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In this super-fast pasta dish, a simple brown butter sauce dresses orecchiette, Brussels sprouts, toasted walnuts and Pecorino. While any pasta shape will work, orecchiette, which shares the same shape as the Brussels sprout leaves, is particularly fun. //

Orecchiette with Brown Butter, Brussels Sprouts & Walnuts

apple muffin

Apple Cider Donuts // Homemade Yogurt // Argyle Cheese Farmer // Saratoga Apple // Apple-Yogurt Muffins

This summer squash gratin couldn't be simpler to throw together, and unlike so many gratins, this one is not laden with cream and cheese. You also can't mess it up. The layer of vegetables can be thin or thick. There's no perfect ratio of squash to topping. This dish is rustic. It's fast. It's easy. Go wild. //

Super Easy Summer Squash Gratin

It comes as no surprise then that I absolutely adore this toasted muesli. Like granola, the oat mixture is toasted with a little oil — three tablespoons of olive oil — and a sweetener — a half cup of maple syrup. Like muesli, the mixture can be bulked up with dried fruit and puffed cereal or other grains and nuts. A healthy scoop of millet offers the nicest crunch, and the lightly toasted mixture, less sweet than granola, can be enjoyed with milk or yogurt alike. //

Toasted Muesli // Camping at Heart Lake, Lake Placid

A simple red pepper tomato sauce: tomatoes, bell peppers and water cooked down until nearly all of the water evaporates and the tomatoes and bell peppers and basil reduce into a sweet, summery concentrate. //

Shells with Red Pepper-Tomato Sauce

A bowl of freshly baked steel cut oatmeal with almonds.

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

A margherita pizza cut into pieces.

Baking Steel Pizza Two Ways: Margherita and Caramelized Onion & Burrata

Charred eggplant produces a creaminess without the help of oil, and the charring moreover imparts such a nice smokiness to the eggplant's flesh. Some sort of flatbread or grilled bread is a must with each of these preparations, and if you happen to have some za'atar in your pantry, the aromatic spice mixture complements the eggplant so nicely. //

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

watermelon agua fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca with Lime and Mint

When it's too hot to cook, turn off the oven. Nothing could be more refreshing than this cool summery soup — green grape and cucumber gazpacho — and spicy-sweet-crunchy salad: quinoa with mango, lime and ginger. //

Cucumber & Green Grape Gazpacho | Quinoa Salad with Mango, Lime & Ginger

a bowl of tabbouleh


An overhead shot of a dish of whipped ricotta with olive oil, herbs and grilled bread.

Ricotta with Thyme, Olive Oil & Grilled Bread

In this soba noodle salad, both the tofu and noodles are dressed with the same ginger and garlic soy-based dressing. It's a great dressing to use with any number of Asian noodles, but it excels in one area in particular: complete tofu domination. //

Soba Salad with Marinated Tofu, Mint & Scallions

These are the ideal no-bake granola bar for me: tasty and incredibly chewy, containing healthful ingredients, no processed cereals, and no candy-like additions. The dry mixture contains oats, sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut, and wheat germ, but this mixture can be tailored to your liking with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, wheat bran, oat bran, chocolate chips, etc. //

Even Chewier Granola Bars

soba noodles with peanut dressing

Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

A simple dressing of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice with just a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes works best in this quinoa salad, both complementing quinoa's flavors while not oversaturating its delicate texture. //

Quinoa with Walnuts, Radishes & Spring Onions

What to do with those Radishes …

Leek & Goat Cheese Omelet

The Best Croutons and How Best to Eat Them

A plate of oven-baked, honey-soy chicken drumsticks.

Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Wings

3 Simple Tartines: Mushroom; Radicchio & Gorgonzola; Fresh Ricotta // Plus A Few More Ideas for Oscar Night

Just-baked Torta Caprese.

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake (Torta Caprese)

A Card, and 3 Simple Ways to Begin Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

A bowl of real sour cream and onion dip.

Real Sour Cream & Onion Dip