Roasted Black Plum Balsamic Ice Cream

Egg-free ice cream is a traditional American-style method that is less complex to make than custard-based ice cream, especially since you don’t have to worry about properly tempering eggs to prevent curdling....

Zucchini Noodles with Blistered Tomatoes

Serves 2 to 4 | Start to finish: about 45 minutes Spiral vegetable slicers are a convenient way to create fun pasta-like noodle dishes. Creating oodles of healthy noodles is so simple with a spiral slicer — with a twist of the handle, you can turn raw vegetables into a variety of long noodle or ribbon shapes. This recipe uses a spaghetti-size cutter attachment to create the long pasta-like noodles. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use a julienne vegetable peeler. “Spiralized” zucchini cooks very quickly, which also makes it a perfect weeknight meal option. And, if you have an abundance of zucchini growing in your garden, it’s a great way to stay on top of your harvest. INGREDIENTS: 1 medium...

Communion

When I was a kid, my sister and I accompanied our mother to church on Sundays. The doctrine never really stuck, but I came to appreciate the ritual: the lighting of candles, the taking of communion, and, of course, the snacks in the fellowship hall afterward....

Caponata Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

Makes about 2 dozen | Start to finish: 1 hour, 15 min This makes a great small-plate appetizer or a first course. If you have larger peppers in your garden, this can be made into a main course, paired with a soup or salad. The caponata filling freezes well, so it’s worth the effort even if you are making only half the quantity of peppers. INGREDIENTS: Caponata filling: (makes 2 cups) 1 large red onion, small dice (2 cups) 1 small eggplant, small dice (2 cups) 1 large zucchini, small dice (2 cups) 1 large red bell pepper, small dice (1 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup rice bran oil or alternative high-heat cooking oil fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste} 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in 1/4 cup dry...

Polenta Tart with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto

Serves 4 | Start to finish: about 50 minutes Here’s a quick and easy alternative tart crust that’s light, less complicated than pastry, and naturally gluten-free. The polenta crust holds its shape beautifully and is just as versatile on a dinner table or as a perfect option for casual entertaining. Leftovers make a great, fuss-free workday lunch. You can also parbake the crust ahead of time, store in the refrigerator overnight, and then assemble and bake the next day. This is a great tart to make year-round by altering the ingredients to take advantage of what is in season. Polenta Crust: 2 1/4 cups water 3/4 cup corn grits (polenta) 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt Non-stick cooking spray (to grease tart pan) Balsamic Shallots: 2 teaspoons rice...

Lavender Lemon Posset with a Lavender Hazelnut Crumb

Until the First World War, when rising land prices and lack of manpower ravaged the industry, South West London was famous for its vast fields of lavender. Lavender had been used for centuries in England as a perfume, a medicinal herb, and in cooking, and both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria were fans. So it seemed appropriate to include lavender in a posset, an old English dessert in which cream is heated and then slightly curdled with acid, in the form of citrus juice or wine, so that it sets....

Swimming Upstream

The growth of farm-raised salmon, a practice riddled with environmental and health concerns, doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. One of the latest developments took place in November, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically-engineered (GE) Atlantic fish...

Grilled Lamb Chops with Lavender Chimichurri

This herby, garlicky sauce from Argentina is most traditionally served with a grilled steak, but I always think its vinegary tang is a wonderful complement to the sweetness of lamb....

Making Decisions Across the Three Dimensions of People, Planet, and Profit

Maybe you’ve noticed? For many companies, the way they do business is changing. It’s not just about the bottom line; people are pursuing business as a force for making a difference and making a profit. Leading this charge is B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.”...

Lavender, Elderflower, and Grapefruit Gin Fizz

When I started mulling over a lavender cocktail, I knew immediately that lavender’s flowery tones would pair well with an elderflower liqueur such as St-Germain and the botanical flavors of gin. From there, my mind jumped to a refreshing and summery gin fizz made with a lavender simple syrup and a dash of St-Germain....