Add a little confectioner's sugar to a basil pesto and use it as a sauce on sweet melon.
Baked beans go with everything at a cookout: burgers, ribs, or grilled chicken. During the summer, when beans are plentiful at farmers' markets, use fresh shelly or October beans to make a pot.
Sometimes the simplest ingredients combine to make something absolutely divine. Serve this cake in the morning or for tea and call it a coffee cake, serve it after supper with a scoop of ice cream and call it dessert.
A quick tomato sauce always comes in handy. Use this recipe to top pizza, pasta, or bruschetta.
Traditional Mexican food uses squash blossoms as flavoring in a wide variety of dishes. Sauté squash blossoms and onions to stuff tortillas, and then use them as added flavoring for a mild salsa whipped up in the blender.
This classic Tuscan dish makes a great summer dinner. The whole thing comes together in minutes using leftover bread, tomatoes, and a few herbs and spices.
Using boiling water creates an extra gooey sauce with this cobbler. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream so all that sauce and fruit can run together with melted ice cream.
Chicken salad works great for almost any occasion, especially dinner on a hot day. Spice up your chicken salad with Greek yogurt, Moroccan flavors, herbs, apricots, and carrots.
Skip the cornbread or the biscuits, and try this shortcake instead. The base of the cake is soft like a biscuit with a creamy buttermilk, sour cream, onion custard top.
Strawberries and mint combine to make a seasonal and refreshing dressing that can be used to sweeten spinach-based salads or enhance a fruit salad.
This Memorial Day, brine some pork chops, fire up the grill, and coat them in a sweet tea glaze. Don't forget to brew a big pitcher of sweet tea for drinking.
This simple Southern cake is a great go-to summer recipe, and wonderful vehicle for almost any fruit topping. Try it with strawberry caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this authentic Mexican hominy soup. Toppings range from avocado, tortilla chips, cheese, radishes, and red onions and add celebration and ceremony to a rustic meal.
Country Captain is an old Southern recipe inspired by the Indian spice trade. Serve up slow-cooked chicken pieces flavored with spices and veggies, next to a pile of sweet coconut rice.
Planning a party? Try these two easy appetizer ideas that can be prepped ahead of time. Top mini crab cakes with a tangy, creamy artichoke tartar sauce, and toss toasted pecans with bacon bits.
Filled with lemon curd, topped with a sweet lemony glaze, and decorated with lemon drops, this lemon bundt cake is tart and sweet and full of flavor from top to bottom.
Chase away the end-of-winter blues with this homemade bolognese sauce. Veal, Italian sausage, fennel, and leeks give it a unique, bright flavor.
Spring is the season for brunch. Try this sophisticated, savory bread pudding for an Easter brunch, a graduation party, a wedding shower, or your next family get-together.
Buttermilk biscuits and salty country ham are a match made in heaven. Kick it up a notch by incorporating the ham directly into the biscuit and adding a layer of cheese.
High-quality lamb makes all the difference in this stew. Bacon adds a smokey saltiness, and peppery parsnips, sweet carrots, and potatoes compliment the other flavors nicely.