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What’s even more refreshing than a juicy slice of watermelon? A tall, chilled glass of homemade Watermelon Green Tea. Whip up a batch to keep on hand, so you’ll always have a cool pick-me-up standing by.
Who needs ice cream with popsicles that taste this good? These fresh-from-the-garden cantaloupe popsicles have a creamy, almost sorbet-like texture, and are an excellent way to use up melons right on the brink of being overripe.
These zesty Sichuan green beans have a bit of spice and a lot of delicious flavor. They make a wonderful side dish for Asian dishes like sweet-n-sour chicken or curry, either served alone or over rice.
When it comes to adding flavoring to baked goods, it’s common to reach for an extract or concentrated flavoring. But when you use fresh herbs, batters and icings have a better, more natural flavor. With the use of fresh mint leaves in these Chocolate Mint cupcakes, the flavoring is subtle and perfect.
Rutabagas might be one of the most undervalued types of fall and winter root vegetables. Baking these roots will amplify the sweetness in flavor while maintaining their moisture. Preparing them in the “Hasselback” style gives the rutabagas little pockets in which to catch the dill butter.
Roasting carrots is one of the best way to bring out and intensify this root’s inner sweetness. Seasoned with a hint of heat that balances nicely with fresh mint dressing, Roasted Carrots is a tasty, versatile side dish.
This delicious recipe provides a wonderful blend of textures, with the crunchy panko crust, moist and tender chicken breasts, and creamy stuffing. Serve alongside rice or roasted sweet potatoes and fresh lemon asparagus.
Here’s a classic schoolyard snack made from scratch. Using all natural ingredients, these Strawberry-Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups provide delicious berry flavor (with a surprising hint of mint!), but just enough sugar to provide that pliable texture that’s must for any good fruit roll-up.
Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is sure to become a chip-dipping favorite. The tartness of the tomatillos is balanced by the creamy sweetness of the avocado.
This grilled pork recipe is perfect for those warm summer evening cookouts. We recommend serving with a side of grilled vegetables and our Spring Strawberry Salad.
This flavorful rice makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and vegetables. You can also mix it with chopped fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet peppers for a hearty and fresh side salad, perfect for a summer picnic or potluck.
Mint chutney is often used as a condiment for Indian cuisine, served alongside spices to flavor entrees and top freshly baked naan.
This gumbo is lesser known throughout the country, but is an important dish to Louisiana heritage. Delightfully earthy with a hint of spice, this gumbo is sure to fill you with warmth and satisfaction even on the coldest of days.
This dish is perfect for a hearty, quick, and nutritious meal that’s equally satisfying and comforting. If you can’t find mustard greens in your region, fresh collard greens or spinach makes an excellent substitute.
There are two methods for flavoring the honey. One takes longer, but it preserves the healthy microbes in the honey that can be destroyed by heat; the other is a quick method that can be made for immediate use. Both methods work very nicely, and the resulting honey makes excellent gifts.
One of the best things about spring is that it’s fresh green pea time! Try this recipe for a tasty, surprising twist on traditional hummus. Serve chilled alongside pita crisps, or use as a sandwich spread. (It’s delicious with ham.)
The heart of an artichoke is deliciously meaty and sweet, making it a great main ingredient to saute and use as the basis for vegetarian dishes like this one. If you don’t have access to fresh artichokes due to season or climate, canned hearts can be substituted for fresh ones.
This hash is perfect for a hearty winter breakfast. It’s full of sweetness from the parsnips and sweet potatoes, with a hint of peppery bite from the kohlrabi. If you are using a cast iron skillet and don’t serve the hash immediately, please note that the eggs will continue to cook from the residual heat of the pan.
This gorgeous, colorful cake is sure to impress. (Don’t tell, but it looks a lot harder to make than it actually is.) You can easily adapt the fruit used in this recipe, depending on the season.
This satisfying dish is quick, hearty, and nutritious. Any variety of mustard greens will work. If you can’t find them in your region or you’ve been enjoying them so much that your harvest is low, fresh collard greens, turnip greens, and spinach make excellent substitutes.
