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by Sarah Steimer

Avocado-lime ice pops

These creamy (and rather healthy) ice pops were surprisingly refreshing — thanks to the lime, most likely. I can imagine what a splash of tequila would add to these pops…

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by Sarah Steimer

I love, love, love tomato season. Lots of the vendors at my farmer's market offer heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, and this was the perfect way to showcase them. This might have been the best thing I've made this summer!

I love, love, love tomato season. Lots of the vendors at my farmer’s market offer heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, and this was the perfect way to showcase them. This might have been the best thing I’ve made this summer!

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by Sarah Steimer

This month's (July) Bon Appetit magazine showed up a couple of weeks ago and I knew I was making that cover recipe. When Caitlin suggested we do kebabs as a guide this month I was all set with my first idea.

When Caitlin suggested we do kebabs as a guide this month, I was all set with my first idea. The July Bon Appetit issue had been sitting on my coffee table for a couple of weeks and I’d been eying these chicken skewers on the cover every day. What a cover model.

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by Sarah Steimer

I made the full recipe so Bill and I could eat it throughout the week. I noticed him break some tortilla chips in it one day, so I assume that’s a good upgrade if you’re looking for one. This is a vegan recipe, FYI.

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth/stock
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed for less spice
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle sauce (if you don’t have it, you can skip it or use hot sauce instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (optional)

Roast, peel and chop the poblano and red peppers. (see Caitlin’s video if you need a how-to)

Heat a dutch oven or heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add enough olive oil just to cover the bottom and, once heated, add the onions. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they have caramelized. Every once in awhile you may have to de-glaze the pan (keep the onions from sticking) by adding a little of the vegetable broth.

While the onions are cooking, combine the quinoa and 2 cups of water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add the remaining vegetable both to the dutch oven, along with the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, poblano, red bell pepper, chili powder, coriander, cumin, bay leaves, cinnamon and chipotle sauce. Bring everything to a boil (you may need to put the lid on for this, that’s a lot of liquid to get boiling). Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for about 25 minutes, uncovered and stirring occasionally.

Remove the bay leaves and add the cooked quinoa. Mix well and serve, topped with the cubed avocado.

Makes about six servings.

Recipe adapted from: Prevention RD

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by Sarah Steimer

This is a good make-ahead salad. Just cook the rice in advance and get everything cut up so all you have to do before the actual meal is toss it all together. The nuts in this recipe really are optional, in my opinion, because the basmati rice already has a nice, nutty flavor.

  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice, cooled
  • 2 cups bite-size pieces assorted vegetables (I used radishes, edamame and summer squash)
  • 3/4 cup torn mixed leafy greens (I used spinach)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red, yellow or white onion or scallions
  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts or pine nuts (optional)

Finely mince the shallot, thyme and parsley and place in a small bowl. Add the vinegar and, while whisking with a fork, slowly pour in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.

In a serving bowl, combine the rice, vegetables and nuts. Drizzle and toss with about half of the dressing, allowing others to add more if they please.

Makes 2-4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetit

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by Sarah Steimer

I’ll admit I didn’t grill this. I took the easy way out (because I didn’t feel like powering up the grill for lunch) and just popped the kale under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Do keep an eye on it, though. It crisps up quickly. Also – this dish has some of the best textures in all the land.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium plum, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
  • 6 medium curly kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh ricotta

Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme and honey. Season with the salt and pepper. Toss the plums in the oil and vinegar mixture to coat and set aside.

Brush the kale leaves with olive oil and season with salt. Grill the kale over medium-high heat OR take my short cut and put the kale on a metal pan and pop in the broiler. If grilling, be sure to turn after a few minutes. Either method only takes a few minutes to darken and crisp the kale, to keep a careful eye on the leaves.

Once the kale has a moment to cool, remove the large stems if you did not do so before. Toss the kale in the oil-vinegar dressing.

Place the ricotta on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Top with the kale, plums and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

Makes one serving.

Recipe adapted from: Bon Appetit

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by Sarah Steimer

Bill has been getting Sweet Fire Pickles from Stover’s Farm at our farmer’s market, and they served as the inspiration for this recipe. In fact, I even washed out one of their jars and reused it for my version. Oh – and if you’re wondering what the red is, those are just mature banana peppers (that’s right, not all are yellow).

NOTE: For any of these peppers, de-seed them entirely or at least some, depending on your heat tolerance.

  • 3 medium-sized banana peppers, sliced a little thinner than a 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced a little thinner than 1/2-inch thick, then quarter these pieces
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt OR canning salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

    My dad likes to make “refrigerator pickles” for his hot dogs in the summer. It’s a simple combination of cucumbers, onions, water, sugar, vinegar and dill (I’m probably forgetting something). This is like the amped up version of that, and I went with a chicken brat instead of a hot dog.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the vinegars, salt, sugar and turmeric until everything has dissolved. Add the vegetables to the liquids and mix thoroughly. Transfer the vegetables to a 16-ounce jar first and cover with the liquid, making sure everything is submerged. If necessary, add water to cover the vegetables.

Refrigerate for about three hours before using. These pickles can be kept in the fridge for about two weeks.

* Lickety Split is our August guide that features recipes for quick pickles, or pickles you can make in minutes and store in the fridge. See all of our Lickety Split pickle recipes here.

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