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Dinner Rush! Tagliatelle with Four-Herb Pesto

Here’s a simple bit of arithmetic: What do you get when you combine a day that is 110 percent full with zero time to make dinner and an average air temperature of 89 degrees plus 75 percent humidity? If we’re both doing our math correctly, near effortless pasta with a four-herb pesto sounds like a […]

Super Food Nerds, Behind the Scenes: The Cherry on Top

Close your eyes and picture “cherry red.” What do you see? I’d wager you’re picturing a color that has been witnessed in a fresh cherry precisely … never. What you are seeing is a maraschino cherry — maraschino red, that is. Which is odd, because the maraschino we’ve come to know bears only the faintest […]

Beat the Wheat: S’mores Pie for Grownups

AKA All’s Fair in Love and S’mores An old boyfriend once gave me a beautiful copper fire pit as a birthday gift. The relationship didn’t last, but my love of cooking over an open fire sure did. On Friday evenings when the weather is nice (and, honestly, sometimes even in the snow), I load up […]

25 Ways to Use Cauliflower

For many, cauliflower is a solid standby vegetable — something to pick up in the grocery store when you’re not in the mood for anything else and can’t make a decision. It’s time to learn how multifaceted cauliflower really is and to incorporate this member of the cabbage family into more meals. Blitzed in a […]

Dinner Rush! Mustard-Thyme Pork Chops w/ Fennel, Cucumber + Nectarine Salad

Summer is the season of the salad. We’ve all had the classics — potato, macaroni, simple green — so shake things up with this amazingly easy shaved-vegetable variation. The secret to the texture and quickness is a trusty mandoline. An adept hand can certainly do it all equipped with a chef’s knife, but this is […]

Dinner Rush! Grilled Ratatouille w/ Tomato Vinaigrette

They always say we should eat more vegetables. And whether “they” are doctors, nutritionists or the infamous veggie marketing people from Portlandia (apparently celery is the new thing), making an all-vegetable dinner that’s both delicious and good for you isn’t too hard at this time of year.

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

AKA: Strawberry Shortcake. It’s What’s for Dinner! I grew up in a traditional nuclear family of the ’70s and ’80s. Dad worked, Mom stayed home to raise us kids and we always had a “square meal” for dinner: meat, starch, two veggies, rolls and dessert. Come summertime, though, the notion of a healthy balanced meal went […]

Summer Soiree: 5 Booze-Free Picnic Sips

Summer is a good time to be thirsty. There are chilled glasses of iced tea and lemonade to be had — often flavored with in-season fruit — not to mention slushies, milkshakes and smoothies. Grab a pitcher and some ice (plus our recipes below) for these good-for-all-ages refreshers. 1. Muddled Lemonberryade (pictured above) Borrow a trick […]

What to Eat to Protect Your Skin from The Sun

Edible sunscreen sounds pretty terrible. But did you know that some of the foods you eat can help give your skin a natural boost in sun protection? Though diet won’t take the place of classic topical broad-spectrum sunscreen (applied early and often), these foods all have nutrients that help protect your skin against sun damage. […]

Dinner Rush! Grilled Shrimp Florentine Pizza

That grill’s starting to get a workout, huh? You’re grilling chicken, you’re grilling steaks, you might even be grilling your salad*. Might as well throw a pizza on there, too. When it comes to grilled pizza, there are two schools of thought.

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