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Issue 117

Bacon and Smoked Paprika Deviled Eggs

This bacon-and-egg combination is a sophisticated take on a classic appetizer. The bacon adds flavor as well as texture to the filling, and you can dial the hot sauce up…

  • Broccoli Stalk, Celery, and Radish Salad

    This crisp, refreshing salad highlights what an unexpected pleasure uncooked broccoli can bring to the table. It uses the most tender yet underappreciated part of the vegetable—the center of the…

  • Basmati Rice Salad with Mango and Cucumber

    Mango, ginger, cilantro and rice vinegar give a Southeast Asian twist to this rice salad. The spicy-and-cool flavor profile makes it a perfect partner for Tandoori Chicken Legs or Spicy…

  • Bulgur Salad with Carrots and Peppers

    Think of this salad as a heartier twist on tabbouleh, with extra veggies and tangy feta cheese crumbles.

  • Brown Rice Salad with Apples and Cheddar

    This hearty grain and lentil salad travels well, making it great for a weekday lunch.

  • Barley Salad with Peas and Asparagus

    Fresh peas, sugar snaps, and asparagus imbue this simple grain salad with the essence of spring. Pearled barley takes about 30 to 45 minutes to cook; you can also substitute…

  • Boozy Berry-Topped Tres Leches Cake

    This take on the classic Mexican tres leches cake is generously topped with tequila-spiked whipped cream and sweet, juicy summer berries.

  • Blueberry Pie Parfaits with White Chocolate Cream

    This creative spin on the classic blueberry pie is a parfait made from layers of buttery almond-thyme streusel and warm blueberries, topped off with a rich, lemony white-chocolate cream and…

  • Beef Burgers with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

    Salty blue cheese, sweet onions, and juicy beef are a classic and addictive combination. Cooking the onions is the most time-consuming part of this recipe, but be patient: It’s worth…

  • Black Bean and Pepper Jack Burgers

    With fresh scallions, cilantro, and spicy pepper Jack cheese, these zingy burgers are a far tastier option than veggie burgers from the freezer case. Rolled oats help hold them together.…

  • Bánh Mì Burgers

    Inspired by Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, this pork burger is topped with pickled carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, ham, chiles, and mayo, and served on crusty French rolls. You can substitute half…

  • Deviled Eggs with Crabmeat and Cayenne

    Here, the classic deviled egg filling is made even tastier with sweet crab, sherry, Worcestershire sauce and a hit of cayenne. Set these kicked-up nibbles on a platter at your…

  • Farro Salad with Artichokes and Fennel

    Radicchio, fennel, cannellini beans, pine nuts, and artichoke hearts give this grain salad an Italian accent, and make it hearty enough to be a meatless main dish. It packs well,…

  • Deviled Eggs with Capers, Red Onion and Dill

    These eggs are even more devilish than the classic, thanks to the added zip of chopped capers and raw red onion, balanced by the cooling notes of fresh dill.

  • Ditalini with Chickpeas, Scallions, and Olives

    Briny olives, zippy scallions and a slew of fresh summer herbs give this pasta salad bright flavor, while chickpeas make it a bit heartier than your usual side dish.

  • Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Niçoise Olives

    Niçoise olives are a small French variety of black olive with a rich, briny flavor. If you can’t find them, use Kalamata olives instead.

  • Green Beans with Parsley and Sesame Tahini Sauce

    Instead of tossing your green beans with this lemony tahini sauce, drizzle it on top. This way, the sauce won’t dull the beans’ color.

  • Green Bean and Israeli Couscous Salad with Pickled Red Onions

    Toasting Israeli couscous, a small, pearl-shaped pasta, before boiling gives it a richer flavor. Enjoy this salad warm or at room temperature.

  • Grilled Summer Squash with Pesto and Balsamic Syrup

    Summer squash takes on a deliciously smoky, caramelized flavor when grilled. Try to slice the squash into ovals, which are easier than rounds to manage on the grill grate.

  • Millet Salad with Avocado and Citrus

    This grain salad makes a cool summer side to grilled meats and seafood.

  • Mango-Honey-Mint Sorbet

    Here, honey replaces the sugar syrup that usually sweetens sorbet, lending it a deeper flavor. Be sure to purée the sorbet mixture until completely smooth for the best texture. 

  • Mascarpone Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Toasts

    Mascarpone is a very thick, buttery, Italian-style cream cheese; look for it in the cheese section of your supermarket. Here, it does wonders for everyday scrambled eggs, making them extra…

  • Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and Chives

    The sweet tomatoes in this simple pasta salad are juxtaposed against pungent Gorgonzola cheese. Make it extra gorgeous by mixing several colors and shapes of cherry tomatoes.

  • Quinoa Salad with Pears and Dried Cherries

    This grain salad is full of harvest flavors, including ripe pears, toasty walnuts and chewy sweet dried cherries. It pairs perfectly with a roasted chicken. 

