I may love Zen-ing out and enjoying my time over the stove, but there's one thing I can't have happen on a weeknight: a messy kitchen full of dishes staring me down at 10 p.m. I've pulled a few of the delicious and comforting recipes I crave during the week. The best part is that there are only one or two pots or pans that get used in the process. As we're getting back into the swing of things with school, there's no better time to share these tried-and-true favorites. Breathe and enjoy the bliss of cooking, without the hassle of heavy cleaning.
Sometimes after a long day I love to cook up a storm, but other nights I wish that I could blink my eyes and have a beautiful dish that's ready to go. Whether you're playing hostess for a slew of unexpected Summer guests or you just want to whip up something that's fast but delish, these 10 recipes have such a depth of flavor you'll have to remind yourself midbite you weren't slaving away all day in the kitchen.
What could be more gratifying on a sweltering day than a platter of fat and juicy tomatoes, fresh off the vine? I ask that question each year when the season rolls around and, without fail, come up with nothing for an answer.
At this weekend's farmers market, when I spotted heirloom tomatoes by the crateful in a rainbow of colors, I couldn't help but bring several pounds home.
I used my loot — a mixture of green zebras, Cherokees, and yellow brandywines — as the star of a dish so unembellished, I'm not sure I would call it a salad. I sliced the fruits into thin rounds, then drizzled them with high-quality Italian olive oil.
A flaky sea salt helps round out the tomatoes' impossibly sweet flesh; I also added dollops of burrata to cut through the acidity and young leaves of basil to bring out the herbaceousness of the tomatoes. I devoured the dish right away and derived such visceral pleasure from eating it that I guarantee next week I'll be making the salad again. Keep reading to savor this Summer fruit the same way.
Traditionally, the potato pieces are deep fried, but I skipped the frying to keep this tapas recipe a touch healthier, and so my house wouldn't smell like a fast food joint. Instead, I achieved a crisp and golden potato using a hot oven and potatoes coated in olive and canola oils.
While the spuds cooked, I made the dipping sauce, which is a piece of cake if you employ the food processor. To present this dish, either drizzle the sauce over the potatoes, or serve it as a finger food, with a plate of golden potatoes and the sauce in a small bowl on the side. Get ready for a taste of Spain when you read more.
Zucchini's delicately sweet and vegetal nature plays out best in a simple, unadorned preparation like carpaccio. Slice it thinly on a mandoline (or not, if you have mad knife skills), then drizzle the plate with a light marinade of lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil. Pine nuts add meatiness, and pecorino shavings add just a hint of bite. In mere minutes, you'll be facing a platter that encapsulates the taste of Summer. Keep reading for the carpaccio recipe.
This is a custard-based ice cream, so the final product is exceptionally creamy — but for great texture, pay attention when you are cooking the eggs, since with just a little too much heat it can curdle in a flash. For the chocoholic in me, I added extra chocolate chips to the traditional marshmallows and pecans. Put a smile on your face when you keep reading for the recipe.
Want to avoid turning on the oven? This recipe would work just as well with a large fry pan on the stove. Serve the shrimp with a green salad and fresh French bread to dip in the lemon butter, and you've got dinner in about 20 minutes. To enjoy an easy seafood dinner tonight, keep reading for the recipe.
As a lover of all things tomato, I was not only smitten with his Andalucían gazpacho, but also with the concept of a bloody mary with made-from-scratch gazpacho. By making your own tomato base, then garnishing the cocktail with raw vegetables, you achieve an all-natural, farm-fresh bloody mary.
Skip the salty tomato juice from a can and make a better bloody mary when you read on.