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Cold Pea Salad

Cold Pea Salad

Long warm summer days are perfect for chilled pea salad!

This recipe uses frozen peas, which you don’t even have to defrost, green onions, water chestnuts, and smoked almonds. The peas do thaw a bit, but they’re wonderful crunchy and cold too.

I first encountered this delightful salad at a friend’s potluck. It was one of the dishes that everyone went back for for seconds.

I’m not sure of the original source of the recipe, but since the recipes calls for Smokehouse Almonds, perhaps the almond company? It could easily be made with tamari almonds as well. You just want salty, crunchy, roasted almonds for this salad.

Do you have a favorite pea salad? Please let us know about it in the comments.

Photos and recipe updated, first published 2007

 

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No Fail, Sour Cream Pie Crust

No Fail Sour Cream Pie Crust

Move aside food processor! Be gone tough pie crusts! I hath found the holy grail of pastry doughs.

It is flaky, it is buttery, it is un-fussy, and it needs no difficult-to-clean equipment, just your clean hands and a large bowl. The secret?

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Ceviche with Avocado and Grilled Corn

Ceviche with Avocado and Grilled Corn

Have you heard of ceviche? It’s a popular dish in many Latin American countries that uses lemon or lime juice is used to “cook” raw fish.

Done well, ceviche means fish with a perfectly firm but tender texture, a bright citrus taste, and a pure fish flavor that you might associate with the freshest sashimi.

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Baked Cherry French Toast Casserole

Baked Cherry French Toast

This post is brought to you in partnership with Northwest Cherry Growers.

Don’t you wish you could eat cherries all year round?

Unfortunately, the season for juicy, sweet Northwest cherries is a short one, lasting only from June until August. But fortunately, cherries freeze exceptionally well.

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Fresh Salmon Cakes with Spicy Mayo

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Spicy Mayo

My mother loved to mix canned salmon with a few seasonings and shape it into cakes headed for a hot skillet. This meal thrilled us as kids and it was an easy cooking night for her.

Now I make salmon cakes with fresh cooked salmon, which only adds a few minutes to the prep time and makes incredibly moist cakes. This is also a great way to use up leftover salmon from another meal!

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Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken with Orange and Ginger

Ginger-Orange Spatchcocked Chicken

This chicken with a funny name (“spatchcocked”?!) is a boon for grillers.

Spatchcocked chickens say moist when grilled over low heat – no fear of dry, tasteless grilled chicken with this recipe!

Combine this with a tasty ginger-orange marinade, and you’ve got one fantastic summer meal.

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How to Spatchcock (Butterfly) a Chicken

How To Spatchcock a Chicken

Have you ever spatchcocked a chicken before? It’s surprisingly easy! It’s also exactly the same as butterflying a chicken, but with a name that is way more fun to say.

There are two major advantages to spatchcocking a chicken that, for me, put this method head and shoulders above all others.

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Quick Green Curry Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Quick Green Curry Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

This green curry chicken dish is one of my favorite things to cook on a weeknight. It comes together so fast and it is packed with vegetables!

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Turkey Taco Salad

Turkey Taco Salad

For a quick supper, especially in warm weather, you can’t beat a big taco salad like this one.

Make the bean and turkey topping in a big skillet, and serve it warm over lightly dressed crisp romaine. Or make it ahead and serve it cold. It’s up to you.

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No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No bake cookies will always and forever remind me of my mom, who made tons of them when my brother and I were teenagers — probably because they were super easy, could be made with pantry staples, and were perfect for that time between extra-curriculars and dinner.

Plus, they included both cocoa and peanut butter, which is basically one of the best combinations ever.

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Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Elise’s recipe for Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans is fantastic. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time for the full version, it turns out that you can speed it up considerably by using an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot!

Instead of taking eight hours to cook, I can make these pressure cooker baked beans in just over two hours!

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Apple Galette with Blue Cheese, Almonds and Honey

Apple Galette

This post is brought to you in partnership with Frigo® Cheese.

Do you love desserts that combine sweet and salty? This rustic apple galette does just that – fresh, sweet apples taste even better when paired with a bit of salty, creamy Frigo Crumbled Blue Cheese.

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Farro Salad with Green Beans, Corn, and Cherry Tomatoes

Farro Salad with Corn, Green Beans, and Tomatoes

Have you ever cooked with farro before? This wheat grain is chewy, nutty, and filling. It’s also not much harder to prepare than brown rice.

Mix cooked farro with some vegetables, as we’ve done here, and you have an easy side dish for dinner or even a light lunch for the week! Just add some chicken or a poached egg for a complete meal.