  • Roasted Squash with Pimentón and Manchego Cheese

    This side dish gets a dose of Spanish flavor from smoky pimentón (Spanish paprika) and aged manchego cheese. For variety, use different types of squash, like zucchini and pattypan.

  • Quick Shrimp Tacos

    Made with quick-cooking shrimp and simply topped with cabbage and cilantro, these tacos come together in minutes. Round out the meal with rice and black beans or a chopped salad.

  • Strawberry-Melon Sangria

    Aperol, a bittersweet, orangy Italian liqueur similar to Campari, helps balance the sweetness of the strawberries, cantaloupe, and honey in this deep-red sangria, which was created by Kathy Casey of…

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler with Honey

    In this rustic dessert, honey flavors both the tender biscuit topping and the sweet-tart fruit. To ensure that the filling is thickened and fully cooked, bake the cobbler until it…

  • Spit-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon Butter

    When it comes to grilling a whole chicken, nothing beats spit-roasting. You'll need a special rotisserie attachment for your grill (there are models available for both gas and charcoal grills),…

  • Southeast Asian Chicken Wings

    Let’s get one thing straight: Buffalo does not have a monopoly on wings. In Thailand, you’ll find them glazed with a sweet chili sauce; in Vietnam, they’re seasoned with lemongrass…

  • Smoked Chicken Halves with Lemon-Ginger Barbecue Sauce

    This chicken gets its rich complexity from wood smoke and layers of flavors: a spice rub, a mustardy mop sauce, and a zesty-sweet barbecue sauce that’s seared onto the meat…

  • Spelt Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini

    This summery side salad pairs chewy grains of spelt with sweet cherry tomatoes and zucchini. It's a perfect take-along dish for a picnic or potluck.

  • Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

    These biscuits come together in no time and are delicious with any meal of the day. Serve them for breakfast with country ham and gravy, use them to make a…

  • Sautéed Green Beans with Water Chestnuts and Ginger

    A finishing touch of soy sauce and sesame oil gives this crisp-crunchy side dish a savory-nutty nuance.

  • Shaved Summer Squash with Almond Salsa Verde

    When shaved into long, thin ribbons, summer squash more readily soaks up flavor—plus, it’s fun to eat.

  • Steamed Salmon with Leeks, Shiitake, and Soy

    Steaming salmon with aromatic leeks, mushrooms, and garlic brings out the natural sweetness of the fish while keeping it moist and flavorful. Pouring hot sesame and peanut oils over the…

  • Summer Vegetable Tempura

    Tempura is a Japanese specialty of deep-fried, delicately battered pieces of fish or vegetables. Here, it’s made with seasonal produce and paired with a habit-forming gingery dipping sauce. If you…

  • Stir-Fried Chili Beef with Bell Peppers and Snow Peas

    This spicy dish gets its deep, nuanced flavor from Asian hot bean sauce, which contains soybeans in addition to chiles. It’s a rich, complex flavor worth seeking out, but if…

  • Spiced Lamb Burgers

    A bright, fresh herb sauce, sliced tomato, and a dollop of cool yogurt balance the warm spices in these burgers.

  • Spinach Salad with Chicken, Strawberries, Blue Cheese and Almonds

    This salad is a great way to celebrate strawberry season. Buy the freshest fruit you can find and rinse it just before using.

  • Wheat Berry Salad with Green Beans and Corn

    This hearty salad is perfect summer-picnic fare: chewy wheat berries, crisp-tender corn and green beans, sweet golden beets and pungent blue cheese crumbles.

  • Zucchini Tart with Lemon Thyme and Goat Cheese

    When preparing the dough for this gorgeous tart, don’t omit the white vinegar: It makes the crust flaky and tender.

  • Classic Deviled Eggs

    The trick to perfecting this classic hors d'oeuvre is to steam your eggs, which helps them cook evenly without overcooking. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve…

  • Curry Deviled Eggs

    Curry powder, diced apple, and honey give these deviled eggs a spicy-but-sweet nuance. They're a great starter for a summer cookout featuring Indian flavors, such as Tandoori Chicken Legs.

  • Cucumber and Peppadew Grilled Shrimp Bites

    Peppadews are pickled peppers that lend a sweet-sour flavor and a hot edge to these tasty crostini; look for them near the jarred roasted red peppers at the grocery store.

  • Cucumber and Herb Salad with Crumbled Feta

    This simplified spin on a classic Greek salad omits the tomatoes and olives and lets the cucumbers carry the bright flavor of fresh herbs, red wine vinegar, and savory feta.

  • Chilled Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup

    In this summery soup, sour cream bolsters the buttermilk’s tang, which in turn plays up the cooling notes of cucumber; celery lends a savory undertone.

