Summer ushers in plenty of delicious produce to savor, usually along with temperatures too high to cook in. Luckily, many of the season’s crops shine even when raw—or practically so. Two of our favorite hand-in-hand, no-heat-required techniques are marinating and macerating. Learn the basics of each, and try out two simple recipes along the way. Read More
The ultra-sweetness of ripe, in-season melon meets the tang of lime and Greek yogurt in these fruity, creamy pops. Don't have ice pop moulds? No problem! Use small, disposable plastic or paper cups! Fill the cups as you would the molds, then cover each cup with aluminum foil. Carefully cut a slit in the center of each foil lid. Place an ice pop stick through each slit (the foil will help keep the sticks upright) and freeze. Read More
Let’s face it: for most of us, pumpkin pie only comes around once a year. So why not make the most of its fleeting, deliciously custardy presence? Below, Test Kitchen Manager Claire King gives us five quick tricks to make your pumpkin pie anything but forgettable. Read More
Icebox cake is the perfect dessert for your end-of-summer gatherings. Why? Because there’s absolutely no baking involved. After all, there’s nothing better than a recipe that doesn’t require you to turn on your oven when it’s especially hot out. As the name implies, all you need to make this delectable treat is an icebox—which is just an old-fashioned way of saying refrigerator. Read More
The sight of farmers’ market tables and roadside stands, laden with ripe produce—smooth-skinned squash in the winter giving way to bright, plump and deeply fragrant fruits in spring and early summer—is one of our favorite ways to mark the changing seasons. Now, as summer begins to heat up, we’ve set our sights on those characteristic green lattice baskets filled with soft, jewel-toned strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Read More
we’re two weeks away from Halloween, we’re hosting, and we need to decide on our festive menu. Our motto this year? Give the people what they want! Let them (read: us) indulge in the guilty pleasure of a classic candy bar. But instead of buying a bag of fun-size treats, make your own, and let your guests bite into a dark chocolate-dipped morsel to find the sweet surprise of a familiar taste. Read More
The heat is here, so we’re bringing something cool to the table: Strawberry & Pretzel Ice Cream Pie! While creating this recipe, Judi, one on our very first recipe writers, was reminded of a close friend of hers from college who had a tradition of giving people Peppermint Ice Cream Pies for the holidays. She’s not sure how the tradition started or why he thought ice cream was the appropriate sweet treat during the coldest of the seasons (maybe he thought there’d be more leftovers for him?), but she started to look forward to getting the pie every year. We’re thinking this kind of sweet treat may be even more appreciated during the hotter months! Read More
Making candy at home is nowhere near as tough as it sounds. With just five ingredients and some careful attention to bubbling sugar, you can make these cider caramels, which have a deep, slightly tangy apple flavor and are utterly addictive. Best of all, wrapped up in little squares of wax paper, a handful of these caramels makes an incredible edible gift (or a trick or treat!). Read More