It's no small wonder that this salad, developed by Laura McAllister, won first prize in VT's 2007 Reader Recipe Contest and has continued to win over readers ever since: the perfect combination of basic ingredients makes for a salad that's delicious as a light lunch or hearty dinner side dish.
Sometimes the first tomatoes of the season need a little help in the taste area—and that’s where these open-face sandwiches come in. The blended yogurt-basil sauce adds just the right tang while a quick trip under the broiler helps concentrate the tomatoes’ natural juices.
This dessert takes its inspiration from the harvest cakes of Italy and Provence, where grapes and olives grow in abundance. The recipe calls for a sweet wine to flavor the cake, but you could also use white wine left over from last night’s dinner.
Using won ton wrappers to make ravioli is a time-saving trick that lets you focus on the filling ingredients instead of fussing with dough and pasta makers.
This recipe can also be prepared in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
The success of tamale making depends on assembling the right steamer. Select a container with a lid that is large enough to easily hold all tamales, and use a stainless steel steamer rack, steamer basket or a Chinese metal or bamboo steamer, making sure that the water does not touch the rack.