What to Cook

5 Great Tomato, Corn, and Zucchini Recipes

This is the epicenter of the produce season, the embarrassment-of-riches time of year. At this time of year, I always think of what my friend Ted says about growing up in a homey, small town in Connecticut—that the only time they ever locked their cars and homes was in August because if you didn’t someone might drop off some zucchini. I’ll take your extra zucchini. And your extra corn and tomatoes, too. Because I am going to make these recipes from now until the last gorgeous tomato has ripened. Hoping you’re enjoying the surplus as well. Summer Corn, Tomato, and …

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8 Fruit Salsas to Change Things Up!

I have opened probably hundreds of jars of salsa at this point, mostly the classic tomato version.  My kids are salsa and chip fanatics, and to run out of either is to cause a tremor of unhappiness in the home. BUT, I also like to make my own, and over the years I’ve created an arsenal of recipes of fruit-based salsas (especially since we can officially count tomato as a fruit) which are not only great with corn or pita chips, but also delicious atop things like, fish, like this Horseradish Ginger Salmon, chicken, like this Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, …

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10 Things To Make With Leftover Shredded Chicken

Psst….anything on this list also works with leftover shredded turkey!  Which many of us will have in our fridges in a few days. Leftover cooked chicken is one of the most perpetually useful things to have in your fridge.  Whether it’s from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, or just extra from a dinner earlier in the week, it’s a goldmine of future recipes and meals waiting to happen. If you’re super smart, you’ll plan ahead and make a few extra breasts or thighs whenever you cook chicken and then you’ll have this springboard for all sorts of great meals later in …

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9 Nut-Free Bake Sale/Birthday Party Recipes

(With Ingredients You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry!) Are there any schools left that haven’t gone nut-free?  If there are a few left, I am surprised, and feeling a little badly for the kids who are sitting at the nut-free lunch table (though perhaps at this point there is a special room for kids who just can’t move on from their PBJs?). I take all of this very seriously – I have horrible nut allergies myself, and have all my life, but when I was a kid I was definitely unusual, and very self-conscious about how I deal with …

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5 Great Chicken Recipes

People.  It always comes back to chicken. It’s hard to think of a more universally appealing meal (and also hard to get too much inspiration in the chicken-cooking department).  Here are 4 favorites, and one that I’m eager to try from fellow family food blogger Jenny Rosentrach. Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir-Fry Some stir-fries have a lot going on, but this one is almost austere, made with a handful of ingredients and a light, clean-tasting sauce. You could toss in some broccoli or sugar snap peas. Otherwise, make a simple vegetable and lots of rice to go on the side. Click here for the recipe. Chicken …

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5 Weeknight Dinners to Make in Between the Big Holiday Meals

Newspapers, magazines, and websites are currently stuffed to the gills with extravagant appetizers, centerpiece-worthy main courses, lush sides, and practically immoral desserts to make for the holidays. If an alien who couldn’t read fell onto our planet and just looked at all the pictures, he/she might get the impression that we ate nothing but jumbo shrimp, standing rib roasts, leg of lamb, spoonbread, and chocolate cake. Just writing this, I can feel the button of my jeans pop. And the reality is that in between these lavish meals and parties, we kind of need to, you know, make dinner. At …

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