Here’s a great recipe for making use of all that fresh summer spinach from your garden or a local farm. It’s fairly fast and the flavor is delicious and unusual, tart with the bright flavor of balsamic vinegar, yet a crunchy rich texture with crumbled bacon. It’s a perfect combination, and one you can feel good about.
This recipe is a lovely, light summer soup, served chilled. You can adjust the ingredients to change the flavor, more tomato or less cucumber, but it’s a refreshing, remarkably easy soup for a quick meal on a warm day.
This is the best dip I have ever had. Hands down. It’s not as easy as opening a container from the grocery store, but it’s only slightly more complicated and so much better tasting. You can serve this as a half-time snack, for a warm treat on a cold afternoon, or as a starter for a special meal. Delicious, warm, filling — it’s everything a great dip is supposed to be. Serve this with toasted baguette, crackers, or a vegetable platter.
Beignets are, perhaps, better known as a dessert or cookie, but these savory beignets are a delicious variation on the theme. It’s kind of fun to have friends over and serve these hot, right as they come out of the pot. Have a selection of dips and sauces available, and fry until everything has been consumed. Kind of a splurge of a meal in terms of calories and fat, but every now and then everyone appreciates a really good splurge. It’s wonderful!
If you have never had a timbale, you’ll love this recipe. It’s a great appetizer or side dish, and while it does take a bit of preparation, it bakes for nearly an hour, leaving the time just before eating clear so you can attend to the rest of the meal. It’s really versatile and can be used with a variety of vegetables, or even plain. Brunch, lunch, dinner, this dish can be used at any time that seems right for it.
This is one of the first desserts I ever made. It’s simple, fast to prepare, and oh so satisfying. Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Among the countless apple crisp recipes, this one is the quickest, most simple combination, with a pure, decidedly apple flavor. Don’t even try to make a low-fat version of this treat, it’s perfect just as it is.
These cookies are super fun! They look like a plain vanilla cookie, but when you bite into one there’s a soft chocolate center. Yum! They’re simple to make and convey a definite playfulness, suitable for holiday cookie exchange or gift giving.
Chocolate and oats are an almost irrestible combination. Put them into a bar cookie and you’ve made something that will appeal to all ages and tastes. This is another quick recipe to add to your cookie recipe shelf, one you can whip up in no time and have on hand when friends drop by.
These bars are quick to make, extremely satisfying, and quite versatile. You can serve them as bars for an afternoon snack, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream. Vanilla ice cream complements any flavor of jam, but experiment with unusual combinations: Strawberry preserve bars with chocolate ice cream. Blackberry preserve bars with blackberry ice cream. Cherry preserve bars with butter pecan ice cream. Have fun with it and see what you come up with.