When I was a kid, our 4th of July recipes were pretty straightforward—mostly burgers and hot dogs. But now that my parents have moved to coastal Maine, the typical 4th of July fare has gone out the window. Goodbye hot dogs, hello lobster. Lucky for lobster lovers like me, lobster is pretty inexpensive this year, and even if you don’t live on the coast, you can still find it at well-stocked grocery stores.
Here is my complete 4th of July menu with tips on how to shell a lobster:
Stovetop Clambake: Lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn star in our stovetop clambake. Serve with flavor-packed sauces, like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, and there won’t be a need for...read full post »
I have about a billion delicious summer recipes floating around in my recipe box. For me, the perfect summer recipe is fast and, ideally, cooked or at the very least enjoyed outdoors. And out of my collection, I always find a few recipes that I like to repeat during the hot summer months.
Here are a few of my favorite summer recipes (and yes, I’m starting with dessert first!):
Melon & Apple Granita: This granita uses sweet ripe melon for flavor, apple juice instead of sugar and a touch of lime juice to perk up the flavors. Berries look beautiful on top; or if you can find fresh figs, add them. For a vibrant look, make with an orange-fleshed melon, such as cantaloupe, Charentais or...read full post »
My dad already has everything he needs, so when it comes to finding something for him for Father’s Day, I’m usually at a loss. This year instead of getting him yet another button-down shirt, I’m going to cook him dinner on the grill. I’ve got a ton of Father's Day recipes that fathers everywhere would drool over. The beauty of the menu I’ve pulled together is that most of the recipes are quick (under 30 minutes) and those that aren’t can be started the day before.
Here’s the cookout menu I’m going to make for my dad on Father’s Day:
Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter & Texas Toasts: This dish is simply luxurious: grilled beef tenderloin smothered in a vibrant...read full post »
When it comes to chicken, there’s no denying that chicken breast is the ultimate quick, healthy convenience food. Since I haven’t had much time to cook lately, I tried some new chicken breast recipes last week and was pleasantly surprised. With the help of a savory sauce or spice rub, chicken breast can deliver tons of satisfying flavors.
Here are a few of my new favorite chicken breast recipes:
Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry: Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken stir-fry has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. But feel free to substitute other thinly sliced vegetables, such as bell peppers or zucchini. Serve with: Rice noodles or brown rice.
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Last week when the temperature hit 90 degrees, I was in my kitchen baking strawberry rhubarb pie. I know that doesn’t sound like a logical thing to do on a hot day, but if you’d ever tried a few of my crazy-delicious summer pie recipes, then you’d understand my insanity. But don’t make the mistake I did—bake them early in the day if you can. That way the oven is off before the summer heat reaches its peak.
Here are a few of my favorite summer pie recipes as well as a few fresh summer tarts that require less time in the oven.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: Rhubarb and strawberries go hand in hand, and what better way to honor the combination than in this classic summer pie. The lattice top...read full post »