Vegetable Soup with Basil Pistou...
I read this article in the New York Times yesterday (Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries).  Here’s a little quote to blow your mind: For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) Truthfully,...
Garlicky Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomat...
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day lamenting the fact that I have had nothing to post because my summer cooking has been so simple — and really not recipe worthy.  How can I legitimately write a recipe for tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil?  Or chicken on the grill? Or lightly...
Corn and Zucchini Bisque...
Making soup is one of my greatest pleasures.  After you know the basic models and processes, you can do just about anything and use up just about anything.  It is a tremendous stress reliever for me too — before every presidential debate (I get a little worked up over politics), I have to make...
The Girl’s Italian Meatloaf...
Now that we are in our summer schedule, I usually try to get a run in on the treadmill while my son (almost 3)  is napping during the afternoon.  As I am attempting to burn off my last piece of pound cake (how aptly named…), my daughter (7 1/2) is conducting Barbie weddings, which generally always...
Pasta with Fresh Peas, Basil, and Mint...
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that summer cooking is almost every bit as good as summer lovin’. Actually, I think it might be what replaces the thrill of summer lovin’ when you get old and boring.  Because seriously, heirloom tomatoes covered with olive oil and basil?...