How to Bake Pie From Scratch: Rustic Blackberry and Lime Galette

Editor’s note: For those of you who may be too intimidated to make homemade pie, a galette is a first pie to bake from scratch. A galette is made from the same ingredients as pie, but without the pie pan or any fussy lattice tops, though you do still have to make the pie crust. But that’s easy, with a little help from Michelle of Hummingbird High, who shares a recipe for Blackberry and Lime Galette. Just follow along for her tips and tricks and soon you’ll master this rustic dessert too. --Jane ...more
These look great! Making some Sour Cherry ones tomorrowmore

Turn Off Your Oven and Feed Your Family With Slow Cooker Summer Dinners

Editor’s note: The last thing I want to do on a hot summer day is make the house even hotter by turning on the stove or oven. Kalyn from Slow Cooker from Scratch celebrated the arrival of summer with a delicious collection of Slow Cooker Summer Dinners. All these slow cooker recipes, such as the Shredded Beef Tacos with Spicy Slaw and Avocado pictured here, were selected to include some cool or room-temperature ingredients in the final dish as well, making even more perfect for sweltering days. --Jane ...more
@aloveafare My pleasure.  I'm on a mission this summer to get people to use their slow cookers!more

Vegan Baked Beans

Editor’s note: Fourth of July barbecues are usually synonymous with hot dogs and hamburgers, but it’s the side dishes that I always look forward to, like freshly shucked corn on the cob and a vinegary coleslaw. Caroline from The Broccoli Hut shares her mom’s recipe for maple baked beans, which just happen to be vegan--and delicious. --Jane ...more

A Summer Fruit Salad With an Unexpected Secret Ingredient

Editor’s note: It’s hard to go wrong with a fruit salad at this time of year, when the markets are full of berries and stone fruit. Well, Stephanie from Macaroni and Cheesecake has one-upped me with her mom’s recipe for the popular summer dish. The secret ingredient? Vanilla pudding mix. Now this I have to taste for myself. --Jane ...more

Cherry Shortcakes: Get 'Em While You Can

Editor’s note: It’s the last week of cherry season in my town, so I’m loading up on the suckers while I still have the chance. Usually I just pop them straight into my mouth, but this cherry shortcake from Mary at The Kitchen Paper looks so good that I just might try it out. --Jane ...more
Easy and tasty!more

Quickie, Vegan Late-Afternoon Snack: Cheeseless Quesadillas

Editor’s note: My toddler’s not the only one who needs an afternoon snack. As soon as the clock strikes 3, I start to rummage around the kitchen looking for something healthful but satisfying enough to stave off hunger. Vegan blogger Kathy from Healthy Happy Life offers up her arsenal of late-afternoon bites, including this Cheeseless Quesadilla. --Jane ...more
wow yummy

Popsicles With a (Grown-Up) Twist: Pimm's Cup Popsicles, Cocktail Included

Editor’s note: BlogHer Food ’13 was a smashing success last weekend. The only thing that might have made it more fun would have been if we had some Pimmsicles on hand—Austin is hot, so hot; I could have used a refreshing popsicle like these. Michelle from The Tiffin Box has transformed the popular British summer cocktail into a grown-up treat. She drops fresh strawberries and kiwi into a popsicle mold and then tops it off with Pimm’s and ginger ale. Just freeze it overnight and try to wait for cocktail hour before unmolding the first one. --Jane ...more
This makes me so happy. I just came back from a semester abroad in the UK where I had fresh ...more

Tofu Banh Mi: A Vegan Version of the Vietnamese Sandwich

Editor’s note: The classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich has seen many interpretations by trendy restaurants, most of them full of meat. Jamie from Thrifty Veggie Mama offers up a vegan version. She marinates slices of tofu, bakes them in the oven, and then layers them on a fresh baguette. Just add a squirt of Sriracha and a tangle of broccoli slaw on top. --Jane ...more

Make Your Own Magic Shell Ice Cream Sauce

Editor’s note: Before I saw this blog post from Stefanie at Sarcastic Cooking, I had totally forgotten about Magic Shell ice cream sauce. I loved that stuff as a kid, watching the chocolate syrup slowly hardening over my frozen dessert. Well, Stefanie has figured out a way to make it at home, and even gives it a grown-up spin by adding instant coffee to the mix. --Jane ...more
I remember this! I'm so totally going to try it out with the instant coffee for a mom treat!more

Eating Gluten-Free Doesn't Have to Be Expensive: 6 Affordable Dinners

Editor’s note: The first critique usually thrown out by gluten-free naysayers is: But isn’t eating a gluten-free diet expensive? Well, it can be, just like any other diet. Mary from Owl Haven keeps costs down by preparing meals that are gluten-free anyway, so she doesn't have to hunt down any pricey substitutes. Here she shares recipes for her 6 affordable gluten-free dinners, like Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry and Sriracha Barbecued Chicken. --Jane ...more
Fresh real food is not expensivemore