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Category: Summer Food

Andrew Zimmern’s Cold Poached Salmon

Andrew Zimmern’s Cold Poached Salmon

This is a simply wonderful way to cook the perfect salmon This summer we’ve loved putting dinner party food in the center of the table and truly sharing a meal.  We did exactly that with this fantastic recipe for salmon.  The recipe is from Andrew…

Peach Blueberry and Raspberry Cobbler

Peach Blueberry and Raspberry Cobbler

This easily adaptable recipe is a perfect showcase for fresh fruit. When I asked Andrew for his recipe for this wonderfully homey dessert, he handed me one for Apricots and Blackberries.  His version had neither. Instead, the glorious peaches, blueberries, and raspberries that are at…

Salad Days: 3 of the Season’s Best Salads

Salad Days: 3 of the Season’s Best Salads

Nothing adds more color, flavor and freshness to a table than these great salads. We’ve been entertaining this summer with salads.  Not just your garden variety green salad which is pretty much a year-round item on the dinner table.  Instead, we’re using as many seasonal…

Paella, Perfect for Summer Entertaining

Paella, Perfect for Summer Entertaining

Spain’s Gift to Gastronomy is an amazingly adaptable dish that belongs on your summer table. Yes, there is an official version of this beautiful dish.  But we discovered you can pretty much make paella from whatever you want. The key is the round-grained rice called…

Sirloin Steak Kebabs with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions

Sirloin Steak Kebabs with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions

Summer Cooking doesn’t get much easier than this. When I saw Sirloin at our supermarket for $2.99 a lb., I couldn’t let it pass by.  When we were on a limited budget, I gravitated towards this cut of beef for its down-to-earth price and great…

Peach and Almond Tart from Food52

Peach and Almond Tart from Food52

The earliest of this summer’s peaches, a delicious almond filling and the tenderest of crusts. Today on Chewing The Fat.  Andrew is back to baking and you’ll be so glad he is. This great recipe appeared on Food 52.com attributed to one “Kukla”.  Its roots…

Crab Louis, The King of Salads

Crab Louis, The King of Salads

This incredibly easy salad is the perfect hot weather kick-off. As the temperature rises, and we look for ways to make both cooking and eating a breeze, Crab Louis (or Louie) is high on our list. The most seasonal of vegetables and sweet crab meat…

Ratatouille with Fairy Tale Eggplant

Ratatouille with Fairy Tale Eggplant

Now is the time to hit the Farmer’s Market and make this wonderful dish. This recipe is a riff on Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Ratatouille that dates all the way back to his 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter). It is still one of my recipe bibles.…

Grilled Veal Chops, Tomatoes and Onions with Morel Sauce

Grilled Veal Chops, Tomatoes and Onions with Morel Sauce

I confess. I am not the greatest fan of the Grill. The primal urge to grill every piece of meat I come across in the summer isn’t my idea of perfection.  To me, not everything tastes better when it’s emerged from a session with smoke…