearty bitter lettuce, becomes remarkably sweet and succulent when charred over a live fire. Served with a drizzle of good olive oil and saba—a sweet wine-based condiment—along with a sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, it's the best vegetable you've never grilled.
Crunchy and tender baby bok choy goes for a spin with a punchy sauce made with lots of garlic and fermented black beans. It's a flavor-packed stir-fry with minimal prep and all the flavor, minus the gloppy sauce.
Hearty and versatile eggplant has got to be one of the best vegetable substitutes for meat. Mark Bittman uses the nightshade as the base for meat-less meatballs in his new VB6 Cookbook. Once baked, the tender "meatballs" are surprisingly flavorful (as long as you don't skimp on the salt), making it easy to forget that you may normally be eating beef.
Tender baby spinach and red shen choy are briefly simmered just until wilted, then served very simply in a broth flavored with lightly browned garlic. I can't think of an easier way to put a delicious side dish on the table.
When it comes to vegan recipes, I usually stay far, far away from anything that uses quotation marks in its name. I'm happy to eat a plate of vegan food—rice, beans, and vegetables are some of my favorite things to eat. Once "meat" and "cheese" get involved, meals tend to get a little weird. So I approached Mark Bittman's "chorizo" tacos in his new VB6 Cookbook with some trepidation.