Tomato and Corn Hash

Top warm tomato and corn hash with slivers of cool silky avocado. Full reicpe on

Summer produce waits for no one, so don't be late for dinner with me. Can I get a sign like that made? It would come in awfully handy, especially when I was in my crab cake phase. If you came over for dinner in 2012 I probably cooked you crab cakes with a raw corn and tomato salad. Or that was at least my planned menu. The crab cake always appeared but the corn and tomato salad usually wavered between totally raw, slightly warm or in the case of  one very late dinner guest a mixture that was so cooked it could no longer be called a salad. No matter the temperature or level of cook, corn and tomatoes are such an easy pair in the summer. If you go raw then toss the two of with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If it's warm then add a little bit of garlic when lightly sauteeing the corn. High heat quickly cooks the corn and softens the garlic, toss that with with the raw tomatoes and you've got an easy side. Or at least that's the plan, until your friend is late and you're [Read more...]

Braised Artichokes with Lemon and Olives

Break down artichokes and braise the hearts with wine and olives. Full recipe on

The packing list for a girls weekend getaway to Ocean City, Maryland usually includes a bikini or two, a lot of wine and artichokes. Wait, artichokes? Ok, maybe that's not the first thing you toss into your bag when taking a trip, but 6 girls at a fake bachelorette party cannot live on grapefruit crushes alone. And as soon as our travel plans were nailed down I started to obsess over when we'd hit up Seacrets and what snacks I could make for a half-dozen tipsy women.