Frozen pea soup from José Andrés’ Vegetables Unleashed.

As I write this, spring is coming to a close but you would be forgiven for thinking it’s already summer by how hot it is in various parts of the country. Hot weather always makes me want to eat raw fish or fish that’s been cooked in acid and sip on cold soups. While gazpachos…

Tagliolini with parsley-basil-garlic scape pesto, just in time for summer.

Two years ago, I shared the pasta I served at my brother-in-law’s rehearsal dinner: tagliolini with pistachio-orange pesto, and it feels right to be talking about pesto once again, because who likes making intense tomato sauces once summer hits? (I do, at least when the really good tomatoes start popping up in the market and…

Air fryer Catalonian-style chicken wings with allioli.

Even though it’s been nearly seven years(!) since we last were in Caldes d’Estrac and eating at El Taller, I still think about their signature roasted meats served with a ramekin of allioli made completely from scratch. (By that I mean they made the emulsion only using some garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil…

On croque monsieur pizza and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. While scrolling through Instagram recently I noticed someone trying to pass off something as a croque monsieur that was anything but, and following some stewing over it, I was inspired to dedicate one of our upcoming Friday night pizzas to adapting a croque monsieur to a pie. I’ve written…

Shrimp-tomato salad inspired by Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code.

Following this year’s cookbook audit, I’ve been able to add a number of books to my collection from birthday gifts, including Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code and Jubilee. The former is not a traditional cookbook much as it serves as a kind of historical record of African American cookbooks from the last 200 years. There…

Tom Colicchio’s roasted tomato risotto from Think Like a Chef.

Even the most casual of Top Chef fans know that attempting to make risotto usually does not end well for the cheftestants, though there have been a few exceptions. Some notable ones I remember include: Season three premiere: Howie actually makes a successful risotto with uni, but forgets to plate the other required component (frog’s…