Edamame Pesto

It seems like only yesterday that edamame was an exotic treat that I could only find in Japanese restaurants, and now my local A&P is carrying it in giant bags in the freezer section.  Which is a wonderful thing, because instead of only being able to nosh on it when we go out for sushi, now I can make things like edamame pesto, which is a creamy, dreamy, slightly gentler version of the basil pesto we all know and love.  And just as easy to whirl up in 60 seconds or less in your food processor.  If you haven’t yet discovered the deliciousness that is edamame, come along with me…and if you have, still come along because I am going to show you how to make it into pesto!

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Lobster Avocado Soup and Sing For Hope!

I am ridiculously excited about everything I am about to tell you, and not just because it involves a recipe for creamy, dreamy Lobster Avocado soup!  As delectable as this recipe is (and it IS!), even more delectable is everything I am going to tell you and show you about an amazing project going on right this very minute called Sing for Hope.  (And I promise that somewhere in all of this I will make an actual connection between lobster avocado soup and Sing For Hope, but you know me…it’s a process).  In the meantime, get ready for an inspirational true story about 50 old pianos, how they got a new lease on life and are in the process of bringing hope and joy to a whole bunch of people.  Here goes!

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Chopped Antipasto Salad

I have an enormous crush on antipasto.  Or what I consider antipasto, which (with apologies to all my Italian friends out there) means a giant platter of cheese and smoked meats and veggies that you are encouraged to snack on to your hearts content.  However, as I understand it, traditional antipasto usually includes a few things that I don’t like.  Olives.  Roasted red peppers.  PICKLED MUSHROOMS.  So I decided to go rogue and build an antipasto full of only things I like, and since I am breaking all kinds of antipasto rules anyway, to turn it into a salad.  Because, why not?

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Easy Cookies and Jam Ice Cream Sandwiches

This recipe for easy cookies and jam ice cream sandwiches is almost not a recipe…that’s how ridiculously easy it is.  But since it involves three ingredients (cookies, jam and ice cream) and they have to be assembled into an ice cream sandwich, and because this pipsqueak of a recipe is going to be my go-to dessert of the summer because of that magical combo of easy and delicious, I need to share it with you.  It’s also endlessly customizable (more on that later), and I’m hoping at this point you are convinced and would just like me to get on with telling you the details. Which you have probably already guessed, but just in case…

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Chicken with Pan-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This quick and bursting with flavor recipe for chicken with pan-roasted cherry tomatoes is not only cheery and scrumptious and easy to make on a busy weeknight, but it is also helpful if you are the impatient type like me.  Nope, it’s not enough for me that my herbs are lushly growing away in whiskey barrels outside my door, and that my mom is bringing me bunches of garlic scapes from the farmer’s market, and that the azaleas are in glorious bloom and that the windows are open all over the house.  Nope.  Some people are only completely happy when the local tomatoes are in season, and this cherry tomato recipe is for THOSE people.  (Raises hand.)  Because by some miracle of tomato wonderfulness, while the off-season big tomato doesn’t taste like much, the cherry tomato is flavorful all year round.  And therefore so is this chicken supper!

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Spinach Vichyssoise

The hardest thing about making spinach vichyssoise is spelling the word vichyssoise.  I have been down the vichyssoise road before, and honestly, that’s the thing that always gives me pause.  Not the making of this cool, creamy, bursting with early summer flavor soup.  Nope, the fact that one day I will be sitting in front of my computer wanting to tell you all about it, and dreading the fact that I will have to type out V I S H Y S S O I S E approximately triple the number of times you will actually read it, because of all the back-spacing and correcting.  But since YOU will probably not have to type it out once, this whole experience is going to be delectably easy and delicious!  Here’s why.

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