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan has to be one of the easiest and tastiest ways of preparing chicken, don’t you agree?

In this version we first get started on a simple homemade tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil, and oregano (though you could easily use already prepared sauce).

While the sauce is simmering we take boneless chicken cutlets, breast or thigh meat, dredge them first in a mustardy coating, then in Parmesan tossed breadcrumbs (we like panko), and bake!

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Classic Margarita

Classic Margarita

The classic margarita has a nobility that’s expressed by its simplicity—tequila, orange liqueur for sweetness, and tart lime juice.

Just three ingredients, harmoniously combined and perfectly balanced.

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Berry and Banana Terrine

Berry & Banana Terrine

This berry and banana terrine is one of my favorite summer desserts. It’s so pretty!

It’s packed with potpourri of berries, speckled with banana slices, and held together with a grape-juice based gelatin.

Think Jello, but a grown-up, sophisticated version, with all natural ingredients and much less sugar.

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Pasta and Bean Picnic Salad

Pasta Bean Picnic Salad

A picnic table without pasta salad feels like something is missing. You can put out all kinds of beautiful dishes, but pasta salad has to be one of them. It’s dependable, kids love it — and so does Nana.

This recipe combines pasta with beans and fresh vegetables for a more substantial picnic salad. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette – no mayo – so the flavors stay fresh and bright.

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Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

Peach Pie

I could wax on and on about my love for pie. The flake of the crust, the sweet filling, that sparkle of sugar on the crust — but I’ll spare you.

Peach pie is right up there on my list of favorite things to make and eat. One of my very first memories is of riding my grandfather’s shoulders, picking peaches right off the trees in a California orchard, taking that first bite, and letting the juices flow down my arm.

This is the memory of summer for me, and peach pie is a recipe I think every baker should have in their recipe box.

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Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

Puttanesca is a spicy and highly seasoned Italian tomato sauce. It’s usually tossed with pasta, but today, I’m serving it with boneless chicken breasts.

This sauce is so good, it will make you want to grab crusty bread and wipe the plate. You can’t ask for a meal that gives you more, considering how little time you spend making it.

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Grilled Sausage and Mushroom Bowls

I get so excited when grilling season arrives because it means easy dinners and easy cleanup!

These grilled sausage and veggie grain bowls are quick, healthy, and vibrant. I find them to be a perfect weeknight meal, but they’re also nice enough to serve company!

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Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam

Berries, berries, berries! Nothing beats a bowl of ripe berries on a hot summer day.

I often get carried away at the farmers market and buy far more berries than I can eat within a week. One way I use up the extras is making this easy chia seed jam!

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Blueberry Pie

When blueberries are in season, what better to do with them (other than eating them straight from the basket) than make blueberry pie?

Blueberries have been found to be a “superfood”, so good for you that you should go out of your way to eat them. (As if we need a reason, right?)

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Sautéed Zucchini with Dill

Sautéed Zucchini with Dill

When the zucchini in your garden is still slender and about 7-inches long – before they get big as baseball bats — the seeds will be small and the flesh will be sweet.

Zucchini at this stage hardly needs any adornment. I like to cut my zucchini into thin coins and toss them in a hot skillet with some oil until they start to turn golden brown. That’s it!

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Panna Cotta with Summer Berries

Panna Cotta with Summer Berries

There are certain desserts that are so easy to make and so stupendously rewarding that they should be at the very top of your list for special occasions.

Panna cotta is definitely one of them.

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Steak Salad with Arugula and Parmesan Cheese

Steak Salad

When summer finally hits its stride, you begin to understand Italian food.

Think of figs, arranged on a pretty plate and drizzled with honey. Or perfect peaches macerated in white wine and strewn with lavender. Or fresh-picked, fat asparagus, peeled, steamed, doused with fruity olive oil and topped with finely shaved shards of Parmesan Cheese.

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Lentil Salad with Arugula and Feta

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Feta

I could eat this salad every day! It has all the elements I love in a salad: something crunchy (pine nuts and red onions), something salty and tangy (sherry vinaigrette and feta cheese), something sweet (dried currants), and some tasty greens (peppery arugula).

It makes a great lunch all by itself when you’re in the mood for a salad. It also pairs well with anything coming off the grill or with simple roast chicken if you want to serve it for dinner.

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5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere Blog Post

A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad's request for Father's Day gift ideas. In addition, I've found a few other Father's Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine, $199

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

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4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad Blog Post

Mason Jar Salad

I'm always looking for healthy lunch ideas that I can make ahead and bring to work. I've gone through the sandwich phase, the soup phase and, of course, the not-so-healthy takeout phase. But lately, I've been on a new kick.

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