It is Summer in the Kitchen

Fresh Watermelon Salad With summer in full swing, it’s time to focus on festive recipes for warm-weather entertaining. If there’s ever an appropriate time to be a bit over-the-top with your food presentation, the Fourth of July is it! Be it a red, white and blue trifle or an extra-flavorful watermelon salad, showcasing the color of our flag (at least in a dessert) is definitely the way to go.  Versatile and sweet, berries make a bright addition to cakes, crisps, cobblers and countless other baked dishes. Still, when berries are…

Take Advantage of Cherry Season

Hello June! I think by now, most of us are counting the days until summer. I know I am! When I think of early summer, I think of fresh produce, specifically, CHERRIES. Fresh cherries have a small window of availability, and they are available now!  One of my favorite summer desserts is an old-fashioned fruit crisp. Nearly any fruit can be used for a crisp, and the juicer it is, the better. In this recipe, I’m using a combination of fresh cherries and mixed berries. I used dark sweet cherries,…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending 25 years working in the Nestlé Test Kitchens, one could say I’ve learned a thing or two about chocolate chip cookies. I’ve tested and eaten more cookies than I care to admit! Ruth Wakefield was really on to something when she created the Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe back in 1939! To this day, the classic recipe is still my favorite. Having said that, I have modified the recipe ever so slightly to my liking.  Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the…

White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup

Mildly spicy and a snap to put together, this soup will become a family favorite on cold winter days! I just doubled the recipe for a for a family gathering and we were scraping the saucepan, so that’s a good sign! Have fun with it – top with tortilla strips, quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, sliced green onions or radishes, shredded cheese and dollop of sour cream. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!  White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup  (Makes 10-11 cups)  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil …