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A Simple Surrender to Fall

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Not Without Salt articulates what we're all feeling this week, a sentimental farewell to summer, and a touch of guilt at the excitement for fall splendor. The sunny treats haven't quite set sail yet though and it's time to savor, one by one, the last of the warm weather headliners. This is why we so appreciate her simple homage to the tomato, with an uncomplicated combination of flavors to let the tangy ripeness shine through straight to your taste buds. Fresh bread, oil, a hint of garlic, and a few feathery shaving of Parmesan are all the back-up to a perfectly ripe, juicy tomato. See the careful construction of this Tomato Toast with Parmesan.

Small Plates and Sweet Treats

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A small but sweet shout-out to one of our faves today: Aran Goyoaga is releasing an absolutely beautifully shot and written book entitled, Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking. Now, before you say, "Oh, I don't care about gluten, next please," consider that this book is filled to the brim of healthy and flavor-filled recipes like Shrimp & Grapefruit Risotto and Asparagus, Arugula & Avocado Soup with Crab. It's not about tricks and substitutions, it's hearty whole-food cooking with that special dash of soul that Aran brings to the table. And when your cousin turns out to have a gluten allergy, and you need a dessert to serve her - you'll be hunting for this book!

Sassy Radish Keeps Our Mouths Watering

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cornmeal ricotta pancakes with strawberry rhubarb compote

Summertime means so many wonderful things. The smell of fresh-cut grass, seafood for all, crisp white wine, and our favorite - ridiculous breakfasts. Winter is for hearty oatmeal and good coffee. Summer is for wildly good pancakes and a bubbly mimosa out on the deck. So without further ado - may we present Cornmeal Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote from Sassy Radish. Here's the full cast of characters: Light and airy pancakes with a sticky-sweet compote, a french press of steaming coffee, a bubbly flute of mimosa, some morning sunshine, and the Sunday paper...ready...ACTION!