Word of Mouth: The New Vegetable Cookbooks

If you rely on the same veg-centric cookbooks each summer, get produce inspo from this bumper crop of recent releases. Then, look out, farmers’ market!

If you like… Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

You’ll love… The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini by Cara Mangini

As the chef behind Little Eater in Columbus, OH, Cara Mangini wrangles veggies for a living. The more than 250 step-by-step photos in her book mirror the encyclopedic Vegetable Literacy, while sharing updated essential know-how for everything from cleaning sandy greens for creamed spinach crepes to prepping fresh artichokes for the grill.

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Inside Our Test Kitchen: The Best Way to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

In the never-ending quest for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, our kitchen crew put three top techniques to the test to see which one was most, ahem, appealing. Check out the results below, along with tasty recipes you can make to test out the winning technique.

3RD PLACE:

Shake ‘Em Up

Place large eggs in a large saucepan (no more than will cover the bottom) and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Cover the saucepan; shake the eggs until cracked all over. Run cold water into the pan until the eggs are cool, then peel under cold running water.

The results: The idea here is that the cold water slips between the white and the shell, making peeling easier. Shaking the cooked eggs in the pan cracked them quickly, but when it came to peeling, quite a bit of the white stuck to the shells.

Kale Cobb Salad  

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Empty Nesters: Building an affordable custom couch

Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York CityYay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

A lot of the stone houses we looked at had foyers, which were essentially small rooms with stairs and not much space for anything else. Our house, however, opens up into a decent-sized room with a fireplace and plenty of square footage for a sofa and other pieces. Whatever sofa we put in there would be the first thing people saw upon entering the house, so we wanted to have fun with it. After a lot (and I mean, a LOT) of searching, we decided to go with a custom option from Joybird. It’s a furniture site that lets you pick the fabric and size of your sofa. And the site often runs tons of sales for a percentage off. Turns out, custom furniture isn’t just for the super rich!

We picked the Hyland because of its fun shape and settled on a surprising green. But which shade of green? We had no idea! Luckily, Joybird offers free swatch kits of color families. We were glad we ordered a kit because the colors really do look different in person than online. With a promotional code for 20 percent off (which I got just by visiting the site!), plus free shipping and an option to return the couch for free within 365 days, it seemed like a no-brainer.

We placed our order (in Key Largo Kelly Green) and soon got an order confirmation and this fun diagram to confirm the measurements.

The process did take a while: We placed our order in January and the couch didn’t ship until May. But having never made a couch before, I’m guessing that’s actually pretty reasonable. And now, the big reveal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check back soon to see what else we’ve been buying!


National Lasagna Day: Healthy, Hearty and Somewhere In Between

I have good news and bad news. The good news: It’s #NationalLasagnaDay! The bad news: It’s a million degrees outside. Why, oh why, must this day fall at the hottest time of year? We’d like to have a word with whoever sets these food holidays. November 15th sounds better, right? Hopefully “National Raisin Bran Cereal Day” won’t mind sharing the spotlight. Until then, though, we’re going to go ahead and celebrate anyway. Whether you’re dining al fresco or cranking your AC way up, we’ve got just the recipe for you.

Summer Lasagnas

Yep, they exist! These veggie-based recipes are carb-free and perfect for warm weather.

Mexican Raw Lasagna

Vegetable “Lasagna” Stacks

Hearty-Comfort Lasagnas

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go all-in on that carby, cheesy, meaty slice of heaven.

Lasagna Bolognese

Sloppy Lasagna Joes

 In-Between Lasagnas

These dishes fall somewhere in the middle of 100% comfort food and figure-friendly veggie stacks.

Vegetable Lasagna

Farmers’ Market Lasagna

Want more? Try these 15 pasta sauce recipes to customize your lasagna any way you like it.


8 Fruity and Cheesy Recipes

This summer, we’re revamping fruit salads every which way to make them anything but boring. It’s amazing what a little heat, spice, and cheese can do! Our plum & goat cheese fruit salad, in particular, is kind of surprising but super-delicious. We know every cheese board gets better with grapes or jam, but if you haven’t taken your fruit-cheese relationship beyond that, you really should! Rich, creamy dairy is a natural partner for sweet, juicy, seasonal produce — and it’ll make your fruit-based dishes feel more substantial, too. Here are 8 fun recipes to get you started.

Plum & Goat Cheese Carpaccio with Mint 

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Our favorite Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner recipes

If you know Rachael, you know she loves a good BLD dish — a.k.a. something that’s delish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. That’s why she made her “Burger of the Month” in our latest issue a BLD Burger: a sausage-spiked patty topped with meaty bacon, chives and a fried egg and sandwiched between two English muffins. Whether it’s 7am or 7pm, that sounds pretty darn good to us! Check out that recipe below, along with some other anytime-of-day faves from our archives.

BLD Burger

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Corn recipes for every type of craving

What are you in the mood for right now? Something salty? Spicy? Cheesy? We all have those dishes we just can’t get enough of — the ones we could happily make for dinner every single night if our families would let us, or the ones we just have to order every time we see it on a menu. Our July/August 2016 cover shows off our favorite corn-toppers for summer, all inspired by classic comfort flavors we love. So the next time you’re craving creamy queso or fresh avocado or buttery garlic, reach for some fresh corn cobs and top ‘em to your hearts content!

Think you could you polish off this Spicy Cilantro Queso all by yourself?

Try Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob!

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Empty Nesters: How to make your own knife block

Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York City. Yay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

Ready for the world’s easiest DIY project? Inspired by these knife blocks (I actually have two at my city apartment, but think they’re too modern for the house), I decided to make my own with a tin and some eight-inch bamboo skewers. I washed the tin super well and, when it was dry, I filled it with skewers. See? Easy!

One thing to note: I did use a LOT more skewers than I thought I would (I ended up needing 1,100 of them!), but I found them for a good price at Food Service Warehouse. In total, this project cost me less than $25 and it’s way more personal than a plain lacquer box. My hope is to make another one with a short, narrow tin for my steak knives…whenever we get steak knives, that is.

Check back soon to see what else I’ve been up to.


Around the world in 5 skewers

Looking for cookout inspiration? There’s a whole universe of meat-on-a-stick out there! Take a global grilling tour and get fresh ideas for dinner, courtesy of these five skewered specialties.

Shish Kebab — This term has become the catch-all for grilled skewered food. The cross-cultural specialty is claimed by cuisines in South Asia, the Caucasus and Russia (where it’s called shashlik), the Balkans (cévak), the Middle East and beyond.

Try this: Kofta Kebabs with Herb Salad

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10 sweet treats for the Fourth of July

Burgers and hot dogs seem to get all the attention on the Fourth of July, but dessert is the best time to show off a healthy dose of red, white and blue! Check out these 10 recipes that pay tribute to our grand ol’ flag and all the berry goodness that’s in season right now.

This Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler will be a major hit at your party — and on Instagram!

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