Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Pudding

A little spicy, a little sweet and a lot delicious, this Spicy Cheddar Cornbread Pudding is our most-requested side dish ever. We use two kinds of cheeses — extra-sharp cheddar and pepper jack — to give it loads of flavor. Make it with fresh summer corn when it’s in season, but it’s just as good with frozen corn the rest of the year. 

Thai Basil Gimlet

Thai basil adds spicy, anise-like notes to a gimlet. Together with lime, elderflower liqueur, and good quality gin, the Thai basil gimlet is a cool twist on an elegant classic that we can sip while enjoying the color and scents of our summer herb garden.

Salted Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Is it possible for a cookie made without butter or flour to be the most delicious cookie we’ve ever tasted? The answer is a resounding YES. With only 3 essential ingredients: peanut butter, eggs and brown sugar, these cookies are practically a miracle. Crisp on the...
Summer Stuffed Shells with Creamy Fontina Sauce

Summer Stuffed Shells with Creamy Fontina Sauce

Stuffed Shells with Fontina Sauce

Baked stuffed shells filled with a delicious mix of Swiss chard, fresh basil and ricotta cheese, nestled under a blanket of bubbling, creamy fontina sauce. This is a rich and decadent dish that also happens to be packed with our favorite early summer vegetables. Best eaten outside, with simple roasted tomatoes and crisp white wine. 

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Whenever we cook for a crowd, baked pasta is our go-to. All the prep can be done ahead of time, so all that we have to do is pop the pan in the oven, make a quick salad and open the wine. This time of year, the farmer’s market is bursting with early summer vegetables like Swiss chard, baby peas, spring onions and basil. So to celebrate the season, we made our stuffed shells with a mix of our favorite greens and paired them with the most delicious fontina cream sauce. And then popped the corks on a couple of bottles of white wine and enjoyed the sunshine!

Our wine of choice to pair with a beautiful early-summer outdoor dinner is something light with a subtle floral and fruit character. We’ve paired up with Cakebread Cellars’ Napa Valley Chardonnay and our garden peonies opened up just in time to help us celebrate the season.

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Teriyaki Brown Rice Salad With Avocado

Teriyaki Brown Rice Salad With Avocado

A deceptively simple and delicious teriyaki brown rice salad that can be paired with meat, fish, tofu, or enjoyed by itself. This has been the type of week when I'm so overwhelmed that eating frozen peas straight out of the bag seems like a sensible dinner plan. See,...

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The Pollinator (aka Sage Bee’s Knees)

The Pollinator (aka Sage Bee’s Knees)

A million years ago when I lived in Williamsburg (an industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn that has since become incredibly trendy) with my roommate, Paola, we set up a massive garden on the roof of our loft. Being poor artists, we couldn't afford planters so we used...

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Chicken Piccata with Fried Capers and Roasted Tomatoes

Chicken Piccata with Fried Capers and Roasted Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes, fried capers and butter-lemon flavors combine with chicken cutlets to create this perfect zingy summery piccata recipe. We served it over linguine, but grilled bread would also be a good option. Very early summer can be frustrating for a cook. The...

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Vanilla Custard Tart with Berries

Vanilla Custard Tart with Berries

If there’s one challenge to keeping chickens, it’s what to do with all these eggs? Fortunately most of the solutions are pretty delicious, and this custard tart with berries makes a great start to the summer.

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Quiche with Ramps, Bacon and Gruyere

Quiche with Ramps, Bacon and Gruyere

Quiche with Ramps (wild leeks), Bacon and Gruyere is fantastic any time of day. It's creamy, cheesy and so satisfying. And don't fret if you can't find ramps, scallions make a perfect substitute.   Spring has finally sprung in the Hudson Valley and, if you've been...

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Grouper Fritters from the Florida Keys

Grouper Fritters from the Florida Keys

A favorite destination for Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, Key West is known for its palm-lined streets and fish fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler.

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