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.
Serve this delightfully spring-y salad alongside your favorite soup or sandwich. Or, top it with grilled or broiled salmon or shrimp and serve it as the main dish for a light, delicious lunch. For nuttier flavor, toast the sunflower seeds first.
This noodle bowl is perfect for a cold night or when you want something light but full of bright flavor. With an Asian-inspired broth as the base, fresh ingredients are added to each bowl right before serving, lending bursts of additional flavor.
Edamame is an excellent substitute for the more traditional chickpeas used in hummus, adding a wonderful nuttiness and color. Throw in a handful of fresh, seasonal herbs as a way to add additional flavor and nutrition. We tested a combination of dill and mint leaves (a few small sprigs of each) and highly recommend the combination.
Think of this as comfort food with an Asian twist. Thai basil is especially good as the finishing touch in this recipe, but if you are growing other varieties or can’t find it in the store, you can certainly substitute another type of fresh basil.
Basil may seem like an unlikely accompaniment to fruit, but it adds a surprising depth of flavor and interest to even the most basic fruit salad. Cinnamon basil is particularly good in this recipe, but any kind of basil can be easily substituted. If you aren’t fond of berries or they are out of season, you can replace them with additional citrus, melon, or even persimmon or pomegranate during the cooler months.
This dish works beautifully as a side dish alongside roasted pork or duck. Or, top a portion with slices of grilled chicken for a light, surprising one-dish meal.
Made with mint, parsley, and other natural ingredients, these treats are healthier than most commercial dog biscuits, and will freshen Fido’s breath, too! We’ve even got a PDF version of this recipe for you to download.
Take the comfort food route by serving these savory, cheesy crusted pork chops with mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans or grilled asparagus, or lighten things up a bit with sides of baked sweet potato fries and spinach salad.
Looking for a butternut squash recipe to serve for dinner tonight? This tasty side dish goes with everything from chicken and turkey to roast beef, yet requires minimal ingredients.
Just because you don’t eat meat—or are simply looking for a healthier alternative—doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the best comfort foods around. In this vegetarian meatloaf, savory portobello mushrooms play the part of the meat — and play it well, providing a wonderful meat-like texture. This recipe goes beautifully with traditional meatloaf side dishes….
Get the flavor of old-fashioned vegetable soup without spending a single minute slaving over a hot stove. Put it together before you leave for work in the morning, then come home to a comforting, delicious meal, cooked and ready to eat.
This savory dish makes a satisfying meal when served with a crusty loaf of French or Italian bread, or atop pasta or rice. Use herbs from your garden if you have them, for the freshest flavor.
This refreshing soda has a subtle, delicious, fresh-from-the-garden flavor you’ll love. A touch of lemon, a hint of chocolate mint — what could be better? Just the thing to surprise and delight your guests during a hot summer gathering.
You’re less than 20 minutes away from fresh, homemade tomato sauce! It’s ridiculously simple to make, and tastes so good that you’ll never want to use jarred sauce again. Whip some up while the pasta or chicken breasts are cooking, and bingo—you’ve got dinner.
This tasty side dish is a cinch to prepare, and a wonderful complement to a wide range of main dishes. The simple presentation of Zucchini with Thyme allows fresh garden flavors to shine through.
Cool, light, and refreshing, this recipe for Cantaloupe Basil Soup is simple to make, and works equally well as an appetizer or surprising dessert.
Salty and crisp, these Crunchy Kale Chips satisfy the urge to snack in a healthy, delicious way! We tested this recipe with lacinato (or dinosaur) kale, but any type of kale will work well.
Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed with an herbed vinaigrette.
While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.
Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai dressing — just the thing for a warm-weather dinner out on the deck.
The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll want to make again and again.
Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble a fine-curd cottage cheese but is much more flavorful. This recipe boasts a small ingredient list, but it’s big on flavor!
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!