Tomatoes

How To Make Spanish Red Pepper Sauce: Romesco — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Romesco is the ultimate summer vegetable sauce. Made from stale bread (!) and burned vegetables (!) and transformed by the power of olive oil and a blender, to know this sauce is to love it. This Spanish sauce is silky like the best pesto — full of body and richness from ground nuts and a punch of flavor from garlic. But romesco has something pesto doesn't: a generous kick of heat from cayenne pepper and a vibrant orange hue.

Consider romesco your new-go-to kitchen condiment that pairs well with just about everything from grilled seafood and charred vegetables, to tortilla chips and toasted bread. Here is everything you need to know about making romesco sauce at home.

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These Honey Roasted Tomatoes Will Blow Your Mind — Delicious Links

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I love when a simple addition completely transforms a dish. Take this roasted tomato appetizer, for instance. Just a drizzle of honey (yes, honey!) is all you need to turn up the volume on an otherwise standard appetizer.

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Recipe: Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Summer needs comfort food just as much as every other season. Sure, there are those super-hot days when you can really only manage to eat a salad for dinner, but there are other days when you crave something a little more satisfying. Maybe the heat finally broke or there's a summer storm brewing — whatever the reason, it's important to have recipes on hand that fit that mood. This one is exactly that. Chicken thighs bake on a bed of rice that has been flavored with diced, in-season tomatoes for a crowd-pleasing casserole that needs nothing more than a handful of chopped fresh basil to make it taste like summer.

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Recipe: Tomato Water Pops — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Let me introduce you to your new summer BFF: tomato water pops. These blush beauties are a savory snack on a stick that will make you a hero at every backyard BBQ between now and September, or even just your own personal hero at midnight on a hot August night. These pops are packed full of tomato flavor and studded with fresh basil, making them a fast and fancy appetizer option for serving a crowd. Here's how to make these tomato Popsicles this summer.

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Recipe: Warm Fajita Steak Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I crave light and fresh dinners in my meal plan more than ever during the summer, which means I often transform some of my regular favorites into a salad. This version, inspired by my favorite fajitas, skips the tortillas and instead layers slices of juicy, cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It's finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Now that the summer farmers market season is in full swing, I know I can count on a steady stream of ripe seasonal produce and fresh herbs to make a roster of salads that are anything but boring. Full of a robust assortment of the freshest veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with a bright, herby pesto, this no-lettuce summer salad comes together with a single trip to the farmers market.

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