Grüne sosse is an uncooked sauce from the German state of Hesse that can be made with lactose-free sour cream and cottage cheese for those with lactose intolerance. Prepared without any salt or celery, it is also perfect for low-salt diets. It is wonderful on toasted bagels, boiled potatoes, and soups, especially black bean soup. I am indebted to Connie Knuppel for telling me about this use of herbs. — Merry Post
In the following recipe, I relied on Lydia Maria Child’s cookbook for seasoning, but for method I referred to a recipe in “The Household Receipt Book for 1874,” published in Burlington, Vt., as a complimentary marketing piece.
This “casserole” is perfect for when tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and peppers are bursting at the market. Feel free to vary the vegetables, and season liberally with fresh herbs.
With this latest spell of hot and steamy weather, my cucumber patch is exploding. Hundreds of bright yellow blossoms decorate the prickly, green vines. All sorts of pollinators buzz from early dawn until dusk, spreading the wealth that one day will become pickles. My husband likes to scour the cucumber plants early in the morning, …
Charming summer rentals do not always have well-equipped kitchens, so it is good to know a few equipment improvisations. For example, a roasting or broiling pan flipped upside down can serve as a cookie sheet. Large cooking pots can be mixing bowls. A chilled bottle of white wine works as a rolling pin. Clothespins are …
Recipe courtesy of Jane Crosen. This mix of blonde, red, and black quinoa bakes nicely into the simplest of pilafs. As with wild rice in a rice medley, the darker quinoas add interest and texture, and pan-roasting the grains in oil before baking keeps them nutty.
Leftover quinoa reheats nicely baked in an oiled pan covered with foil. Or, combine it with fresh summer vegetables in a tabbouleh or other grain salad.
Courtesy of Jane Crosen
Courtesy of Homewood Farm. Jeff Beardsworth advises to eat shortcake while the biscuits are still hot. He also urges people to forget the canned stuff and make their own whipped cream.