In the Kitchen

3 Delicious Fall Salads

With the back-to-school flurry of fall, who has extra time to spend in the kitchen? These simple, tasty fall salad recipes can be whipped up in 20 minutes or less, so we won’t blame you if you want to keep them in nearly constant rotation.

Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto

There’s nothing quite like homegrown tomatoes, and fresh tomato soup, served with a thick slice of toasted bread, is one of the best ways to enjoy them. In this recipe, we roast the tomatoes first, which not only helps deepen the flavor, but also makes a thicker soup as the sugars caramelize and some of the moisture evaporates in the oven.

Summer Dream Gazpacho

Recipe by Sarah Ward A chilled soup made from fresh vegetables, gazpacho is a delicious example of a truly refreshing summer dish. Serve as a starter to a summer cookout or with a slice of grilled bread for a light but satisfying meal. For a more traditional serving option, skip the toppings and pour the… Read more »

Scotch Egg Stuffed Peppers

Recipe by Sarah Ward While traditional Scotch eggs are breaded and deep-fried, this version takes this English comfort food in a healthier direction without sacrificing a bit of flavor. The peppers not only provide a garden-fresh contrast to the savory sausage-egg combo, but also add a blush of color to your plate. When testing this… Read more »

Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh

Recipe by Sarah Ward One of the best ways to enjoy fresh eggplant is to roast it. The flavor intensifies and its nutty, meaty taste is delightfully complemented by a smoky undertone of semi-charred flesh. This Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh recipe is perfect either as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or turned into a… Read more »

Peach Basil Sangria

Recipe by Sarah Ward Celebrate two of summer’s best flavors in this refreshing sangria. The flavor gets better as it sits, so it’s a great make-ahead drink for a party or outdoor barbecue. Just hold the ginger ale until you’re ready to serve, then garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and sliced peaches. Yield:… Read more »

Curried Squash Burgers with Tomato Chutney

Recipe by Sarah Ward Veggie burgers may have a reputation for blandness, but these are packed with flavorful curry powder and other spices. They have plenty of texture, too, thanks to the squash and chopped chickpeas. We recommend using a mild curry powder (or combination of sweet and mild), so as to not overpower the… Read more »

BLTs with White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese

Recipe by Sarah Ward This sandwich puts a flavorful spin on two beloved diner classics, combining them into one irresistible sandwich. Hints of maple syrup and black pepper add dimension to the bacon, while sharp cheddar and horseradish give the pimiento cheese a surprising kick. To create a killer grilled cheese, leave out the lettuce… Read more »

Warm White Bean Bread Salad

A satisfying meal, Warm White Bean Bread Salad is a delicious, unexpected way to celebrate the freshness of garden-ripe tomatoes.

Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart

Also called a galette, this Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart is fast and easy, but very impressive. Use puff pastry for a more elegant look.

Caprese Burger

These Caprese Burgers are a surprising, delicious twist on a classic. Serve them with watermelon salad, sweet potato chips, or grilled veggies.

Summer Chicken and Rice

Fresh, hearty, and satisfying, Summer Chicken and Rice is the perfect one-pan, quick-and-easy warm weather dinner. The tomatoes provide bursts of flavor.

Athenian Shrimp with Arugula

A well-balanced mix of savory and peppery, Athenian Shrimp with Arugula is a great go-to lunch dish when you want to impress but don’t much time to cook.

Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos

This is a fresh, flavorful twist on traditional nachos! Bake these Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos in four small baking dishes for individual servings.

Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

This Greek Chicken Salad recipe can easily be made ahead, and uses tzatziki in place of mayo to freshen the taste and lighten the calories.

Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce

In a unique take on the classic cucumbers-and-dill combination, Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce makes a quick, savory meal.

Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche

Make Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche as a quick brunch dish, or add cooked sausage, bacon, or ham in place of one of the eggs for an even heartier meal.

Spicy Eggplant Stir-Fry

Whip this recipe up on a weeknight when you’re looking to give your family’s tastebuds a wake-up call! Meaty eggplant is the star of this savory, zingy stir-fry, making it an excellent choice for a vegetarian main dish.

Herbed Hummus

This surprising twist on a Mediterranean favorite has a delightfully fresh flavor. Use just-harvested herbs from the garden if you can, and add whole herb leaves for garnish when serving.

Herbal Tea and Stove Top Potpourri

Whether you’re in the mood for a hot cup of aromatic tea or simply want to fill your home with fragrance, make this your go-to recipe. Thyme, sage, lavender, oregano, and citrus combine for a scent and flavor that is both soothing and refreshing.

Bruschetta Pizza

This Bruschetta Pizza recipe takes traditional Italian bruschetta to a whole new level. It uses pizza dough in place of bread, and adds loads of fresh basil, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and olives, plus three cheeses.

Swiss Chard and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Served warm with a honey-feta vinaigrette, this hearty salad makes a wonderful side dish or light lunch, or turn it into a main meal by topping it with grilled chicken or salmon.

