Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Quinoa Bake

This versatile little savory cake is redolent with the familiar flavors of spanakopita; dill, spinach, and feta. It makes a great side dish, but also keeps and travels well, and is good at room temperature, making it perfect picnic and potluck fare.

  • Servings: Serves 6 to 8
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate

Bittersweet Hot Chocolate

There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s hot chocolate. This isn’t just hot cocoa, which most versions are- and don’t get me wrong, cocoa powder, especially a dark rich one, like Valrhona, makes an excellent cup, but adding some actual chocolate, and the best bittersweet bar you can find, adds a depth and richness that other…

  • Servings: Serves 4
Chocolate Dipped Bacon

Chocolate Dipped Bacon

Photo: Romoulo Yanes

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: Makes 1 dozen pieces
Pecan Honey Buns

Pecan-Honey Buns

The honeyed glaze on these sticky, nutty breakfast rolls is luscious and soft when warm, then turns nicely chewy when cool.

  • Active: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Servings: Makes 12 buns
Mendiants

Mendiants

  • Servings: Makes 18
Crudités with Wasabi Dip

Crudités with Wasabi Dip

Nonfat Greek yogurt blended with fresh goat cheese and spiked with wasabi makes for a luscious, thick, tangy and addictively spicy dip. In addition to the vegetables listed below, try raw kohlrabi, chayote and endive, and wax beans that are blanched until crisp-tender.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 4
Corn Basil Butter

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Fresh corn on the cob is one of the sweetest and classic tastes of summer, but if you want a little change, the grown-up tang of basil is just the thing. Blending it with butter captures its flavor and color, which are released by the heat of the grilled corn.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 8
Tomatillo-Poblano Guacamole

Tomatillo-Poblano Guacamole

In this lightened version of guacamole, tomatillo puree replaces some of the rich avocado, adding a bit of sweetness and tang; roasted poblano contributes a little heat. Stretching the recipe with roasted peppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, or diced jicama, mango or papaya would lighten it even more. This dip deserves the best homemade, oven-baked…

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6 One Serving: 117 cal, 15 gm fat, 2.3 gm sat fat, 11 gm carb, 5.5 gm fiber