Papaya-Habanero Hot Sauce
Delivering on the required fruit and heat incredibly well, this hot sauce goes deeper with a slew of other fresh flavors and earthy spices to add great complexity.
Famous Wafer Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
You won't believe how easy it is to create your own customized ice cream cake. Crushed chocolate wafers create a crunchy buttery shell that holds layers of luscious ice cream and chocolate cookies that soften just so.
Chilled Spice-Roasted Carrot Soup with Yogurt
This bright and tangy soup is cold in temperature but warm in flavor: whole spices such as coriander, mustard and cumin seeds are roasted with the carrots, lending complexity and fragrance to the dish.
Fig, Raspberry and Lemon Jam
You can really taste each individual component of this jam, from the fig's subtle perfume, to the bold raspberries, to the tart lemon. The robust flavors would pair perfectly with hearty, flavorful breads like cornbread or crusty sour dough.
Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Strips
This recipe makes really tasty chicken strips, but the breading can also be used for southern fried chicken.
Best Blueberry Cookies
These easy blueberry cookies are also the best: light as air with crispy exteriors and soft, fruit-filled middles.
Chilled Watercress Soup
Watercress is a light leafy vegetable known for it's light peppery flavor, and is used in salads, tea sandwiches, soups and as a light garnish on roast suppers. Related to the radish and mustard the flavor of watercress is a tad lighter than its bolder cousins, which makes it ideal for delicate preparations.
Chicken En Escabeche With Purple Mashed Potatoes
Tangy, spicy chicken with caramelized onions, pickled jalapenos and carrots sees a shock of color when accompanied by creamy, purple mashed potatoes.
Bloody Mary-Flavored Gazpacho
Turn the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar into the best incentive to get up early for brunch.
Lane Cake: now there's a tall southern belle of a layer cake, filled with coconut, chopped fruit and nuts and a generous serving of whiskey or brandy, and topped off with a snowy range of fluffy frosting. Cutting into this cake is particularly enjoyable: the white frosting gives way to a creamy-colored cake, with a slightly more yellow-toned custard, flecked with a confetti of nuts and fruits contained therein.
Summer Ratatouille with Pasta
This summer ratatouille is made the Julia Child way: cook the zucchini, squash, and eggplant separately, then layer them together to keep the flavors bright and distinct. A light main course packed with the bright flavors of olive oil and summer vegetables.
Grilled Vegetable and Anchovy Butter Sandwiches
Grilled summer vegetables, charred and juicy get a bold accent with pungent, briny, zest-highlighted anchovy butter. Warm grilled naan, pistachios, and cilantro add layers of flavor and uniqueness to this sandwich.
Grilled Turmeric Chicken (Gai Yang Khamin)
This is a skewered, simpler version of Thai-style turmeric-scented grilled chicken that greatly reduces the time it would take you to grill a whole chicken as traditionally done. The flavor is not compromised, however.
Pork Chops with Peaches, Bourbon, and Basil
Most people understand that pairing pork chops and apples is a foolproof dinner, so why is it such a stretch to pair the meat with some in-season peaches straight from the farmers' market?
Mini Glazed Peach Scones
These petite scones are great for summer parties: light, sweet, and packed with ripe peaches.
Flour and Potato Tortillas
I love fresh flour tortillas, whether they're homemade or purchased from one of the local tortilla shops. But tortillas on day two are never as good. Either they get brittle or rubbery. But they never stay nicely flexible. These do.
Strawberry Buttercream Birthday Cake
Yes, I bake my own birthday cakes. This year it's layers of tender yellow cake glued together with sweetened condensed milk, and a generous coat of billowy, strawberry-flecked buttercream.
Simmered Quail with Mustard and Capers
Tender quail browned in butter, then simmered with capers and mustard.
Seared Tuna with Niçoise Vegetables and Garlic Butter
For a light, bright summer dinner, try Niçoise salad remade as a warm main course: seared tuna, fresh herbs, potatoes, haricots verts, roasted cherry tomatoes, and butter infused with garlic, lemon, and olive oil.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie
When you can't stand the heat of summer, cool off with this no bake pie. There's nothing like the combination of salty and sweet, and this pie brings the two together in perfect harmony by combining creamy sweet vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and a pretzel crumb crust.
A quick and easy lobster ceviche. The ultimate refreshing summer appetizer.
Frog's Eye Salad
According to my Mormon friends, Utah is a dessert salad hotspot where retro Jell-O salad creations still make appearances at potlucks. Frog's Eye Salad, a pudding/pasta/fruit salad, is a perennial favorite—so naturally I had to give it a try.
Once upon a time, simple syrup wasn't so simple. Instead of using a mixture of just sugar and water, old timey barkeeps would sweeten cocktails with a more viscous sweetener known as gomme or gum syrup. Why bother with gomme? It really shines in stiff cocktails that are made with mostly spirits, because it rounds out the alcoholic bite to give you a smooth sipping cocktail.
Old Fashioned (Bourbon and Orange) Ice Cream
This recipe is even easier than your standard vanilla bean, and it preserves all the intensity and surprising delicacy of a real Old Fashioned. If anything, the dilution of all that cream allows the burnt caramel and bitter-sweet citrus flavor of the drink to come through all the more clearly.
Grilling: Chicken Spiedies
An invention from Binghamton, traced back to traditions of Italian immigrants, spiedies are kind of like those skewers of grilled meat you pick up at street fairs and festivals, if they were actually good. The secret? It's all in the marinade.
Tuscan Sundae from Jeni Britton Bauer
The flavors here are so complementary and play off each other perfectly: the salt and caramelized sugar in the ice cream, the warm honey and Vin Santo sauce—delicious.
Chichi's Chinese: Spring Rolls
In China spring rolls tend to be quite small and made with very thin wrappers. Deep-fried, there is such a terrific contrast between the crispy shell and the tender, carrot-free interior. The filling is so soft and full of flavorful cabbage-y liquid, thickened with cornstarch for that signature "velvety" sheen. In addition to cabbage, you might find little slivers of stir-fried pork or mushroom or bean sprouts.
Peach and Rosemary Cocktail
Ripe, almost squishy peaches work great for this cocktail, since the peaches will be muddled anyway and you're looking to get as much peach juice as possible. To balance out the sweet and tangy flavor of the peaches, rosemary syrup brings a little sophistication and an herbal note that meanders through each sip.