1. In Our Kitchen: Cool off with watermelon granita


    It's sweaty out there, whew. Jeans are getting pushed to the back of the closet. No pants till September. If, like me, you're looking for an excuse to stick your head in the freezer, the answer is granita. Gra-ni-ta! That's the Italian name for this icy dessert, and you can flavor it pretty much any way you like.

    Cool off with Watermelon and Black Pepper Granita, which is infused with liqueur. It can be made several days in advance and stored in the freezer.
  2. #CookClub recipe No. 23: Back-to-School Chicken Casserole (w/ video)


    When the kids go back to school, many of us return to the kitchen. Sure, we've cooked during the summer but when the school bell rings each fall, we seem to get more serious about schedules.

    #CookClub recipe No. 23 is Back-to-School Chicken Casserole, which is made with rotisserie chicken.
  3. You Asked For It: Peanut Butter Pie from Iris's Family Restaurant


    Can you please get the recipe for the peanut butter pie from Iris's Family Restaurant that was in Dunedin? It was delicious. Thank you.

    Dixie Scott, Dunedin

    Iris’s Peanut Butter Pie is from Tamara Helms, owner of the former Iris’s Family Restaurant in Dunedin.
  4. What's forlunch?


    The most disgusting thing 11-year-old Logan Coleman says she ever found when she opened up her lunch box was a tuna and peanut butter sandwich.

    Open metal lunch box.
  5. #CookClub bonus recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Potato Chips


    Amy Kim — better known as Kimchi MOM on her blog — bought an ice cream maker at a yard sale a few years ago and finally dug it out to try her hand at homemade ice cream. Sound familiar?

  6. Put plain yogurt to good use in Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing


    Yogurt dates back thousands of years, but in the past five years it has taken off, becoming increasingly popular in sauces, salad dressings and frozen novelties.

    Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing comes together easily. Just grab your ingredients, put them in the blender and puree away.
  7. In Our Kitchen: Peach and Plum Crisp


    This time of summer is like being in stone fruit heaven, with all kinds of plums, fragrant peaches and plump cherries. I paired plums and peaches to make what is my favorite summer dessert: the Peach and Plum Crisp. It's as easy to make as it is delicious, and this stone fruit crisp will be loved by everyone at any …

    Peach and Plum Crisp is a summer staple and a total crowd-pleaser. It uses up the bounty of summer in beautiful sunset-hued shades of orange, pink, yellow and purple. It can be served warm or at room temperature, and it works well with ice cream or heavy cream.
  8. Sharp knives are a home cook's greatest tools


    The metal-on-metal swoosh-swoosh sound of cooks honing their knife blades on steel rods keeps a near-constant rhythm in Tom Azar's kitchen at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale.

    The five knives every cook should have include the serrated knife.
  9. #CookClub recipe No. 22: Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream


    Don't waste any time. Go out and get peaches while they are at their summer peak to make Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream, #CookClub recipe no. 22.

    Grilled Peaches with Honey Cream is #CookClub recipe No. 22. The peaches can be grilled indoors or outdoors, or roasted in the oven.
  10. We want your Christmas cookie recipes


    In some circles, the number 13 is bad luck.