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.
This is arguably the only way to eat winter squash. In the oven, the bread becomes surprisingly light, fluffy, and silky, the squash turns intensely flavorful, and the cheese melts into a browned and bubbly cap.
Tomato adds depth and unexpected favor to this creamy squash soup. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches for a filling meal.
Nutty toasted pecans are a nice complement to Brussels sprouts.
Great in the morning for a special and substantial breakfast (but good for dinner, too) this meal will convert event the most serious Brussels sprout hater. This hash is perfect to make during the holidays, when you can double it for a home full of houseguests.
This hearty pasta dish makes a great dinner: fast and easy, and full of flavor. Omit the bacon for a just as satisfying vegetarian meal.
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.
Served with a simple green salad dressed in a light vinaigrette, this one-pan dinner hits the spot on cool, blustery, fall evenings.
Dark chocolate and pears go so well together in these easy scones.
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.
This crowd-pleasing Chinese main dish is quick and easy.
Serve this authentic curry with jasmine rice. It's very easy to make a vegetarian version by substituting the beef for firm, cubed tofu that's been patted dry, and then following the recipe as directed. Simply omit the fish sauce.
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.
With loads of summer vegetables, hearty mushrooms, and plenty of sweet Hungarian paprika, this vegetarian goulash is full of texture and flavor. Leftovers keep wonderfully for lunch boxes, as well.
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.
Skirt steak and sweet fried peppers are infused with garlic in this pasta dish. Makes enough for a crowd!
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.
Improving upon perfect summer peaches seems unlikely, but baking them with a buttery and crisp topping makes it happen.
This jam adds depth of flavor wherever it's used: layer on pizza instead of tomato sauce, spread on a sandwich, or serve with cheese and crackers.
Crispy, crunchy onion rings, made healthier thanks to quinoa in three forms. These are easy to make vegan, too!
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.
This summer soup is cool and refreshing, lightly sweet with a spicy and smoky punch from the paprika. Try serving in chilled soup bowls.
This rustic tart is made with a beautifully tender cheddar crust filled with thyme-scented roasted tomatoes.
Rhubarb, also known as pieplant, is used mostly for desserts in the United States, but in other parts of the world it's often prepared as a vegetable. Try it out in this main-dish salad, dazzling with vibrant shades of red and pink.
What's not to love about a classic strawberry rhubarb crumble? This one has a generous 2-to-1 fruit to topping ratio.
This gluten-free tart features a straightforward, press-in-the-pan crust with buckwheat flour, giving it a toasted, nutty flavor.