I'm a bit of a soup fiend, so I devour it year round, even when temperatures spike. My secret? Instead of tucking in to a piping hot brothy bowl, I turn to luxuriously creamy chilled soups in warm weather, which provide the needed internal air conditioning. Additionally, all of these cool creations can be made ahead (excluding garnish) and enjoyed throughout the week; as an added bonus, in many cases the flavors bloom and mellow when sent to the fridge to chill out overnight.
Here at the office, we're big fans of mason jar meals; we've found you can avoid the hassle that comes with plastic food containers if you bring your lunch to work or school in a Ball jar. These glass storage containers are easy to clean and not prone to residue. We love that they seal, which prevents leaking in your bag, and they leave no plastic flavor in food. Best of all, they can hold anything from salads (think of all the stacked Caprese salads you could enjoy for lunch!) to various types of soup. You can heat up the contents in a microwave and eat it right out of the jar, if you like, to avoid cleaning more dishes. They're also reusable, affordable, and eco-friendly. Next time you find yourself searching frantically for that one lid that fits your plastic Tupperware container, I say think again and reach for the mason jar instead.
How do you bring your food to work?
Despite being a food writer, there are times when I can't possibly bring myself to cook yet I desire a rich, robust meal. That's when I turn to a good, hardy block of cheese (like the Point Reyes Toma, pictured) and a fresh sourdough baguette from The Acme Bread Company. If I'm being completely honest, I'd probably even request cheese and a baguette as my last meal or stranded-on-a-desert-island option. Most will eat it as an appetizer, but I encourage you to make a meal out of it. Read on to see how you can do so.
When it comes to weeknight cooking, Summer days are both good and bad: on the one hand, pristine produce abound at the market, but on the other, balmier evenings demand faster, lighter, oven- and stove-free meals that come together in a heartbeat. Keep reading to see a dozen delectable ways to get dinner on the table without cranking up the heat in your kitchen.
— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry
If the busyness of Summer has you craving a home-cooked meal, consider preparing one of these five Italian dishes. Using fresh, traditional ingredients loaded with flavor, these dishes prove that simple doesn't have to be boring. From garlicky pasta to shrimp with piquant salsa verde, this dinner Italiano is certain to impress guests and can be prepared in a matter of minutes!
French cookery need not take hours or involve persnickety techniques. Keep reading for five fuss-free options. We promise: these fast and easy dinners are ready nearly as fast as one can say "oui."
It's a common occurrence to get overly ambitious and buy more than guests can possibly eat, usually when it comes to epic holiday barbecues. If you find yourself in a similar boat, especially with that big watermelon that no one got around to after the chips and dip, here are five ways to use up the leftovers of this crisp, juicy fruit.
Don't stereotype eggs as a breakfast food — they're too good not to be enjoyed all day and are a go-to for lunch and dinner. This week, serve up a menu that includes recipes like cinnamon-spiced eggs or an egg-topped vegetable pizza. With these five easy-to-prepare dishes, there's no excuse not to start crackin'.
April may be almost over, but we have a funny feeling that we haven't seen the last of those pesky Spring showers. Don't let the rain get you down; instead, channel all of that energy into some culinary projects and challenges. We've got eight ideas for recipes to make while it's coming down outside. Some of them may take a bit of extra effort, but it will be worth it when you can cuddle up in front of a good movie with some delicious eats while you wait for the sun to come out again.