9 Cold Soup Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Cold soup is one of my summer obsessions, right up there with salads, cold brew, and everything sweet corn. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing I crave more. Cold soup is hydrating, refreshing, and brimming with peak-season produce. Often, its f…


Cold soup is one of my summer obsessions, right up there with salads, cold brew, and everything sweet corn. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing I crave more. Cold soup is hydrating, refreshing, and brimming with peak-season produce. Often, its flavor improves after a day or two in the fridge, so it’s the sort of thing you can make ahead and keep on hand for easy, no-cook summer meals. You’ll find 9 of my go-to cold soup recipes below. They include classics like gazpacho and chilled cucumber soup as well as out-of-the-box ideas like cold carrot coconut soup and […]

Cold Cucumber Soup

This cold cucumber soup is everything I want on a hot summer day. To make it, you don’t have to turn on the oven, the stove, or even the grill. Just toss the ingredients into a blender, puree, and chill! After a few hours in the fridge, this cucu…


This cold cucumber soup is everything I want on a hot summer day. To make it, you don’t have to turn on the oven, the stove, or even the grill. Just toss the ingredients into a blender, puree, and chill! After a few hours in the fridge, this cucumber soup will be so creamy, cool, bright, and refreshing that you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds. Cucumber Soup Recipe Ingredients Here’s what you’ll need to make this cucumber soup: Cucumbers, of course! I love to use delicate, thin-skinned Persian cucumbers in this recipe. Don’t forget to save […]

deviled eggs

I will never find it again [please send me a link if see the original], but a few weeks ago a TikTok* went through my feed in which a woman is invited to eat half a dozen eggs and she says “Oh no, that’s too much.” “But…

I will never find it again [please send me a link if see the original], but a few weeks ago a TikTok* went through my feed in which a woman is invited to eat half a dozen eggs and she says “Oh no, that’s too much.” “But what if I scoop them out, mash it with mayo, and stuff it back together?” “Thanks, I’ll have the whole tray!”

hard-boiling eggs

I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the intended effect, but I’ve been craving deviled eggs since. I know we often think of them as a holiday party food, so this might make little sense, but I absolutely love them in the summer, especially when it’s too hot to cook anything real and I only want to eat, like, two cold salads and a handful of potato chips for dinner. Deviled eggs — basically egg salad with less gloop (my food writing chops are legendary, I know) — are the perfect piece to round out the meal. I like to keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge anyway, so it’s just a matter of peeling, popping out the centers (why is this so fun), mashing them up, and spooning them back in.

Read more »

Vegan Lettuce Wraps

These Vegan Lettuce Wraps are the perfect quick and easy lunch or dinner you are searching for. The lettuce cups are loaded with black beans, sweet corn, lime, avocado, and more smothered in a creamy vegan mayo sauce. Scoop the black bean mixture into …

These Vegan Lettuce Wraps are the perfect quick and easy lunch or dinner you are searching for. The lettuce cups are loaded with black beans, sweet corn, lime, avocado, and more smothered in a creamy vegan mayo sauce. Scoop the black bean mixture into lettuce leaves and serve up your slightly sweet, savory, and crunchy...

Read More

Smoky Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans & Corn

The first time I made this recipe, I was doing what I love most: cooking with what I have on hand. I had some sweet potatoes on the counter, a little mango salsa in the fridge, and half a jar of pickled onions that needed to be used up. I grilled the s…


The first time I made this recipe, I was doing what I love most: cooking with what I have on hand. I had some sweet potatoes on the counter, a little mango salsa in the fridge, and half a jar of pickled onions that needed to be used up. I grilled the sweet potatoes (because who wants to roast or bake them in the summer?), spread them on a platter, and started piling things on top. Smoky Sweet Potatoes Recipe Ingredients It was all improvised, but it ended up tasting so delicious that I’ve made the same dish two times […]

Fried Halloumi

Check out these delicious Fried Halloumi—the perfect fried cheese. Coated with flour and fried to golden crispy texture, these halloumi fries are crunchy and gooey. I paired these halloumi cheese fries with an avocado dipping sauce that melts in your m…

Check out these delicious Fried Halloumi—the perfect fried cheese. Coated with flour and fried to golden crispy texture, these halloumi fries are crunchy and gooey. I paired these halloumi cheese fries with an avocado dipping sauce that melts in your mouth! If you are a fan of halloumi, you have to try it baked. Baked...

Read More

Bruschetta Recipe

BRUSCHETTA RECIPEWhen summer rolls around each year, I get incredibly excited for all the juicy and ripe tomatoes that flood the markets, mainly because it means I get to make our Bruschetta Recipe nonstop for the next several months. I love how brusch…

BRUSCHETTA RECIPE
When summer rolls around each year, I get incredibly excited for all the juicy and ripe tomatoes that flood the markets, mainly because it means I get to make our Bruschetta Recipe nonstop for the next several months. I love how bruschetta is so simple, fresh and…

Homemade Ranch Dip

If you love snacking on veggies and dip, this Homemade Ranch Dip recipe is for you! It’s easy to make and goes great with everything from fresh veggies and chips to wings. During the summer months, I love have a bunch of pre-cut veggies on hand for snacking. That way when Elle says she’s hungry …

The post Homemade Ranch Dip appeared first on My Baking Addiction.

