It's still officially summer right? Even though the days are noticeably shorter and the kids all seem to be back at school, it's still warm enough to trigger the AC, and the markets are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, zucchini, and green chiles.
I first came up with this combination of stir-fried squash, tomatoes, and chiles years ago for a vegetarian taco filling, one of my all time favorite recipes on the site.
In this version we've added corn and removed the cheese, so it's no longer a filling, but side dish that practically shouts summer garden.
There is a slightly guilty side of me that loves the kind of macaroni and ground beef skillet dish that comes from a box. It always reminds me of rowdy dinners at home growing up, with my brothers and sisters all around.
This from-scratch version is nearly as easy as the boxed kind, and just as comforting. It also feeds a crowd and makes excellent leftovers!
My partner's mom makes peanut butter fudge on what seems like a weekly basis. I'm not sure how she can consume so much of it. She has a dedicated baking pan just for this fudge and there's always a tub of it in the fridge.
But when I emailed her asking for the recipe, she didn't know how to give it to me. Like most recipes of hers, she free-forms it, adding peanut butter until the batter "looks and feels" right.
It looked like I'd need to head into the kitchen and do some experimenting!
Using up bits of stale bread in dishes both sweet and savory is a frugal cook's trick as old as bread itself. Though less well known than, say, Thanksgiving stuffing or bread pudding, bread salads fall in this category.
These satisfying salads are made by tossing together leftover bread, colorful vegetables, and a tangy dressing. Fattoush is a version of this salad made throughout the Middle East using leftover pita bread.