Easy Guacamole Recipe
My wife HATED guacamole until I created this recipe. It’s more like a guacamole salad than traditional smooth guacamole. Chunkier with lots of cilantro, you can serve it with some hearty chips, and it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Maybe it will convert one of the guacamole haters you know! Serves 6 to 8.
Ingrid’s Cucumber Salad
My mom would make this salad in summer when I was kid, and I loved it. I made it for my kids, and they love it too! It features lots of the flavors of summer—cucumbers, dill, onions. It’s crunchy and satisfying and pairs exceptionally well with grilled meats. Sometimes I like to have this with some hummus, olives, and tomatoes. Salting the cucumbers helps draw out the water and, as my Mom said, “It helps take out the burp a little.” It’s really simple, and you should try it—I think ...
Mozzarella Caprese Salad Two Ways
It’s summer and tomatoes are exploding everywhere. What are we going to do with all of these delicious tomatoes? Use them to make an amazing Mozzarella Caprese Salad!
We’re building our salad two different ways. The first way is a traditional “stacked” method. The second is a more rustic version that I call the “Mario Batali Method”. It looks great, is perfect for serving large groups of people, and actually, it is much faster.
This is a summer recipe. You can’t do ...
Instant Mexican Chicken Soup (Almost)
The next time you go to your favorite Mexican restaurant, get an extra chicken soft taco or two. Then the next day you can whip this soup up in a minute or two for a quick lunch or dinner. Serves 1.
Build a Board
Some people call it charcuterie, which is just a fancy way of saying “a serving of prepared meats.” Others call it antipasto. This recipe is similar to antipasto, which includes cheeses, vegetables, and garnishes, but I lie to call it “building a board.” It’s great when you don’t want a heavy meal or simply need something quick. Often, I add grilled sausages if people are a little hungrier. Try building a large board for a crowd at a party or a smaller version for an easy mid-week ...
Ingrid’s Tomato Salad
As a child, this was my favorite salad in the summer. As an adult, it still is! When my Mom would send me across the yard to the garden to pick some basil, I knew this salad was coming soon. This is how I learned to like tomatoes. I would dip fresh Italian bread in the “juice.” When I made it for one of my sons and he did the same thing, there was a big smile on my face. Use fresh, ripe tomatoes for maximum flavor. Get some from the farmers market or, even better, grow your own. Serves 1 to ...