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Another Cool Use for Pound Cake

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Blueberry Pound Cake Crisp // © Lucy Schaeffer

Delicious, sugary cubes of pound cake make for a great topping on this baked fruit dessert. // © Lucy Schaeffer

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.

What's the difference between a crisp and crumble? And what the hell are Buckles, Grunts and Bettys, exactly? Maybe this clears it up? Whatever the case may be, I don't think this recipe's title is entirely accurate, because pound cake is not a traditional baked-fruit topping. But it is fast, easy and entirely delicious. Here, toasted, sugared cubes of pound cake (lemon-yogurt might just be the perfect choice) cover a steaming, bubbling dish of tart blueberries. Plums, nectarines, peaches, berries, rhubarb, pears, etc., would also do terrifically, especially when served with ginger, coconut, cinnamon or plain old vanilla ice cream. SEE RECIPE »

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Semifreddo: Low-Tech Ice Cream

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Lemon-Honey Semifreddo // © Hallie Burton

This restaurant-inspired frozen mousse is an easy-to-make alternative to ice cream. / © 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 remember thinking how fancy those soft, cakey lady fingers were. My mom would have them in the freezer waiting to be put to good use: Zuppa Inglese (English Trifle, Italian style), cheesecake edges, ice cream bombes…yum! I've put them inside a very light and lemony frozen dessert called semifreddo, which is easier and more elegant than ice cream because it's served in slices. You see the lovely cross-sections—like an inside-out ice cream cake. SEE RECIPE »

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Healthy & Delicious From the Farmers' Market

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Braised Greens with Tomatoes // © James Baigrie

This fast dish combines antioxidant-packed dark, leafy greens and lypocene-rich grape tomatoes. / © James Baigrie

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.

Sometimes I could eat nothing for dinner but a mess of greens. Unfortunately, my family requires protein and a starch. But on the rare occasion when I'm alone (four weeks each summer when the kids are at camp and eating camp food—which is one step above hospital food—I can indulge in the opposite of indulgence. SEE RECIPE »

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Super-Quick Turnovers

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Plum Puff Dumplings // © Hallie Burton

This elegant interpretation of fruit danish combines purple plums with sugar and cardamom before baking them into neat puff pastry pockets. / © 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.

If you have puff pastry in your freezer and some ripe fruit, there's really no excuse NOT to have dessert. All it takes is 15 minutes to roll out and cut the dough, slice some fruit and tuck it into the pastry. Thirty minutes later, it's baked and bubbling and awesome with some vanilla bean ice cream and a glass of chilled, sparkling moscato. SEE RECIPE »

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Easy-Access Vietnamese

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Roast Beef Summer Rolls // © Petrina Tinslay

This twist on traditional Vietnamese summer rolls uses roast beef from the deli in place of shrimp. / © 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.

Rice paper wrappers are a fantastic, low calorie vehicle for all types of otherwise sandwich-appropriate foods. Pulled pork, chicken curry, tofu scramble, turkey club, etc., can all be wrapped in these lovely little papers that get softened in warm water. I happen to love mixing classic Vietnamese flavors (mint, fish sauce, cilantro) with easy access ingredients like deli roast beef and coleslaw mix. It's a substantial meal, but on the light side—perfect with a frosty cold Hitachino beer. SEE RECIPE »

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Roasted Tomatoes: Better than Canned

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Oven-Dried Tomatoes // © Petrina Tinslay

Hours of cooking help these tomatoes develop concentrated, sun-dried flavor while retaining the juiciness of ones that are fresh-off-the-vine. / © 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.

I remember the first time I tested a recipe for oven-dried tomatoes—it was eye-opening and (I thought) completely original, until I learned that my little Italian grandmother had been doing it for decades. There's really no mystery. You apply gentle heat to ripe tomatoes to remove some of the moisture and concentrate the flavors and then preserve them in oil for use in the winter. Canned tomatoes don't hold a candle to these silky, plump and intensely flavored filetti di pomodoro. SEE RECIPE »

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A Relish to Savor

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Corn Relish with Roasted Peppers // © Petrina Tinslay

This fresh, jalapeño-spiked relish offers pure corn flavor without all the heavy seasonings found in jarred versions. / © 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.

Grabbing the end-of-the-season corn at the farmers' market can be more dangerous than opening day at the Barneys Warehouse sale. Thankfully, I'm an extremely early riser, so I miss all the hung-over hipsters and brunch-bound Park Slope parents and can leave with a sackful (yeah, yeah, a reusable grocery bag) to turn into this yummy relish that I can enjoy well past the last stragglers have been picked. SEE RECIPE »

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Chow Time

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Sausages with Grilled-Onion Chowchow // © Tina Rupp

Studded with charred and crunchy onions, this chowchow has a smoky flavor that's delicious with grilled sausage. / © 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.

I am all about the condiment! It is the difference between a perpetually kid-friendly meal (boring) and something adults can relish (ha—pun!) too. Sure, everyone at my table likes sausages, but would my little one eat a spicy, mustardy sauce with them? Probably not. I'm totally willing to compromise at my dinner table, but not at the expense of my own taste buds. Simple protein plus complex condiment(s) equals stress-reduced mommy. SEE RECIPE »

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Peach Madness

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Creamy Peach Tart with Smoky Almond Crust // © Tina Rupp

This simple tart's almost-instant crust is made with vanilla wafer cookies and smoked almonds. / © 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.

We're in the midst of stone-fruit season, and that means all sorts of delicious things, like this creamy tart. This divine tribute to juicy summer peaches is made with a thin layer of creamy cheesecake then topped with nearly unadulterated peach slices. Look for firm but ripe peaches and always buy more than you think you need—I know my bowl is nearly half empty before I can assemble my tart. SEE RECIPE »

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Fruitcake - No Forks Necessary

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Mixed-Berry Spoon Cake // © Lucy Schaeffer

Bring out the flavors in berries (both in and out of season) by baking them into luscious desserts like this mixed-berry cake.

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 great trick to bring out all the flavor in berries (in and out of season) is to bake them into desserts. I like this  luscious berry-laden spoon cake because it's a bit lighter and less fussy than traditional cobblers that use a pastry crust. The cake is buttery and light yet holds up to all those yummy fruit juices. Sometimes I make a double batch of the batter and put half on the bottom and half on the top, but it's delicious (and easier on the waistline) as is. SEE RECIPE »

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