  • Cucumber, Basil, and Peanut Salad

    Peeling the cucumbers for this dish (regardless of variety) helps them absorb more flavor. Thai basil provides a slightly sweet, peppery note and a hint of anise, but you can…

  • Classic Vanilla Tres Leches Cake

    This is the ultimate summer party cake, and its simplicity lends itself well to many variations and ways of dressing it up. For a few ideas, see the Cafe Con…

  • Cafe Con Tres Leches Cake (Coffee Tres Leches Cake)

    This coffee-spiked dessert tastes like a delicious cross between classic Mexican tres leches cake and tiramisu.

  • Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

    It's easy to give the classic Mexican tres leches cake a chocolate twist by substituting cocoa powder for some of the flour. The result is a cool, creamy chocolate treat,…

  • Classic Lattice-Top Blueberry Pie

    Big, sweet summer berries are the heart and soul of this classic pie. The filling is thickened with just enough flour that the pie can be sliced without the filling…

  • Crispy Tofu with Sesame Asparagus and Dipping Sauce

    A coating of panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) is the secret to these ultracrisp tofu triangles. Hoisin sauce does double duty, adding flavor to the tofu’s coating and serving as a sweet-tangy…

  • Grain Salad Recipe: Create Your Own

    Say you're going to a potluck, picnic, or barbecue. What do you bring? A grain salad is always a brilliant choice. Not only can it be made completely ahead, but…

  • Pineapple-Orange Sangria

    A splash of club soda adds a dry, bubbly note to this summery drink, which was created by Kim Haasarud, the author of 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks.

  • Pesto Deviled Eggs

    Put a summery spin on the classic deviled eggs recipe with a few spoonfuls of fresh basil pesto.

  • Potato Salad with Garlic Scapes, Snap Peas, and Scallions

    When the wild piles of curly, corkscrewed garlic scapes pop up at the farmers' markets in June, set the ubiquitous garlic bulb aside and try them in this creamy potato…

  • Pork Burgers with Sauerkraut and Gruyère

    These burgers are a cross between a patty melt and a Reuben. For the best flavor, avoid canned sauerkraut and look for the bagged version in the supermarket meat case. 

  • Tandoori Chicken Legs

    These legs get a triple blast of flavor: first from a soak in lemon juice and salt, then from a pungent marinade of spices and yogurt (which also tenderizes the…

  • Tuscan Grilled Chicken Under a Brick

    Both the Tuscans and the Romans claim to have invented the method for grilling chicken under a brick to keep it juicy and crisp. Although this technique, called pollo al…

  • Tea-Smoked Shrimp Salad with Mango

    Smoking food in a wok over a bed of tea leaves, rice, and sugar is a classic Chinese technique, but the flavors of this salad are decidedly western and very…

  • Toasted Coconut Tres Leches Cake

    In this twist on the classic Mexican tres leches cake, one of the three "milks" is rich, nutty coconut milk. Rum and flaked coconut in the topping amp up the…

  • Thai Curry Turkey Burgers

    Aromatic Thai curry paste mixed into the meat gives these turkey burgers a flavorful kick; look for it in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

  • Honey-Lime-Sake Shrimp

    These simple-to-make glazed shrimp have a surprisingly complex flavor. Sake, a Japanese rice wine, lends a savory-sweet note that’s enhanced by the honey, while fresh limes and hot pepper sauce…

  • Homemade Applewood-Smoked Bacon

    You won't believe how much better the flavor and texture of homemade bacon are compared to its store-bought counterpart. The process is simple: you brine a fresh pork belly to…

  • Ice Cream with Cherry Caramel Sauce

    This simple dessert hinges on the bittersweet caramel sauce. The trick is to make sure that the caramel gets dark enough that it takes on a slightly bitter edge and…

  • Israeli Couscous Salad with Corn, Green Beans and Goat Cheese

    The small, chewy pearls of Israeli couscous make a wonderful textural contrast to the crisp-tender vegetables and creamy goat cheese in this pasta salad. It's a terrific side dish for…

  • The Science of Nonstick Cookware

    Here’s what you need to know about how it works, how to use it, and how to care for it. 

  • Four Ways to Cook in Your Wok

    A wok is good for so much more than stir-frying. Learn how to use this versatile pan to smoke, steam, and deep-fry, too.

  • How to Make DIY Bacon

    You’ll be amazed at how simple and satisfying it is to brine and smoke this breakfast staple at home.

  • Grilled Salmon with Walnut-Arugula Pesto

    Arugula gives this pesto a deliciously peppery finish, which complements the richness of the salmon. 

  • Spicy Corn Chowder

    Bacon makes this creamy dish—with just the right amount of heat—the ultimate summer comfort food. Don’t substitute frozen corn here; the flavor of this quick chowder depends on freshly cut…

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