       

If you love snacking on veggies and dip, this Homemade Ranch Dip recipe is for you! It’s easy to make and goes great with everything from fresh veggies and chips to wings.

Bowl of ranch dip nestled among cut veggie sticks

During the summer months, I love have a bunch of pre-cut veggies on hand for snacking. That way when Elle says she’s hungry for a snack, she can pull the veggies out of the fridge and help herself to fresh carrots, celery, broccoli, bell peppers and cucumbers.

And while Elle loves ranch dressing with her veggies, she’s recently started to develop a love for dips – especially this Homemade Ranch Dip.

Whip this Homemade Ranch Dip together and store it in the fridge all week as the perfect accompaniment to your favorite fresh veggies.

(more…)

The post Homemade Ranch Dip appeared first on My Baking Addiction.

       

Perfect Stovetop Popcorn

If you’ve ever been frustrated by making homemade popcorn, this post is for you! It’s my technique for perfect stovetop popcorn every time.

Continue reading Perfect Stovetop Popcorn on 101 Cookbooks

I often half-jokingly tell people one of the hardest things to cook consistently is perfect stovetop popcorn. Keyword: consistently. If you’ve ever burned a batch, or ended up with dozens of un-popped kernels, you know what I’m saying. Pull up a seat. This is where I’ve netted out after hundreds of batches of homemade popcorn.
Perfect Stovetop Popcorn

Homemade Popcorn: Why Bother?

It’s a quick, fantastic, inexpensive, healthful snack. Everyone delights in popcorn. And, everyone loves to get involved in experimenting with different flavors. You can make perfect stovetop popcorn in a flash, so ditch those bags of pre-popped kernels. When you make homemade popcorn you also know exactly what ingredients are going in the bowl. Also, microwave popcorn? Just no.

Popcorn Pro-tip: Skip the Oil

Let’s get this out of the way first. Pop your popcorn in a dry pan or skillet, no oil. Controversial, I know, but I find that popping popcorn in hot oil increases the likelihood of burnt popcorn and dead kernels. Dry pan popping results in beautiful light popcorn that provides the perfect blank canvas for all your favorite seasonings.
Yellow Popcorn Kernels

Best Pan for Making Perfect Stovetop Popcorn?

The two pans I use most for making popcorn are a deep pasta pot (big batch), and a wide, deep skillet (small batch). You’re going for wide, with a lot of surface area. In either case a fitted lid is needed, although in a pinch you might try placing a baking sheet over your pot. Careful though, it gets hot. 

A lot of people will recommend using thick bottom pots or Dutch ovens to make popcorn. It’s decent advice, especially if you’re not the most attentive cook. If you can hit the right steady temperature, thick pots are more forgiving. That said, I love using my copper pans to pop popcorn. They’re relatively thin and very responsive. That makes it easy to dial back the heat and adjust quickly of you sense your pan is hot. A long way of saying, keeping an eye on your temps is probably more important than obsessing about the perfect pot to use.
Homemade Popcorn in a Bowl after Popping

Cover but Crack

A good lid is important when making popcorn, but there’s a bit of a strategy here. For the best results, and lowest number of un-popped kernels leave the lid  open just a hairline amount. It allows any steam or moisture to get out as well, resulting in fluffy kernels.
Homemade Popcorn

Popcorn Seasoning Ideas

Once you have a perfect bowl of fluffy, crisp kernels the seasoning game is on. Here are a few ideas. And please, if you have other favorite popcorn seasonings, drop a comment.

Turmeric Popcorn: A long time fave. Kernels tossed with a short list of power ingredients – ghee, clarified butter, or coconut oil plus turmeric, saffron, nutritional yeast, sesame, and toasted coconut.

Use Compound Butters: Gently melt any of these for flavor-packed drizzles. Lemon Miso Butter is great here, as is Scallion Dill Butter.

Bloody Mary Popcorn:  It’s what happens when popcorn meets the flavors of a Bloody Mary cocktail.

Chile Lime Tequila: Fresh popcorn is tossed with melted butter, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, red pepper flakes, cumin and a splash of tequila.

Classic Buttered Popcorn: This is built into the recipe below, but I’ll mention an alternative here. Ghee is a great swap for melted butter on popcorn. It has wonderful brown butter notes from the toasted milk solids, and less water content. This means no soggy kernels.

Continue reading Perfect Stovetop Popcorn on 101 Cookbooks

Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps

Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. A one-pan meal that comes together in no time!

Continue reading Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps on 101 Cookbooks

Lettuce wraps are a fave around here (and a nice change from taco night). This has become a favorite weeknight meal. Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. It’s a one-pan meal that comes together in no time!

Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps

A couple of tips related to this recipe. If you find a tempeh brand you like, buy it in multiples. It freezes really well. Also, I like to make these lettuce wraps with brown rice that I’ve blended with other grains – like a little bit of millet, and quinoa. But, brown jasmine rice on it’s own is also A+! Experiment with toppings – a sprinkling of toasted nuts, or even a dollop of guacamole is always good.

Continue reading Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps on 101 Cookbooks