Warm Winter Slaw

Adding roasted butternut squash and a warm vinaigrette to raw radicchio and kale will slightly wilt the greens and lend a milder flavor. We suggest serving this slaw as a side dish, burger, or sandwich topping, or enjoying it as a main dish topped with grilled salmon.

Green Smoothie

This green smoothie has all the ingredients and flavor of a green juice while maintaining the important nutritional benefits of using whole fruits and vegetables. Plus, it’s sweetened naturally using fresh stevia leaves. Packed with fiber and vitamins, this recipe is perfect for an afternoon or pre-workout boost.

Strawberry Rhubarb Chiffon Pie

Chiffon pies are a classic of the early to mid-20th century, and this recipe might just become one of your modern-day favorites. Using graham crackers to make the crumb crust adds a wonderful additional layer of flavor of this delicious pie.

Sunshine Salad

This quick and easy Sunshine Salad is aptly named for the brightness of its homemade lemon dressing. It’s a crunchy, delicious addition to your weeknight meals. The tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes can easily be replaced with any fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Ratatouille Salad With Japanese Eggplant

A twist on the French classic, this versatile ratatouille salad can be served hot or cold. If you have any leftovers or want to use this salad in a new way, try sauteing it for a few minutes in a bit of the vinegar-oil mixture and serve over a dollop of ricotta cheese with a fried egg and crusty bread.

Sage Pesto

Pesto is typically made with basil, but this version uses fresh sage leaves for a bold, well-rounded twist on the classic. Try it on pasta, pork, or veal for a deliciously different topping.

Parmesan Squash

This is a very simple recipe that is a wonderful way to highlight the freshness of summer squash. Serve as a simple side dish or jazz it up a bit by adding additional toppings such as fresh herbs, tomatoes, or cucumbers with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.

Oregano Citrus Marinade

This marinade is a simple yet flavorful take on a Cuban favorite, Mojo. If you can’t find sour oranges, substitute for ⅓ cup each of fresh lemon, lime, and orange juice. Chicken, pork, and white fish are the perfect proteins for this marinade.

Marinated Feta Cheese

Once you make this recipe, you’ll want to keep a jar of marinated feta on hand for those last minute guests or as a delicious snack. Serve with sliced meats and crusty bread, or crumble with tomatoes and cucumbers for a light summer salad.

Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed with a hearty mix of ground beef, spices, and couscous, these stuffed bell peppers make an excellent one-dish meal. Any color bell pepper will work, but the yellow and orange are particularly sweet in this recipe.

Quick Pickled Summer Squash

Use a vegetable peeler to make gorgeous squash ribbons for a stunning quick pickled summer squash salad. Of course, you can substitute your favorite veggies (like carrots or cucumbers) in place of the squash.

Marinated Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

We omitted the onions in this traditional marinated cucumber salad to allow the sharp, fresh flavor of the dill to play a more prominent role. You can substitute larger cucumbers as long as you peel and seed the cucumbers before slicing.

Lemon Green Beans

Perfect for a quick and easy side dish to accompany grilled meats or roasted fish, or to bring to a potluck, these Lemon Green Beans are sure to be a favorite. Any leftovers make a great salad topping.

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Highlighting the unbeatable flavor of fresh, sweet tomatoes, these marinated cherry tomatoes are definitely worth keeping stocked in your fridge. They are wonderful eaten alone on toasted bread, or served with fresh mozzarella and torn basil leaves for an excellent caprese salad.

Lemon Verbena Tea Bread

This tea bread highlights both the flavor and scent of lemon verbena. The sweet, tangy glaze soaks in, enhancing the subtle herb flavor in the bread while adding a bright and inviting aroma. Make a little extra glaze to drizzle over slices of Lemon Verbena Tea Bread just before serving.

Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

Turn your fresh acorn squash into a filling vegetable dish. The sweet maple-currant syrup creates a mouthwatering glaze for the baked squash. It’s the perfect side for your next fall dinner or Thanksgiving spread.

Lavender-Lemon Balm Ade

Lemon balm and lavender add a nice twist to this traditional summer favorite. While lavender can be a strong herb, the flavor is noticeable but well balanced in this recipe.

Jalapeno Poppers

Your next football viewing party or tailgate needs to include these delicious jalapeno poppers! Baked instead of battered and fried, these poppers are lighter on the calories but still heavy on the flavor.

Grilled Turkey-Sage Tenderloins

Turkey isn’t just for holidays and this recipe will have you wanting turkey way more often than that. Serve with roasted vegetables and rice or mashed potatoes.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This quick and easy salad only takes four ingredients and a salad bowl. When made with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden, it becomes even better! Cucumber and tomato salad is the perfect way to highlight those sweet summer tomatoes and crisp cukes.

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes are shingled in a baking dish and topped with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese — the ultimate summer comfort food!

Broiled Tomatoes

In less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a beautiful, mouthwatering dish that showcases your garden’s best tomatoes. Each tomato is topped with a crisp cap of herbs, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Broiled tomatoes are the perfect accompaniment to virtually any meal.

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