Garden Herb Salads

These recipes from Vietnam, Korea, and Italy make lovely colorful salads using the chives, basil, mint and more from my garden.

Favorite Picnic Salads

I just told my sister I could live on these salads. She said it wouldn’t be a well balanced diet, so I described the ingredients. She took it back: Broccoli and Bacon Salad, Deli-Style Pasta Salad, Avacado Corn Salad

Delicious Summer Salads

I love salads that are packed with colorful fresh fruit or vegetables, but easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge. They’re handy for events or just when you want to make them to eat for several days. These salads, Tropical Fruit with Honey-Mint Dressing and Black Bean Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing,…

Lemon-Herb Marinated Chicken

My family’s favorite make-ahead summer chicken recipe, it uses a handful of fresh herbs from the garden with a few lemons for amazing flavor that doesn’t require heating up the kitchen at all. Plus it all goes into a ziplock bag for minimal dishes!

Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

With garden chives in the spring or summer, this is one of our favorite go-to quick dinner options, though we have been known to serve it for breakfast too.

Rainbow Peep Popcorn Balls

Want to use up leftover Easter candy? Want to melt and mash and then eat something light and crunchy? Here you go!

Rosemary Roast Chicken

Our favorite roast chicken recipe is also the simplest – 4 ingredients, quick prep, easy to make ahead and so fragrant and delicious!

Lemon Italian Ice

If you want the flavor of real lemons, something that’s satisfyingly tangy and light, this is an easy option you can make anytime you have a little space open in your freezer.

Green Goddess Soup

The most vibrantly green soup I’ve ever seen, with a healthy dose of garlic balanced with asparagus, spinach and peppery watercress. It’s delicious AND sinister looking.

Cambodian Peanut Sauce with Coconut milk.

I do not know how authentic this recipe is, but I do know it is delicious and versatile and great for using up veggies in stir fries or as dip. We also have a pork meatball recipe that this goes well with as a weird Asian “fusion” meatballs and pasta option. So do what you…

Persian Pomegranate Granita

The flavor of this is as bright and refreshing as the color, made of fruit juices & herbs with no cream or fat. Also, it’s really easy to put together in the freezer (no ice cream maker required, a fork & pan will do).

Puerto Rican Rice

We’re serving a big Puerto Rican feast again this weekend and working on meal planning. I came here to grab our standard Arroz con Gandules recipe and realized I somehow had never posted it. Most people I know who’ve tried this dish absolutely love it. I’ve had so many people ask for the recipe, some more…

Lemon-Orange Ice Cream

Fruit + Milk + Sugar = Summer? This recipes is simple to make and tastes light, fresh, creamy, and tart all at once. It’s the perfect summer dish for a hot day.

Salted S’mores Popcorn

Here’s a sweet & salty version of a summer classic that’s easy to mix up in minutes. With bittersweet chocolate, crispy crunchy cereal bits and fluffy sweet marshmallows scattered in, t’s a great light snack anytime.

The true value of Pie (not Π)

What kind of pie do you like best? Traditional? Savory or Sweet? I’ve posted photos of some of our favorites and most unusual experiments.