Fresh Tomatoes with Anchovy Dressing
Why mess with a good thing like ripe tomatoes in summer? Because life is short.
Cauliflower and Sweet Corn Bisque
Plenty of people make just cream of cauliflower soup. Plenty of people make just cream of corn (or corn chowder) soup. You can combine them, and find that they complement rather than compete.
Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Corn and Clams
Besides clams and corn, making fresh tomato sauce for pasta is just fun, and so quick to turn out savory results.
Fried Green Eggplant with Peach Salsa
I’m convinced that a crispy, hard crust surrounding a custard-soft, warm center is the best way to experience an eggplant.
Summer Squash "Risotto"
I’m not anyone’s Italian grandmother here.
Sweet Corn and Honey Ice Cream
Honey is also one of those fun, but wildly inappropriate things to measure out in a cup; a lot is left behind to lap up.

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Fresh Tomatoes with Anchovy Dressing
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Having juicy, red tomatoes at the peak of summer ripeness is a question of integrity (yours, not theirs, which is pristine): Do we adulterate these fine specimen by adding other flavors and ingredients, which may make them seem less-than or tagalong, or do we seize upon the day to celebrate only the virtues of a very good thing while we still can? I wonder if people indicted in the #AshleyMadison hack are pondering their initial choices when... Read More

Cauliflower and Sweet Corn Bisque
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The first cream of X soup (or “bisque”) I ever fell in love with was cauliflower. My mom and I ordered it at a diner in New Jersey once when I was little; we ate the whole cup full and had to order another (should have gotten the bowl). That creamy, white velouté was something exotic to both of us, I think, but mild and unassuming at the same time. I... Read More

Peachy Salad with Savory Toasted Oats
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Breakfast salad. It’s not something you hear as often as breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito, or maybe even breakfast lasagna. And no, it doesn’t have eggs to give it that smack of “breakfast” approval. I just had some beautiful peaches and nectarines, and leafy lettuce from my CSA, and I didn’t feel like eating them separately. Or having yogurt with those peaches and perhaps some granola. Then I realized that... Read More

Summer Squash “Risotto” with Bacon and Shallot
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A brief history of non-risotto “risottos”: At one point, everyone was making risotto with barley instead of short-grain (commonly Arborio) rice. This was undermining the term orzotto, a similar Italian dish made with barley. Then we began to see “risotto” being made with all kinds of other “whole grains for health,” appreciating the nuances of nutty flavor and bite from the likes of spelt, oats, quinoa, wheatberries and more—and I was not one to... Read More

Reason For Not Eating Out #57: Because the Imperfection Is Yours
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It takes guts to own imperfection in the digital age. When Instagram and Tumblr accounts are being reviewed in job applications and by ex-partners alike, not to mention potential partners, it’s easy to throw in the towel and hide under sight, lest your imperfections be deemed boring at best. But I think that apps and tools, and other ways of expressing oneself to friends, are getting wise to the imperfect... Read More

Cold Noodles with Spicy Eggplant and Cucumber Salad
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This recipe is really 3, 4, or 7 different recipes bundled into one package: 1. You could make just the spicy cucumber salad. 2. You could make just a spicy eggplant salad. 3. You can make a spicy eggplant and cucumber salad. 4. You can make just spicy cold noodles. 5-7. And you can toss those noodles with either one of, or both, these chilled salads. But if you have eggplant and... Read More

Heirloom Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Scapes
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So after this year’s Fourth of July barbecue, where I consumed lettuce wraps packed with meat, a hot dog, a chicken burger, a kielbasa, and some wings, I decided to go easy on my lunches the following week. I propped my kitchen stool below the highest cupboards to look for some whole grains to make a refreshing salad with—maybe quinoa, maybe spelt, or some neat-o ancient grains would be found there,... Read More

Guacamole à l’Obama
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It’s been a while since I’ve dedicated a recipe to our Commander-in-Chief. I figured it’s good timing, with the 4th of July upon us. But more importantly, because President Obama took a moment to Tweet about his guacamole persuasions on Wednesday. This was during a Twitter chat where Obama invited questions about healthcare with the hashtag #AskPOTUS, a very noble gesture. Then a Twitter user named @JGreenDC digressed by asking... Read More