Souvlaki, which means “little skewer” in Greece, came to the U.S. with Greek immigrants and became a staple of street carts, Mediterranean restaurants, even diners. When you grill chunks of meat on skewers, you’re making souvlaki. Kebabs are the Arabic word for the same thing. The protein can be beef, chicken, lamb, pork, a plant-based […]

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Lemonade gets lots of attention during summer months. But why ignore limeade? It’s just as refreshing, and more of a treat since one doesn’t often find it. If you don’t want to squeeze limes, it’s easy to pick up a can of frozen limeade. The concentrate is versatile: also a component of some slushies, sangrias, […]

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[1] The Armenian cucumber is an heirloom variety that is a delight. Read more about it in the footnote* below. They’re hard to find, but you can grow your own with seeds from Kitchen Garden Seeds (photo © Kitchen Garden Seeds). [2] Butter lettuce. Check out the different types of lettuce (photo © Good Eggs). […]

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[1] Crunchy Asian pears were reserved for the nobility and the wealthy. Now, they are the most popular fruit in all of Asia per an American grower, Virginia Gold Orchard (photo © Wonderful Fruit). [2] Born in the USA: The boysenberry is a cross among the European raspberry, European blackberry, American dewberry and American loganberry. […]

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[1] Rosé is the perfect summer wine: light yet substantial, delivering flavor and finish (photo © Herringbone Eats | Santa Monica). [2] The rosé rainbow, in colors from the palest pink to the deepest rose (photo © Jacksonville Magazine). Thibaud-Boudignon-Rose[/caption] [3] Top of the list: Thibaud Boudignon Rosé 2019 from the Loire region of France […]

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We love these summer rolls from the California Avocado Commission. It is adapted from Thai summer roll recipes. Made with gluten-free rice paper, rice noodles, lettuce and pickled vegetables, it is light and refreshing: great summer fare. You can make a lunch of them, snack on them, or serve them with summer drinks: iced tea, […]

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[1] A summer cassoulet made with corn and summer squash. The recipe is below (both photos © Rancho Gordo). [2] Tarbais beans are perfect for cassoulets—so much so that Rancho Gordo calls them “cassoulet beans.” Get them at RanchoGordo.com. [3] In attractive packages, Rancho Gordo beans are welcome gifts for your favorite cooks. [4] Use […]

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[1] Add your favorite ingredients to a summer panzanella. Here’s a recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen (photo © The Wanderlust Kitchen). [2] Panzanella is a way to turn lush summer tomatoes into a bread-and-tomato salad (photo © Baldor Specialty Foods).   Panzanella, a traditional Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, is delicious way to use […]

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