The Flying Fork

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese: This is not your mama's sandwich

Megan Green Stuke

No one in my house is a big fan of sandwiches. Traditional sandwiches are boring, cold, sometimes slimy, and reminiscent of grade school lunch boxes. So when I say we're having sandwiches for dinner, you better believe it's not gonna be two slices of white bread with cheap cold cuts ...

Life's a peach, so make some shortcakes

Megan Green Stuke

Who said all shortcake had to be topped with strawberries? It turns out, my kids aren't huge fans of strawberries — something to do with the seeds. This made me sad, because I have fond memories of strawberry shortcake all summer long when I was growing up. Often, it was ...

Local salsa and a simple margarita add up to a quick patio party

Megan Green Stuke

So, I'm taking the Farm Fresh Challenge. Are you? This nifty program is designed to encourage us all to shop for local foods and eat a little bit more healthy (and locally) than maybe we were before. It's not always easy for me to do. I'll admit to finding it ...

Cooling off with a cucumber salad, cocktail

Megan Green Stuke

If you don't have a garden, you probably know someone who does who's got cucumbers coming out of their ears. I promise. 'Tis the season. I have a friend or co worker hand me a big beauty almost every day. What to do with all these cukes? I mean, dice ...

Roasted squash and salmon: summer simplicity

Megan Green Stuke

I wrote last week about liking to cook simple things in the summer that aren't fussy, with ingredients that are easily accessible from the kitchen or garden. I also like to avoid turning on the oven, but when the heat index is over 100 degrees, sometimes indoor cooking is a ...

Pork Crostini with corn relish fancy fare for summer

Megan Green Stuke

In the summer, when food revolves around salads and grills and fresh vegetables, I often forgo things that seem fancy or fussy. We eat whole foods that don't require much in the way of chopping, or even turning on the oven. But I am also interested in using up every ...

Fast frittata makes great breakfast for dinner

Megan Green Stuke

A frittata is basically a crustless quiche. I make them often because it's a quick way to make a nice breakfast for several people, or to make a dinner out of really inexpensive ingredients. They are great for "refrigerator cleanout" because you can add whatever veggies or meat or cheese ...

Sweeten your ice cream with fresh sweet corn

Megan Green Stuke

Every time I tell someone I'm making sweet corn ice cream, I'm met with suspicious stares or, on occasion, downright anger. "Why," they cry, "would you ruin perfectly good homemade ice cream by putting a *vegetable* in it?" My 6-year-old son nearly cried when I first asked him to try ...

Summer's pie: Strawberries and cream

Megan Green Stuke

Summer, for me, is pools, hot dogs, garden salsa and strawberry pie. Not necessarily in that order. I am not much of a dessert eater, but I have never in my life turned down a piece of strawberry pie, no matter what version was put in front of me. It ...

Chicken Divan: a dinner blast from the past

Megan Green Stuke

Your mother probably made this in the '70s, and it might have been a dish she considered upscale enough to don her hostess dress and make for company. Chicken divan is a casserole that over the years has taken on many forms (most of which are unacceptable bastardizations that include ...

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