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Summer Desserts in a Cup, Part 2: Peach Crisp in a Cup

Hotter than hot days call for cool, single serve treats: portable, pre-portioned, perfect when you want a quick dessert that serves just one or two. This week, peach crisp, the perennial summer dessert classic, takes cup form. It’s also no-bake and endlessly adaptable: try any stone fruit or berries in place of peaches, any nut in place of pecans, and […]

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Go Beyond Tomatoes in the Garden

The hero of the summer garden is undeniably a homegrown tomato, but have you tried its Clark Kent cousins, masked in papery suits? Both tomatillos and ground cherries are in the tomato’s botanical family. They grow in the same conditions favored by tomatoes yet bear fruit wrapped in husks that turn a papery tan when mature. Keep Reading: Kitchen Garden […]

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Happy National Lobster Day!

Dust off your shell crackers, because it’s National Lobster Day! That means it’s time to enjoy some filet-of-the-seafloor (copyright pending). I celebrated last year by making my first foray into boiling the criminally tasty crustaceans, so this year I wanted to shake things up a bit. This go-round involved four huge Maine lobsters (aptly dubbed Lobsternardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphaelobster), courtesy of Lucky […]

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Superfast Flavor Bombs: Quick Sugar-Salt Pickles

Around these parts, we’re always looking to brighten things up on the plate and palate with an emphasis on quickness, freshness, and—above all—flavor. With pickling being all the rage these days, one implement that I’ve added to my culinary toolbox of late is the quick sugar-salt pickle. It’s a great way to transform fresh veggies to punchy accompaniments that can really add some visual […]

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Hard-Boiled Egg Ideas: Grilled Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche

I adore hard-cooked eggs for several reasons: They’re cheap, ridiculously versatile, and great to have on hand—they last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell. They also now have a clean bill of health. This isn’t new news, exactly, but the 2015 federal nutrition guidelines (still under review […]

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Five on Friday: ‘Tis the (Produce) Season

This Saturday is a day that many of us have been waiting for— the opening day of the seasonal farmers’ market here in Birmingham (CL’s headquarters)! There is nothing like getting out of bed in the morning, dragging yourself to your local market, and being awoken by the aromas of fresh produce and the chatter of excited (and hungry) people. The […]

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A Salute to Artichokes

With their tough outer leaves and intimidating structure, artichokes don’t exactly scream “eat me.” The good news? We’ve perfected the prep of the in-season veg and have five recipes that allow it to shine. So skip the canned veggies, and head straight to produce—because, trust us, fresh artichokes are one of spring’s best gems. Artichoke leaves act as disposable utensils in this deliciously […]

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A Salute to Herbs

Soft, leafy herbs are among the all-around loveliest beacons of warmer weather. They look pretty, they smell pretty, and if you believe that food can taste pretty, they do that too. So much more than plate garnishes, fresh herbs like parsley, dill, and mint can bring a distinct vivacity to anything from savory sauces to sorbet. Here, we have an […]

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A Salute to Asparagus

I’ve come to love asparagus in the last two years or so. Before that, I wouldn’t get near the tall, spindly green veg with a pole. After a childhood of really, really bad asparagus dishes, who can blame me? Then one day, I tried simple grilled asparagus, and the clouds parted in spectacular fashion. Asparagus is great! Now that spring […]

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A Salute to Peas

We’re celebrating spring and the glorious warmer weather with a salute to our favorite produce the season brings, including peas. With a vibrant green hue and a slight sweetness, peas are a delightful addition to any spring dish. Toss in pasta or create a creamy spread—any way you prepare them they’ll be sure to shine this time of year. Sweet […]

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