Our 52 Best Zucchini Recipes of All Time

On its own, zucchini is a relatively humble ingredient—especially compared to its more popular summer produce peers (see: juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, or richly-colored eggplant). But what zucchini lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for …

On its own, zucchini is a relatively humble ingredient—especially compared to its more popular summer produce peers (see: juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, or richly-colored eggplant). But what zucchini lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for in versatility and adaptability. We have recipes for savory pies and galettes to breakfast-approved quick breads. And that’s not to mention tons of hearty mains (pasta or paella, anyone?) and potluck-ready sides.

Here are our 52 favorite zucchini recipes—so no matter how you plan on using up your extra summer squash, you’ve got plenty of options.

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Our 35 Best Eggplant Recipes of All Time

You bought too many eggplants. Or, you have an extra one that you have no idea what to do with. Or, your family always makes the same dish and you want to switch it up. That’s where these 35 recipes come in handy. From yogurt-y dips (hello, Saturday pi…

You bought too many eggplants. Or, you have an extra one that you have no idea what to do with. Or, your family always makes the same dish and you want to switch it up. That’s where these 35 recipes come in handy. From yogurt-y dips (hello, Saturday picnic) to chocolate cake (yes, seriously), these are some of our favorite ways to use one of summer’s favorite vegetables fruits.


Our Best Eggplant Recipes

1. Mapo Eggplant

There are layers upon layers of savory, spicy flavor in this tofu-eggplant hybrid dish, inspired by Sichuan mapo tofu. Both elements get stir-fried in a wok, then simmered with peppercorns, chili powder, doubanjiang, soy sauce, wine, dark soy sauce, and sugar.

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So, You’ve Built a Vegetable Garden—Here’s How to Take Care of It

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

The most exciting parts…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


The most exciting parts of vegetable gardening, for most, are the wide-eyed shopping spree for seedlings (or seeds) and the long-awaited celebration of harvest. But there are obviously quite a few things to do in the days between. Let’s face it, gardening can seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming—especially if you can break down the tasks into bite-size goals that you can tackle through the week (or in some cases each month).

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Beans

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

The bean has always hel…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


The bean has always held a special nostalgia for me. Some of my fondest childhood memories include standing at the kitchen sink helping my grandma snap beans after an afternoon of climbing the apple trees in her backyard. There’s something about that repetitive movement and the sound of snapping that still brings me comfort in my own kitchen as an adult—which is why it’s a vegetable I always have in my summer garden.

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Help! What Vegetables Should I Be Planting Right Now?

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

In the lockdown spring …

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we're playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let's get our hands dirty.


In the lockdown spring of 2020, when scores of people started vegetable gardens, a local farmer selling tomato plants by the honor system (yes, those still exist in the rural area where I live) had a large handwritten sign up that said in capital letters: “Do not plant tomatoes until after the last spring frost!” I hope that his customers followed this advice, otherwise instead of juicy beefsteak tomatoes in August, they would have dead plants in May.

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This $9 Vegetable Peeler Is the Only One I’ll Use

A few months after I graduated college, I got a job as a prep cook at a French restaurant, where I learned that snails come in cans and if you spill a tray of 12-hour braised duck confit on the floor, it’s kind of a big deal. But one good thing came fr…

A few months after I graduated college, I got a job as a prep cook at a French restaurant, where I learned that snails come in cans and if you spill a tray of 12-hour braised duck confit on the floor, it’s kind of a big deal. But one good thing came from this experience: I met the love of my life, aka the Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler. Before the fall of 2017, I was only familiar with straight swivel peelers. I never gave vegetable peelers a second thought. It was one of many essential kitchen tools in my culinary tool belt that I’d reach for to make skinless mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup, or apple pie. But it was never something that I would, say, bring to my grandparents’ house to use on Thanksgiving (eventually, I just bought them their own).

Until one day, Maria, the kind dishwasher who I am forever indebted to, saw me struggle to peel a 40 lb box of potatoes for our hand-cut frites. The stainless steel peeler that I was using had a swivel blade that was on its last leg and I had blisters from the uncomfortable handle. She winked at me and pulled a banana-colored peeler from the front pocket on her chef’s coat. “Mama, here,” she said to me. “Oh gracias!” I replied, not knowing what to make of her generosity. That is, until I started to peel. The fluid, sharp motion of the blade hitting the vegetables, and the large surface area that it covered, was mind-boggling. I saw the words “Kuhn Rikon” molded into the candy-colored plastic handle and I immediately ordered four.

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9 Essential Tools for Cooking All the Vegetables

As with any other kitchen, what is considered essential in a vegetable-forward kitchen depends on what you like to cook. If you like stir-fries, then you might want to grab a wok. If you have a fondness for braising, as I do, then you might rely heavil…

As with any other kitchen, what is considered essential in a vegetable-forward kitchen depends on what you like to cook. If you like stir-fries, then you might want to grab a wok. If you have a fondness for braising, as I do, then you might rely heavily on a shallow Le Creuset braising pan

While I've listed some of my favorite, most essential tools, I didn't mention my food mill, which I use only for two purposes (tomato sauce and applesauce) yet wouldn't be without, or my salad spinner. Nor did I mention hands, which are the best tools for feeling the food you're cooking; or noses, for smelling; or ears, for hearing when a process subtly changes on the stove; or eyes for discerning the beauty or flaw contained in a vegetable. You don't have to buy these; you're equipped with your senses already.

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The Internet’s Favorite Grandpa Gardener Is Now An Author Too

In 2019, Gerald Stratford made a Twitter account to connect with other gardeners. One afternoon in 2020, he had his partner, Elizabeth, snap a few iPhone photos of Stratford proudly holding a massive bucket of potatoes he’d recently harvested from his …

In 2019, Gerald Stratford made a Twitter account to connect with other gardeners. One afternoon in 2020, he had his partner, Elizabeth, snap a few iPhone photos of Stratford proudly holding a massive bucket of potatoes he’d recently harvested from his plot in Oxfordshire, U.K. “Nothing special,” he thought, but hoped his 94 followers would enjoy the images.

Suddenly, the phone started buzzing uncontrollably. “I thought something was wrong [but] didn't know at the time how to mute it,” Stratford recalled. He hid his phone and eventually called Elizabeth’s son, Steven, to help him out. They soon discovered there was no problem with his phone: “You've gone viral with your sprouts, Gerald!” Steven explained.

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Our Springiest Spring Vegetable Recipes

The start of spring doesn’t just mean the end of winter blizzards and stick-to-your-ribs stews; it’s a sign of warmer weather and seasonal produce galore. Sugar snaps and fresh sweet peas are here, as are spring onions, ramps and rhubarb, artichokes an…

The start of spring doesn’t just mean the end of winter blizzards and stick-to-your-ribs stews; it’s a sign of warmer weather and seasonal produce galore. Sugar snaps and fresh sweet peas are here, as are spring onions, ramps and rhubarb, artichokes and asparagus, and every kind of potato. While a few of these are readily available year-round, they’re just better during spring. We are welcoming the season with open arms and a hungry appetite, which will be satisfied with these 30 spring recipes.


A Little Bit of Everything

1. Spring Vegetable Jumble with Lemon-Tarragon Butter

Did you go a little crazy at the farmers' market and now have a tote bag overflowing with potatoes, carrots, radishes, asparagus, leeks, and peas? This recipe will put each and every spring vegetable to use, all while making your heart soar, thanks to an aromatic creamy butter sauce.

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