Nut sensitivity

Ambrosia (Citrus Salad with Coconut)

What a perfect winter dessert! Seasonal citrus pairs up with pineapple and shredded coconut in a simple, not too sweet fruit salad. Note that it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but it's best when allowed to sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.

Apple Crumble

Apples are cooked once in a skillet before being topped with crumble and baked. The long cooking time turns the apples caramel-scented, sweet, and sticky.

Beer-Braised Pork Shoulder

This recipe is meant to be a guide: you can add different liquids, vegetables, and seasonings - it's a very forgiving recipe. If you'd like to use a slow cooker instead of a Dutch oven, be sure to reduce the liquid so that it doesn't boil over.

Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad

Winter vegetables can often seem heavy, but this root vegetable and apple salad is crisp and refreshing, a great antidote to filling holiday foods.

Betty's Quiche

This is one of my favorite brunch recipes. It is easy to make, and while it bakes you can cut up a nice local fruit salad or get a load of laundry done. This recipe is dear to my heart as my mother-in-law used to make it. Now my husband continues the tradition of making this for a brunch potluck, or for the two of us leaving us with plenty of leftovers.

Bruleéd Pluots

Stone fruits are transformed when cooked. The fruit sugars are intensified, and they hardly need any sugar to make an indulgent, but still fairly healthful dessert. They're delicious on their own, but try with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a spoonful of creme fraîche on top.

Cantaloupe, Arugula, and Prosciutto Salad

Melon and paper-thin prosciutto are a perfect pairing, salty and sweet. This well-rounded salad features both, along with peppery arugula and champagne vinaigrette.

Cherry and Plum Preserves

Dark, sweet cherries and black plums make a delicious, rich jam, and the addition of bourbon or brandy makes it luxurious.

Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves

Thank goodness, you don’t actually need to peel the 40 cloves of garlic here. This easy chicken dish is moist and infused with flavor.

Coconut Snowballs

Tender, buttery, and not too sweet, these simple no-bake cookies will be welcome at any gathering!

Cranberry Granita

Refreshing, light, and festive, this granita is the perfect way to finish a heavy meal.

Cranberry, Jicama, Cilantro Salsa

Naturally tart cranberries pair nicely with lime, cilantro, and jalapeño to make an unusual and tasty salsa that goes well with tortilla chips, but can also be served instead of (or alongside) cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving.

Cucumber Salad

Classic, cool, and refreshing cucumber salads are a welcome summer side dish, and a nice counter to grilled meats.

Egg Sandwiches

This is a super quick and easy breakfast on the go, and as a bonus, you get to include fresh and seasonal veggies in your early morning fare.

Fattoush Salad

This classic Lebanese salad packed with toasted pita, summer vegetables, and loads of herbs tends to be a hit with everyone, and is filling enough to serve as a meal.

Fennel and Black Olive Ciabatta Pizza

Using ciabatta bread for pizza crust makes getting dinner on the table fast and easy. This pizza is topped with a tasty and classic Italian combination of sweet cherry tomatoes, fennel, briney black olives and savory parmesan.

Fennel, Celery, and Pomegranate Salad

This palate-cleansing salad balances out rich winter meals. The recipe calls for the vegetables to be thinly sliced, and a mandoline would come in handy here.

Garden Ratatouille

When the garden comes in this is the recipe to have on hand. It goes together quickly, and you can easily adjust the vegetables to make more if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes or peppers.

Gluten-free Macaroni and Cheese

This is not a fancy or refined macaroni and cheese; this is mac and cheese straight from childhood, just yummy and cheesy!

Golden Tomato Soup with Fennel

This summer soup is cool and refreshing, lightly sweet with a spicy and smoky punch from the paprika. Try serving in chilled soup bowls.

Greek Lamb with Orzo

Fragrant, saucy lamb is ladled over orzo with loads of chopped parsley, then topped with generous amounts of feta and kalamata olives in this hearty, Greek (-inspired) meal. This crowd-worthy dish is easy enough to make (just two dirty pots!), but doesn’t taste that way.

Green Garlic and Creamy Avocado Pesto Gnocchi

Green garlic is just young garlic, so the taste is milder and, depending on how young it is, usually isn’t encased in papery skin that needs to be peeled. Simply cut off the roots, and slice like an onion. You can eat the stalks as well, like scallions.

Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette

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.

Grilled Plantains

Once your grill is fired up, these are dead simple to make, and you can use plaintains of varying ripeness with good results. The riper, yellow and black plantains will be sweeter and more creamy, and green ones will yield a milder taste with a starchy, dry texture.

Heirloon Tomato Cornbread

This cornbread, topped with sliced heirloom tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese, is decidedly out of the ordinary.

Homemade Spicy Ketchup

If you are not a ketchup person now, this spicy and sweet spread is likely to convert you! A little jar would also make a great gift in the summer.

 

Individual Pot Roasts with Thyme-Glazed Carrots

Pot roast is typically a weekend dinner, requiring loads of time in the oven. Scented with rosemary and thyme, these delicious, individual-sized ones speed up the process to get dinner on the table in under two hours, most of which is hands-off time on the oven. This makes a great meal on its own, or with some good bread and a salad.