Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars [RECIPE]

Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars

These bar cookies are bursting with fruity flavor! (Photo by Lennart Weibull)

We are big fans of using seasonal produce in everything we cook, especially in desserts that call for of lots of succulent fruit. This recipe for plum-and-blackberry cornmeal-almond crumb bars comes from Martha Stewart’s latest cookbook, Cookie Perfection, and eating it is like sinking your teeth into the best parts of summer. To get the right texture for these bad boys, make sure to pick your plums with care. You don’t want ones that are too juicy, so look for those with a low moisture content (such as yellow-fleshed Italian prune plums), and combine them with another stone fruit or berries—like these plump, sweet blackberries. Taste-test your blackberries though. If they’re tart, temper them with an equal amount of blueberries.  —J&H
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Big Almond-Orange Ginger Cookie [RECIPE]

Big Almond-Orange Ginger Cookie

Sometimes all it takes to put a smile on my face is one great big cookie. (Photo by Lennart Weibull)

One of the first things most of us are taught as children is how to share. But who wants to share a delicious cookie? Unless, of course, that cookie is as big as your face! This recipe for a big almond-orange ginger cookie comes from Martha Stewart’s latest cookbook, Cookie Perfection, and it is one for the record books. It pairs big citrusy flavor with a yummy streusel topping in one over-the-top bar cookie that feeds up to ten people. Have fun serving this one at your next family get-together!  —J&H
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Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies [RECIPE]

Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies

Does carrot cake get your mouth watering? Then these cookies are just what the doctor ordered! (Photo by Marcus Nilsson)

We’re always excited when we get to introduce you to great new cookbooks with out-of-this-world recipes. Since this is the time of year when lots of families get together to bake cookies, we knew you’d be thrilled to receive several new recipes this week, selected just for you, and all from the beautiful new volume, Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection. We’ve tested several recipes from this book already, and simply can’t say enough good things about it! So stay tuned all this week and discover recipes we know you won’t be able to wait to bake up in your own kitchen. To kick things off, here’s Martha’s Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

Cole Slaw [RECIPE]

Cole Slaw

Sweet and delicious, cole slaw is an easy way to add something healthy to your favorite comfort food meal. (Photo by Shihmei Barger 舒詩玫, Flickr)

Cole slaw is a Southern staple. It goes great with everything from fried chicken to barbecue, is rich in vitamins C and K, and adds about 25 grams of fiber to your diet per serving. Mostly, however, I dish it up to my guests because it’s a simple way to add something green to the menu and it tastes delicious! Read more of this post

Garlic Roasted Potatoes [RECIPE]

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Coated with herbs and garlic, these roasted potatoes will wish you’d made more than just one batch! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Potatoes. There’s countless ways to make them, but one of my favorite ways has to be to roast these bad boys. It’s a quick and easy recipe, and best of all they cook in the oven while you work on getting the main dish ready on the stove top. Talk about multitasking! Read more of this post