Chef's Notes Plus

6 No-Cook (or Low-Cook) Recipes to Keep You Cool

If you can’t bear to turn on your oven during these hot days of summer, try one of our go-to recipes that require little to no heat to prepare—and anything that needs cooking can be quickly done on an outdoor grill, skipped entirely, or substituted with a prepared convenience item. […]


Blackberry Yogurt Fool

Makes 4 servings This recipe uses plain Greek yogurt, but you can substitute vanilla yogurt (omit the honey), sour cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone. The berries can be chopped or mashed with the back of a fork, just enough to release the juices (make sure you aren’t wearing a shirt […]

Soups and Stews

Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup

Makes 4 to 6 servings This easy soup manages to preserve the elusive flavor of the avocado. Use only very ripe avocados for this soup. If you buy avocados that aren’t ripe yet, you can speed the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag with an apple and […]

Allergen Friendly, Soups and Stews


Makes 8 servings This is a very simple, straightforward, no-frills gazpacho recipe. It is tangy and fresh, with a full-bodied texture thanks to a generous pour of olive oil. Experiment with proportions to find your perfect balance. Ingredients 4 lb tomatoes, cored and chopped 2 cups chopped green pepper 2 […]

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Party-Ready Crudités

Vegetable appetizers are a perfect way to start a meal. They run the gamut from simple dips and spreads like guacamole, made from silken smooth avocados, to complex dishes that are sophisticated enough to feature at the most elegant dinner. One of the most popular vegetable appetizers, and one that […]

Allergen Friendly, Desserts

Raspberry Granita

Makes 2 pints Ingredients 1 1/4 cup raspberries 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh Directions Push the raspberries through a wire-mesh sieve into a small bowl to make a purée. Stir all of the ingredients until blended and the sugar has dissolved. Pour […]

Cookies, Family Fun

Royal Icing

Makes about one cup If you won’t be using the icing right away, take the following steps to keep the icing from drying out: Clean the sides of the bowl or container to remove any drips; if a dry crust develops on the bowl, small pieces can drop into the […]

Salads, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments, Side Dishes


Makes 6 servings This Middle Eastern herb salad is fresh and bright, with a chewy bite from soaked bulgur wheat. Enjoy it over lettuce, stuffed into a pita, or served alongside hummus and warm flatbreads. Ingredients 1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 2 […]