Cool Stuff – Summer

How to Make a Fruit Platter

The title of this post may seem simple, but there is a great difference between making a fruit platter and making a fruit platter. There is a bowl of strawberries and then there is a series of colors and layers and textures and shapes that provoke conversation and a gathering of people around it chattering and asking questions. I posted the making of this fruit platter on my Instagram stories over […]

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Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I have been making all kinds of recipes with figs, from this lemony jam to this fontina fig pizza to these caramelized blistered figs with gorgonzola. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Fig and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Have you ever had quinoa? Quinoa originated from the Andean region of South America about six thousand years ago. It is grown for its edible seeds but is actually not a […]

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Fresh Fig, Fontina and Thyme Pizza

On New Year’s Eve, my family multiplies this dough recipe and serves pizzas fresh out of the oven all night long. Because the crusts are thin and delicate, it is easy to eat a pie or two (or three!) all by yourself. Really good pizza dough is a canvas on which to drop your favorite ingredients and express your culinary creativity. It is also a good place to scatter fresh […]

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Lemony Fig Jam

I live for figs, and August is the peak of fig season. As I write this I’m on my way out the door to meet an urban farmer who has an oasis of figs for me to pick. I heard about him and knew I had to meet him. I’ve been looking through my fig recipes as a result and found my Lemony Fig Jam recipe that I’m going to […]

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Classic Raspberry Jam

When I was a child and well into my teenage years, I used to proclaim myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds every late July so that I’d have enough berries to make jam. Eventually my dad began growing domestic raspberry bushes as well as blueberry bushes so it became a berry wonderland at Tulipwood. Many of the commercial jams you buy have large quantities of sugar in them […]

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Panzanella Salad

In this recipe for panzanella salad also lies a recipe for homemade croutons, which you can either make in advance and store for a future salad, or blitz in the food processor and turn into bread crumbs. I love this salad on a hot summer’s day with freshly picked tomatoes. It is a great way to use up stale bread so don’t throw that old baguette out! I sometimes refer […]

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Rose Petal Jelly

My third book “Modern Pioneering” was almost titled “How to Eat a Rose,” because I had a section full of recipes made from the various parts of roses. Did you know roses were edible? Many wild things are and we’ve just forgotten about them as generations have past. I think you will love my recipe for Rose Petal Jelly, it is very quick and easy and also beautiful. And it’s […]

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Mint Ice Milk

I’m all about hacking my way into ice cream without an ice cream maker. Earlier this year I taught you how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, and have shared my all-time favorite ice cream flavor recipe: lemon basil ice cream. Today I thought I’d share my recipe for Mint Ice Milk. This egg-free ice cream is quick and easy to make. It is a slightly sweet and […]

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Peach Butter

This is the juicy peach time of year. Every market is overflowing with them and sometimes I wish I could bottle up that deep earthy sweetness that tastes like the height of summer. I think I have come pretty close with this recipe for peach butter. A few wise people in my life have taught me a lot about fruit. The late Jon Rowley, who I wrote about in my […]

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Toward the end of the season, when you have had your fill of garden squash, pick the blossoms that form on the vines before they bear fruit. They are less likely to mature into full fruit anyway as the weather gets colder, and the flowers themselves have a delicate squash flavor, so they are wonderful tossed in salads or deep fried and stuffed with delicious things. And if you aren’t […]

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