Gazpacho is a cool Spanish summer soup sometimes called "salad in a bowl." This easy version is based on tomato juice and topped with freshly made garlic croutons. Serve the soup ice cold, in chilled bowls.
When shopping for fresh ginger, look for pieces that are smooth and plump, avoiding those that are dry or withered, as they won’t yield much juice. If you’d rather not grate and squeeze fresh ginger, look for bottled ginger juice and substitute 2 tablespoons for the fresh squeezed.
A nectar is a fruit juice that includes the fruit pulp and is invariably sweetened. It makes a nice basis for a quick, low-fat salad dressing. The yellow bell pepper is here because it has a mild, sweet flavor and contributes nice color to this dish, but you could just as easily use a red pepper.
This fresh fruit salsa is sweetly spiced with Caribbean-style seasonings. Serve with broiled fish or poultry, or use it like a fresh chutney alongside a curried dish.
This summer harvest soup is filled with vine-ripened tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and bell peppers. Serve as a main course with a grilled radicchio salad and Italian bread. For dessert, have a selection of fresh fruit and cheese.
This is equally at home as a dressing for tossed salad or stirred into cooked rice.
Vidalia onions are sweet and mild. If they aren’t in season you may be able to find another sweet onion such as a Walla Walla or a Texas 1020. If not, substitute a red onion.
Masa harina, a ground-hominy flour used for making tortillas, is available at many supermarkets. Buttermilk powder, too, is available at many supermarkets, but if you can’t find it, use nonfat dry milk powder, omit the baking soda, and increase the baking powder to 5 teaspoons. Be warned that the cocoa, which gives the pancakes a rich flavor, also gives them a sort of gray color: But just close your eyes, because they are delicious. The dry mix recipe makes a total of 4 cups, enough for four batches of 8 pancakes.
Mustard and pork were made for each other, but there's a better way to enjoy the combo than on a hot dog. Try this method, and you'll never miss your "dog." Be sure to use whole-grain mustard, and the grainier the better.