Cucumber Salad with Onion, Jalapeño & Peanuts

Cucumber Salad with Onion, Jalapeño & Peanuts

This lively cucumber salad shows its Asian heritage with its rice vinegar, hot pepper, cilantro, and peanuts. It’s easy to make and a great way to use those delicious summer cucumbers when they’re at their peak. We don’t feature many recipes outside...
Summer Salad Tiny-Home Walkabouts

Summer Salad Tiny-Home Walkabouts

We first built these as a salad course for a terrace grill. We served them on a large ceramic platter and noticed that folks were dipping into the ingredients to build seconds. The amblers were artful at handling a drink and a toasty handful while chatting. Upon...
Dreaming of Pesto—from Cilantro!

Dreaming of Pesto—from Cilantro!

When we mentioned cilantro pesto on one of those occasions of abundant herbs, someone asked, “What the heck do you do with it?” Dot it on a cornmeal crust as the base for a Mexican-style pizza. Use it as the binding sauce with basil pad thai noodles and...
Taste of the Tropics Melon Soup

Taste of the Tropics Melon Soup

A half-hour break in the midst of the busy-busy summer with its high season harvest can offer a restorative moment to reflect and gain a second wind. Sitting on the terrace with a glass of this refreshment speaks exactly that language. Taste of the Tropics Melon Soup...
Sweet Onions, Peppers, Melons, Oh My!

Sweet Onions, Peppers, Melons, Oh My!

California dreamin’. Yellow rose of Texas. A hot New York minute. Rocky Mountain high. All short-lived but sweeter for their origin. Sweet onions are the same. Named for the places they are grown, they show up at different times of the harvest and elongate the...
Recipe: Ensalada Zapatista (Zapatista Salad)

Recipe: Ensalada Zapatista (Zapatista Salad)

I did not see many chips of any kind during my eight summers in México. On a rare occasion, our cook would make a few fresh ones to accompany beans but then left them out to “stale up.” So the night we gathered to play poker and I spied the mixed bowl of...
Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Cutting Corn Off the Cob

Now is the moment when fresh sweet corn is piling in almost faster than you can eat it. You’ve been waiting for it all year and you’re gorging yourself silly on it, but are you starting to wonder how you can keep up? Deborah DeBord has a few tips for...
Tips & Tricks for Making the Most of Your CSA Harvest

Tips & Tricks for Making the Most of Your CSA Harvest

At this mid-summer point, the fruits and veggies are pouring in from the fields and orchards, hinting at the deluge to come in a couple more weeks. This abundance can overwhelm even the most determined CSA share members and farmers market shoppers, but Deborah DeBord...
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