Lazy Summer Cooking...

During the Midwest summer, it's generally hot and often humid. I simplify my cooking in the hot weather: big salads, piles of corn on the cob, bowls of cool fruit, grilled meats. But sometimes we'll get a burst of cooler air, and for a day or two, the temperatures drop...

Cold Supper for a Hot Day...

It's full-on summer here, which means it's (usually) hot and humid. Terribly, awfully, stickily humid. Even with modern air conditioning, for which I'm grateful, hot days mean cold suppers. shrimp avocado salad SQOne of my favorites comes via my habit of...

Jam: Peach Melba...

It was Auguste Escoffier who devised the now-famous dessert, Pêche Melba, in the early 1900s. It consisted of fresh peeled peaches, slightly sugared, with raspberry purée, served over vanilla ice cream in a swan carved of ice. The dish has become a classic, though usually the icy swan bowl is...

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