Frying Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes & Chicken Sausage Saute

This summer has been so mild and delightful, I haven’t had the normal cooking aversion that keeps me out of the kitchen and away from any appliance that doesn’t generate billowing blasts of cold air. Indeed, cooking and grilling have been entirely pleasant, and even time spent in the garden hasn’t left me dragging my bones into a miserable heap in front of the cold-air-blasting appliance. August, I think I love you ....more

Tomato and Corn Tabbouleh Salad with Kale

One of the fabulous things about having a home vegetable and herb garden is the discovery of unexpected behaviors of some plants. Like the fact that you can have not one, but two broccoli harvests per season, spring and fall (ditto with peas and radishes and lettuce greens and cauliflower). Or that you can take cuttings from your ginormous basil plants, place them on a windowsill in a vase with water that you change regularly, and have fresh basil for months (it will even flower and produce seeds) ....more

An Outstanding Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Smoked Corn Mayonnaise

The best, most insanely delicious heirloom tomato sandwich starts with these amazing beauties (below), and is topped with the most flavorful mayonnaise I have ever had in my life, made with smoked corn. This sandwich has been the highlight of my culinary summer. Fellow tomato lovers will agree that there’s just nothing better than a tomato sandwich with mayo at the height of summer (caprese salads are a very close second, but it’s the sandwich, all the way) ....more

Chilled Lemon Basil Avocado Soup

Even as a big-time fan of soup, I’m the first to admit that it takes a back seat in summer cooking. Not because it’s a hot dish — we still drink coffee and make big pots of barbecue baked beans afterall — but maybe because it’s just so cool-weather-comforting that it almost seems a waste to have soup in the summer, when that big warm hug in a bowl just isn’t necessary. But summertime doesn’t mean soup is left completely in the lurch ....more

Rainbow Melons Three Ways

Mid-summer melons are here in the Midwest! Watermelons and honeydews and cantaloupes have just begun arriving, along with a nice variety of speciality melons, like Sprites and Charentais (the best tasting melon, ever). I especially love all the pastel colors going on — pinks and yellows and greens and oranges ....more

Smoky Vegetable Mac and Cheese

It’s a fabulous Friday here in Cincinnati, and to top it off, I’ve got mac and cheese. I’ll be upfront here: this isn’t skinny mac and cheese. This isn’t lightened up mac and cheese ....more

Avocado & Cherry Tomato Ramen Noodle Bowl with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Summer is so full of vibrant color and flavors, it’s hard to know where to turn first when grabbing for ingredients. But odds are good that I’ll always start with the tomato. Heirloom tomatoes are my favorite — they come in high fashion colors and sport flavors that no grocery store cue ball has ever known ....more

Dark Chocolate Lovers’ S’mores Cookies with Salted Caramel

I had my first s’mores in decades the other week. I prepared myself for a flood of nostalgic comfort amidst the melty chocolate marshmallow goodness, the kind of food memory that makes you smile involuntarily and scrunch up your shoulders in a sort of self-hug … but … nothing. No happy food feelings ....more

Summer Chopped Salad with Burrata and Dreamy Dill Buttermilk Dressing

Oh my gosh, friends … mid-July is tomorrow. Where is the summer going?? Not helping is the fact that some Canadian weather anomaly will be arriving tomorrow, giving us temps in the low 70′s ....more

The Best Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

Aren’t crispy, oven-roasted chickpeas just the best? They’re an awesome, versatile snack and party appetizer. They go great as toppings for soups, and as “croutons” for fresh salads ....more