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Grace in the Kitchen

A Fruit Salad for Adults

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Melon-and-Strawberry Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Syrup // © Hallie Burton

Chilies add subtle heat to this exceptional fruit salad. / © Hallie Burton

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I dare you to bring this sophisticated fruit salad to a picnic! Not sure if the kids will go crazy for it, but the grown-ups certainly will. Especially if you bring icy cold bottles of white rum and seltzer to mix with the fruity juices left in the bottom of the bowl. SEE RECIPE »

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Two Classic American Dishes in One Sandwich

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Fried Green Tomato BLT // © Quentin Bacon

This riff on a BLT uses fried cornmeal-dusted green tomatoes instead of the usual red tomatoes in this classic sandwich. // © Quentin Bacon

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

It's so hard to wait till the end of summer for all those green tomatoes straggling on the vines to make fried green tomatoes. It's easy enough to get a few at the farmers' market early in the season, if I ask one of the farmers to pick some for me. I've tried this tangy BLT with tomatillos, which work in a pinch, but there's something about green tomatoes that is just so comforting. SEE RECIPE »

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Foil Magic on the Grill

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Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb-Shallot Compote // © Jim Franco

Make this juicy, flavorful pork tenderloin with minimal grill cleanup afterward by cooking the meat in a hobo pack.

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

I'm not one of those people who dismantle and scrub the grill after every use. In fact, I clean my grill at most two or three times a year. (Of course, I scrape and wipe the grates every time—I'm not a complete slug.) Hobo packs are such a great way to get smoky grilled flavor without making a huge mess. Plus, the meat and sauce are cooked together, eliminating the need for a saucepan. SEE RECIPE »

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Ooey-Gooey Creamy and Crunchy Cake Sundae

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German Chocolate Cake Sundae / © Ryan Liebe

F&W's Grace Parisi reimagines the flavors of a German chocolate cake into this decadent sundae.

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

How can anyone not love ice cream sundaes? And the same goes for German chocolate cake. It just "goggles the mind" as a friend of mine says. For those who fall into the above category, skip ahead to tomorrow's post about tofu and millet. But for those of you who do love cake and ice cream, I urge you to try this deconstructed German chocolate cake sundae. A good sundae has three crucial components: ice cream, a gooey sauce and a crunchy topping. This one has coconut ice cream, a pecan-coconut caramel sauce (like the classic cake filling) and crumbled chocolate wafers. Feel free to try different ice creams and nuts—it's a template waiting to be played with. SEE RECIPE »

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Thai One On

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Quick Shrimp Pad Thai // © Kate Mathis

This fast version of American-style pad thai comes together in just 30 minutes. Look for the noodles in the Asian section of markets. / © Kate Mathis

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

As bad as the Chinese food is in my neighborhood, the Thai is worse—primarily because the restaurants promise so much with their artful storefronts and quaint Siamese decor—but they always fall short. Too sweet, too spicy, no subtlety...the list goes on. Honestly, it's like they're catering to a bunch of Americans. Strangely though, I can get loads of great Asian ingredients, which means I can DIY. (DIM?) Thai food can be a bit sweet, but it's the balance of sweet, salty and tart that I especially love. This quick pad thai is just that—a nicely balanced quick version that certainly stands up to (if not smacks down) any restaurant pad thai I've ever had. SEE RECIPE »

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A Perfectly Italian Burger

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Caprese Burgers / © Ryan Liebe

In this play on a caprese salad, Grace Parisi kneads basil pesto into ground beef before grilling. / © Ryan Liebe

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Burgers are great, pesto is great, tomatoes are great, and mozzarella is great. So, it stands to reason that if you cram them all together, the result would also be great. And it is! My favorite light summer meal is a caprese salad—one thing both of my kids make really well. This version on a bun with meat and pesto is not as light, but it's super-summery and quite delicious! And a great way to use up lots of abundant basil. SEE RECIPE »

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Hot Tamales in a Hot Minute

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Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales // © Tina Rupp

Make tamales superfast by using store-bought rotisserie chicken and wrapping them in plastic to shorten steaming time. // © Tina Rupp

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

It seems like a common thread is developing here that could be read as laziness. I like to think of it as efficiency and distillation. That and being able to get dinner on my table (and those of my working readers) at a reasonable hour. Tamales traditionally take a long time to prepare: The meat for the filling needs slow braising, the masa needs time to develop, the corn husks need time to soak, the tamales require time to assemble, and they take a surprisingly long time to steam.

Of course it's worth it, but not at 5:45 p.m. on a Tuesday evening after a full day at the office—or in my case, the kitchen. So, I've come up with a few shortcuts. First, I shred rotisserie chicken and fold it into the masa along with the rest of the filling ingredients. Then after forming the tamales, I wrap them in plastic to reduce steaming time to about 25 minutes (enough time to put together a salad and side vegetables). SEE RECIPE »

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Pesto: A Summer Bounty

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Mixed-Herb Pesto // © Petrina Tinslay

Add butter to this parsley, mint and basil pesto for a sweet richness. // © Petrina Tinslay

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

A quick trip to the farmers' market yielded huge bunches of basil, parsley and mint, which got put to good use, thanks to my food processor. I love adding butter to my pesto—it gives it such a sweet richness, especially when served with warm pasta, steamed beans or grilled corn. This time, I grilled some thick, well-oiled slabs of peasant bread, spread a good layer of pesto and topped them with gorgeous heirloom tomato slices. Divine! SEE RECIPE »

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A Wilderness Brunch

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Smoked-Salmon Scramble with Dill Griddle Biscuits // © Tina Rupp

Fill the dill griddle biscuits with the salmon-and-egg scramble for an excellent breakfast sandwich. / © Tina Rupp

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Who says you can't have brunch and camp at the same time? Just because I have no electricity, running water or plumbing doesn't mean I'm not civilized. These dill-spiked griddle biscuits are delicious with smoked-salmon scrambled eggs. I'm not a huge fan of baking mixes, so I came up with my own version using self-rising flour, powdered milk and vegetable oil; it only needs water to bring it together. If you omit the dill and add more sugar and chocolate chunks, you can have sweet griddle scones, which make great s'mores. SEE RECIPE »

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Flex Your Mussels

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Mussels with Crème Fraîche, Jalapeños and Cilantro // © Stephanie Foley

This casual riff on classically French mussels with white wine uses cilantro, jalepeños and lime. / © Stephanie Foley

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly mussels can be transformed from hard little nothings to soft, delicate yummies. Sometimes, though, the "French" thing with white wine and herbs is just too effete, and I want something more un-French—like pickled jalapenos, lime juice and cilantro. Yeah, this does have crème fraïche, but sour cream is just as good. SEE RECIPE »

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