The key to light, fluffy mashed potatoes is a potato ricer: it gently turns the potatoes into tiny flakes, leaving you with perfect mashed potatoes.
Roasting squash alongside chicken this way turns it meltingly tender, with a crisp coating, almost candy-like.
Nutty toasted pecans are a nice complement to Brussels sprouts.
Feel free to use whatever lettuce or blend of greens you like here.
Baba ghanoush is a Levantine eggplant dish that's perfect slathered on a slice of baguette, making it excellent picnic food. It's richly flavored with tahini, lemon, and lots of garlic.
Eggplant doesn't need a lot of preparation to taste great. Specialty varieties like Lilac Bride often lack the astringent flavor and big seeds that Italian Globe eggplant sometimes has.
Marinating tofu for just 15 minutes permeates it with flavor, and creates a nice glaze after it's baked. Italian frying peppers bring loads of taste but no heat.
If you don't have a grill or the space for one, a ridged, cast-iron grill pan works great. Heat over medium-high heat, and cook the tuna for 4-6 minutes, turning once.
Honeydew or cantaloupe would both be great in this dessert, sweet and cool with a bit of unexpected heat.
This raw tart, filled with fragrant, juicy, sweet peaches, is perfect for the summer months when lighter food is welcome.